Moleskine Author A Month – October

Thanks to everybody who shared their art on myMoleskine last month. Once more it’s been no easy task picking the best contributors among dozens of amazing artists, but here we are with our 3 finalist for this month’s edition of An Author A Month!

Creeper - contributed by Dominic Damien

Creeper – contributed by Dominic Damien

Creeper, by Dominic Damien

Plaça de st Just - contributed by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Plaça de st Just – contributed by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Plaça de st. Just, by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Demon & the Geisha - contributed by Bennet Klein

Demon & the Geisha – contributed by Bennet Klein

Demon & the Geisha, by Bennet Klein

Who should be Author of the Month? Vote here. 

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“Draw Everything, all the Time! – Introducing Moleskine Author A Month September – Peter Wenman

Thanks to everybody who took the time to vote for our Author of the Month. It’s been a tight race, and we’re honored to announce British artist Peter Wenman as our winner by a single vote.

We reached out to Peter to learn more about him, and what we found was a genuinely interesting character and artist.

“I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, it’s something I’ve always done.

I like to draw and i like to travel and am happiest when doing both. When I was younger I took a year off to travel before going to university but this extended into twenty years of movement with ten of those living in South East Asia.”

Moleskine Author A Month - Peter Wenman

Peter says he’ll draw “with anything that leaves a mark” on his Moleskine sketchbook, and still remembers his first experience with Moleskine.

“I first heard of Moleskine books while reading Songlines by Bruce Chatwin many years ago. I bought my first one in an art shop in Amsterdam and have been using them ever since. I love the way ink dries on it, it’s something I haven’t been able to replicate in any other sketchbook.” 

The Pasty Shop - contributed by Peter Wenman

He drew “The Pasty Shop”, his winning artwork, whilst working in Cambridge Market, and recalls having to wait for interesting characters to finish it. “drew the upper part first, then I left spaces in the shop area and wait until interesting characters come along to fill it”. 

When asked for a piece of advice for young artists, Peter’s answer is simple: “Draw everything all the time!”

Just like with every Author of the Month, we made custom notebook sleeve and bookmark templates to honor Peter’s work. You can download them for free in the “Workshops” section on myMoleskine

Author of the Month Peter Wenman

You can check out more of Peter’s work on his myMoleskine artist page as well as his website or his blog.

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The Best from the “In Case of Loss” Creativity Challenge

For our last Creativity Challenge, we asked you to show us what you’d give for your notebook if you ever happened to lose it. As it turns out, some people really get creative on the “In Case of Loss” page of their notebooks, with rewards ranging all the way from eternal gratitude to lapdance or bitcoin (!).

Here are some of the best ones.

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In Case of Loss -  Batman by StavrosEven Atmosfrozen, our Author of the Month last march, shared his reward.

In Case of Loss - Atmosfrozen

Someone else might have taken it a step to far.

In Case of Loss - 3 Kids

You can see the rest of the entries on Pinterest. 

What is on the “In Case of Loss” page of your notebook? Share it on myMoleskine or Instagram with the tag #M_incaseofloss. 

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Meet the Moleskine Evernote Planner

If you are familiar with The Moleskine Evernote 2015 Planner, you should already know it has plenty of ways to help you make 2015 your most productive year to date.

Sure, this much potential can prove confounding to some, so we laid out some of its main features to help you make the most of it.

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  • The celebrated Moleskine weekly layout: a dated page on the left to see your whole week at a glance, and a ruled page on the right for longer notes. In the back, an interior pocket to archive business cards, tickets, and the like.
  • If you have a really busy day in the week to come, you can check the tick box on the day’s page, and you’ll receive an alert of all your most important tasks on Evernote.
  • Like every other notebook in the Evernote Collection, you can use the app’s camera to scan and digitize your notes straight into Evernote.
  • Smart Stickers help you organize different kind of notes and appointments: if you wish to keep work notes separated from the home ones, simply tag them with different stickers and capture them in Evernote, where they’ll automatically be organized by tag.
  • You don’t need to transcribe your notes. Evernote will recognize your handwriting, so you can search and find your notes and appointments them by entering a single word, then share them with anyone on your team as needed.
  • The Evernote Planner comes with three complimentary months of Evernote Premium, where you get extra Evernote features like presentation mode, 4x larger note size, and offline access to all your content on mobile devices.

 You can learn more about augmented weekly planning on the official Moleskine website.

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Moleskine Author A Month – September Finalists

We’d like to thank everyone that took the time to share their art on myMoleskine last month. We’re thrilled to have so many talented artists in the Moleskine world, contributing with close to 250 artworks in September.

Just like every month, we selected the three most active myMoleskine contributors, and you get to pick our favorite to be featured in the next edition of an Author A Month.

Friday - contributed by Adrian Iorga

Friday – contributed by Adrian Iorga

The Pasty Shop - contributed by Peter Wenman

The Pasty Shop – contributed by Peter Wenman

Cabrière d'Avignon Town Square - contributed by Ivan Seymus

Cabrière d’Avignon Town Square – contributed by Ivan Seymus

Which artwork is your favorite? You can vote for the best entry here, simply by hitting the “Like” button.

Would you like to be considered for next month’s edition? All you have to do is simply head on to myMoleskine and submit your art. Have fun, and good luck!

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Mapping New York, one Voyageur notebook at a time

Mapping New York

The Kansas City Art Institute has some very lucky students.

For the past few years, the Kansas City, Missouri institute has organized an off-site summer program called Mapping the Citywhich takes its students on a three-week long art field trip in New York City.

The students get to delve into the streets of New York and work on a living map of the metropolis, exploring their identity and personal history just as they explore the city.

