Moleskine Author A Month April – Ray Eng

With the fan vote in, canadian sketcher Ray Eng has been selected as our April Author A Month. Moleskine fans loved his artwork on myMoleskine, but when we reached out to Ray to write this feature, little did we know he had just started drawing again after 20 years.

Rabbits, by Ray Eng

Ray, what are your favorite art tools?

I’m out most of the time and tend to sketch while on coffee breaks or waiting for the train. So I usually only take art tools that fit inside my pocket – a pen and a Moleskine Sketchbook.

Do you remember your first experience with Moleskine?

It was ‘love at first sight’. I loved the paper quality and how ink wouldn’t smear or bleed through. I especially loved how it would open out flat, making it ideal for sketching and scanning.

My first experience with Moleskine certainly wasn’t my last…I have a tower of sketchbooks that are all Moleskines.

What is the idea behind “Rabbits”?

I was drawing a lot and noticed that I was filling up sketchbooks very quickly. My Moleskines were ‘breeding like rabbits…’

Rabbits, by Ray Eng

 

Tell us something about yourself! 

For a very long time I had stopped drawing.

Then last summer I met a group of artists who were spending their vacation outdoors painting and sketching. It was very inspiring and made me realize how much I missed drawing. Instead of trying to figure out why I stopped, I decided to pick up a sketchbook and started doodling. And I haven’t stopped since!

A quote for inspiration you would like to share with everyone?

Many artists say this… But it seems to work:  “Draw. Draw. Draw.”

 

Thanks for sharing, Ray! If you like his work, make sure to download the “Rabbits” sleeve and bookmark templates we made out of his sketch “Rabbits”. Available for free here.

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An Author a Month – April Finalists

Thank you to everybody who shared their artworks on myMoleskine last month! We received close to 200 fan uploads, and we were glad to see so many new contributors. We have selected the uploads of the 3 most prolific artists in April, to bring you three finalists.

So, with no further ado…

Enlightened - Contributed by Dane

Enlightened – Contributed by Dane

Rabbits - contributed by Ray Eng

 Rabbits - contributed by Ray Eng

Fall - contributed by Horacio Vicente

Fall - contributed by Horacio Vicente

Which one gets your vote? Pick your favorite artwork here.

Want to be considered for next month’s edition? Share your Moleskine artwork in myMoleskine. Have fun, and good luck!

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The 140 meter tall Moleskine tower (and other #MoleskineFacts)

The official Moleskine Instagram @Moleskine_World recently reached 10.000 followers. That’s not a bad achievement for a new account like ours.

10.000 followers should make for at least 10.000 notebooks, right? If all our Instagram followers joined forces and stacked their notebooks one on top of another, we’d have a 140 meter tall #Moleskinetower. The tallest Moleskine tower ever constructed would be even taller than the London Eye, Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel.

Assuming all of our 10.000 followers had a large-sized notebook, if we lined them all up together we’d get a 2100 meter long line of Moleskine notebooks. That’s roughly 6890 feet, three times as much as the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Khalifa Tower in Dubai.

If they each had a pocket-sized notebook instead, the line would measure 1400 meters, or 4593 feet – the length of about 5 Eiffel towers.

If we were to line up 10.000 open pocket-sized notebooks next to each other, they would cover 1800 meters (5905 feet), more than the Missisippi river at its widest point. If we did it with 10.000 open large-sized notebooks instead, it would take you over 30 minutes to walk past them.

Do you have other #MoleskineFacts you’d like to share with us? Tell us in the comment section below!

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New York City Stories – Meet the Urban Sketchers

The May 17th appointment with Moleskine New York City Stories is getting closer, and is looking to be a great celebration of sketching and art as a whole. Visitors at the Time Warner and Soho Moleskine Stores will have the chance to sketch their favorite corners of the city and exhibit their work in-store, try out the Moleskine Art Collection, and hone their craft through free learning sessions by 4 accomplished artists from the global collective Urban Sketchers.

