Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Look what I got in the mail this week - Suzanne's moley from Gabi!
I was waiting for a sunny day to take lots of pictures to show you, but now that we've finally got one it's too windy to take the thing outside. Hate depriving you all of the pleasure I've been having looking at it so am posting the flat scan Gabi was kind enough to send. Hopefully there'll be pictures galore sometime soon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

autumn leaves revisited

I've now uploaded the photos of Gabi's moley to Flickr. You might like to check them, and all the lovely comments, out HERE. I didn't do to well with these pics, I'm afraid. But, there'll be LOTS more when I add my bit! Cheerio, my ducks.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Monday, November 3, 2008

autumn blew it's leaves at me

So finally, guys, here it is. Suzanne's contribution to Gabi's Moley.

Looking really beautiful, I'm sure you'll agree.

The colours are just so good. SO good.

Can't wait to get working on it. But, I think I might just look at it some more, for a little while longer.
It's dreamy.
(Click on photos to view)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gambling snails

I always feel that opening the packs that come from Kansas City is worth the length of the wait.
In this case it took 20 days (maybe the moley was carried by a snail to continue on topic).

Juj's art makes me always think of intelligence and smartness and this is not an exception.

As you see this moley seems a joyful tribute to Andrea's art.

Seems like those albums with songs of an artist sung by other artists in which each version keeps the art of both.

There are blendings here rather than the usual transitions.
Touring over the pages is a never ending surprise, they are full of little secrets, writings, pieces of stories and living episodes.

PS: Do you like the table? My father made it in the 70's. He worked all sunday mornings for more than one year. (Excuse me please me for the intrusion but I'm too proud).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thank you France (& co.)

Thank you all for your kind comments, and thank you France for your drawings.
I tried this little joke (you were right, estaba bromeando) because I've been always jealous of your portraits and your amazing technique but as everybody can see... you're inimitable! (actually, Q.E.D.).
I used some Pigma Microns and a Copic Drawing pen for the blacks and a Faber Castell OHP-PLUS 1523 for the green. Here is the flat scan I made before sending.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

france on paper

Are you ready to see Miguel's unbelievable contribution to France's Moleskine?

Are you really, really ready?

Perhaps you should sit down for this.


Ok, here goes...

Isn't she lovely?

Pray for me. I have to draw next to this.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bamboo frog has some reading to do

After much procrastinating I'm finally posting France's fabulous follow up to Andrea's pages on Miguel's moley. Let me guess, I think France likes Paul Auster. This moley, by the way, is the second on my desk waiting for my own contribution. The pressure!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

what it is ain't exactly clear

I am more than pleased that France didn't find this drawing's secret on first viewing. I feel I achieved my objective.

Once I'd got going, I had fun with this one. In fact, I'd made up a story to each piece of jewellery, and how granny had acquired them. I would have put notes on the drawing but, I felt, the page was a little too small. Anyway, I've decided to revisit this theme in the future. Notes and all.

And finally, the plug for the whole set of photos so far. See them HERE.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Here is the latest jewel by Andrea, folks! Can you find the little caged bird? How about the Molex?! I love it when Andrea works with black.
It's a Moly traffic jam at my house now. The pressure is back on. I have to complete Miguel's Moly and then it's on to Juj's.

Monday, September 8, 2008

what was the question?

It's been a little quiet around here recently. I'm actually quite relieved. Because once again it's taken me ages to finish a drawing. But finally it's done. My first contribution to Juj's Moley.
I LOVE Juj's book. I'm sort of jealous of it too. I love the questions it's asking us. I love that even though there was no theme to begin with there seems to be one emerging. Revealing itself. Unfolding in front of our very eyes. Now that really sparks my imagination.
This is on it's way to France tomorrow.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Andrea strikes again

I decided to film the opening of Miguel's Moleskine bearing Andrea's latest contribution.

See it on Vimeo.
Or fast forward to the scan and a photo:

Unveiling secrets

The moment of truth is arrived (by mail) and now we finally know that Juj is actually a groundhog trainer. As this image clearly tells, Juj has some skilled contributors (will some of them become some day independent artists?)

On the next pic we can see better some face expression that makes me think the groundhog was negociating its fees.

