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July 9, 2014

Craving a Hug Right Now



Mmm, that looks cozy. I found myself thinking that repeatedly while looking through this series of drawings. Each girl is wrapped up tight in an embrace with an animal friend or with herself. Even though there are cutesy elements to every sketch, they seem drowned out by a looming sense of loneliness. Who knew hugging animals in sweaters could be so gloomy?

Ani Castillo describes drawing as catching her anxieties like butterflies and pinning them down to a piece of paper so she can see them a little bit more clearly. I couldn't have said it more eloquently myself.


July 2, 2014

The Art of Taking Off Clothes



There are some pieces that even when they are complete, still look like works in progress. I LOVE IT. After all, that could probably apply to the majority of doodles.

Adara Sanchez Anguiana is a Spanish artist who has perfected the art of imperfection. If her illustrations looked any more "complete", I don't think they would have captured my attention as deeply. Her favorite subject is the human form and WOW is she good at making every pose and angle of it mesmerizing. My favorite is her Take Off Your Clothes series, there's something great about how she captures people just in the middle of a quick intimate motion.


June 25, 2014

Deep Dark Fears

Everyone has those moments when a suddenly morbid thought hits you out of nowhere. Deep Dark Fears is a series of comics exploring those intimate, personal fears that mostly stem from your imagination getting darkly carried away. Many of these fears were confessed by strangers to the artist, Fran Krause, who is also an animator and cartoonist. It's equal parts gross and engrossing. I'm fascinated by the kind of person you must be to think of some of these.



Some are gruesome, some are funny, some are gruesomely funny. All of them are imaginative. This is unquestionably my favorite find recently, though you should prepare to cringe if you proceed.


June 20, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Mariano Andrés Bergara

The funnest part of the DA tumblr for me is checking out all the talented artists that follow us. My current fave is the blog of Mariano Andrés Bergara. He seems to be unstoppable when the mood to draw strikes because whether its in a sketchbook, photograph, or on the street--no surface is safe from his doodles.

If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, follow Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr for even more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on there!

June 19, 2014

The Cute Creeps

Can't help loving the work of illustrator/artist Michael Sieben. His work ranges from commercial illustration, skateboard decks, posters and fine art. What's really stands out is his ability to create creepy yet cute characters. Almost an alternate reality that views life through a fun house mirror. Even when things get weird there is so much charm in the work that you can't help falling in love with the world.

June 16, 2014

Ricardo Munoz Izquierdo

The peculiar paintings and drawings of Ricardo Munoz Izquierdo are reminiscent of crude street art, but have a charm and skill that shows through. The work builds strange narratives using pop culture icons, skeletons, and piles of poop. Check out more more work on his flickr page.

June 16, 2014

Extraordinary Illustrations on Ordinary Objects

We know these aren't exactly doodles, but the illustrated sculptures of French artist Gilbert Legrand are too fun not to share. He has been working in Toulouse for 20 whole years, dividing his time between designing characters and book covers, and using everyday household objects as the canvas for his illustrations. Legrand takes ordinary junk and transforms it into extraordinary characters by using a wide array of different materials like wire, wood, paint, and nails to defy your expectations. It takes an impressive imagination to look at stuff you use on a daily basis and still manage to draw some fresh, exciting inspiration from it. I stared at the above mouse for a while, so absorbed by the character illustrated that it took me a while to even figure out it was drawn on a hanger.



Many of his sculptures have a poetic, humorous twist to them, like the waiter made from a corkscrew who is carrying a bottle of wine on his tray or the lovers embracing on scissors. I had a lot of fun scrolling through his work and appreciating the way he can transform the most mundane objects into unexpected sources of delight.





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