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August 31, 2013

Professional Illustrator Collaborates
with 4-Year-Old



Disclaimer: This has been all over the internet this weekend. I originally discovered it from a tweet by Anthony (@nedroid) yesterday, but have since seen it posted everywhere from The Verge to This Is Colossal. It's simply too good to pass up and definitely one of my favorite things I've seen this year.

Professional illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks (aka busymockingbird) is really good at what she does, one of them being drawing retro, vintage heads. Recently, she's upped her game by collaborating with a special someone -- her 4 year old daughter.

It started innocently enough with her daughter sneaking in some lines and scribbles to create bodies for the faces.

"Not surprisingly, I LOVED what she drew. I had drawn a woman’s face, and she had turned her into a dinosaur-woman. It was beautiful, it was carefree, and for as much as I don’t like to share, I LOVED what she had created. Flipping through my sketchbook, I found another doodle of a face I had not yet finished. She drew a body on it, too, and I was enthralled. It was such a beautiful combination of my style and hers. And she LOVED being a part of it. She never hesitated in her intent. She wasn’t tentative. She was insistent and confident that she would of course improve any illustration I might have done. …And the thing is, she DID."



Later, Mica would use her talents to go back and add color, paint and details to bring the improvised collaboration to life. The results are jaw-dropping. I still can't get over how well their two talents mesh together. Read her original post that details the entire process and if you'd like, she's even put up a bunch of the final prints for sale at Society6.








August 22, 2013

Last.fm Doodles

We all have our obsessions. Mine is checking off all the TV episodes I've finished watching on my SeriesGuideX app. Andrea M (aka Something Different) takes things a bit further.

For what looks like months, Andrea has been doodling her weekly listening stats on Last.fm in her sketchbook. What you get are fun visual peek into her life that only one's musical selections can provide.




August 12, 2013

Tumblr of the Week: Samer Dudels



Abel Jiménez from Spain has been working his magic pen to create these fantastic and fun doodles of Summer fun. My favorite are the ones interacting with colored construction paper. Follow along at his tumblr for plenty more.


July 8, 2013

Welcome to Beautown

Beau Bergeron is a doodler, designer and illustrator whose characters inhabit a place called Beautown, populated with bright colors, abstract lines and shapes. The world Beau creates is playful, friendly, inviting, and shows a real love of creation and drawing. I've known Beau for awhile, and he's a really inspiring guy to be around. He always has a constant stream of new projects and ideas in the works, while experimenting with his style and techniques to bring them to life. I'm really excited to see how Beautown continues to develop and grow.

Beau is currently based in San Francisco and works as a designer at IDEO (check out this great video he made for his job interview). You can follow his work and process at welcometobeautown on Instagram.


July 1, 2013

Pimp My Post-It



Back up if you thought post-its were just for mundane to-do lists and whatnot. Gangster Doodles has taken office supplies and turned them into some seriously NSFW material. You think you're fancy with your "paper" and "art supplies," meanwhile in just 3 weeks the superfly Aaron Dickenson of G. Doodles has cranked out 174 mesmerizingly sick portraits of thugs and divas doing their thing with just sharpies and markers on a 3X3 post-it note.

Here are some snippets of what you wish your life was like:


June 20, 2013

Rad Man Russell Etchen

Russell Etchen is that big brother you never had that shows you cool things and makes you wonder how he grew that awesome beard. He's also really nice and a good hearted dude with a true love for art.

I'm a big fan of Russell's doodle work. His repetition of shapes and faces makes it clear these works are meditative and easy on the mind. Almost like a strange obsession, but a good one that brings a smile when you wonder what all those characters are thinking.



I've been lucky to do some drawing with Russell and I must admit, his technique has been mastered. There is no cut and paste in his work, each face drawn with intricate care and placement.

Just looking at his work makes me want to get doodling. Russell, let's set up some draw time soon!

June 5, 2013

Member Spotlight: Kerby Rosanes



Kerby Rosanes is a doodle force to be reckoned with. No joke, the man must go through markers like I go through cups of coffee. His style is overwhelming as he completely smothers page after page with funny characters, monsters, objects, and words.



I was first introduced to his work when he sent in a submission to our second coloring book, which we gladly accepted. Follow this doodle maniac over on his blog Sketchy Stories (that updates almost daily).

Related: The Moleskine pages of Maykel Nunes





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