Thursday, December 30, 2010

Entry Progress

Hi Ladies. Just figured I'd check in to see how everyone's latest entries are going. It's been a while since we've seen anything, but I'm guessing if you are anything like me the past few months have been pretty busy.

I figured I'd share the sketch I've done for my entry into Stacy's Dia de los Muertos book. My next step is to transfer it to her actual sketchbook and then add color. Hopefully after all the New Year's festivities.

Happy New Year's everyone!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Father update....

Thanks for all of the well wishes ladies! My father is doing very well ~ he will actually be coming home today! My kids are both very excited - my little one has missed his Papa. He still has a good 6-8 weeks before he will even be considered healed, but we are glad he is coming home.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stacey's Book

Stacey's book just arrived safe and sound from Dana. Looks great. I can't wait to get started on it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


It took me longer than expected, but I finally finished my entry in Dana's Pirate book. I continuted with Dana's "girl pirate" idea. It was done in acrylic.

Here is the entry:

Here is the whole book so far:

Hope you like it Dana. I had a lot of fun with this one.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stacey's Moly Finished!

Finally, after a lot of thought and revisiting my high school Spanish class memories, I am finished with my entry in Stacey's Dia de los Muertos moleskine! I decided to draw some Skeleton Mariachi band musicians as if the woman in Stacey's entry was in the foreground and they were sort of behind her.

The only question I have before I send it on to Natalie is am I supposed to sign in on the first page? It's so beautiful I was scared to because I was unsure if it was what you wanted or not.

I'll take a high quality photo or two tomorrow to upload on my flickr account as well, sorry I know there is a glare in this image.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Natalie's Moly

Tomorrow I'll send Natalie's Moly to Stacey ;) I wonder how it looks with your beautiful entries.
and I added you emails to the e-mail notification, so now everyone will get an email everytime somebody publish new post. Please check you emails in the settings --> email and mobile .
Happy drawing/painting to everyone! :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stacey's book has arrived!

Stacey's book arrived in the mail today!

I may need to do a little homework on this topic before I start my entry in this book but wow it looks great, I love the fan and I hope I can come up with a strong transition!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My moly

At long last - here are the finished entries in my moly...

Danica's moly - sneak peek

Here is a sneak peak of the beginning of my entry in Danica's moly

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Natalie's Moly

Hi girls,
Today I finished the circus Moly, I hope you like it :) I used over 3 pages, but I really enjoyed it, it was much fun! :)

Natalie - Circus theme
Natalie - Circus theme

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dana's Moly

I'm very exited to have recieved Dana's Moly today. Can't wait to start working on it!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Danica's Moly

Arrived in the mail yesterday! It is fantastic! The wheels in my head are already turning with ideas.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Natalie's Moly

I received Natalie's Moly today! And it's beautiful :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Technical Question

Hey, do any of you know if there is a setting in Blogger that I can add so I get updated via email, when there is a new blog post? I get email updates when someone adds a comment to any of my posts, but not when a brand new post goes up. It would be nice to know to go look at the blog as soon as something new has been posted.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Entry Finished

Here it is, all finished. I'll be sending it out to Danica tomorrow, if I can get to the Post Office. All was done in acrylic.

Page:

First Entry:

Monday, September 6, 2010


Should be sending this out tomorrow :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pirates! Progress Shot Number 2

I really was aiming for the Sept. 1st deadline but I had some issues with this one!

I was okay with what I ended up doing for her hair and actually really liked how the blue water shapes were looking until I colored them... I'm not used to the markers I used and they totally bled past my outlines so I had to do a little reconstruction...

The flash picked up some of my original pencil sketch and made some of the metallic silver sharpie parts look a little weird, but all in all this is how it looks right now.

Drawing the mouth, little more color and maybe adding something else to the background then I'm done. Should be mailed out by Monday, and I will post with a completed picture.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

MolyX78 - 1st entry

Here is the prelim sketch for my 1st entry in my Dia de los Muertos moly. Now to add some color.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sign in page - progress

Here is the start of my Dia de los Muertos moly. I can't wait to add color!!!

First Entry Progress

Hey Everyone! Just thought I'd post some images of my progress so far with my first entries to my circus book.

Sign in Page:

and first entry:

Now I just need to add some color. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done and to get started on the next book.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hello Everyone!!!

Hello, I have been assigned to help moderate (a moly mentor if you will) your fantastic moly group along it's journey... if anyone has questions, needs help in any way (doing laundry excluded) please let me know. Feel free to contact me on my flickr page:
Hopefully books are rotating once a month to keep the flow of the group going!!!
Good luck everyone!!!

So looks like first mail out is coming up fast!!!! Is everyone on track... I have found it's best for everyone to mail out at the same time to keep the flow of books moving and don't forget to let the group know when you have received a book from someone... keep all the great post and work coming!!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

September 1st - deadline

So, it looks like the majority of us are in agreement that September 1st will be out deadline for finishing up our first entries. We seem to have gotten off to a bit of a slow start but maybe we can pick up now and get a good momentum going.

My Moly issues have finally gotten worked out and I am ready now with my theme and blank moly and loads of ideas. Just as a bit of a teaser...I am going with a Dia de los Muertos theme and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I will try to remember to take some progress pictures and post them when I get a chance.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dana's intro and first entry!

