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May 22, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Snippets




This is exactly the kind of thing I regret not doing for every trip I've been on. When I'm visiting other countries, everything seems like it's unforgettable, and that I'll remember it years to come. But beyond the most "noteworthy" attractions there are countless sights and moments that were so subtle, that after a few years most have slipped my mind like sand through my fingers.

Emma Sylvie's illustrated travel log puts so much emphasis on the small details that you wouldn't really know about if you didn't go there yourself, I almost feel as if I'm experiencing it with her. What stands out for me beyond the touristy things is the moments of people-watching. The best part is the way her drawings are narrated, so I can know what she felt in that moment and see the world exactly through her point of view.

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May 7, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Mr. Gentle



There's something slightly creepy about these drawings, but I can't quite put my finger on it (no pun intended). Maybe it's the Frankenstein-ish way the characters are composed with awkward and strange body parts that don't seem to belong together. Even so, they seem friendly enough to me. You might as well go visit this curious cast of creatures at Mr. Gentle's tumblr blog!

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April 25, 2014

Tentalions, Dragons, & Trolls--Oh My!



Any animal on earth can be improved by adding tentacles to it. If you don't believe me, take a look at the bestiary of Karl Dupere-Richer. He recently shared some images of his sketchbook that really look more like excerpts from a cryptozoological encyclopedia for kids. If you're into Lovecraft, his designs of creepy critters with their slimy feelers will make you tingle. There's even snippets of information written in a made up language that actually looks pretty legit!


April 4, 2014

Drawings Right in the Middle of Something



What I like about Sarina Nihei's doodles is the I feeling that all these people are frozen in the middle of some action. I have no idea what's going on, but it looks interesting and each drawing leaves me kinda craving to see what happened before or what will happen next. This all makes a lot of sense when you find out that Nihei is also an animator, an explanation for why her doodles look like a single frame plucked from a storyboard. Maybe the lack of context is what makes these odd little moments a lot more fun.


April 1, 2014

Not Your Typical Ghost Story

Bradley Wind's Hungry Ghost series is based on a concept in Chinese folklore of beings living in a state of constant craving. When I look at their enormous empty bellies and mouths tragically too small to fill them, I can almost feel their pain. Even without knowing the mythology behind them, you get an eerie vibe from their blue bulbous bodies and bulging eyes. Drawn with pen and marker, every portrait has a character of its own and my mind can't help but float away with ideas about what each ghost's story could be.


April 1, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Adventure Journal



Today's Tumblr of the Week hasn't updated in a while, but it has enough cool content on it to share anyway. It's the adventure journal of Kailey, who tried to combat her shoddy memory span by drawing the events of her life every day. I love that it's really just a diary detailing what she did on a daily basis sprinkled with illustrative doodles. Some days there's only a few lines about how she feels and one thing she did. Others go into longer detail about all her activities and what specific drinks or food she had, to the point where the text has to squish itself around the drawings.

It's endearing to read all the little details that she decided were important enough to draw down so that she could remember it years later, like drinking hot chocolate after getting yelled at by a bus driver.

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March 28, 2014

Doodlers, Assemble!



It's normal for those who spend a lot of time on trains to develop the habit of people-watching, but October Jones takes it to the next level. Observing what the commuters around him are wearing and doing, he doodles a face onto a post-it to stick over the person's head and suddenly the strangers around him are familiar faces that he has known his entire life. It's jarring to see nostalgic characters like Kermit on his iPad or Batman slumping in his seat, and I can't get enough of it. Pretty funny to think that extraordinary characters put into such an ordinary situation would act just like any of us do.






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