An Author a Month – Anna Rastorgueva

A great thank you to everyone who helped us choose our Author of the Month. This one has been a very tight race, as Anna Rastorgueva won by a single vote!

A full-time graphic designer from Moscow, Russia, Anna is a prolific sketcher and a fine observer of simple, natural subjects. Plants, birds, or even food  – Anna draws the way many of us take photographs.

Camelia - by Anna Rastorgueva

Camelia – by Anna Rastorgueva

“I first started sketching in a Moleskine sketchbook after traveling to Cambodia and Thailand. I was amazed at all aspects of life in that part of the world, so I stopped taking photos and started drawing pictures of everything that surrounded me during those days. Pictures retain the essence of impression much better than photos do.”

Anna drew “Camelia”, the winning artwork, as part of her study of botanical illustration, and is currently at work on a project of themed sketches on Moleskine Passion Journals.

“At the moment I am working on 7 theme-based books, and I have already finished about 10 of them, such as the Baby journal, Recipe journal, or the Travel journal”

Gingerbread recipe - by Anna Rastorgueva

Gingerbread recipe – by Anna Rastorgueva

Just like her art, Anna likes to keep her tools simple.

“I’ve tried a lot of techniques and materials, and now I’m very conservative – I use copic multiliners, copic original markers and Moleskine journals”

We asked Anna an advice she would give to a young artist.

“The best advice for an artist, in my opinion, is a quote by Salvador Dali, who said “If you are an artist, you shall draw“. The takeaway here is: just practice, do it everyday – success will find you.

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Sketching the Hong Kong International Film Festival

In previous years, Moleskine has paid a number of tributes to Asian cinema and arts, and this year was no exception. After partnering with the Hong Kong International Film Festival three times in the past, Moleskine joined the event for a fourth time this year.

To get an inside view from the Hong Kong International Film Festival, we’ve reached out to the Urban Sketchers Hong Kong group who sketched their way through the entire event, telling the story of the Festival with a series of beautiful drawings.

Here are a few of our favorites.

 

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An Author a Month – March

March was a busy month for myMoleskine uploads. Thanks to all of our great fans for visiting and contributing with well over 200 great artworks!

We narrowed down the best contributors to bring you our finalists for March’s Author-A-Month:

Mountains - contributed by Anna Jane Searle

Mountains – contributed by Anna Jane Searle

Mountains - by Anna Jane Searle

Camelia - by Anna Rastorgueva

Camelia – Contributed by Anna Rastorgueva

Camelia - by Anna Rastorgueva

Buenos Aires 18f - Contributed by Josefina Jolly

Buenos Aires 18f – Contributed by Josefina Jolly

Buenos Aires 18f – by Josefina Jolly

Help us choose this month’s winning author, by heading to our voting page and hitting “like” for your favorite artwork. May the best piece win!

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Moleskine X TED 2015 – the best #IdeasNoted responses

Our first stint at TED2015 is a wrap. Needless to say, we had a blast on our first time around at a TED Conference, by a long shot one of the most exciting events of the year.

As you might already know, we joined TED2015 and started a week-long conversation on how ideas are born, developed, and noted.

We decided to extend the invitation to everyone that wasn’t attending the converence with the hashtag #IdeasNoted, and the initiative gained momentum and turned into a collective Twitter conversation, with hundreds of responses throughout the event and beyond.

Here are the best answers we got from the 5 first questions.

In the future, will we think faster or slower?

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Are e-mail and texts a new form of literature?

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How can commuting be turned into a creative opportunity?

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How do you deal with ideas coming to you at an inconvenient time?

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How can note-taking be more fun?

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Congratulations to Dustin Hite, Indigo Pen, Lynn Reynolds, Scrapunzel and Ewan mcGee for penning our favorite responses, and be on the lookout for more: TED2015 may have come to a close, but the #IdeasNoted conversation is far from over.

Be ready for more questions, and keep on using #IdeasNoted to share your thoughts on how deas are born, developed, and noted.

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An Author a Month – Pietro Cataudella

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for this edition of An Author a Month! We’re excited to introduce our winner: Pietro Cataudella, an extremely gifted young sketcher hailing all the way from Sicily. Pietro’s art was a hit on myMoleskine, as he was elected with a staggering 40-vote margin!

We had a nice chat with Pietro, who had plenty to share about his life, craft, and art projects.

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“I am no full-time artist. Rather, a full-time student. That’s why I moved from Sicily to Pisa, to pursue a degree in Geophysics.

