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August 31, 2012

TTYL, KIT!*

Hey everyone! It is the last day of the month, and that means this is my last post as guest contributor for August!

It has been a lot of fun writing about comics, drawings, painted books, and more. It has also been great interacting with the DA community at large, and will be something I continue in the future. So, look around for me!

Before I go, I wanted to share with you a couple pictures of my work, all in progress stuff. I work with collage and embroidery, and really love interior scenes (remember how I mentioned "slice of life" in my last post?). So, here’s a sneak peak of a series I will be launching in a few weeks with the site Buy Some Damn Art. Check it out - Kate Singleton curates lovely shows with original art you can afford.

*Talk to you later, keep in touch!

Follow Sara at saraebarnes.com and brwnpaperbag.com

August 24, 2012

Drugs Influence on Art

This is one of the most fascinating and extreme things I've ever posted about on Doodlers Anonymous. In an effort to profoundly affect his own perception, artist Bryan Lewis Saunders experimented with taking different drugs and then drawing himself under the influence.



It results in more than 40 drawn self-portraits, all with captions documenting exactly what drugs he consumed and how much of it too. What's most captivating to me are the amount of different illustration styles, from completely rudimentary and child-like to some made of collage and crayon. It seems like we are looking at a gallery of 40 different illustrators all drawing from the same photo.

Found via Kottke.


August 13, 2012

A Drawing a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I wish that were true! Kristen Sims is an artist and illustrator based in South Africa and everyday she posts a drawing on her blog, appropriately titled, A Drawing a Day.

Drawings vary in technique and subject matter, and a lot feature fantastical situations. Many of them are really playful and infused with little moments to make you smile.

It makes me wonder if Kristen has noticed any patterns in her sketching since she’s started the project. If you were to complete a drawing a day, what do you think you’d sketch? How different would your drawings be after a year?

Track her progress on her blog.


July 31, 2012

Dollar Dollar Bills

It's not often you can slip someone a single dollar bill and get something awesome in return. That $1 tip might get you a casual nod from the cute bartender. Or maybe an ice-cream cone on your way home from work?

Or... how about this. You give a one-dollar note to 100 New York artists and see what they do with it. That's what the gents behind the "One Hundred Dollars" exhibition did. And don't get me wrong, I love an ice-cream cone as much as the next kid, but this currency art is a little more special for a dollar, don't you think?

The exhibition is on until August 9, if you're in New York. Otherwise, just take a peek at our favourites here. You don't even have to slip us a buck.

Above by (from top to bottom): Rachel Levit, Julie Elizabeth Brady, Taylor McKimens & Joe Sorren


July 20, 2012

Excuse Me Sir, Will You Please Vandalize My School Shoes?

Do you remember the art teacher you had in school? If not, then maybe you can take this one for a spin. His name is Todd Marrone. He's an artist who lives & teaches middle-school in Philadelphia. He says things like, "if God didn’t want me to draw on my students’ shoes, he wouldn’t have made them out of canvas". I wish he'd been my art teacher! How cool to come into class, learn a few things, then walk out with a custom paint job on your sneakers. Or binder, or hat, or skateboard. Or piggy bank...


May 30, 2012

Would you like a doodled portrait with that coffee?

Some people have sugar with their morning coffee, some have milk. But a few artistic fellas seem to be taking their morning brew with a side of pens & pencils, thanks!

First off we have Colin David Stewart who hand-doodled a bunch of portraits for the coffee-sippers at Six Eight Kafe in Birmingham. I love imagining that a dude walks in, orders a coffee, and is handed this one-off portrait that looks surprisingly similar to his friend Jeff... or his sister Megan, or whoever. What a trip!



And if we're talking about coffee-cup doodlers, I can't not mention Boey. He's a true cup-drawing machine! Sip slowly and enjoy these hand-picked few...


May 23, 2012

Showcase #15: Bookmark Doodles

At Doodlers Anonymous we love books. We love the texture, ink, and creases of the printed word — the tactile deliciousness of thumbing, highlighting and devouring pages. We love books that weigh heavy in our hands.

This drawing challenge is a tribute to traditional paper books and the act of reading. The two winners of this challenge (yes, there will be two!) will have their artwork fashioned into DA bookmarks. We challenge you to doodle the front-side of a bookmark, and we'll use the back to promote and credit you.

Special thanks to the fine folks at PrintRunner.com for sponsoring this showcase. Check them out for all your printing needs, including: business cards, stickers, postcards and more. There's no specific theme this time around, although keeping it book or reading relevant is encouraged. We're just looking for some delicious art and something you'll be proud of. Go and get your doodle on, complete details here (deadline May 31st).




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