Thursday, April 30, 2009


Hello, I'm Rob I'm from NY. This is my first exchange and I'm looking forward to it. I've been doing artwork for as long as I can remember. I mostly draw, I find it more comforting than painting or doing sculpture but I do paint from time to time just to break things up. I also do wet photography I shoot 35mm, medium format and when I can get my hands on one I shoot with a field camera. I like filling up sketchbooks and journals. I suppose you can say I like documenting things. I'm definitely looking forward to getting to know everyone and seeing everyone's work. I'm going to start working on mine a ASAP. Please feel free to email me whenever you'd like I'm always available.

Rob P (kip sauce)

Julie's selfportrait - Work in progress...

I spent few days staring at my blank moleskine, too scared to draw a single line on it. I finally jumped and this is what came out... me at my desk, chewing my pen and wondering what to draw... I have not decided yet what is the background, maybe just colors and shapes... I think I'm going to work with color ink on this one, even if I'm really not sure if this kind of paper is good for liquid medium. I will post the result later.

Does any of you have started yet? I can't wait to see everybody's work! :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Blogger Technical Limitation.

Feeling out of touch with the group?

There is a an unfortunate limitation to Blogger that effects communication in the moly_x_portrait groups. Comment notification only allows ten email addresses. Our portrait groups have 15 members, so 5 people miss out on email notifications of comments left on this blog.

Go to upper right of blog, select customize>settings>comments>and scroll down to comment notification email if you are wondering if your email address made it on the list. If you didn't make it on the list, please try to read the blog regularly. Also, if someone could set this group up with cBox, this would be a helpful communication tool. To check it out go to moly_x_portrait1 and scroll down to the bottom of the page. I can't do it. Only one free cBox per email address.

FYI: All of the group's email addresses are available to the group through customize>settings>permissions, in case someone wants to do a group email.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

e's inelliquent bio

Hi all, sorry for the late bio entry, no excuse except to say I'm really not all that comfortable writing about myself so procrastination came dang easy. I am sorry though, as happens in my family, Catholic guilt comes very easy too.

In the picture above, I'm the guy with the dog. I also live with a real dog, four legs and fur and all that, but unfortunately he ducked just as this snap snapped. I also live with a wife, my wife I should clarify, not someone else's. She's awesome, so really, if I were writing a bio about her, I would've been done with something glowing a long time ago. But since this is about me, well, it'll be late, short, and probably goofy.

We coexist in a small crib in Vancouver BC's oldest hood that could only be called Strathcona, though by any other name it would smell just as sweet, and when rain drizzles as oft does in these parts, it even makes it's own gravy. O', Strathcona, the recently gentrifying eye of the proverbial hurricane that does so cozily snuggle into the armpit of Chinatown where the tasio bau are always fresh and East Hastings where strange wildlife wanders to and fro midst traffic with wild cries of hubris and intermittent camaraderie.

We cohabitate with a big dog, four cats that sometimes elect to avoid each other for that occasional, very welcome quiet evening, and a couple fish tanks, one full of snails, one full of fairly large and generally sort of scary looking fish, and both respectively, full of water. We also have a lot of plants, books, toys, knicknacks, Guadalupe icons, candy skulls, and Jason masks of various scales. There's a lot of other stuff too. The cool and respectable stuff is probably my wife's. The stuff that looks like it was raided from Stan Winston's or George Lucas's basement, yeah, that'd probably be mine.

My day job, well, my only job outside of household chores is serving as a game designer for a megalithic video game company on a top secret title I can't mention by name lest a swarm of locusts converge on my countenance to consume my something else that starts with the letter "c". Not a bad word, mind you. This isn't that sort of programming. Something safe like "cranium" or "cavities" although "fillings" would make more sense. But I digress.

I've worked as a game artist, writer, sound editor, and more than less, a designer. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I broke too many builds upon a time so I got put in a department where I could do even more, er- I mean "less" harm. Any rate, there I've remained, and I like what I do, at least, when it's creative and doesn't involve not seeing the sun for a week straight.

I've otherwise designed some toys, done a smidgen or two of band art, some college newspaper cartoons, and hosted an overnight radio show that inspired late night grocery store stock boys to get day jobs. And I know a few Cantonese swear words, but again, not that sort of programming, although "Cantonese" does indeed start with a "c".

I enjoy the Moly exchanges because they compel me to work outside my comfort zone. And if you read"comfort" (another "c" word) as "lethargic" (ends with "c") then you're on the nudge wink tip for sure. I get inspired unfolding each one that gets posted or arrives in the mail (sorry for the pun on "posted" there).

