The Magic of the Metasketchbook

A few years ago, I realized that I was completely OCD about my sketchbooks – once I did something that looked crappy, I couldn’t work in the sketchbook anymore.  (Obsessive, huh?)  I ended up with about five unfinished sketchbooks that had some really good stuff buried in them.

So in August of 2008, I took all my sketchbooks and tore out all the used pages.  I threw out the mistakes, the scribbles, the notes I didn’t need to use anymore, and I kept the good drawings.  I had sketchbooks dating back to about 2002 or 2003, and I tore all the stuff out of them, making “brand new” sketchbooks for me to use.

I took the good drawings and bound them into a book called the “Metasketch,”  effectively making a compliation or “greatest hits” of my sketchbook.

I found some awesome 70’s upholstery for the cover

The front page – I used Letraset letters for the words.  Yes, that’s a self-portrait there.

I had sketchbooks of all different sizes.  It was difficult to bind them into one book – it took forever to sew all the pages.

Yesterday, I bound a new book, since I had finished my current sketchbook.  The tough thing was that the sketchbook, which my mom had given me several Christmases ago, was HUGE!  I didn’t have enough bookboard to bind a hardcover book like the first Metasketch.  I also wanted to use a more efficient sewing technique.  So what I did was cut some cheap paper , folded it into a signature, sewed it, and then used rubber cement to glue all the pictures in.

I used some Egyptian bark paper for the cover.  It was expensive and hard to fold, but it’s so pretty and distinct!

This page has a bunch of Persona 4 fanart.  I especially like Scary Granite Grown-Up Nanako and Adachi’s Little Girl Bike.


Published in: on April 18, 2010 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Thar She Blows

My friend Anne, awesome buddy and mehndi artist extraordinaire, traded me some excellent henna for a book.  She and a friend are re-reading Moby-Dick and are going to pass a journal back and forth as they do so. So, I made her a Moby-Dick book and I am going to join in on the fun. I have never actually read any Melville, except for the time I had to read Billy Budd in high school, probably at gunpoint, and thought it was unintentionally hysterical. I have high hopes for Moby, though. At the very least it will earn me some literary karma, which I desperately need after reading not one but THREE Charlaine Harris books. Also, one time I think I accidentally read a Nora Roberts book. My excuse was that I had a 104.3 degree fever at the time.

Anyway, I think this came out pretty cute for a killer albino sperm whale:

These are the endleaves. My friend Meg convinced me to buy this cute little whale hole punch for the book, because it seemed wholly inappropriate for the theme. I concurred. Also, in this picture, you can see just how bad my dermatitis is.

Remember kiddos, if you like my handmade journals, I take commissions.  Email me at fienemanna@gmail.com and we’ll talk.  Just as a reminder too, I also take commissions for art, fanart, etc. etc.  I will not, however, come to your house and play the ukelele for your amusement.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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