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I always looked at these longingly at the art supply store and wondered if I could justify the expense.  Then I “inherited” one from my daughter (who got it years ago from her uncle, but never really used it).  Wow, my own Moleskine, and it’s one of the big ones (some odd size like 8.5 x 12 inches…maybe it’s metric).  I opened to a clean page, dipped my pen in ink, and drew a few test lines.

Ugh.  The ink bled like crazy.

So I get that Moleskins are cool.  They are well-made, with nice binding and covers.  They lie flat-ish…although not as flat as my spiral-bound sketchbooks. They’ve got that cool elastic that keeps them closed when not in use…because y’know my other sketchbooks just randomly pop open when no one’s watching.  They’ve got a little accordion folder inside the back cover, so I can…ummm…tear out a page and stick it back there.  Oh but the pages don’t have those nice little micro-perforations that make tearing out pages so easy.  And the paper…well maybe it’s good for pencils or markers.

So I guess I don’t get it, after all.  What am I missing?


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Glenn Mayer
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am a software engineer who, after 30 years of focusing on marriage, kids, career, and other pursuits, has decided to try and resurrect the drawing skills that have languished since college. I started with digital art, but found that I spent too much time in front of the computer. So after much experimenting, I have returned to my favorite medium, traditional pen and ink.



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zestoneman Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing gallery
OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you get a chance, tell me what you think of this:…
It's a cropped and photo manipulated version of my painting. In some ways I feel it is stronger than the original oil painting. I could make another painting that looked sort of like this, but not sure if it's worth the bother. In other words, can a Photoshop experiment become the finished piece? Thanks.
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, I added a comment on the picture.  Can a manipulated picture be the finished piece?  Sure.  It all depends on what you're comfortable with.  I think you highlighted one of the good things about digital manipulation (in my mind); you can play around with composition without having to do a million versions of your piece.

Of course, if you got asked to exhibit your work, you would just have to show a print...
zorgotron Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style. It reminds me of a lot of classic illustrations when I was younger. Very cool - I can't believe this is "only" a hobby for you!

I can't even begin to fav your stuff, they'd all end up faved. Put you on my watch list instead :)
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you.  Yeah, I'm definitely a fan of old classic b&w illustrations.  But I hack around a bit on the computer as well.  I see you're a Daz user.  I've used that just a little, but I was pretty impressed.  Do you like it?  I did a short journal entry on it:
zorgotron Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DazStudio is very nice, and certainly a good way to throw together a reference, both for poses and for perspective. Time-wise, one has to take care, I think, not to put more time into fiddling with Daz that way than with the painting itself. At a certain point, it's more efficient just to do a full render (of course, efficient isn't always what we're after!).

Money-wise, the program is free, but boy, they do get you on the content! :) I keep meaning to learn to use Blender (so I can model my own props), but that program is as powerful as it's complex... I also want to do more straight digital painting. If I only there was more time :)
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, Blender completely baffled me.  I hear their interface has gotten a bit more user-friendly, but like you said, I don't have the time to jump into it.
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Regarding "...too much time in front of the computer", I've been there. I'm a retired system designer. Did the whole Silicon Valley thing. Like you I'm also trying to express my artistic side. I especially like your latest: The Rhythm and Flow of the Human Body. It's inspiring!
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it's nice to meet another "techie gone creative"...although as you know, IT can be a very creative field anyway.  Maybe I'll spend more time on digital art once I retire...:)  Thanks for the comment.
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