Let’s take a look at our special guests and get a small anticipation on their learning sessions.

Richard Alomar is the co-founder of NYC Urban Sketchers, an assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, and founder of the Urban Field Studio in New York. He’s going to showcase his use of sketching as a means to capture and document daily moments, as well as his experience as an Urban Sketcher.

Jason Das is Urban Sketchers’ President, and he’s going discuss the uncontrollable factors that make urban sketching such a special challenge: weather, lighting, traffic, strangers, etc. – as well as a discussion of the mission, history, and activities of the Urban Sketchers nonprofit.

Josiah Hanchett is a professional artist with a lot of travel experience under his belt. Having visited a big number of cities and famous sites, he grew a taste in architecture and honed his craft as an architecture sketcher. Josiah’s Learning Session will be about his way of recording  locations, people and landmarks in sketchbooks, as well as ways of sharing sketches online and receiving feedback from users and artists from around the world.

 Custom House Wharf by Suma CM

Suma CM is an editor, writer and artist who enjoys exploring the world and capturing its moments in various media. Her work is featured at specialty shops in Philadelphia, New York City, and London. Her Learning Session will be about the joys and challenges of on-location sketching, capturing gestures quickly, looking for people who might repeat a pose, and various styles of marks and experimenting with different media.

Book your free learning session at the Soho Moleskine store, or at the Time Warner Moleskine store.

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Moleskine Author A Month March – atmosfrozen

It’s been a tight race, but here we are with Moleskine March Author A Month, atmosfrozen. This young man’s talent is as bright as his sense of humor, and if you’re the type of person who struggles finishing artworks, keep on reading – atmosfrozen’s experience might just come in handy…

Tell us a little about yourself.

First of all, I started drawing about a year ago.

After getting my Architecture degree last year, I realized “real world” architecture had way too many limitations, too many boundaries for me. So I decided to get into the videogame-entertainment industry, and I will start studying in this business next year. Hopefully I will be able to let my ideas flow more freely in this field.

Do you remember your first experience with Moleskine?

I remember getting my first Moleskine Sketchbook from a friend. The sketchbook looked very pretty, to the point where I was afraid to even begin sketching in it! It was my first time drawing on a small sketchbook too, and it’s been great ever since.

What is the idea behind “Double Exposure Suburb”?

The village was a perspective training for school. I love doodling architecture, first I put masses randomly and then begin detailing it.

The girl in the image is just another doodle too, maybe inspired from the girl I like (ahem).

How do the two merge together? I am the type of person who cant finish a drawing at once, so I hop to another drawing and finish them together.

 A quote for inspiration you would like to share with everyone?

Do the thing you love, love the thing you do. A simple quote.

Stay tuned for a downloadable template sleeve and bookmark template of “Double Exposure Suburb”. While we thank atmosfrozen for his work, keep in mind that the next Author A Month could be you. So keep up the good work, and keep sharing your art with us on myMoleskine.

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Digital – Analog, made seamless: Moleskine Evernote Business Notebook

If you are a professional, you’re probably used to balancing digital and analog everyday on the workplace. Which means, you’re probably going to love the news just reported on the Moleskine website: the brand new Moleskine Evernote Business Notebook is here.

the Moleskine Evernote business notebook

This latest addition to the Moleskine Evernote Collection is especially designed for professionals, but is probably going to excite everybody from productivity enthusiasts and paper-lovers alike.

Let’s take a look at what it does, shall we?

The first new feature of the Evernote Business Notebook is that each page is divided in 2 sections – private and public. Once you save the page on your device, the app will allow you to save and share public and private notes separately… Enabling you to share the highlights of a meeting with your team, while keeping personal notes for yourself. Just like this:

the Moleskine Evernote business notebook

Another new feature is the tick box at the top of the page. Check it, snap a picture of your notes, and a reminder will automatically be set on your Evernote app. Simple as that.

