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January 5, 2016

Our 2015 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review

As we close out 2015 and set out to make 2016 another amazing year, I wanted to quickly thank our community of friends, fans, readers and artists that make Doodlers Anonymous such a thriving community of inspiration, creativity and art.

Now on to the good stuff. This past year we highlighted hundreds of artists, projects and artworks (you can revisit the complete archive here). As a short recap, I'm featuring a few of the more popular and memorable ones below (click their titles to read further about each).

Typing with Pencils

 

A Monochrome Moleskine

 

Dreaming in Blue Ink

 

Art: In Construction

 

There's Something About These Drawn Girls

 

An Analog Drawing Project About Personal Data

 

Blockheads - Faces Doodled on Post-It Notes

 

Handwritten Inspiration

 

Portraits of Nature

 

Seeing Through a Doodler's Eyes with POV Sketches

 

The Element of Chaos in Watercolor

 

Funny Doodles That Never Fall Flat

 

I've Got a Blank Space

 

Big Things Come in Small Drawings

 

Heading Home


December 29, 2015

Steinberg: The Master of Doodle

There's the king of pop and a king of rock, how about the king of doodle? If there was one I think the crown would have to go to Saul Steinberg. The playfulness and wit of his work has inspired countless artists after him and I think all of us doodlers really owe him one. I chose to mainly share his doodles on 3d objects as they are my favorites of all of his work.

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December 16, 2015

Noah Butkus' Stunningly Surreal Sci-Fi Sketches

I've followed Noah Butkus' work since college days. He seems to mostly stay off the radar online but still manages to seem prolific. There aren't many artists these days that still pull off the whole 'mysterious' vibe, so I applaud Butkus for that! I do hope one day he will come back with a proper site decked out with work we’ve never seen! What are you up to these days Noah?

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December 7, 2015

Open & Closed Mode with John Cleese

Recently I started a new sketchbook with a new sketchbook philosophy. Here's the idea: time in the sketchbook should be pure unadulterated fun. Michael Jordan couldn't get in the zone if he had to the ref the game at the same time.

John Cleese of Monty Python speaks heavily on this topic in this talk.

When you go to be creative there are two distinct modes, the open mode and the closed mode.

In the open mode the only rule is that you have fun. You enjoy it. You're not trying to make judgements on whether what you are making is good or bad.

Then go into the closed mode, the execution mode. This is where you edit and make judgements.

I suggest you play more in the open mode in your sketchbook. This doodle (above) is an example of experiments in the open mode.

You might just have more success and surprise yourself!

Happy open doodling everyone!


December 4, 2015

Olle Eksell was a Master Doodler

I think if you know anything about the legendary Swedish Mid-Century designer Olle Eksell, it's probably regarding his 'ÖGON CACAO' design (the poster with those tasty looking eyes) BUT I'm guessing many people do not know that Eksell was such a brilliant doodler!

I've been a fan of Eksell's work for quite some time but I recently came across this doodle page of characters and I was astonished by a) how ridiculously fantastic they were and b) how similar my NOD characters resembled them! Great find and I can’t stop coming back to this page. My favorite is definitely the little puff ball in the bottom row middle column. I'm naming him Buff Bagginswell. Which is your favorite?

 

P.S. I wish my name was as cool as Olle Eksell!


September 1, 2015

An Analog Drawing Project About Personal Data

I forget how I stumbled upon this, but it's one of my favorite things to have discovered this year. Dear Data is a year-long drawing project between two women, who get to know one another by exchanging postcards with hand-drawn data visualizations.

Each week they choose a new topic, from a week of complaints or compliments to a week of desires or smiling at strangers. They begin collecting the data, it's slow, methodical, detailed, insightful and often bringing to life hidden patterns.

Every postcard includes a drawing on the front, while the back includes the key to reading and deciphering it. What makes this all the more fun is that each of them also keeps a record of the entire process from that week. You'll find notes, initial sketches, photos and plenty more.

They've just completed 52 full weeks, so there's plenty to see. You'll quickly discover that the data reveals a beautiful collection of aesthetic patterns, lines, and scribbles. The fact that there's a purpose behind each mark is all the more impressive.

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August 6, 2015

Odd Faces and Quirky Animations

I live to find random and happy projects like this one by Momoe Narazaki, a talented graphic designer and illustrator who recently launched a fun tumblr with close to one-hundred odd faces in funny and quirky animations. Never mind cat videos, just stare at these all day.





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