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Uxmalico - Uncovering the Musical Mystery

for The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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Silkartisan October 12, 2010

I love your musical mugs. I can't wait to see more of your sketchbook pages!

katelynlw October 4, 2010

any updates on the sketchbook?

yard_ape August 21, 2010

Paul, thanks for the comment!  no i haven't tried doing photo transfer on clay, would like to give it a try.  i haven't been working in clay lately (i need to get busy and make some more sculptures...)

ellywright August 21, 2010

Hi Paul,
It's a long time since I have had such a considered and constructive critique. I have revisited the book again, looking through your eyes and can see what you mean. I now realise that the second part (the Gardens of Delight) looks more interesting and not only because of the different subject matter. Count on it that I shall make revisions in the light of your suggestions. You must be a wonderful tutor to your students. It's what good teaching is all about. Tell 'm what's good about their work and then make suggestions as to how it could be even better! Thanks for this invaluable contribution.

knesi07 August 2, 2010

thanks for your kind words regarding my elephant sketchbook.  sorry it has taken so long for me to respond, summer is a lot of traveling around for me. 

as for the 2011 sketchbook, my theme is dirigibles and submersibles.  i haven't even started yet!  last year i was working on it the night before the due date.  i have a tendency to procrastinate when it comes to these projects that are for "fun".

i hate the paper in the sketchbooks also, so i'm thinking that i will replace it this year w/watercolor paper or a vellum bristol.  not sure yet.

off to look at YOUR work now!  thanks for friending me...


Heather Gordy
Heather Gordy July 27, 2010

Thanks for your comments. It took me a long time to embrace mixed media. Now I can't seem to get enough of it.

Best of luck with your first sketchbook. It can seem a bit overwhelming at first, at least it did for my first one last year, but one naturally finds a groove. Before you know it, you'll have it completed and itching to do more.

MugPhlute July 21, 2010

Elly, I chose the Below the Surface theme as well and am playing with the idea of describing the archeological discovery of Uxmalico (a fictional Mayan community from The MugPhlute Chronicles) in a fictional, journal style record.

I just today did my first draft of a cover and some templates for the journal...but I am struggling with the paper stock provided in the original sketchbook. I may replace the original with either a 2-ply Bristol paper or a smooth, Strathmore watercolor stock.  I have not done pen and ink wash in 40+ years and want to pull that media out of moth balls for this project...if not, I may stick to a monochromatic pallette of watercolor wash with ink linework.  Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.


ellywright July 21, 2010

Hi Paul, What interesting work on your websites. Some pieces are very beautiful. Look forward to seeing your sketchbook. What is your theme? I've started, but am quite a slow worker (where art is concerned). Theme: 'Below the surface'.

MugPhlute July 15, 2010

I'm still trying to decide if I want to use the original stock or to replace it with something like bristol stock so I can use markers. Any advice?

I have bounced around a storyboard idea that I can use to give the sketchbook some structure, but I wouldn't say that I have officially started sketching.

...and thanks for the 'friend' connection!,

Nancy Martini
Nancy Martini July 15, 2010

Thanks for your comments... Have you started your sketchbook yet? Beautiful mug!


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