Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Mole arrived & I got straight to work!

Mandala for Moleskine Exchange

Amidst the hoopla surrounding my 1st ever iPhone yesterday, (I think I must have played with it for like 10 hours...) I stopped at my PO Box and found Ammon's Mole- Remind me to take a picture of the envelope it came in.

Yaaaaaay!

So today, I got right to work and created this mandala with Pitt Brush pens and a Tombow Japanese brush pen from JetPens. I also started working on what I thought was my collaborative piece (A sketch of a man) but after I worked on it I happened to find another piece that looked a bit more like a collab piece than the one I was working on. I know that we actually each do 2 half (finish one and start another) pieces in each book, but when you start a book, wouldn't you only do 1? Did I screw up?


Hip Biffy

Me playing with the Hipstamatic app.

15 comments:

merrytait said...

The collaboration first half is nomally the last piece before the blank pages.

I love the colors and design of this mandala! Gorgeous!!!

merrytait said...

You look cute and rosy as a hipster! :-D

merrytait said...

I love the sort of free-form floaral aspect of this mandala, its a winner in my book.

merrytait said...

(I wish I had an iPhone! :-( ) LUCKY YOU! :-D

ballookey said...

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the collaboration page isn't obvious. (um, obvious sentence is obvious?)

I remember the first book I worked on in the last exchange, I wasn't sure if Mike's piece was intended as a collaboration page, but it was the last one before the blank pages, so I just dove in. No one's complained... ;)

In the last book on the previous exchange, the only page I saw that I thought would be a collaboration page was actually the first page in Mike's section.

So you know, do what inspires you and don't sweat over it too much. If people really REALLY wanted to be sure you worked on the right page, they could put a sticky on it, or note it in their blog post. If they don't, then it's fair game, I say! ;)

Ammon said...

I think that I may have messed that up a bit. In my pea-brain I was thinking that I would draw on one page and you would collab on the adjacent. Not at all correct on my part.

Unless I am wrong here. Or both times. I am betting that I will figure it out before we are completely finished though.

That design is sweet.

Biffybeans said...

Ammon - LOL! I'm pretty sure it's a case of "You start something and I finish it." I added to the sketch of the man, and didn't see the pointy headed sketch until after. I'll leave that one for someone else to play with. PS - Were you aware when you shipped to me that the binding was split? I did not attempt to fix as it is definitely still workable and I guessed that perhaps someone will have an artful & inventive way to fix.

Glad you like the design. :o) Still feeling strange to be "leaving" art for another but I am really enjoying the process.

Ammon said...

I was aware. I accidentally used the wrong moleskine. I had purchased a new one but mistook that old one for a new one. I had a literature professor that had open assignments where everyone could choose to do whatever they wanted for his reports. There were many really terrible attempts by people with guitars and mothers that told them they were really good at singing. I just drew which was really an easy out for me since the professor really was impressed with very little. Anyway, it was during this period of life where that moleskine was abused by the professor and classmates and lost its strength. The sketches are gone too. I was a little disapointed when I figured it out but then I settled on the fact that this thing won't be precious to me until it is back with me and full of everyone's work. I treat my sketchbooks that way now- I don't care about how "good" something is on a page so long as I am learning from it. It helped me once I stopped treating every page like gold. This is also why I try to hide what I am sketching whenever I am in public so that I don't have to explain why I am drawing a hand over and over or why that guy has 5 arms. Because he does, don't you see all of them (and then convulse for several seconds)...

Ammon said...

Now that I am off of my phone I am really excited about this page in MY moleskine. Awesome.

henniemavis said...

"...so that I don't have to explain why I am drawing a hand over and over or why that guy has 5 arms. Because he does, don't you see all of them (and then convulse for several seconds)..."

HA HA HA!

henniemavis said...

"...don't care about how "good" something is on a page so long as I am learning from it. It helped me once I stopped treating every page like gold."

Awesome! I feel the same way. As soon as I let go of that, I became a better artist in that I came to accept the process as the art, not just the end result as the art :-)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I still feel some abject terror when I receive a new book. The pages do seem like gold in someone else's book!

Biffybeans said...

Yes... Ammon's sketches felt like gold to me because he creates in a style different from my own that my inner self might think is "better than me." Ultimately it's all a great lesson in learning not to judge yourself - which is something I preach over & over to anyone I know who creates or wants to create art.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Good advice, but not always easy to follow! :-D

roma said...

This conversation gets to the heart of what this is all about. Letting go, having faith, allowing the process to change you as an artist. You guys are brilliant. I'm still scared by it all but in a good way, the way love sometimes hurts.