Moly X-42: Jenn’s "Favorite Animal" Moly

Finally finished Jenn’s moly, and now it will be returning to her. I worked up the preliminary sketch back on January 3rd. A delicate inquiry on the MolyX-42 site was just the prodding I needed to finish up. I promised I’d get it done this weekend. Sometimes deadlines are good things.

A shot of the work in progress:

Link to the preliminary sketch where you can find all the proper photo credits: Vive le roi!

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Vive le roi!

After ruminating for a LONG time, and drawing a veritable menagerie of animals, I’ve finally centered my attention on the king of beasts for Jenn’s “Favorite Animal” moleskine for MolyX-42. Focusing my attention on just one animal was tough, cuz I like them all! But the photo really inspired me on this one.

I’m working from a photo by Beverly Joubert that appeared on the conservation page in the January 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine. You can view the original photo here.

More information about the Big Cats Initiative.

Posting the rough might let the cat out of the bag (sorry… you know I just had to), but there are some compositional foibles here, and the final will have a bit more going on—I think… or maybe not… hmmmmm.

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Moly X-42: Lynne’s "Superstitions" Moly

Ladybug, ladybug,
fly away home,
Your house is on fire
your children all roam.

Ladybug, ladybug,
fly away home,
and show me from whence
my husband shall come.

Just finished this tonight, and I’ll be shipping it off to Massachusetts tomorrow. Still have Jenn’s “Favorite Animal” Moly to complete. It’ll will be the last entry in her book!

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Christmas in April

It was Christmas in April when the mail came this morning—so many treasures!

My long anticipated copy of Sketch Infectus by Joe Bluhm arrived with his promised original sketch and extra goodies. I’ll be lingering over the pages of this book. Until I do (this evening) it is going to sit on the corner of my desk whispering the promise of good times to come. Drool….

Padded envelope #2 showed Amy’s now familiar handwriting, and inside was Chensio’s Moly for the MolyX 42 exchange. I instantly opened the pages unveiling the amazing work so far captured therein, and just stood for a while staring. Seeing these moleskines up close and personal is an understated but definite benefit to being involved in an exchange. I will greedily be shooting snaps before I send the book onward. Drool again….

Finally, a chubby envelope demanded my attention, and inside I found the also long anticipated wedding invitation of a friend and colleague.

I wish my mail could be like this every day. But as with all special occasions, if they happened every day would they be as special?

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