I love the wide range of skills people in the exchanges have, and I'm humbled to be a contributor, as frankly, all kidding aside, I'm just what happens when a kid doesn't stop drawing monsters and rock logos and other macho goofy stuff in the margins of their spiral bound high school notebooks.

Being a part of these has been educational and rewarding, if only for me and not necessarily for whomever ends up with my couple three pages of "Solid Gold" Contribution (notice I've stopped acknowledging "c" words now, well except for this last one, and that doesn't count, as I was making an observation. Sorry!).

And kudos to Marty and everyone else for keeping this going. I know that this portrait group has been a little slow to launch. I think this will prove a case of quality making the wait worthwhile. Even if you spell "quality" with a "c" as I just did (thank you, Spell Check!).

Great to meet all of you, thank you for the wonderful bios, and apologies for my tardy attempt to lower the bar a touch! I started my book a little while ago and passed it on to Aaron, however once we sort out our proper mailing order I'll work with Aaron to ensure the book "posts" on to whomever is next to make it all better, and warm up my hands for whomever is brave enough, er-... next in line to send their book on to me.


claire's bio

Hi All... looks like I am in on this one! Yippee! It is going to be great!

My name is Claire.
I live on Gabriola Island on the westcoast of Canada (4,500 people), surrounded by trees, sandstone and the ocean.
I am a mom of two crazy little gals (4 and 8), and a mexican mutt. I am married to a great guy too (who puts up with all the estrogen in this family).
I am a self taught illustrator, and I run my own business creating custom chalkboard signs and shipping them all over the place, so I pretty much get to draw every day (this exchange will be a welcome change from tomatoes and coffee cups thats for sure)...
When I do get any free time, I spend most of it on the water. We have a 36' sailboat that we are fixing up for an 'extended' voyage (hopefully a couple of years) leaving fall 2010!
I also really enjoy yoga, cycling, running, knitting, kayaking, practicing my guitar, drawing and painting (of course) and pretty much anything outside or in/on/under the water... and I admit I enjoy playing my hubby's xbox from time to time!!

Looking forward to getting to know all of you!


Friday, April 24, 2009

to clear things up...

Ok, so I have yet to be a part of a portrait moly, so my question is this;
do we use japanese fold or plain sketchbook form?
also, do we draw our portrait on on side and then the person we are sending ours too on the next page? and then the next moly we get, do we just draw the next persons portrait?
this is probably worded terribly, but i would love to start drawing and just want to clear it all up. 
I am however, very very excited!

Hi Friends.

I'm am posting to find out who is still interested in participating in this group, and to see if we can get this party started. There are a number of people who are anxious to participate in a moly_x_portrait group. I would like to see them organized into groups by the end of next week. If you have doubts about your ability or desire to participate, please be considerate of others who truly want to participate, and retire. There are too many moly_x groups that are stalled and withering.

Please write to me or post to the blog, and let us know whether you are interested or not so much. Thank you all.



Sunday, April 19, 2009

gabi stern bio

hi everyone!
I really want to start exchanging!
My name is Gabriela, I'm 29 years old.
I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I also have a cat named Pola.
I'm a graphic designer and I work at home now..I also make bookbindings!
I like to draw everyday!! And i love making pinhole photos too.
My first language is Spanish and i'm studying german now.
I like to travel as much as I can, even going to little town near this city to escape from caos and relax and make drawings in the open air. I love nature and plants...
I think it's very difficult to describe myself and in English it's even more difficult!

I hope we start soon to exchange our moleskines!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Julie's Bio

I'm really excited to join this sketchbook exchange group!

My name is Julie
I'm 29 years old
I live in Montréal, Canada, with my 2 cats (Smith & Bibi)
I have been working as a colorist in post-production (video and film) and I will be starting a Major in Film Animation this fall in Concordia University.
I love to draw and I think that participating to this exchange will challenge myself and help me to stay motivated!
I play viola... well, let's say I'm trying very hard to play :)
I like live music shows too. My favorite bands of all times are A Silver Mt Zion and Neutral Milk Hotel
My favorite artists are Egon Schiele, William Kentridge, Jan Svankmajer and Elizabeth Peyton.
I like bowling, vintage fashion, flea markets and rusty things.
My first language is French, I speak English too, but not perfectly

you can view some of my artworks and reference photos here

I will get a Japanese fold Moleskine this week and try to draw my face! :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I'd like to draw some faces

I'd personally love to get this thing off the ground. I'm surprised there hasn't been more interest in order to fill the final spots.