Hello group, I am back from vacation and wanted to take a quick minute to introduce myself, reveal my theme, and post a progress shot of what I have done so far!

First things first, my name is Dana Bower, I live in Perrysburg, Ohio where I currently run my own graphic design company. I have only been out of college for a year so I have only had the opportunity to work with a number of clients, but my business is doing well and I hope to have a company website launched by January 1st 2011.

My theme for this moleskine is Pirates! The school I went to since kindergarten actually had the pirate as its mascot, and when I was in high school, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies first came out, so this theme seemed to fit well with me.

Check out my progress shot for now, hopefully a more finished one later this week and a completed entry early next week!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

What´s up?

Hi guys!
I´m just wondering how it looks with your first entries :)
Greetings from Tarragona!

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Theme - The Circus

Hi All. I went back and forth with a bunch of different theme ideas, but ultimately decided to do the Circus as my theme. I love illustrating with lots of bright colors and patterns and usually wind up drawing scenes and characters from fairy tales. I think the circus has a lot of similarities to fairy tales, with their animals, beautiful ladies, strong men, ect... so I though this theme would be really fun. And it's a subject I've never done before. Right now my ideas are all in my head, but as soon as I start putting pencil to paper, I'll update you all on my progress.

Now a little about me. I live in Southern New Hampshire with my husband, about an hour from Boston. I went to art school and have a degree in illustration, which unfortunately I don't get to use very much. For my regular job I design websites for schools, but I'd love to illustrate children's books someday. I paint a lot of furniture and paintings for children's rooms, mostly for friends and family, so I don't often make much money at that. :-) This is my first Moly exchange and I'm really excited about it. I discovered it existed a while ago and really wanted to get into it. I'm always trying to think up new projects for myself to help me perfect my illustration style and I'm excited to be interacting with other creative minds.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Introducing Stacey Duvall...

Well, as you probably all know by now - I'm Stacey.
I should also mention I am a control freak - hence the recruiting and organizing of the group that I did.
I'm a 36yr old (or at least I will be in a couple of weeks) wife and mother.
I have 2 boys (ages 5 and 13) and 4 step-children [1boy-15, 1girl-13 and twin girls-10].
In August I will have been married for 3yrs.
I work at the local electric company here in Austin, Texas.

I have NO formal art experience or training - to be honest I stumbled upon a blog over a year ago and I thought to myself "I can draw" lets see what I can do. I bought and read a lot of books about drawing and painting and seem to have a natural talent that I am developing. I have dabbled in a number of creative arenas - sewing, scrapbooking, card making, yard art, drawing, watercolor and acrylic. I am still learning each of them everyday. I have found that being creative can be both a blessing and a curse but I do so love to see images come to life on a piece of paper.

#1 The Sea

moly_x_78 first entry in progress

well, this is just a teaser, just to let you know that I am clear about my theme now - "The Sea". There is still lot of work on this piece, I'll let you know when it will be finished :)
I thought it would be nice if everyone could write a short self-introduction to get to know each other. So, well, I'm Danica and I am a student of Architecture in Bratislava (little city on Danube in Slovakia), I am obsessive tea-drinker and dog-lover. I've spent one and a half month in New Zealand and it has been the greatest experience and also inspiration in my life :) In a month I will be preparing an art festival in Tarragona, Spain. That 's also the reason why I want to finish my Moly as soon as possible, because I would like to send it to the next person before I leave :)
Looking forward to reading about you guys :)

PS: I'm very sorry that my English isn't faultless but I'm working on it :P

And here it is! ^^
my entry_Molyx78

Friday, June 18, 2010

Address info...

You should all have received a flickr message from me containing the info for the person you will be mailing to and the name and email address of the person you will be receiving mail from. Please excuse the his/her tense used as I was trying to send the same basic email to everyone and forgot to change it.

Welcome to Moly_x_78!!

I know that we are all eager to get here are a few guidelines to remember as we begin our new moly exchange. Most of us have been in a moly group before but we can all benefit from a little refresher. If anyone has any questions at any time please feel free to ask. This blog is the best way for us all to easily communicate with one another, so please use it. No question is too small.

* At this time please decide whether you want your moly to have a theme or if you want to go theme-less.

* Each artist starts with a large Japanese accordion fold Moleskine – be sure to put your Name, address, email address inside book. You may choose at this point to create a ‘sign in’ page for your moleskine where each artist can sign their name.

* We are going to go with the flow ~ but as a guideline each artist should try to make their entry within 4 weeks and then mail the moly to the next person.

* Each artist’s entry will be approx. 3 pages. Each book will make 2 rounds. Please feel free to post pictures of your progress and or finished entries to the blog for the other members to see.

* Artists are encouraged to interact with other images in the book. Please be respectful.

* When the book is full (when one side of the unfolded book is filled) the book will be sent back to its original owner. That artist may continue by buying a new book and sending it to the next person.

* If at any time you should decide not to continue, simply keep your book when it comes back to you. If you do decide not to continue, please post a message on the blog to let the other members know that you choose not to continue. The group will then decide if they want to find a new person.

* Please communicate regularly via this blog. Create a post to let the group know that you have received/sent a book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

I will be emailing each of you the address information you will need for the person that you will be mailing to. I will also send you the email address for the person who will be mailing to you. Please keep in contact either by email or by blog post so that everyone knows what is going on.