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December 17, 2009

Cover Stars

I love the aesthetic of the homemade - the scratchy, do-it-yourself, oddball outsider stuff and I've been wondering why? Is it the feeling of honesty - that it's more human - it's attainable - spontaneous?

I'm a massive fan of lo-fi music and associated art... if I saw a record with a hand-drawn cover, 9 times out of 10 I could be sure it would be my thing. Looking at the artwork of these gems now - they haven't dated - they're timeless - as fresh today as they were 15 years ago and I've realized how much my creative output owes a great debt to the look of these classics bits of vinyl.

I'd love to see your favorite drawn covers - the ones that mean something to you (I can't get enough!) :)


December 1, 2009

Artworks on Book Pages

Whoa! Loads of great entries for the junk doodle comp we ran... thanks for taking part!!

So what next? I'm in a bit of a creative slump trying to find ways of getting my creative head back on track so I've continued on the 'non-precious' doodle route to find a way of freeing my work up again. While browsing Flickr I came across (restless::things) brilliant group of 'Artworks on Book Pages' - I love the way some people respond to textures, typography and page features... doodles on preprinted materials always seems to have an added dimension or weight to them... give it a go yourself, see how it influences your work :)

More selects from the Flickr group »


November 23, 2009

Silav - Rick Baker

Rick makes quite a variety of work - a real creative inspiration - his work includes collage, intricately doodled pattern pieces, beautifully observed and drawn lineworks. What I love about Ricks works is how they are imbued with a haunting sadness - an absence, a sorrow - particularly with Rick's figurative stuff. There is a feeling of something hidden... something partially remembered... an underlying melancholy.

I'm really interested what you guys think - it took me a little while but now I couldn't live without them. I did notice on Rick's MySpace page that he studied religion at college... I wonder if that has added an extra dimension to these wonderfully created, sensitive and poetic images? Then I wonder if not having an answer - in itself - is what makes the work really fizz... I do know they'll stay with me for a very long time and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks Rick. More pics »

November 18, 2009

▲▼▲▼AGOV▲▼▲▼

AGOV's doodle style is fantastic in the truest sense of the word. His work is the the embodiment of 'classic' doodling but with an eastern european oddness that's all his own. The pieces appear to be unplanned, accidental, even mindless happenings but like any top level doodle they end up with their own special magic - It's something we all hope for in our doodling... the ones that just work... the ones you feel you got lucky with... the ones that just spark on the page. More than any other work I've seen recently, AGOV's free doodling style just makes me want to pick up a pen right away and start filling books ... I hope it does the same for you. More images »


November 16, 2009

Win an Uber-Doodle

Sometimes I'm overcome with fear when I sit down to draw. I open my beautiful Moleskine sketchbook and stare at its perfect antique ivory pages and there I am... stuck... I either have no idea what to do, or more likely, so many ideas that I can't settle on one and start drawing.

What?! You've been there?! I don't seem to have a problem just doodling, with or without a fully formed idea, but there's something about trying to work on a precious or pristine surface that can be a real obstacle to creativity. To get around it, my favorite remedy is the tried and tested no-good, down and dirty "junk doodle"... Grab an envelope, a direct mailer, a magazine, lump of wood, pair of old shoes... well anything... and get doodling! There is something so pure about working on something that is basically valueless to begin with... There's no pressure for the work to succeed so the doodling gets looser and more creative - it can become practically zen-like.

With it being one of my favorite doodle ways, I'd like to encourage everyone to have a bash at a "junk doodle" - Incentive? (ahem)

Read on for complete GIVEAWAY details »

November 10, 2009

Wall Doodlin' with Tosco

When I started doodling 6 months ago, this stuff blew me away. Anytime I need a kick in the pants to get my creative juices going again, I come back to this amazing and imaginative work. Tosco is part of the Cabidela Ninjas, a collective of Portuguese street artists, including the brilliant Uganda Lebre, who put out pieces of stunning quality and originality. The final wall pieces are undoubtedly impressive, dynamic and eye catching - if graffiti's your bag - but what amazes me is the consistency of Tosco's work from small book doodle to huge street work. Somehow, his work manages to convey the freedom of thought, quality of line and natural immediacy of top notch doodling at any and every scale. More pics »

November 5, 2009

Jeff Meadows

I've been finding it tricky thinking of stuff to share that's... er... 'doodley' enough to post here. Hmm doodley?! No... totally blank.

So I stopped by some favorites on Flickr ... and bang! There it was ... Jeff Meadows' bewitching photostream. But is it 'doodley'? (I'll come to that) Continue reading (with more pics) »




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