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November 7, 2012

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November 1, 2012

Starbucks Coffee Cup Doodles





Tokomo draws cute characters that interplay with Starbucks coffee cups. Day after day she uploads doodles to her Instagram feed that receive quite the love (over 2,000 likes an image). Her consistency is incredible and I'm always pleased when she reveals how the drawing will play onto the surface of the cup.

Starbucks owes this girl some stock options. More after the fold »

October 31, 2012

Boo!

I could have gone the ghouls and goblin route — those maliciously-frighting creatures that roam the night, but instead I choose pay tribute to the friendlier Ghost. You know the one: draped in white, a shocked face, and sometimes even shy. It is certainly one of the more charming characters in All Hallow's Eve. This is my tribute (above by obsequies).

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September 21, 2012

This Book Will Ignite Your Creativity

I've been drawing my whole life, but often I find myself stuck staring at a blank page wishing for some kind of push to get me going. As a creative, momentum is everything. Once I settle in, I feel like I can draw for hours and never stop, but getting there is always the challenge.

If you can relate, then you need to be friends with Lisa Currie. Lisa is the queen of drawing prompts, a muse in a way. She has this incredible ability of presenting you with a guided challenge (and constraint) from just a few simple black lines and a short phrase, but don't mistake that for meaning there's a lack of sophistication to the task. It's specifically that simplicity that encourages the most creative and aesthetic responses.



She'll posts prompts and submissions weekly over at the Scribble Project's blog, but now there's something way better. The folks at Perigee (a division of Penguin) have published 192 pages of her quirky and imaginative doodle sheets, and they've declared it: The Scribble Diary. I love this book because I can carry it with me anywhere and find that it's constantly the spark I need to put my pen to paper.






(Sample Pages drawn in by Jaimeks, Lisa Davies and Takatoshi Sano)

We are lucky at Doodlers Anonymous, because Lisa is on staff here as one of our favorite contributors. We'd like to congratulate her on this book and encourage all of you to get your hands on it and play along. You'll find it to be a gem in your collection.


September 11, 2012

The Coolest Place I've Never Been

I never really believed that meeting girls in bars was such a great plan, but that was before I found out about The Doodle Bar.

"The Doodle Bar is a space where people have the freedom to enjoy a good scribble, have a drink and hook up with some fellow doodlers."

Sounds perfect right? The Doodle Bar is inside an old industrial building in Battersea, London. It's got pretty much everything you could want from a good bar – drinks, food, a ping pong table… and more importantly, a bunch of spaces that anyone is free to doodle on!



All I know about the bar are the snippets I've found on their website and around the internet. But I'm going to try and head down there before my month of guest posting here is over. I'll report back with some photos of the bar, and any doodles I do (or see) while I'm in there. And I'll of course keep you all updated on my quest for the love of a good doodler.

For anyone interested in checking it out, the closest stations are Clapham Junction (tube) and Battersea Park (overground)... I think. I'll see you there!

September 10, 2012

That Certain Kind Of Stink-Face

Imagine we're in a real-life gallery right now. You rush up beside me, grab my hand and pull me over to these sketchbook doodles by Russian artist Vladimir Smokov. You say "amazing, huh!" and I nod with a certain kind of stink-face. That certain kind of stink-face that only happens when something is just too good for words.

Then maybe afterwards we'd get a toasted sandwich at a cafe nearby. It'd be a nice day, don't you think?


September 5, 2012

The Vanilla Soft-Serve Of Doodling

If doodling styles were ice-cream flavours, we'd all get brain-freeze and tummy aches well before we got to sample each one. Basically... there's a ton of different styles. Heaps! Plenty! Lots!

But when I think of "doodling" there's still one particular style that pops into my head first. Neat lines, black markers and no space left un-doodled. It's the vanilla soft-serve of doodling! And Filipino artist, Lei Melendres does it really, really well. Yum!





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