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September 19, 2012

Sketchbook Envy

I first found out about Carty Sewill when an insanely bright portrait of Marty McFly popped up on my tumblr feed. Thankfully the image linked back to Carty's website and I spent the next couple of hours eagerly clicking the next page button until I came to the end.



Carty has the wonderful knack of being able to put a subtle fantasy spin on his otherwise realistic artwork. I'm so hungry for some multicoloured bacon right now.

I love the fact that Carty still produces so much work in his sketchbook. It was really difficult to pick out just a few examples to represent his work here, so if you still have a taste for sketchbook envy (and multicoloured bacon) head over to his website to check out the rest of his work.


September 17, 2012

Collaboration Made Easy

I've followed the work of Draw, Gabby, Draw (Gabrielle Rose) for a quite a while now. She's definitely on the list of artists I'd like to collaborate with at some point, although I've never contacted her about it. Mainly because my "to collaborate with" list is getting out of hand, it's often hard to find a time when you're both free (and motivated) to produce some work together. I usually have a couple of collaborations on the go, but they can be slow and steady (we'll get to it when we can) type projects.

Thankfully Gabby has made it super easy to collaborate with her! She recently launched a side project called Gab Collab. The idea is simple, Gab paints a watercolour blob and uploads it to the Gab Collab tumblr blog, you download it and doodle on it, then submit it to the site.



All the collaborations appear on the Gab Collab blog, and as easy as that you've made a collaborative art work with an awesome artist!

These are a bunch of examples from a recent "blob". If you fancy making a Gab Collab of your own, head over to the website, grab the latest blob, and get doodling!


September 12, 2012

A Different Way to Doodle

When I was first asked to contribute to DA this month it really got me thinking about what it meant to doodle. The first thing that springs to mind for me is always the random scribbles I do while I'm talking on the phone. But there are so many different ways (and materials you can use) to doodle.

I feel like I''m slightly underselling the work shown here by calling it a doodle. But doodles can also be as simple, or as intricate as you want them to be.


All of this work is by the amazing Jared Andrew Schorr, who also happens to be a really nice guy. If Jared had created all of this work with pens or paints I'd still love it. But there's something about the fact that this is all made with cut up bits of paper that takes it to another level.

I'm always amazed by the amount of detail Jared manages to cram into his work. Especially when you see how TINY some of this work is. He must have the steadiest hands and highest level of patience in the whole world.

The picture at top is the "lobby" of Jared's portfolio website. You should head over there and have a click around, and you can see a lot more of Jared's work on his Flickr photostream. There's plenty of photos on there that show you how big these pieces actually are.

I must have clicked "favorite" on 99% of his photos!


September 11, 2012

The Coolest Place I've Never Been

I never really believed that meeting girls in bars was such a great plan, but that was before I found out about The Doodle Bar.

"The Doodle Bar is a space where people have the freedom to enjoy a good scribble, have a drink and hook up with some fellow doodlers."

Sounds perfect right? The Doodle Bar is inside an old industrial building in Battersea, London. It's got pretty much everything you could want from a good bar – drinks, food, a ping pong table… and more importantly, a bunch of spaces that anyone is free to doodle on!



All I know about the bar are the snippets I've found on their website and around the internet. But I'm going to try and head down there before my month of guest posting here is over. I'll report back with some photos of the bar, and any doodles I do (or see) while I'm in there. And I'll of course keep you all updated on my quest for the love of a good doodler.

For anyone interested in checking it out, the closest stations are Clapham Junction (tube) and Battersea Park (overground)... I think. I'll see you there!

September 6, 2012

A Nice Cup of Teagle

I've been getting really into comics lately, and that's probably one of the reasons that Jack Teagle is quickly becoming one of my favourite artists.

I'm told that envy and jealousy are terrible and pointless feelings, so I try my best to lock them away when I look at Jack's work. It would be easy to envy the way everything he does is awesome, or be jealous that he completely nails that elusive combination of a simplistic style and bold colours, or cry that it all seems so effortless (although I'm sure it's not). But I've found the best thing to do is let the awesome insanity of his work whisk you away into his little world for a while, and just be glad that it exists.



Jack seems to churn out work at a crazy pace, and he's been updating his tumblr this week with these new paintings. They're part of a show called Lost Plot at Here Gallery in Bristol, UK. The show opens on September 7th and runs right through to October 6th.

Lost Plot also features work from Liam Barrett, Rose Robbins and Simon Daly. If you'll be in or around Bristol in the next month you should definitely check it out.

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