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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 24, 2015

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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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September 11, 2015

Getting Sketchy Over Black and White Portraits

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I’m enamored with Teo Codina’s spunky embellishments to photographic portraits of women. Her sketchy patterns stick to roughly drawn lines and shapes scattering over plain white backgrounds like artistic confetti. Well-chosen blocks of color over the model’s faces bring to life clipped images that were monotone before Codina’s sketchy patterns worked their inky magic. It’s a fun contrast between the stoic photographs, airbrushed to perfection, and Codina’s light-hearted doodle style running amok over them. To see more of her graphic designs and illustrations, follow @artistica on instagram!

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September 8, 2015

Unsettling Black And White Dreamscapes

There are two types of reactions to seeing the grotesque: turning away or moving in closer. I am the second type, which is why I’ve spent so much time staring at Nicole Sofia’s illustrations. Bold and delicate shading coexist skillfully in this Argentinian artist’s warped dreamscapes. Versatile lines create a sense of gesture and motion overflowing with a raw sensuality that unsettles you with its fleshy, malformed anatomy. Manifestations of bodily insecurities, perhaps. If you follow Sofia’s linework closely you can appreciate what unusual paths the pencil took to create her own version of human(ish) forms in darkly oneiric settings.

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