Snapshot: Ed Hall

moleskine4page23c smallName: Ed Hall, editorial cartoonist and illustrator from Jacksonville, Florida


1. What is your current Moleskine notebook?

The Large Moleskine Sketchbook and the (really large) Moleskine A4 Sketchbook for longer studies and more in depth drawings.

2. How do you use your notebook?

As an editorial illustrator, I am continuously sketching from life, so I keep my Moleskine with me at all times. I use it to capture genre sketches for future cartoons, poses of individuals doing everyday tasks, and figure drawings. I really enjoy working from the Moleskine A4 for my figure studies. It fits comfortably in my lap, and the paper quality is excellent (heavy enough to take a pounding, yet silky enough for me to ink fine lines). Also the color of the paper lends itself to skin tone. I draw from the nude model at least twice a week, and I find that the drawings I do in my Moleskine are by far my best. I have also started a weekly sketching session here in Jacksonville called “Wednesday Sketchup.” What began as a couple of guys getting together for coffee and drawing on Wednesday afternoons has blossomed into a full scale weekly sketchers meeting. We have a Facebook page, and everyone participates and posts their work. Moleskines are definitely used by more than a few people at these gatherings.


3. What’s the next place you plan to take your notebook to?

I’ve been invited to participate in a ComiCon in Atlanta in December, so I will definitely be taking it there. I’ll have a booth, and I will be sketching on-site and selling my work. Comicons are a great place to sketch people in costume and work out ideas for future comic illustrations.

4. What do you want to tell the world?

Get off the computer and grab a sketchbook. It is so easy these days to forget about the non-digital aspects of our lives like relationships, nature, and ourselves. All of these things can be strengthened through drawing. Sketching and communicating with other artists can temporarily free us from the grip of our cell phones and computers.

5. Where will you and your notebook be in 5 years?

Full. Full of playfulness, inspiration and studies for future cartoons and paintings. I would also like to publish a collection of my Moleskine drawings in book form.

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