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October 1, 2015

Biopunk - Organic Neon Doodles

These incredible doodles blur the lines between scientific and surreal. Peter Mai has a gift for combining bold lines and neon paint in striking combinations to draw abstract forms with an exciting curiosity surging through them. The flow in Mai’s composition fills the illustrations with motion, even in their stillness. Oddly anatomical imagery with punches of vivid color feels like biology diagrams on a sugar rush. I’m not sure what I’m looking at, but it’s alive and fascinating.

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September 28, 2015

What My Daughter Wore - Sketching Tween Street Style

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Young girls don’t get enough credit for their fearless attitude towards how they present themselves. I hadn’t really thought about it until I found @what_my_daughter_wore on instagram, a project by Jenny Williams that documents the daily stylistic choices of tween girls. In an effort to focus more on her art, Williams challenged herself to draw more every day. Being a stay at home mom, she was frequently swarmed by her three kids and their many friends while trying to work. Instead of letting it disrupt her, Williams used the youthful madness as a source of inspiration.

The muses for What My Daughter Wore are not only her daughter, Clementine, but also her female friends. These color pencil drawings expressively capture the enthusiastic creativity each girl puts into self-expression through her appearance. Jenny Williams has said that the "focus is the tween years, because at that age it’s still possible to find kids dressing entirely for themselves, without regard for trends or peer pressure." It's true that whether their outfit looks zany or chic, the drawn girls are unselfconcious and unpretentious in a way that comes as a breath of fresh air. If you love these spunky style chronicles, check out the What My Daughter Wore book !

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September 26, 2015

Rooting Yourself - Part Girl, Part Plant Doodles

Leaves haven’t started turning orange yet where I am, but the seasonal change in the air has me filled with anticipation for it. It’s a fitting time for me to come across Mali Fischer’s artwork. Her plant-girls exude a gentle sense of calm that I can’t help sinking into. Through muted coloring and therapeutic repetition of lines and patterns, Fischer pens surreal images of gentleness and dream-like serenity. On pages with bare backgrounds, the focus never leaves the lonely girls and their leaves.

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September 24, 2015

Drawing On Location

Amara Strand is an interior designer and 3D artist who is determined not to lose touch with the non-digital side of her creativity. She carries her small sketchbook around Toronto, and brings a little piece of the local architecture and scenery home with her at the end of the day. Her almost pocket-sized urban sketches are made truly special by Strand’s warm watercolors. Strand said, “I love to see colourful watercolour running, seeing the lines go on my sketchbook and never knowing exactly how the sketch will turn out when it is done. This excites me.” 

I adore the spontaneity of an artist being surprised by her own finished product. The drawings have a rough sketch quality without meticulous detailing, but it’s a good thing to have when you are drawing places and things right in front of you—you won’t get so lost in perfecting the page that you forget to enjoy your cup of coffee.

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September 21, 2015

Diverse Celebrity Sketches of Cult Icons

When you watch something great, it’s hard not to play it over and over in your head. Ryan Humphrey visualizes iconic characters from cult films and TV shows in a style that is uniquely his. From Steve Zissou to Steven Universe, whether it’s familiar faces from the current mainstream or nostalgic icons from oldschool classics, you can tell the artist has a love for the diverse characters he selects. Humphrey’s portraits include minute details that only someone who has watched the source material closely (and multiple times, most likely) would place such significance on. They have a fanboyish playfulness that makes me smile, such as little hearts drawn around Agent Scully— and that her FBI license photos depict her as a Simpson. 

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The drawings showcase a wide array of styles, the mark of an artist who is constantly exploring himself and trying new things. There’s something so cool about how instead of passively watching media, Humphrey engages it in return. He takes in stories from the screen, and throws his version of it back in his own visual language. 

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September 17, 2015

Handwritten Inspiration

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Need a daily tonic of motivation? I highly recommend the works of Eugenia Clara, an Indonesian artist with a major in Engineering who says she makes possibly more than a thousand doodles per year. Not only is Clara’s bright lettering filled with inspirational phrases, but the idea of making a doodle out of whatever words are coming to your mind is great for filling up a blank page when your creative well is running dry. Her art is simple and consistent, yet filled with personal intimacy and liveliness that typography can sometimes lack. I formed odd little connections to the artist’s emotions with each piece because Clara’s images include blurbs (which sometimes get very detailed) about what she was feeling when she wrote it. It pulls me in to know why certain words or quotes occurred to the artist. Certainly a richer experience than seeing generic positivity without any human context, if you ask me. 

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September 15, 2015

Monochrome Minimalism

Korean artist Daehyun Kim, AKA Moonassi, has mastered the art of elegance in simplicity. His drawings made with pen, marker, and ink are an exploration of his own identity over the years. He says, “There is no specific background or theory about the drawing. Each drawing is created based on my daily thoughts and feelings.” A simple explanation to match his simple art style." The concept of each drawing is something personal to the artist, because only he is aware of what state he was in when he created each piece. We could never know what it’s truly about. Even so, the series does not alienate the rest of us. It’s easier to become immersed and connect with what you’re seeing when you accept that you don’t need to search it for meaning.

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