A moleskin notebook is a tool in every artist’s work bag. Mostly used for sketches, journaling, or doodles, the moleskin is considered a book of incomplete pieces–drawings that are a work in progress but not quite ready for primetime. But The Moleskin Project, a group exhibition presented by Hashimoto Contemporary, examines sketchbooks through a different paradigm, one where artists relinquish complete freedom on their blank moleskin pages, creating fully realized pieces that range from rough sketches of birds to colorful paintings of vibrant landscapes. Consisting of more than 70 artists from around the world, the exhibition unveils what happens when artists unleash their creativity on the little things.
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Last year, illustrator Gabriel Picolo started the 365 Days of Doodles Project to fight artistic procrastination. For 12 months he drew black and white sketches and uploaded his progress to his deviantArt page. But this year he wanted to focus less on doodles and more on color.
The Palette Project, a seven-month long color challenge, is a series where he creates new illustrations each month based around a central color. For February he tackled the color red, and now for March he’s tackling the color orange. By the end of August, seven colors will be completed. Picolo says the reason for the project is to practice creating sketches that aren’t black and white. You can track his status here.
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