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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Scroll down below to see some more examples of José’s wonderful art get inspired by his work.
Earth Wonders granted permission to use photos by José Naranja.