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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Sketchbook Samplings

Seeing as I'm participating in an up and coming sketchbook show (that I will soon be sharing with you all), I started to look through old sketchbooks. The sketchbook I'm currently working in for the show is thematic and is a little pocket moleskine, which is a great departure from the old stuff, which was done in my all time favorite kind of sketchbooks (pre-moleskine mania) a blue linen heavyweight sketchbook I used to get at Kate's Paperie in NYC.

The cover of one of my old sketchbooks I realized some of these older whimsical little colorful entries were from way back before I ever had a blog.

Sketchbooks are visual diaries for artists and one of my favorite past-times is to surf the internet and find sketchbook pages of varying artists to show my students. Final, polished illustrations are always great, but the process of artistic and creative cognition in a sketchbook is priceless. So with that said I wanted to share some of my sketchbook samplings with you...

sketchbook page - marisol diaz

These are a couple of non-representational entries from back when I was inspired by the decorations on cakes - dreaming of Mai sweetshop before it ever existed!

sketchbook page by marisol diaz I laughed when I saw this entry, since I remember doing it in a car as a passenger on a road-trip - why is that funny? I now spend so much God-forsaken-time commuting in the car and am always seeing this kind of road, that these days this is the LAST thing I would place in my sketchbook!

sketchbook page by marisol diaz

This next one was a sketchbook page that I worked on in layers (there are some napkin prints glued on and drawn over), I remember working on this during a family gathering with my little cousins around and helping me glue and stamp.

sketchbook page by marisol diaz sketchbook by maisol diaz

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little blast from my artistic past. Please let me know what you think! And tell me please! Are you 'moleskine-wild' or do you have a different, favorite kind of paper/sketchbook to document the camera in your heart?

Reader Comments (6)

I love these old sketchbooks, especially the house with all of the layering. About my own preferences, I use alot of sketchbooks so I usually choose cheaper as long as the paper is fairly smooth but I do love moleskines and the life they have in the pages.

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

I love Moleskines (when I can afford them) but I also like making my own journals out of different papers I collect here and there. It's all good to me...just a place to get down what I'm thinking and feeling...the "camera in my heart", as you so eloquently put it.
Thanks so much for the visit...and yes, we do have similar tastes. I love your sketches/art. Beautiful all but I think the "La Pina" is my favorite. Awesome!
Peace & Love,

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Wow Ms. Diaz!!!! I am loving these sketchbook pieces., especially the abstract cake inspired ones. The movement is great. Makes me think of dancing. It's so great to get a glimpse into the working mind of an artist. I was always shy about displaying my sketches because they weren't "finished." I have to admit I own a moleskin, and use it frequently. Mine's very very small though, and I like to work with ink pens.
Mr. Emery sent me the link to your blog and I'm so glad he did! Also VERY happy to see you guys together.
Hope all is well in Dwight world!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia Winter

I love the first two, especially the bottom parts of the designs, but my favorite is definitely the house ! It's really different;I like that:]]
what's moleskine?

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Brandi

Hey Marisol..The cake inspired drawings are beautiful...theyre super organic. reminds me of plants and flowers... i love it.. your blog is pretty awesome, i will definately check back more often ! and btw love the cupcake drawing you made... hehe "eat me" hehehe. i love cupcakes and am a huge HUGE fan of your artwork.! xoxo

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeronique Broussard

i lovelove the house one.

i decided on animals... otter or elephant. you can decide which one represents me best. :)

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisabellawhitney

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