The analog – digital gap gets smaller than ever after you’ve tried the new business card sharing feature. Place a business card against the cover of the Evernote Business Notebook for contrast, snap a picture and Evernote automatically saves the contacts with information from LinkedIn. If you just made a new connection, you can also share your details in return.

If you are juggling various meetings and tasks at once, no need to use three pages at once. Just reach into the back pocket of the Business Notebook – you will find Smart Stickers to let you tag specific page elements to designated notebooks on your app.

The Moleskine Evernote Nusiness notebook comes with 3 months of Evernote Premium.

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Not-Books templates, for unique Moleskine page layouts

How many people do you know, whose handwriting matches yours perfectly? Probably none. Handwriting is among the most personal traits in each of us, as unique as finger prints. So why only choose between a few kinds of different page layouts when there are so many kinds of handwriting out there?

This is what inspired the good folks at A/R Studio in designing Not-Books, a series of specially-ruled notebooks conceived to respect the different connotations of individual’s handwriting: “A notebook of one’s own”, “Stream of consciousness”, “Convergent vs Divergent Thinking”, “Carta Millimetrata”.

“Stream of Consciousness”

Convergent vs Divergent Thinking

Pure Reason

Moleskine reached out to A/R to have their special layouts available in myMoleskine Template format, which you can download here and make your notebook truly one-of-a-kind. Just like your handwriting.

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Moleskine Author a Month – March Finalists

Here we are, right back at it again with another edition of an Author a Month.

The previous editions have featured the work of some truly remarkable artists, and this one is looking to be no less: just take a look at the finalists’ artwork.

Double Exposure Suburb“, submitted by atmosfrozen

“Underwater Indonesia”, submitted by Hanna Maresfin

“The Smoking Whale”, submitted by Leho de Sousa

Which one’s your favorite? To vote the best artwork, simply click here.

If you thing you have what it takes to be our next Author of the Month, Share in myMoleskine to be considered for next month’s finalists.

 

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A Creativity Challenge: Hot or Cold?

M_hotorcold Creativity Challenge

The contrast between warm and cool color inspires accomplished artists and amateurs alike. Just browsing through myMoleskine, we came across a host of great color-based artworks, many of them showcasing amazing mastery of the warm vs cool color scheme.

So this is how the idea for the new Moleskine #CreativityChallenge came along: Hot vs Cold.

But also, warm color vs cool color, day vs night, bright and vivid vs calm and soothing, and so forth: we’re asking you to contribute with the coolest or warmest colored page from your notebook, an artwork that best describes the mood evoked by warm or cool colors.

Simply submit your creations to myMoleskine with the tag #M_hotorcold to enter.

The winner will be chosen among the 3 most voted submissions, so get ready to spread the word! The winning prize is a brand new myCloud Reporter Bag shipped right to your door, with a special Moleskine treat in it.

Get your color palette ready, and let’s see you flood myMoleskine with a tide of color.

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my Analog Cloud, the Moleskine online game (yes, you read that right)

Our notebook definitely says something about ourselves.
Through whatever we sketch, jot, or doodle on paper we end up expressing a lot about what we are. However, our personal identity does not only radiate from the ideas scribbled on the pages. For instance, it can be seen through the things we carry with us on a daily basis.

This is how Moleskine’s latest idea came along.

Enter my Analog Cloud, Moleskine’s new online game.

my Analog Cloud game

The game takes the every-morning ritual of packing our bags and turns it into a way to express our identity, generating a personal profile based on the items we choose to take with us – and the Moleskine myCloud Bag we pick to carry them with.

It’s a playful way to tell everyone who we are, and the results are pretty dead on at times:

Playing is pretty easy:

  1. head to myanalogcloud.com and choose your essential items
  2. pick two Moleskine items of your choice
  3. select your favorite Moleskine myCloud bag to carry your items
  4. generate your results.

The resulting profile can be shared to myMoleskine, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

Did you give it a go? Let us know if you tried it.

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