Moleskine London City Stories – Meet the Urban Sketchers

On September 6th, the Covent Garden neighborhood in London will turn into a sketcher’s paradise.

The Covent Garden Moleskine Store and London Graphic Centre will open their doors to artists and art fans alike, in a day-long celebration of urban sketching. Visitors will have the chance to sketch one of London’s most charming neighborhoods and exhibit their work in-store, guided by 4 accomplished artists from the global collective Urban Sketchers – James Hobbs, Adebanji Alade, Olha Pryymak and Andrea Joseph.


James Hobbs is a founding member of London Urban Sketchers, and a seasoned artist with over 30 years of sketching under his belt. His book Sketch Your World recently hit the stores, and his work was presented at events such as the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition. James’ learning sessions will teach different ways to approach urban sketching, and he will guide participants as they undertake their own drawings in and around Covent Garden. You can book a free learning session with James on Eventbrite, at 11.30 or 4pm.

 Adebanji Alade - Moleskine City Stories London

Adebanji Alade is an award-winning artist, teacher and photographer working in Chelsea, London. He will introduce some of his favorite sketching techniques and tools, as well as help participants get comfortable with sketching in public. His two learning sessions will be held in the Covent Garden Moleskine Store, and you can book yours on Eventbrite, at 11.30am or 4pm.

Olha Pryymak - Moleskine City Stories London

Olha Pryymak is a decorated artist whose work was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and the Royal Academy as well as galleries in Italy, Ukraine and England. You can book your free learning session with Olha at the Covent Garden Moleskine Store on Eventbrite.

Andrea Joseph - Moleskine City Stories London

Andrea Joseph is a Welsh illustrator living and working in the Peak District. Her learning session will be both motivational and technical, as she will be talking about overcoming fears of drawing in public, with the use of some techniques including blind contour.  You can book your free learning session with Andrea at London Graphic Centre on Eventbrite.

You can learn more about the Urban Sketchers collective on the official website.

Moleskine City Stories London is the second chapter of the Moleskine City Stories series, which began in New York, on May 17th.





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“I am Here!” – a Creativity Challenge

Of the great book that is the world, one must read as many pages as she can.

We firmly believe that travelling can make you richer. This is why we decided to celebrate the launch of the new Moleskine Voyageur – the travellers’ notebook – with a special edition of the Moleskine Creativity Challenge titled “I am Here”.

The final prize is a Moleskine travel supply, guaranteed to make your next journey a memorable one.

All it takes to enter is:

  • a camera, or any mobile phone that takes photos
  • the “I am Here” Voyageur sign (available here in the “Voyageur” section, or on the back of the paperband of the Voyageur notebook) 
  • one good destination. Or more. 

To enter the Creativity Challenge, take the “I am Here” sign with you on the road while you travel, and use it to show us where you’ve been. Just like this:

Once you’ve taken your photo, post it here with the tag #M_iamhere, and you’re good to go! You obviously can upload as many destinations as you want, and if you’re unsure how to do it, simply watch the Voyageur video for inspiration.

Good luck, and bon Voyage!


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“Draw Really Boring Things” introducing Moleskine Author A Month June – Sue Harding

It is not often that a myMoleskine contributor gets the nod as Moleskine Author A Month after less than a month worth of submissions, but London-based urban sketcher Sue Harding achieved such feat with ease, winning the award with a wide margin.

We reached out to Sue to learn a little more about her life and art. What we found was an unusual story, and some very inspiring sketching tips.

“I am 72, and graduated as a very mature student, in 1995. After that I ran a local charity, and only discovered sketching 3 years ago. After that, I joined Urban Sketchers, Drawing London on Location and Cafe Sketchers, and also began doing a lot of sketching on my own. 

Sue, who sketches on Moleskine watercolor, still remembers her first experience with Moleskine:

“My sister, who is a painter, introduced me to Moleskine. Since then, all I use for sketching is a 2b pencil, a carbon pen, double-ended markers and a Moleskine Watercolor album. The current one came from the Urban Sketchers symposium in Barcelona last year”.

It is never too late to pick up art and Sue’s work is proof. When we asked her advice to young artists, the answer was nothing short of amazing.

“Keep trying. Don’t worry about inspiration. Get out of your comfort zone, draw really boring things. Draw really challenging things. If you think your drawings are no good, it doesn’t matter – they can only get better!”

To honor Sue Harding’s work, we created a custom sleeve and bookmark template from her sketch “Market and Royal Arsenal Gateway” free to download from the “Workshops” section.

