Wednesday, May 19, 2010


It's been a while since I've mentioned the amazing Moly_X otherwise known as the International Moleskine Exchange. Moly_X is an awesome project started by Marty Harris, wherein groups of artists exchange small Japanese folding sketchbooks adding entries into each one and passing it on to the next artist in line.

Recently, I recruited a few new artists to re-boot the Moly_X Portrait Group I'm in and we've been having a great time doing portraits of each other. I'm particularly pleased with the latest one I just completed:

This is the start of my own book for the exchange. It marks the first time I've tried to paint in one of these books and I'm really happy with the way it came out. I can't wait to see how the other artists continue this image. One of the most interesting things about these exchanges is how artists interact with each other on the page.


Shirley said...

Wonderful portrait! Does this Moleskine have paper like their sketchbook? What type of paint are you using?

Alex said...

Great job on the self-portrait. I saw MolyX a couple of years back and thinking it's one of the coolest projects ever.

EscapeHatch said...

Thanks you two!

Shirley, the paper is the same as in the sketchbooks (thicker with a very smooth finish) and I used acrylic paint here. It works very well. I've heard some people have a lot of trouble working with watercolors in these books.

Alex, you should find a group and join in! It's a blast!

Patsy Taylor-Craw said...

Wonderful portrait! Sounds like you are all having a great time with these. Thanks for sharing.

rrARTz said...

beautifully done! those projects sound like a lot of fun!

Aarti Harish said...

Pretty neat work,liked the portrait very much...!!!