got this lovely package in the mail today. It’s the box set of the Jo Nesbo series "Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder" that I worked on over the course of 3 or 4 years, I think.
Just saw this journal of mine pop up on FYM, a tumblr about moleskine sketchbooks (which I have a love / hate relationship with).
WHY the mixed feelings. Here we go:
PROS: Love the binding, the format, the feel, the off-white paper
CONS: The paper is TERRIBLE for anything other than just pencil in my opinion. The standard pages are way too thin for anything and the sketchbook style has this slick surface that doesn’t hold wet media that great. I’ve tried the watercolor ones and the format is kind of weird (for me at least), and the paper has maybe a bit too much texture.
That being said, Moleskine journals are what I started using on a trip to San Francisco roughly a decade ago. A friend (alex) introduced me to them and since then I’m guessing (rough estimate) I’ve filled up at least 30 or forty of them (in addition to dozens of the little paperback ones that I use for my doodles and TO-DO lists). I’ve had one on me most days since then, including trips to Japan, Turkey, Greece, Costa Rica, China, All over Europe…I had one on me the day my daughter was born, the afternoon I was married in the tiny German village of Völksen, and any time I’ve had to sit at a department of motor vehicles or wait to get my car fixed at some auto shop (one of which had an old cloth bench seat from an 80’s van that sat out front, where I for some reason sat to draw for 4.5 hours).
I have a fireproof safe at home that contains only two things: a backup hard drive and my stacks of old moleskine sketchbooks.
As imperfect as I find them, every time I try another sketchbook (which I’ve done a lot) I tend to find them not as good as the moleskine.
a sketchbook from turkey/greece by mike lowery
more stuff on my desk from my sketchbook
today’s sketchbook entry: Freddie Mercury!
a tiny sketch
Working on a new card design
last summer my wife and I went to Turkey and Greece, and I started this sketchbook on the way over.