If you’d like to be considered as our next Moleskine Author A Month, simply upload your work to myMoleskine. Good luck, and have fun!




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Moleskine Author A Month – June Finalists

It’s time to pick our Moleskine Author A Month! Choosing the three finalists has been a tough task this time around, given the great deal of amazing artworks we received from all over the world.

So, thank you to everybody who took the time to share their Moleskine art – to be considered for next month’s edition, simply head on over to myMoleskine and upload your creations.

And now, with no further ado… On to the finalists:

France – Contributed by Misha Konaichev

France, by Misha Konaichev

Chatman – Contributed by Joseph Tomlinson

Chatman, by Joseph Tomlinson

Market and Royal Arsenal Gateway – Contributed by Sue Harding

Market and Royal Arsenal Gateway, by Sue Harding

Which one is your favorite? Vote Here.

Were these your favorite authors? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below!


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What goes on in a writer’s mind?

It’s well known that for many writers a Moleskine notebook is an essential tool for capturing ideas and thoughts, which may go on to become novels, articles and important texts. Most readers don’t get to see this part of the writing process; often only privy to the published ending. But as this first stage of creativity is the most important, we unearthed a few notebooks from our Detour archive to share with you. Read the descriptions below and watch the videos to see just how precious handwritten words can be.
For more information on what Detour is, click here.

Han Han
Chinese writer and blogger Han Han might have had several works censored by Chinese authorities, but his unique way of thinking has made him one of the most-read writers in modern China. And as a rally champion, it’s obviously not just his mind that’s racing. His Moleskine notebook is full of detailed notes, joined together by arrows and lines, showing just how intricate his thought process is.

MC Yan
Sometimes writing travels off the page and turns into music. Urban poet MC Yan counts both modern hip hop beats and traditional Chinese poetry amongst his influences. His Moleskine notebook has always been his on-the-go “thinking tool”, faithfully storing the ideas that come to him when he’s walking the streets. Having experienced life in both China and the west, Syan writes both horizontally from left to right, or vertically from right to left, when writing in Chinese characters.

For his contribution to Detour, MC Yan explores the interaction between the notebook and its filmed form, playing with the way a thought is written and could be read, and the order and disorder its pages convey.

Javier Marías Franco
Spanish writer and translator Javier Marías Franco filled a Japanese Album with notes and texts which, when fully opened out, gives the effect of a long scroll punctuated with word after word of prose.

Dave Eggers
It would be wrong to label Pulitzer prize finalist Dave Eggers just as a writer; he is also a philanthropist, lecturer and publisher and has been branded an “education activist” by TED. His notebook is filled with line drawings accompanied by short captions; snippets of thoughts and little observations jotted down day by day.

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Moleskine Author A Month – May Finalists

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their art with us! Just like every month, we selected the most prolific contributors to bring you the 3 Author A Month finalists. If you wish to be considered for next month’s edition, do not hesitate to share your creations on the myMoleskine website.

And with that, on to the finalists:

Of Fish and Rabbits - contributed by Elissa Baltzer

Of Fish and Rabbits – Contributed by Elissa Baltzer

Sea - contributed by Luca Vogrig

Sea – Contributed by Luca Vogrig

Blonde Girl - contributed by Kasia Slupecka

Blonde Girl – Contributed by Kasia Slupecka

Which submission gets your nod? Cast your vote here.

Were these three your favorite authors? Let us know in the comments section!

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New York City Stories – A celebration of Sketching

The first episode of Moleskine City Stories in New York City is a wrap. It was the fun day we predicted it to be, as the Moleskine stores in New York City were taken over and turned into a sketcher’s paradise.

Moleskine City Stories in New York

A full day of exploring and sketching the streets of the city, dozens of Moleskine Sketch Album given away, and 4 artists from Urban Sketchers sharing hints and tips.

“A day of sketching along with the learning sessions was fantastic. The process of teaching is also a process of learning, and I got to learn so much” said Urban Sketcher Richard Alomar. “I learned about about how people love to draw – no matter what they think – and how important it is to take time to sit down and observe the world around us”

Richard Alomar at Moleskine City Stories New York City

I used to live very close to the SoHo store, so I know what a wonderful neighborhood it is, sunny, alive and truly urban”. Richard also shared his bit of motivational wisdom: “all it takes is a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and ‘corre l’immaginazione'”.

Moleskine City Stories in New York City

Take a look at the best shots from the day, here.

Were you there? Share your experience in the comments section!

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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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