Finally (and now seriously) a flat scan Judy sent to me in which we can see the fantastic drawing (see the fur) and the great idea of repeating Gabi's forest on the easel painting to continue the moley.

But I keep on wandering, who did the scan?
Is the idea really a Juj's idea?
Is it a portrait or a self portrait??

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Good things come in small packages

I don't have a whole lot to say about this - the pictures speak for themselves. Gabi's contribution is absolutely amazing. Andrea, we could stop now and your moly would be platinum.

I will say it is sooooo much fun to see this work in real life. As amazing as it appears here, it is absolutely no comparison to the reality. I will also say that this particular moly is traveling with some nice surprises, but since no one else has mentioned them I've decided to let them be a surprise for the rest of you as well. Just something else to look forward to!

Finally, I've got to say it's so inspiring to have this work in my hands - my head is already buzzing with ideas - and I am honored and appreciative.

Now, without further ado:

Gabi's work (the flat scan):

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Gabi's work (the photo):

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France to Gabi (SEAMLESS!):

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The whole enchilada (this part's getting harder! lol):

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

"Little Green" is in the mail and "Mail" is here

Hola fellow moleskineXers. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to share France's goodness on Suzanne's "mail" moley. I just had too much moley action going on here. "Little Green" from Andrea is on its way to Judi now. Give the pix a good click to enjoy France's beautiful line work and commentary.

Friday, August 1, 2008

still unfolding

Miguel's Moley has left the building. I adore this view of it. All those colours working in harmony. Anyway, chums, I'm sorry for holding stuff up at this bit of the chain. I am the weakest link. Goodbye.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

juj, did you ever think you'd see your Moley on the roof of my shed?

Seriously. How cute? Here's Suzanne's contribution to Juj's Moley.

This drawing makes me smile every time I look at it. Basically, it makes me happy. The funny thing is when I used to spend my summers fruit picking I would have two tents - one to sleep in the other as a store. At one point a frog made a home in the store tent. I let him stay there (I wasn't going to move him after all), so we had a tent each. Therefore, the answer to the question is (kind of )yes!

It's so cool to see artwork from a different 'artist' every time you get a new Moley. You almost forget that. It's like an extra little surprise. Juj your work is so clean, it's an absolute pleasure to have your Moley in my possession. And good to see the turtle in the flesh. I feel like I know him so well already. I have an idea where I'm going with this one, but I really must put the finishing touches to Miguel's first. I will, I WILL, put that in the post to France this week.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

France's homage to Andrea

I'm really speechless. I have this moly and Suzanne's on my desk and I have no idea how on earth I'm going to follow these amazing drawings. France, mon amie, extraordinaire! Andrea, you're getting an awesome moly here, I hope I don't mess it up too much!

par avon

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France's moly is on it's way to Miguel ~

Friday, July 18, 2008

Back from Paellaland

Hi all, I'm back home again after a little trip to Javea, where my parents will soon move leaving Madrid. It's a very very very nice little town, with a fantastic weather, nice beaches and coves, beautiful places to visit and a fantastic cuisine (many rice recipes most of them paellas). Here you can see Fabio and Roberta licking their lips before an "arroz a banda" (paella with fish) and a "paella de marisco" (paella with seafood).

Apart from sea, sun, sand, swim and swallow, there was obviously much scribble and sketch (I'll let you see on the next days).
Back at home one of the first things I did was to take a look to the mail because I hoped Gabi's moly should be at Suzanne's and... wow, you made my day, thank you all!
I drew this with some remote psycodelia influence after the leaf turtle (and some remote memories of Moebius/Arzach atmospheres in mind, France sure knows and maybe you all). Here is my flat scan, hope colors haven't changed this time. It was made with a Copic Drawing Pen (fantaaaastic tool!!) for the linework and Stabilo 68, 88 and Faber Castell Pitt for the color.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

unfolding horizons

Look what I got in the mail this weekend! I'm speechless. Really. Miguel's talent with perspective and color are absolutely breathtaking. I feel so honored to get to draw next to this.

Eeeek! I love seeing the three perspectives together! Great theme Gabi!

Beautiful transition here: