25 Days of Holiday Gifts: Music-Lover's Journal

Day 13: ”Songs to draw, pictures to sing”
Hoosier artist Nathaniel Russell has exhibited his work in Tokyo, Australia, New York, and Los Angeles, and he should be a household name in Indiana for his wry, absurdist point of view expressed with charmingly melancholy illustrations. But when it comes to celebrating the relationship between music and drawing, Russell plays it straight. The artist recently designed a few journals for a California-based line called Plumb Goods, including “Drawn to Music,” intended to encourage sketching while listening to tunes. Inside, an album sleeve contains a poster that says “I can hear music” on one side and “songs to draw, pictures to sing” on the other. Luna Music (5202 N. College Ave., 317-283-5862) stocks the pad for $20. If it’s sold out, check the Plumb Goods website.