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October 24, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #8: Gizem Vural





Dreams, adventure, and coffee! What more could you want? These are my favorite things that I find constantly in Gizem Vural's playfully surreal illustrations. You have to read more about how she never outgrew playing with coloring books (like most of us here) and it led her to being published in ours.


October 22, 2014

Did Thumbelina Make These Ridiculously Small Paintings?





No, Lorraine Loots did. I don't think you understand how small these are. Look at the tip of your pencil RIGHT NOW and think about how minuscule these brush strokes must be. What is this, a painting for ants? Actually… that's exactly what the artist named the series. On January 1, 2013, she challenged herself to create one miniature painting every single day of the year. That's 365 coin-sized drawings in extremely high detail and she doesn't even use a magnifying glass. My eyes hurt just thinking about it.


October 17, 2014

Hungry Artist Will Letter for Lunch

Drawing and eating are two of Lauren Hom's favorite things. Her motto of "Work hard, snack often" gets put to good use with her Will Letter for Lunch project. Lauren noticed how commonly chalkboard menus are drawn up by restaurant staff with no pizazz, and she couldn't help thinking she could do it better herself. So she did!

She does not have any set prices for her work and never gets paid money for her hand-drawn lettering. The twist is her quirky stipulation that any food she writes about must be served to her. On her site she describes what she lettered and what she lunched at the restaurants she visits. Her eating adventures range from humble snacks (for the "Mayo Party" sign you can see beneath the fold she was paid in a taste sample of every mayonnaise in the restaurant and also got to take two jars home with her) to epic feasts for a queen (for writing the entire menu in the photo above she got 7 plates of food + cocktails and wine). See more »

October 15, 2014

Doodle My Ride





Quick, to the Doodlemobile! It all started when Allison improvised a creative way to cover up some scratches on her boyfriend's car, which he didn’t mind because he was making plans to repaint it anyway. She got a little carried away and kept doodling beyond the scratches, until she had sharpied the entire bumper in one night. Needless to say, the repainting plans got trashed and the car became Allison's new canvas. About 100 hours of frenzied doodling later, they now have the most eye-catching car I’ve seen in a long time.

Bonus! Click after the fold to see a time-lapse video of Allison at work, including funny peeks at what she does during her breaks from doodling.


October 15, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Making a Mess

The gem I found while browsing our tumblr followers this week is the blog of Gavin Ashworth, a student in New Zealand. His messy collaged doodles are made on found paper (some sheets look like school papers), sometimes incorporating unexpected materials like wood and melted plastic. It's a dirty, damaged mishmash that looks disgusting and awesome at the same time.

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!


October 8, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #7: Kristopher Kotcher (aka Frenemy)



Kristopher Kotcher, aka Frenemy, is an illustrator from Texas with a taste for adventure. The life of his pieces are characters which he refers to as "frenemies," those madly grinning creatures he draws packed into chaotic scenes. Read on to find out about his roots in street art and his gang of frenemies.


October 2, 2014

Doodles in Incredible Stop-Motion





What can you do in 15 seconds? Rachel Ryle is able to create miniature stop motion masterpieces that are so dainty and so irresistible. I watched and re-watched, and like a magic act, I'm dying to know how she pulls this off, but at the same time just enjoy relishing in the wonder and gaiety of her art. She's able to articulate the joy in life's simple pleasures, from warm fall cider to traveling to bubble gum, in the most delicate, painstakingly-detailed and creative way.

See all her videos on her instagram: @rachelryle




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