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August 12, 2013

Revisiting Alex Eben Meyer's Sketchbook



Alex Eben Meyer is a Brooklyn based illustrator, and was the very first member to be spotlighted on Doodlers Anonymous back in 2010. We work in the same building in Brooklyn, and I was lucky to meet him a few months ago. Although his work has been featured here before, I'm a big fan of his latest observational sketches and thought I'd share some of them with you. These watercolor drawings are usually quick glimpses into slices of life; sitting at the local coffee shop, a neighborhood street corner, a roadtrip landscape, or the view from a window in New York. He also frequently posts figure drawing studies that share a similar sensibility. Controlled and loose at the same time, Alex's sketches seem to be edited spontaneously, stripping away specific details, while abstracting others. These drawings have occasionally found their way into his editorial illustrations, being utilized for clients like The New York Times, HP, and Design Sponge. There is a unique point of view and sense of humor in all of Alex's work, and to see more of it, you can go to his website, sketchblog, tumblr and twitter.


August 7, 2013

Recent Sketchbook Doodles

Filling sketchbooks with crazy drawings is one of my favorite things to do in life, and I'm pretty sure that's the case with most doodlers. I thought I'd share some of my most recent drawings to give you an idea of what my sketchbook pages look like. If you'd like to see more of these doodles and characters, you can find me on Instagram at sortofbutnotreally and gregkletsel.tumblr.com. Enjoy!


July 22, 2013

Walrus: A Handbook of Brandon Graham's Visual World

Although the internet is filled with a constant stream of inspiration, I often feel the need for that tactile feel of something that I can hold. And although I often come in contact with amazing people and mind blowing artwork out in the "real world", it is always the stuff that is rough that is the most interesting to me.



Which is why I couldn't help myself when I held Walrus, a book containing a collection of drawings and sketchbook comics by Brandon Graham. I examined each panel of the book with great detail looking at the intricacies of the expressions of his characters, while on the same page, you are offered a glimpse into Graham's creative process (inspirations, frustrations and so on). Turn the next page and you are presented with a peek into his everyday life via comical drawn panels. But beyond all of that, this book was just plain fun to look at.



As a fun aside: there is a nod to Gen13 in one of the pages of the book, which will be a nice surprise to diehard fans of the 90's comic book (like me).


July 19, 2013

The Daily Battles of Mu Pan

Mu Pan is a New York based artist who creates some of the most visually rich work I've ever seen. I was lucky to meet him earlier this year and got a chance to talk about his process, while also getting a glimpse into two of his sketchbooks. Each page of these books can stand alone as a work of art. As a whole, they represent a daily exploration of his life, thoughts, and experiences melded with historical events, cultural icons, symbolism and epic conflict. Mu's art is his life's work, and he's fully committed to pushing it to its farthest limits. There's a lot to see in his paintings and drawings, so make sure you visit his website and blog to fully enjoy the scope and detail of it all.


July 8, 2013

Change Joy



The art of Ines Seidel is gentle and full of joyful wonderment. I fell for the soft lines and watercolors brushed across recycled pages and altered books.

Found via our DA Flickr group.


July 4, 2013

Collabs with Boyd Shropshire

Boyd Shropshire is a talented graphic designer, musician and artist. He's also one of my old friends from the UF design program, my roommate when I moved to NYC, and frequent collaborator since 2005.

Our first collabs happened accidentally. While drawing on the same piece of paper, he crossed out what I had done and wrote some words on top of it. I think that unlocked something in my mind, that the drawings weren't precious. They could be fast, loose, weird and free. These pieces of paper lead to large-scale ink drawings, a two-person art show called Vernacular Shlamacular, collaborative sketchbooks, collages, songs, and creating the artwork for Kurt Vile's album "Childish Prodigy" on Matador Records.







Our two distinct styles created a third style, where you couldn't tell who did what. But the overall feel of the stuff we made was that we really didn't care what anybody thought about it. The important thing was to make the work.

Drawing is usually a very solo process. Just you, your sketchbook and pen. But I think collaborations are essential to revealing parts of your work that you didn't know existed. It's also awesome when you get to draw with your friends.

For Boyd's art and design, check out www.boydshropshire.com. He also runs a label with his girlfriend Cassandra called Wonderland Archives, where you can find his music alongside some other great artists.






July 2, 2013

July's Guest Contributor: Greg Kletsel

DOODLERS! I'm really psyched to be July's guest contributor, and can't wait to share some cool/interesting/inspiring stuff with you over the next few weeks.

A little intro: I was born and raised in South Florida, studied graphic design at UF in Gainesville, and worked as a designer in Miami and NYC. I'm now a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn, where I share a studio in an old pencil factory with the awesome and talented Two Arms, Inc. You can check out some of my work here and here, follow my ramblings here, and my photos here.





I've always been drawn (pun alert!) to characters, and have been filling scraps of paper and sketchbooks with them all my life. My earliest drawings were of X-Men, Batman, characters from Saturday morning cartoons, Disney movies, action figures, basically anything I was surrounded by as a kid. I still pull a lot of my influences and ideas from that world, and I try to put the weird innocence of that time into my work. Everything I do really starts with drawing and keeping multiple sketchbooks going at once, and I think that's the best way to develop your style, ideas and vision as an artist.





One of the best things about working in this creative community is being surrounded by other artists who continually push you to grow and make better work. I plan on sharing some of these fellow makers with DA, and hopefully they inspire you as much as they inspire me. I'll also occasionally show some of my latest sketchbook pages, post-it notes, and whatever else I find relevant to you doodlers.





Thanks for reading, should be a fun month!




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