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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 27, 2015

These Pen Drawings are ON POINT

Dot dot dot . . .

My mind is a little blank after looking at Pet & Dot's relaxing ink art... I love the smooth gradients and sharp geometry formed by constant, deliberate tapping of a pen tip on paper... Every tiny dot matters, each little speck works with the others to come together as a visual treat for the eyes... It's calming to see the artist's progress photos of each page being drawn drop by drop, dot by dot... You can even see some short videos of the hand-drawn process on Pet & Dot’s blog!

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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 14, 2015

Coloring Up A Storm in the Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book

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There's nothing that makes our day like seeing the way our books inspire others to color up something beautiful. We discovered Dede Willingham a month or so ago when she hosted a live stream of herself coloring one of the pages from our Epic Coloring Book. The stream (which you can still watch on her uStream channel) also included Dede walking us through the book, showing the many pages she had already colored in, and discussing her favorite illustrations. Her colored pages looked phenomenal and she had so many kind words to say about our book to her community. The way Dede colors is special because she doodles in her own additions to the illustrations that weren't there before. It's easy to just fill in between the lines, but Dede really interacts with the art and builds on it with her own flair. She adds tattoos, or wind and snow, and other exciting details that I'd never have expected.

Naturally, Dede swept us off our feet! She's a portrait artist who draws a wide range of things from pets to celebrities for commissions. In her free time, she enthusiastically participates in and engages with the online art community. She does a live stream every Monday at 9am (some Wednesdays and Fridays too) in which you can watch her draw or color. The show is called Coffee and Art in the Morning and it’s amazing to see her in action, so give it a look. Below are some more pages from our Epic Coloring Book that Dede worked her magic on. It’s simply enchanting to find how many small details she weaves in to breathe new life into these black and white pages.

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December 9, 2015

Sketchbook with Rules (Kinda)

My latest sketchbook has been getting really messy, and honestly I've never enjoyed sketch booking more... and I never liked the results this much either!

I've given myself two idea guidelines. 1.) To make things without judgement (harkening back to my recent post) and 2.) more is more - in the same way that its easier to look fashionable in winter by adding layers upon layers, I would just paint, cut and paste until it started to look good!

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December 7, 2015

Doodles of an Architecture Student

Jaewon Yeo is an architecture student living in South Korea who makes impressive black and white images of city life. Soft and hazy watercolors create a powerful balance between black and white, held together by the richest shades in between. Like being out on a foggy day, the details look minimal, but still defined enough to create a detailed glimpse of city bustle. See more of Yeo’s work on her tumblr!

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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!





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