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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.


June 12, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #2: Cherry Wynn-Williams

It all started with a drawing of a typewriter. I first laid eyes on the work of Cherry Wynn-Williams when I opened up our Coloring Book Volume 3 and gasped at a funny little old-fashioned typewriter. She is an illustrator and world traveller, which I would have guessed even before I reached out to her because her portfolio is full of foreign street-sides, glimpses of exotic markets, and peeks into little alleys that exist somewhere across the world. Read on »


June 11, 2014

The Sketchbook of Julia Yellow



There's something wonderful about the sketchbook of Julia Yellow. From the interesting compositions to the different rendering techniques, each page is a delight. The artist's sense of humor and personality are peppered throughout, with a slight touch of collage adding texture and depth.


June 6, 2014

BendPress - Diurnal Drawings Phase 5



Bendpress periodically opens calls for daily drawings under the moniker of Diurnal Drawings and recently closed Phase 5. The project and the site are the brain-child of Andy Jenkins' artist, zine maker and art director at Girl Skateboards. Check out some of the great stuff including yours truely, Ed Templeton, John Fellows, Russ Moreland, Travis Millard, Andy Jenkins and Leon Karssen.


June 6, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Skye Lane Art



Today my eye was caught by Skye Lane Art while browsing our tumblr followers. I was pulled into her world by objects layered over pages of her sketchbook and the jarring contrast between skritchy doodles over neat computer graphics. I liked that she explains her art is born from doodles she does in class while dealing with her anxieties. I can almost picture her sketching away in secret during a lecture...

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 4, 2014

The Work of Michele Guidarini



I've always been attracted to art and drawings that take risks in the subject and method of execution. The work of Michele Guidarini does both. From the obese, pill-popping Mickey Mouse to the religious overtones, the work is not safe. It challenges and forces a reaction. The drawings are filled with interesting textures, challenging themes, and beautiful line work.

Check out his instagram account to get views into his sketchbook and process.


May 12, 2014

Get Lost in Helen Cann's Hand-Drawn Maps

I got introduced to Helen Cann's work via twitter the other day and was immediately side-tracked by her crazy detailed hand-drawn city map of Brighton (see above). It gets better, visit the map on her site and it comes complete with rollovers from both a local and personal history of all the nooks and crannies in the town's streets and avenues.



Also as immersive (and impressive) is the drawn map she did of the history of coffee houses that began in Exchange Alley (London), starting in 1652. Once again, you can rollover most anything on the map for detailed captions that are sometimes informative and sometimes quirky.

Helen's work is a beautiful nod to the analog world, as it's "...entirely hand produced, mainly in watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite and collage." I'm especially in love with this time-lapse video of her painting up Youthtopia.





You can find more of her works at: helencannfineart.com and helencann.co.uk




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