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March 31, 2015

Make-Me-Robo

Since launching our open call last week, we've been in quite the robot mood. And it seems it's not just us who have got the bug. Our good friends over at the Sktchy app challenged their users over the weekend to transform their community's photo portraits into their robot counterparts, and the results are simply awesome.

Above by Vin Ganapathy, below by Ryan M

For those of you unaware, Sktchy is a really great mobile app that encourages you to draw everyday by delivering inspiring photo portraits for you to render in your own unique style. I've been a fan since its launch. Here are some of my favorite from this past weekend...

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August 5, 2014

Colors and Crowded Faces

The sketchbooks that immediately catch my attention are the ones that are brimming with color. There is something scintillating about seeing so many colors confined to such a small space. It feels like bottled rampage even if the subjects in the pages are meek.


Each of the pages of Valerie Choi's recent sketchbook is crammed with characters piled atop of each other as burst of color overtakes them. It makes me feel as if the pages will break apart and the colors and caricatures will spill over onto her desk like water does when it can no longer be contained.

Valarie has documented her sketchbook in progress in this short video, which you won't want to miss.



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October 23, 2013

Sktchy Interview: Patrick Parks

About a month ago I went to a really cool draw event over in the Wynwood distract of Miami. Tons of people, pens, and paper with everyone out sketching one another. There were some power players there like Brian Butler and Jose Mertz, but also lots of novices. The vibe was great (with no ego) and just a love for drawing from everyone. The entire thing was put together by the developers of the Sktchy app. I was impressed an event like this was happening right in my backyard.

Over the course of the next few weeks I've gotten to play with the Sktchy app and also got to know the man behind it, Jordan Melnick. We shared some beers and discussed the incredible art community we both get to be a part of. Sktchy really is a great tool, folks upload a photo of themselves and the community draws them. You can sketch, paint, doodle it however you'd like and then upload and share your rendition. I've been discovering some really great artists on there and asked Jordan if he'd like to host interviews with some of my favorites.

Here's an exclusive Q&A between Jordan and one of those artists, Patrick Parks. Patrick creates portraits that reveal a flair for fashion, a confidence in color and an ability to express strong human emotion with just a few lines.



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January 8, 2013

Happiness is...

Thirteen artists tackle the illustration challenge of defining happiness. Every day for a year, a new definition will be drawn and uploaded to Felicidário. We're only on the eigth day of 2013 and I'm already in love with the submissions. Let me know what happiness means to you in the comments.

Drawn above: "Happiness is reading a classic" by akacorleone

Found via swissmiss


November 25, 2011

A Priceless Sketchbook

The ideas, doodles and concepts drawn in sketchbooks can often breed some of the most exceptional and lasting things. It's the way Doodlers Anonymous was thought up and believe it or not, it's also the way many of the icons and fonts on the Apple Mac were originally devised.

In 1982, Susan Kare, a Ph.D grad in fine arts was hired to create fonts for the Macintosh operating system. The story goes that since there had yet been an application developed for designing icons on screen, "she went to the University Art supply store in Palo Alto and picked up a $2.50 sketchbook so she could begin playing around with forms and ideas. In the pages of this sketchbook… she created the casual prototypes of a new, radically user-friendly face of computing — each square of graph paper representing a pixel on the screen."

Truly fascinating. It's no wonder why we preach to always carry a sketchbook and pen around. Read the full article in a story by Steve Silberman.


October 19, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Maria Gil Ulldemolins Tote Bags

Let's face it. We at DA are major suckers for hair drawings, simply because of the nature of them; the intricate and delicate line work that takes up so much patience and time. And of course, because they look amazing. Maria Gil Ulldemolins creates these kinds of drawings and we absolutely love them. And what's even better is that Maria's offered to give away two of her tote bags with these beautiful illustrations on them.

Just leave a comment to be in the running. You have until Friday (October 22nd @ 3pm EST) and we'll randomly pick TWO lucky winners. Good luck!

105 comments and 2 names randomly drawn. Congrats to Jenni Sparks and La Cuenta Cuentos and of course thank you all for participating. For those of you interested in the beautiful work of Maria Gil Ulldemolins, you can always visit her Etsy shop to get your hands on her goodies.


July 14, 2010

And The Winners Are...

Sorry for the announcement delay folks, most of us here at DA were on vacation last week. You gotta do what you gotta do. :)

The good news is Miss Thereza Rowe has done the draw for her giveaway and picked two winners. Congratulations and high fives go out to: Alex and Tigz Rice.

Thank you for all who participated. And thank you again Thereza for being an all-around awesome person and contributor here at DA. We have thoroughly enjoyed your stay here. Come back and visit us often!





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