Welcome to International Fake Journal Month 2013!

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View a Couple of Roz's Past Fake Journals
Roz's 2009 fake journal takes place in an alternate Twin Cites, where disease has killed the human and bird populations. (It ends up being an upbeat tale of friendship.) Watch a video flip through of Roz's 2009 fake journal here.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

April 6 in Roz's 2012 Fake Journal

Above: April 6 in the 2012 fake Journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Read below for details.

Being a mentor sometimes sucks. You want to be your normal sarcastic self—that self who is so popular at dinner parties. But as a mentor you are responsible as the last wall of defense for the spirit of another. You have to hold the snippy part of yourself in check and allow the protege to decide when it's time to fully take down the wall.
Kelsy dropped by for her tutorial this morning. All was fine until she started talking about Rembrandt and light. "He starts with the darks," she exclaimed, breathless, launching into an argument that totally explains the flatness in value of her thumbnail sketches. 
Slowly, patiently I showed her, with the help of his glorious etchings, how Rembrandt starts with the light and builds his darks around them reverently, ecstatically. He holds on to the light. And now she has a week's assignment to do the same.
[Image caption] April 6, 2012 4 p. window #15 The sky was more cobalt but the paint didn't wat to blend.

The journal is a 7 x 10 inch handmade journal containing Nideggen paper. The pen used is a Preppy fountain pen. The pencil used in the drawing is a Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watersoluble Colored Pencil and the sky is rendered with gouache.

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