Gridded Moleskine in B&W

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

This is a journal that I started late last year; challenging myself to fill the entire journal using only black, white & gray pens, markers & pencils. I'm figuring out how to do a lot of different things, stuff like adding contrast, drawing faces, adding shadows. Yes, metallics and white markers are approved for this one, but I have yet to use them! At some point I will work on cross-hatching too.

5x8" Moleskine, Artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, Artwork by Tammy Garcia.

I like to just draw instead of planning out what I will draw. When I focus on just the lines, all sorts of happy accidents occur - stuff that could not possibly happen if I tried to strategize or micro-manage my work. It's a treasure hunt - a fragment of a word overlaps with an image to create an accidental symbol. 

I'm an idea thinker-upper. An idea generator. I sit down with a cup of french press jamaica blue mountain coffee and draw. I draw while I watch TV. I draw while I wait for the kids in the carpool line {the car is in park, don't worry}. In waiting rooms and cafés and in hotel rooms. 

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" Moleskine, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

The pages in this journal are pretty fluid - I really never know what will happen until it happens. They evolve over the course of several days; I have several pages in process at any given time. This is like building an interlocking puzzle. Each time I open the journal, I see an unfinished page with fresh perspective. It's intriguing to see concepts and symbols emerge at random intersections. The subject matter comes from my imagination, from a visual spark in the room, product packaging or images cut from magazines [tucked in the back of the journal in a pocket]. For example, my daughter's variegated bamboo knitting yarn wrapped in a ball inspired a graphical pie chart; knots inspired doodles.

I keep working on a page until it seems visually balanced, whether it is truly balanced... no earthly idea! It's about the act of drawing. 

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