Incredible Illustrations of Personal Experiences Expressed Through the Art of Notebooking by José Naranja

A lot of people do their best to document a trip and immortalize that moment through photography, videos, souvenirs, writings, but José Naranja does that through notebooking. To many who haven’t heard that expression, below you will see that this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing, interesting, and fun thing to do.

José is from Madrid, Spain. He has worked for many years as airplane engineer. As much as his job seemed very good in other people’s eyes, to him it was a it too technical. As the artist says, “Creative people need freedom to explore new paths.” Therefore, Jose started traveling, thinking, exploring and notebooking.

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“When I’m traveling all parts match as an organized dance,” said the artist when reached out by Earthwonders. ” I’ve been filling notebooks all my life but it was in 2005 when I discovered the brand Moleskine and I used that pocket notebook with black cover and elastic rubber. I fell in love with that style and it pushed me to develop my artwork more seriously.”

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The art in José’s notebooks is really fascinating. It is an enjoyable way for the artist to create new ideas and document experiences in an unique way. To him, notebooks are like teachers that often help him to see things more clear.

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To many who would love to start doing notebooking in the way that José does, he shared with us a little bit about his working process that will probably come in handy for anyone who’s looking for a place to start. “I write and draw about everything, almost everyday. All topics are welcome in my pages. I write about experiences, useful information, dreams, inventions, ideas or whatever comes from my mind. My journal is a little space for freedom. Always with some humor. Pocket notebooks are the perfect format to keep that information together. They are always near and ready to be used. No battery, no digital failures. Just open them and write. They invite to think and compile knowledge.”

Below, José shared with us a collection of some of the designs he did. Scroll down to check it out and get inspired for your next project.

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Earth Wonders granted permission to use photos by José Naranja.

NYC Subway Station Gets Remodeled in Colorful Dog Mosaics

Art in public transportation can make stations more than just places to wait. Mainly, because subway stations can be very gloomy and boring. Thus, an artsy way to spice up these public transportations is always a good idea. It is almost like it gives an identity to that space. And when people pass by to go to work or run errands, instead of a blank wall, they would have the chance to look at something brighter and happier. And it might slightly make their day better.

Accordingly, two different artists gathered together to make this American subway a place to present dogs in mosaics. And honestly who wouldn’t love an art piece whose a dog is featured in it. Especially if they are dressed in human clothes.

William Wegman is the author of the murals he is well known for the beautiful portraits of his pet. So the portraits of this famous dog were turned into highly detailed mosaics by German artist Mayer of Munich. William stated that “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform,”

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William adopted his dog Weimaraner in the 70s, oddly the dog became one of his main inspirations. Making him change his attention from painting to photography. But also got William into the most creative groove, thus he made most of his famous work portraits of Weimaraners wearing clothing. 

The message the artist wanted to convey was that he was eager to show portraits of everyday individuals. That you might see on the subway platform “For these, I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable” so the portraits presented in the subway could be more relatable.

And as you may see the results are fantastic. It makes me go and visit the NYC subway just to take some pictures of this delightful piece of work. But what do you think?! Are you in the same mind as me? However, don’t forget to let us know in the comment down below. And check more about the artist in the connect tab.

In collaboration with artist William Wegman, they installed colorful mosaics in the newly renovated 23rd Street F/M subway station.

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Dogs dressed in ordinary clothes, nothing “too fashionable” so the portraits presented in the subway could be more relatable.

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Instead of a blank wall, they would have the chance to look at something brighter and happier. And it might slightly make their day better.

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See more of William’s vibrant mosaics below!

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