For the past three years, Moleskine has partnered with the Kansas City Art Institute by giving students the creative tools for their visual maps. This year, the students got to work with new Voyageur. 

Have a look at some of the living maps made by this year’s students.

Mapping the City

Mapping the City 2

Mapping the City 1

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My Analog Cloud wins Best Online Game at Digital Communication Awards 2014

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A few months back, we introduced My Analog Cloud, the first online game created by Moleskine. It was enthusiastically received by gamers and pundits alike, and today we’re glad to announce that My Analog Cloud received the Prize for Best Online Game at the 2014 Digital Communication Awards in Berlin.

Hosted by the Quadriga University in Berlin, the Digital Communication Awards honors the greatest achievements of the year in the digital world, and is widely regarded as one of the preeminent digital awards in Europe.

The concept behind the My Analog Cloud game is a simple yet powerful one. The things we decide to carry with us define our personality, and choosing the items to pack in our bags for the day is an identity statement that we make every morning.

Have you ever played My Analog Cloud? Try it here.

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It’s the same vision that inspired the myCloud bag Collection, the range of Moleskine bags inspired by the digital cloud and defined by what is inside. An analog, anti-hack cloud storage system.

The myCloud bags are filled with pockets, compartments and loops and designed with such level of detail that you can fill them with everything and anything that makes you you. A new collection of myCloud bags just launched this week, in the new moss green color. You can check it out on the Moleskine website.

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Moleskine City Stories, London – Just get out and draw!

The second edition of Moleskine City Stories is in the books. This time, we took over Covent Garden, one of London’s most fascinating neighborhoods, in a day-long sketching party alongside the artists of the global collective Urban Sketchers.

Moleskine Stories London

For a whole day, artists and amateurs alike explored the grounds of Covent Garden sketchbook in hand, drawing and picking up hints and tips from 4 Urban Sketchers giving free learning sessions at the Covent Garden Moleskine Store and London Graphic Centre.

View the full Moleskine City Stories photo album on Flickr.

“The place was buzzing right from the start, with people all lined up to receive their sketchbooks and take part in the first learning session of the day” recalls Urban Sketcher Adebanji Alade. “It was great to see how enthusiastic the participants were, to gain some knowledge and socialize at the same time with other sketchers who have a common passion.”

Moleskine Stories London - Idebanji Alade

“Having Moleskine City Stories in and around Covent Garden was ideal because as well as being home to busy, well known London scenes, it also has overlooked back streets, quiet courtyards and quirky buildings that are great to draw” chimed Urban Sketcher James Hobbs.

Moleskine Stories London - James Hobbs

“It attracted a wonderful diversity of people with a great range of approaches, ages and levels of experience, but all united by getting out with their sketchbooks and getting connected. It was a fantastic learning experience – for me, as well” continued James Hobbs.

A day filled with excitement and creativity, where drawing wasn’t always limited to traditional media. Urban Sketcher Andrea Joseph said it best: “there are no rules when it comes to creating. Just get out and draw.”

Moleskine Stories London

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Moleskine Author A Month – August Finalists

Just like every month, we selected the three most prolific contributors on myMoleskine, and you get to choose the next Author A Month. If you want to be considered for next month’s edition, simply head on to the myMoleskine website, and upload your Moleskine artworks.

And with that, on to the finalists!

"Watercolor Notebooks", submitted by Rembrantus

“Watercolor Notebooks”, contributed by Rembrantus

Watercolor Notebooks – contributed by Rembrantus

Sugar Cove Cemetery - submitted by Robin Carnes

“Sugar Cove Cemetery”, contributed by Robin Carnes

Sugar Cove Cemetery – contributed by Robin Carnes

There Will Come a Time - contributed by Solaleh Kazemi

“There Will Come a Time” – contributed by Solaleh Kazemi

There will come a Time – contributed by Solaleh Kazemi

Which submission gets your vote? Pick your favorite here.

Were these your three favorite August artworks? Feel free to let us know in the comment section.

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The best from the “I am Here” Creativity Challenge

Last month, we decided to celebrate the launch of the new Moleskine Voyageur notebook with a Creativity Challenge titled “I am Here”. The initiative asked travellers to showcase their summer wanderings, using the Voyageur “I am Here” sign or the downladable paper template.

We were ready for some great entries, but this time the results went beyond our expectations.

Dozens of Moleskine travellers shared amazing pictures from over 30 countries spread across 6 different continents, each with a great story to tell. You can view them all on myMoleskine or on our Pinterest Board.

However, a few of these really caught our eye. Longtime myMoleskine contributor Hanna Maresfin figured a photo just wouldn’t cut it, and added a drawing of the landscape before her eyes.

Jakarta - shared by Hanna Maresfin

Jakarta – shared by Hanna Maresfin

Some participants, like Puja Patel, even made their own DIY “I am Here” signs. Puja entered from Panama with a handmade sign.

Panama City - shared by Puja Patel

Panama City – shared by Puja Patel

Some others, like 8delta8, went DIY as well – only digitally. She posed in the breathtaking landscape of the Tsingy Nature Reserve in Madagascar, and only added the “I am Here” sign afterwards – on Photoshop. Hats off to that!

Tsingy Nature Reserve - shared by 8delta8

Tsingy Nature Reserve – shared by 8delta8

One last mention goes to Summer, who was forced to put off the actual travelling due to some very bad luck. However, she stayed positive and still entered the Creativity Challenge from home. Get well soon, Summer!

I am Here - shared by Summer Threlkeld

“Life after the accident” – shared by Summer Threlkeld

Travelling isn’t just for the summertime, and the “I am Here” project will go on even after the Creativity Challenge is closed. To join, simply post your picture on Instagram with the tag #M_iamhere and let us know where you are. Just like this:

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