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February 4, 2016

Doodling Dashing Strangers

I’ve been really into Pam Steenwijk’s portraits the past couple of days. Pam is an artist from the Netherlands who plays with details of the face in charming ways. Sometimes with cutesy blushing cheeks, other times with mysterious shadows. Not to mention the expressions! Pam nails it when it comes to drawing nuanced looks that are disarmingly sensitive. I only wish I knew the story behind these effortlessly stylish cool kids. It’s likely that the enigma is part of the aesthetic appeal! Don’t forget to check out Pam’s tumblr for more doodles of dashing strangers. 

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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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November 29, 2015

The Element of Chaos in Watercolor

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I first found Agnes Cecile when I came across a sped up video of her creating a painting from start to finish. The first two minutes show her crafting a detailed, realistic portrait of a lady, but my interest wasn’t piqued until she brought her perfected woman down to the floor and started to splash a halo of watercolors over her. There’s a disorder to Agnes Cecile’s works that makes them exciting. Her portraits have a tendency to look half finished, elaborately detailed in some spots and a drippy mess in others. Her process videos show how much of her art is left up to chance. She paints her vision with absolute confidence, but the element of chaos is always there.

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November 13, 2015

NEWS: Our Epic Coloring Book was featured on the Dr OZ Show

In case you missed it, our Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book was on display on a short segment about adult coloring books on the Doctor Oz show yesterday. In the segment Doctor Oz talked about how adult coloring books are an excellent avenue for de-stressing.

That’s something we’ve been talking about since the release of our original adult coloring book over 5 years ago. It just feels so good to put color to paper and letting your imagination take over, zoning out, and seeing it fill in the page.

The Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring celebrates many styles of art from pure doodling, to refined and beautiful line drawings. A magical library, a lotus plant, a crowd of friendly commuters carrying umbrellas, intricate dream cities, cars, creatures, and cartoons-each illustration represents more than a stock pattern.

The immense variety found in the book appeals to both adults and kids, but also aspiring and seasoned artists. It provides you with a refined canvas to practice and improve your coloring skills. What would be your take on a particular art style? How would you tackle patterns versus a character?

Be sure to grab yourself a copy of the Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent book store and send us your colored creations so we can share them with the world.


November 2, 2015

Retro Sketchbook

So many eyes! I’m looking into a sketchbook and it is staring right back at me. Its pages are filled with Silvia Asunis’ exciting style that comes across to me as a lovechild of retro cartoons and classic tattoo art. Most of the sketches are only slightly longer than her pen, but every crisp line pops with attitude. The petite sizes and cutesy colors give a lighthearted edge to features that are sometimes downright gruesome. See more of Silvia’s work on her Tumblr! You will wish you also had four extra eyes to drink it all in.

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October 26, 2015

Intense Faces from Passports of Animals

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I hate the way I look in all my identifications. The flat lighting and angle do nothing to flatter me, plus the awkwardness of staring straight into the camera. I wish Ola Liola had done my passport photo! In her delightful set of Passport Faces, she uses the same elements that I hate from my own ID photos to draw animals. The dead-on expressions from these critters put a wild twist on the clinical nature of ID photos—a passport between urban and natural life. There’s also an interesting balance within her style between the realistic intensity with which her lifelike stares are drawn, and the fantastical designs and colors she fills them in with. Liola uses watercolors and ink to adorn animals with elaborate tattoo-like patterns, continuing her art’s dialogue between the wilderness and cosmopolitan.

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October 21, 2015

Sketches From the Dark Side of the Moon

Moon is a French illustrator and graphic designer whose drawings devise a mysterious mythology of their own. Spectral girls in preternatural environments carry an elegant darkness with them, like characters in a grim fairy tale. The artist’s ink and pencil lines vary between sharp and wispy in a dramatic style, sometimes complimented by subtle watercolors. It’s an an incredible illustration style that draws elegiac scenes with poetic undertones while sticking to visual basics. You can see more of these melancholy mysteries if you check out Moon’s instagram.

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