DOODLERS! I'm really psyched to be July's guest contributor, and can't wait to share some cool/interesting/inspiring stuff with you over the next few weeks.
A little intro: I was born and raised in South Florida, studied graphic design at UF in Gainesville, and worked as a designer in Miami and NYC. I'm now a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn, where I share a studio in an old pencil factory with the awesome and talented Two Arms, Inc. You can check out some of my work here and here, follow my ramblings here, and my photos here.
I've always been drawn (pun alert!) to characters, and have been filling scraps of paper and sketchbooks with them all my life. My earliest drawings were of X-Men, Batman, characters from Saturday morning cartoons, Disney movies, action figures, basically anything I was surrounded by as a kid. I still pull a lot of my influences and ideas from that world, and I try to put the weird innocence of that time into my work. Everything I do really starts with drawing and keeping multiple sketchbooks going at once, and I think that's the best way to develop your style, ideas and vision as an artist.
One of the best things about working in this creative community is being surrounded by other artists who continually push you to grow and make better work. I plan on sharing some of these fellow makers with DA, and hopefully they inspire you as much as they inspire me. I'll also occasionally show some of my latest sketchbook pages, post-it notes, and whatever else I find relevant to you doodlers.
Thanks for reading, should be a fun month!
(Editor's note: This is Mason's last post here on DA as a guest blogger. He was only supposed to contribute during the month of May, but we liked him too much and extended his stay into June. Thanks Mason! Next time, in Texas!)
I wanted to add one last post during my residency as guest blogger here to show you a little more about good old me. I guess in my time here I wanted to spread the wealth of some coverage to the creative community here in Austin. There are so many great artists and maybe in the future I can share some more.
Anyways, this is me, below.
As you can see, I'm just your ordinary thirty-something, adult living in the year 2013. I'm not perfect. I don't make a ton of money or do anything super crazy, but I love to draw and do it very often, like every day. Somedays you feel like just sitting in the living room with a bag on your head, hoping that the art makes itself, but getting started is the hardest part.
You've got to do the hard work of making the first mark. Once you do that, you'll follow with a second mark and a third. Eventually, you'll have done more than you can count. That's when you look at the work and think, "Man, that's cool!" or "Man, that sucks!"
Either way, you'll feel better at the end and have accomplished more than most people do during the day. Then you can smile and feel great!
As of right now, I'm working on making some handmade patches. I've made about six of them, but I can't wait to see what the 100th looks like because I know improvement will be made along the way. You can get your own handmade patch right over here: POWER PATCHES
I hope my time here has inspired you to go find other creative friends and encourage each other to try new things with your art. I've found that it will make your life a bit more enjoyable, help you learn about yourself and make some good friends along the way.
Talk to you later on, Mason
The Essential Draw showcase challenge is over. We have a winner, but before I get into congratulating them I'd like to share some really cool news I just received courtesy of our sponsor. The awesome folks at TOM BIHN appreciated your "essential" doodles so much that they'd like to offer all of you that participated a limited edition Organizer Pouch in exchange for your drawing. Mail your doodle, along with your return address to:
TOM BIHN Attention: Doodles 4750A Ohio Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
and they'll send you the Organizer Pouch. The really cool part: your doodles will be put on permanent display in their Seattle factory. Amazing!
A round of applause to all 70 of you, with a special cheer to Mr. Ramsey O'Brien who took the top spot with 64 of your votes (his submission above). Cheers! Now sharpen those pencils and ready those pens, we've got another sweet challenge going live next week. Subscribe to our RSS and Twitter feed for updates.
It was just a few weeks ago that I featured Mason's work (with a member spotlight), and now I get to mention him again, as he'll be writing for the DA blog right alongside me for the month of May.
He goes by the name of Maseman and hails from the city of Austin. If you play close attention, I think you'll find his love for Texas all over his work and plenty hints of his designer talents as well. From screen prints and murals to scribbles and sketchbooks, Mason has got it covered.
Welcome to the show! Now let's rock May.
I'm absolutely awe-struck by the sheer size of the Doodlers Anonymous group that lives on Flickr. Launched in November 2008, the group now houses over 34,000 drawings, doodles, sketches, scribbles, paintings and so much more.
We do our best to consistently moderate the group and dig around for awesome finds. Images above by Jeannine Ortiz, Mary Ruth Patchin, Maura Cluthe and below are some more favorites. If you're a friend of DA, you'd be crazy not to join the group… You simply never know when you might just find your art featured here on the blog.
This is a fun announcement! For the month of February, Amaia Arrazola will join the Doodlers Anonymous team as a guest contributor to the blog. Starting tomorrow she'll be sharing with us inspirations, books, zines, artists and all the things she's completely head over heels in love with.
I first fell for Amaia's work back in November of 2010, when I wrote about her drawn suitcase (a must see). She's been one of my favorite since, and has recently been featured on the last page of our second coloring book (as seen above -- get it here)!
If you are new to Amaia's handy work, please take the time to get to know her. Pencil, ink, markers, thread… drawn all over paper, fabric, walls, you name it, she's done it. Check out her portfolio and blog or follow her along on twitter and instagram. Welcome to DA, Amaia.
Some of my favorite moments working on Doodlers Anonymous is when we extend ourselves beyond the internet to produce something unique and tangible and born from the art of our community.
This week we published our second coloring book. I am thrilled and I'm pretty sure you will be too. I promise that you've never seen a coloring book quite like it. With every page turn you'll discover another style of drawing by a different artist. 60 of them to be exact.
It's now for sale at doodlersanonymous.com/coloringbook (get yourself or your best friend a copy). It will soon appear at a few boutique shops around the globe too. If you'd like to carry it in your shop or know somewhere that should, drop us a line.
Much love and respect to our stellar community of artists and aficionados. It's been a pleasure hosting all of you.