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  • A while ago I established an online magazine called "b* creative" of which I am the editor and creative director. The idea behind b* creative is that it's focused on bringing people the best of creativity and inspiration from around the world. Every piece of work showcased in the magazine has a link back to the source so that every artist can gain as much exposure as possible. Every month there is a different theme. You check the publication out here:
  • Editor’s Note (The Sketches & Doodles Issue)

    A while ago we posted a very interesting piece of work on our Facebook Fan Page that stimulated a lot of talk about sketching and doodling. The piece itself was done by an artist we have featured in this month’s issue, an artist with a very unique and interesting style - Andrea Joseph. Her drawing of two converse sneakers amongst a million doodles and sketches evoked in us a feeling of longing for the good old days, when digital drawing was but a distant dream. It reminded us that even in this day and age, creating something with your own bare hands without the help of technology truly is gratifying.

    And so the “sketch and doodle” issue was born! This month we have collected an amazing array of work by artists who still use pen and paper (okay, so maybe it’s not always a pen they use, but you get the drift). There are sketches and doodles of all sorts, with themes from life drawing to the completely abstract. The artists we have chosen to interview all have their own little twist on how they create their masterpieces and we think you’ll be very impressed with their efforts.

    A recurring tool we’ve seen used by many people whose work we’ve showcased in this issue seems to be the Moleskine notebook, something we simply had to find out more about. If you’ve ever bought one of the legendary Moleskines you will have received a little history pamphlet with it that is rather inspirational. To quickly summarise, Moleskine is the celebrated notebook used by European artists and thinkers for the past two centuries, from Van Gough to Picasso, from Ernest Hemingway to Bruce Chatwin. A simple black rectangle with rounded corners, an elastic page-holder, and an internal expandable pocket: a nameless object with a spare perfection all its own, produced for over a century by a small French bookbinder that supplied the stationery shops of Paris, where the artistic and literary avant-gardes of the world browsed and bought them. A trusted and handy travel companion, the notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books. In the mid-1980s, these notebooks became increasingly scarce, and then vanished entirely. In his book The Songlines Chatwin tells the story of the little black notebook: in 1986, the manufacturer, a small family-owned company in the French city of Tours, went out of business. "Le vrai moleskine n'est plus," are the lapidary words he puts into the mouth of the owner of the stationery shop in the Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, where he usually purchased his notebooks. Chatwin
    set about buying up all the notebooks that he could find before his departure for Australia, but there were still not enough. In 1997, a small Milanese publisher brought the legendary notebook back to life, and selected this name with a literary pedigree to revive an extraordinary tradition. Following in Chatwin's footsteps, Moleskine notebooks have resumed their travels, providing an indispensable complement to the new and portable technology of today. Capturing reality in movement, glimpsing and recording details, inscribing the unique nature of experience on paper: Moleskine notebook is a battery that stores ideas and feelings, releasing its energy over time.

    Not long ago, something called the Moleskine Exchange began. It’s a project where several artists, each with their own Moleskine notebook, draw something on two facing pages of their book. They then send their book onto the next artist (a predetermined list is established in advance) and receive a book from another artist. They draw something on two facing pages and send the book onwards. This process is repeated until the artist receives his/her original Moleskine notebook. Talk about inspiration and history in the making! Many Moleskine Exchange programs are being conducted as I write this note and I urge you to begin your own, or join one. We’re thinking about starting a b* creative Moleskine exchange very soon.

    So to sum up – this month is all about natural! It’s about loosening your wrists and letting your imagination flow. It’s about not worrying if the lines are correct and if the colours match. It’s about putting pen to paper even if your concentrating on something else (my personal favourite time to doodle is when I’m talking on the phone). You’ll notice our illustrator Robin Va’auli really went out of his way this month, not only to sketch our cover, but to draw each one of us. How awesome!

    So until next time dear friends and readers don’t forget to: Imagine. Believe. Create. Achieve.