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March 13, 2014

Type & Time: Drawn Typewriters



The sound is seductive: typebars striking ink ribbon; the bell of the carriage return swinging left. In my selective nostalgia, typewriters were never used by anyone except authors - typing stoically in a room with light filtered through plantation shutters, in the company of scotch glasses and a wastebasket of crumpled pages.The typewriter embodies a writing process that is hard and stark and dirty and mechanical. It’s a symbol of the beauty of process, the struggle of wordsmithing. And so my love for the typewriter is also a love for its aesthetic. I am giddy for illustrations of vintage typewriters, drawings where you can almost smell time and dust preserved. Here are some of my favorites.

Above by Loui Jover and Chris Packer.


May 1, 2013

First Things First

Hey doodlers! i'm honored to be a guest contributor this month.

I grew up in a small town in Texas, right outside of San Antonio. I was a weirdo, skater, tall and skinny son of a gun, who grew up during the 80's. I've done a bunch of things in my life, including being a lifeguard, cave tour guide, margarita mix bottler, art director, designer, publisher and collaborator. I now live in Austin with my girlfriend and two cats where I do things like make logos, album artwork, websites and murals.



I enjoy drawing on many different surfaces including paper, wood, glass and other things. My favorite way to draw is with no idea what mark or image will appear in the final work. I like to see what just pours out onto the paper.



I'm going to do my best to bring you some cool things to look at this month including some of my favorite doodlers from here in Austin and beyond! Maybe I'll share some sketches for projects I have in the works and maybe some good old fashioned Texas fun shots!



Thanks for reading, more to come!

November 7, 2012

Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Programming


April 10, 2012

How to be Instagram Popular

I drew the image above almost seven months ago, but it feels more fitting today than it did then. In the last week, Instagram went from being just a popular iPhone photo app to becoming the most popular photo sharing tool the world has ever seen.

A few days ago they released an Android phone version and just yesterday Facebook bought them for one billion dollars. They boast well over 30 million users and now with Facebook on their side, I expect that number will quickly double.

Like any huge network that hosts people sharing things, you get a lot of crap. A lot of garbage that finds its way onto the "popular" page too. If that's your objective, follow the steps above and you'll get there sooner rather than later. But if you ache for the creative and the inspired, I've been putting a list together of some really cool artists that hang out and share what they're working on.







It's a good resource if you're just joining the community and I expect to be adding more along the way (feel free to share it with others). You can find parts one, two and three here and while on Instagram, stay in touch, follow me by searching OKAT or DOODLERS.

March 28, 2012

Music = Art = Music

If you are like me you often create late into the night accompanied by music you can get lost in and let your hands go free. I think it would be impossible for me to create without these soundscapes becoming soundtracks to each line I draw, each thought I have, each revelation and with every finished creation. Continue reading »

June 1, 2011

8 Days in Paris

Some people take a camera to document their travels. My backpack, however, is filled with everything else but that - a sketchbook, a large pouch filled with micron pens, markers, glue sticks, white out, found pieces of paper, etc. I just came back from a week in Paris, a fantastic week of scootering around, (barely) speaking French, enjoying daily "café crèmes" and "pains au chocolat." Eight days in Paris and this is what I have to show for it.


May 19, 2011

The Trip by Michelle Lasalvia
(Process + Install)

We just got lost in a wonderful hour of cutting, rubbing, rolling, and pulling. How we love the tactile and tangible goodness of a hands-on project: the materials, the planning, the process. What fun to focus on something beautiful and immediate. Instant gratification.

The Trip by Michelle Lasalvia is stunning. The web honestly does it no justice. It has been an instant conversation piece at DA’s studio. The colors are vibrant and the quality of the vinyl and packaging exceeded all expectations. You will be enamored, but you’ll also be out of luck if you wait too long. Stock is limited, very limited (click to buy).

Post this beautiful decal on your wall like a ribbon around your finger—a reminder to travel, an inspiration to get out there.





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