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August 6, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series #5:
Ellen Leber



One of my favorite things about our coloring books is looking up the artist of a page I really like, because I usually end up falling straight down their rabbit hole. For example, Ellen Leber's atmospheric illustrations contain a depth that sucks me right into her world, especially since they are sometimes actually three dimensional.

Tell me more, Ellen...


August 6, 2014

Cool Art on The Fish Indie Network

(above by Nicole Ray)

I wanted to take a second today to talk about one of DA's favorite sponsors. Fish Indie is a really great ad network we're a part of that helps artists and crafters stand out when trying to sell their work online. All you need to do is paste a link from your Etsy shop, and Fish Indie takes it from there. In seconds your banner is automatically generated for you with your product's image, description, and price. Your ad instantly goes live across Doodlers Anonymous and other fellow sites, like Illustration Friday, Brown Paper Bag, and Pikaland. It's a totally stress-free way to have your Etsy shop seen by an audience relevant to you.

Here are some talented artists that we wouldn't have discovered if they weren't on Fish Indie:



To the Moon and Back by Sarah Trumbauer



Soul Biology by Ursula Hart



Lola by Nicole Canovas



Ice Cream Print by The Midnight Rabbit



Lush by Nati



Day of the Dead Skull by Emily Wegener


Sleepy Hedgehog Illustration by Ucuspucus

July 25, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: A Droid a Day



Rob Turpin's A Droid a Day project is all about proving that you just can't get tired of robots. Since August 2013, he has been posting droid doodles every. single. day. Most robots are captioned with a name or title that is descriptive of their function, which adds a touch of personality.

I stalked his blog a little bit and found that he started doodling with pen and pencil more often to stop himself from putting more thought into drawing something that looks nice rather than capturing a great idea. "Throwing in a really broad shape with the markers makes you forget about trying to create something beautiful, itís about creating a cool shape, or an interesting form." Wise advice for doodlers!

Be sure to follow his blog for tons of valuable insight. I especially like it when he shares his illustration process from initial sketch to final color.


July 23, 2014

Step Up Your Selfie Game with Doodles

Tons of girls have an Instagram account full of selfies, and Helene Mehldahl is no exception... but there's a twist. You might be living under a rock if you haven't seen Helene (aka mirrorsme) on Instagram after she blew up recently, but there's no way I can't write a post about these unique doodles.



She says it all started with her habit of writing cute messages to her roommates with lipstick on their mirrors, and before long her imagination got carried away with it. These doodles are silly and spontaneous, full of fun and personality. Thatís the DA spirit, isn't it?


July 21, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #4: Maria Garcia



I've been a long time admirer of Maria Garcia's colorful and adventurous illustrations. Her drawings have a certain magic to them that makes memories of my favorite storybooks from when I was a kid start resurfacing. Read on to find out more about Maria and see how she colored in her own page from our third volume.


July 11, 2014

Personal Space, What's That?



I love it when I discover cool stuff like this shared by fellow doodlers on the DA flickr group. This doodler does not waste paper. I feel like monocat's sketches really capture the spirit of spontaneous doodles as almost every inch of the page has something crammed into it.

Even though it may look like a mishmash of unrelated doodles, there's a cool chemistry between the colorful characters as they seem to be reacting to one another and their predicament of being squeezed together and having someone else intrude on their personal space. Enjoy them, I did.


July 9, 2014

Craving a Hug Right Now



Mmm, that looks cozy. I found myself thinking that repeatedly while looking through this series of drawings. Each girl is wrapped up tight in an embrace with an animal friend or with herself. Even though there are cutesy elements to every sketch, they seem drowned out by a looming sense of loneliness. Who knew hugging animals in sweaters could be so gloomy?

Ani Castillo describes drawing as catching her anxieties like butterflies and pinning them down to a piece of paper so she can see them a little bit more clearly. I couldn't have said it more eloquently myself.






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