“University is where I got my first Moleskine notebook, that was actually used for note-taking while editing my bachelor’s thesis. After that, many more came, and I used them for sketching landscapes and architecture, drawing with pencils or pens as well as watercolour.”

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Pietro’s sketch of Keith Haring’s “Tuttomondo” was one of the most popular uploads on myMoleskine.

“This work represents a beautiful wall-painting (the biggest one in Europe). It was made by Keith Haring in 1989, on the outside of the rectory of Sant’Antonio Abate’s church in Pisa, Italy. I loved its bright colours, and its unique location”

This sketch is part of a project Pietro called “CityLiveSketch”, an ongoing series of urban sketches photographed on the location, which you can follow on his Instagram account.

If you want to be considered for the next month’s edition, simply head on to myMoleskine and submit your artworks.

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Moleskine at TED 2015 conference

The TED 2015 conference is underway in Vancouver.
For the first time ever, Moleskine is participating in a TED conference as a media partner, and we’re getting an inside view on one of the most inspiring and thought-provoking events of the year. Follow the best insights and ideas from the conference, told through images and sketchnotes captured live from Vancouver.

Be on the lookout for more updates, and don’t forget to follow the conversation on Twitter with #IdeasNoted.

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An Author a Month – February

Here we are again with another edition of An Author a Month! Just like previous editions, we selected the most prolific contributors on myMoleskine and it’s up to you to pick your favorite candidate for our Author of the Month.

If you want to be considered for next month’s edition, simply head on to myMoleskine and submit your artworks (no more registration is needed, it only takes your Facebook or Google account to log in!).

Introducing the candidates for our February edition:

"Deer" - contributed by Ksusha

“Deer” – contributed by Ksusha

“Deer”, by Ksusha.

Tuttomondo - contributed by Pietro Cataudella

Tuttomondo – contributed by Pietro Cataudella

“Tuttomondo”, by Pietro Cataudella.

West Coast - contributed by Marc Laurens

West Coast – contributed by Marc Laurens

“West Coast”, by Marc Laurens.

Which artwork gets your nod? Vote for your favorite submission hereBe sure to hit the “like” button to vote!

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Moleskine X TED2015: Join the #IdeasNoted Conversation

Anticipated as the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet, the next TEDGlobal conference (planned for 16-20 March in Vancouver) really is one you should look forward to.

For the first time, Moleskine will participate in a TED conference as a media partner, and is asking you to join the event with your own voice. Here is how.

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Starting today throughout the conference, Moleskine will be collecting responses to questions about the way ideas are generated (and noted down), to capture contemporary creativity as it happens.

TED speakers and attendees will give their take, and we’re inviting you to do the same.

Follow @Moleskine on Twitter and be ready for the questions that will be posted with #IdeasNoted, and write your own response.

Here are a few of the questions:

  • How can commuting be turned into a creative opportunity?
  • How do you deal with ideas coming to you at an inconvenient time?
  • How can note-taking be more fun?
  • Are email and texting a new form of literature?
  • In the future, will we think faster or slower?

We’ll be looking at every contribution, and the best one for each question will receive a special box full of Moleskine items. We’re looking forward to hearing your voice, so have fun, and good luck!

Keep track of the #IdeasNoted conversation.

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International Mother Language Day 2015

International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Through its subtle nuances and distinctive sayings, each native language has the power to shape the thought process and ideas, and it is a major part of our own very identity.

We are celebrating this year’s International Mother Language Day by honoring each language’s unique sayings.

Here are a few of our favorites.

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“Make hay when the sun shines”
English: to take an opportunity when the time is right.

“Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid”
French: “little by little, the bird makes his nest”

“Wer rastet, der rostet”
German: “He who rests, grows rusty”

“A roupa suja lava-se em casa”
Portuguese: “don’t wash your dirty linen in public” it is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.

A la ocasión la pintan calva.
Spanish: “Opportunity knocks only once”

What is your favorite word or saying in your native language?  

Add to the the conversation by posting on Twitter or Instagram your favorite and most unique proverbs, words, or sayings from your mother tongue. Be sure to use the tag #IMLday so we can keep track of your posts!

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The 10 Most Popular Artworks on myMoleskine

For well over five years, Moleskine artists and lovers from all around the world have flocked to the myMoleskine artwork gallery to showcase their talent, participate in the Creativity Challenges or simply look for some artwork inspiration.

At well over 40000 published artworks, myMoleskine truly has some hidden gems.
That’s why we decided we’d go scouting for the cream of the crop, and we thought we’d start with the most popular submissions on the site. Enjoy our list of 10 of the most voted myMoleskine uploads, and feel free to let us know if you have a favorite!

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