Author of the Month April – Fede Tessa

Thank you to everybody who helped us choose our new Author of the Month. This one has been a tight race, but with all your votes in, we’re excited to finally announce our winner: Federico Tessa, all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We reached out with Federico to learn more about him, and it didn’t take long to find out the secret behind his beautiful architectural sketches.


“I make a living as an architect in Buenos Aires, and plein air sketching is my passion.
My city has beautiful classical architecture, so I’ll take every opportunity to be outside, sketchbook in hand.”
Given his passion and professional background, Federico’s beautiful work on myMoleskine should come as no surprise.

An avid Moleskine user, Federico has a very deep toolbox: “For daily use, I draw on a Large-sized Moleskine Sketchbook, with extra fine nibs. For line work, I use Noodler’s waterproof black and brown ink and Lexington Gray for shadows and windows. If I’m out drawing on location, I’ll go with my A4 Watercolour Album by Moleskine, and finish my sketches with Winsor & Newton’s watercolours.

I can still remember the first time I opened a Moleskine Sketchbook, I was so nervous because I wanted my first sketch to be perfect”.


“I sketched the winning artwork, ‘Bencich Building’, from a 10th floor terrace on a nearby building. The view was breathtaking, and from there I could sketch four different domes, the last one being over 1000 meters away. That place was a dream”


We closed our interview with Fede a bit of advice for aspiring artists: Challenge yourself as much as you can. Draw uncomfortable subjects, locations, or situations. Leave your comfort zone, and it will push you forward”.

Just like every Author of the Month, we honored Fede’s work with custom Bookmark and Sleeve MSK templates made out of his winning artwork. They are free to download on the Templates page on myMoleskine.

Do you want to be our next Author of the Month, or simply have some Moleskine pages you’d love the whole Moleskine world to see? Just head on to myMoleskine, and submit your art.

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