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September 16, 2011

The October Showdown

It was neck and neck until the closing bell, and when the smoke cleared two submissions were left standing at an even 76 votes.

Unfortunately there can only be one winner and so the team and I were left to make the call. After endless debate, DA's editors have voted Nata Metlukh as the winner of the October Calendar Draw by a vote of 2 to 1.

Congratulations to all our participants! Your submissions were inspiring. Now go on and get ready to draw December, because for our final showcase the editor's at DA will make the final pick from the top three voted submissions.

September 14, 2011

A Drawn Prayer

This is not to be missed: A full scale carpet drawn completely by hand using a simple black Bic pen.

Over the course of 15 months, Jonathan Bréchignac painstakingly detailed inch by inch of this prayer carpet. He explored different patterns and drew inspiration from all types of art (French roman, traditional Japanese, native American, Mexican) and also military camouflage and animal patterns, to create an almost seamless mix of different civilizations and religions.

Johan Jeanson explains, "Despite working on it for hundreds of hours Jonathan has still only been able to use up one pen and is now working on emptying a second one."

We admire your endurance Jonathan, and wish you the power to keep pushing the series forward. Amazing.


September 7, 2011

The Schwarzenegger Trilogy



I just found this video on Vimeo (haha, that rhymed!) by Brainbow and enjoyed it immensely. It's three short hand-drawn 1,600 frame animation composed into one. It's very simply drawn, which I absolutely love, partially colored in with highlighters.

The first video '5 4 3 2...' is a series of continuous Hollywood explosions edited into a simple beat. The second, "Galleria" is a cut from Terminator 2. And the third, which is my favorite (and starts at 2:25), is an original gangsta rap with lyrics provided by the Governator himself and arranged by Harry McGowan.

Get your headphones on. Enjoy the pops of color, fun sound effects and some of Arnold's infamous lines.

July 13, 2011

Giveaway: A Hand-Drawn Portrait of You by Jamie Tao

That's Okat. You may know him as the founder of Doodlers Anonymous. His dark disheveled hair, crazy full beard, distinct eyes and nose - I love capturing it on paper. Like he said, "It's like looking in a mirror, but better."

A face says so much. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved drawing them. My most recent project has been to combine my two favorite things - face and type - to portray a person and the essence of who they are.

This is where the cool part comes in. I'm doing a giveaway. I want to draw you.

For the chance to win a 9"x12" signed, hand-drawn portrait of you, all you have to do is leave a comment below with a quote or phrase that best describes your personality. We'll pick one winner based on the quotes submitted. (This quote/phrase will be incorporated into your portrait.The winner will also have to send us a photo of themselves.)

The winner(s) have been chosen!

With over 70 comments, it was difficult to choose just one winner, so instead I chose two. Good on you. :) Congrats to Josh LaFayette ("My favorite hobby is breakfast.") and Ellie Kneeland ("...like an octopus on roller skates"). Please send over a close-up photo of you so I can see all the details of your wonderful faces.

Thanks for everyone's participation. What a fun way to get to know our members!


And keep on the lookout! We're making these hand-drawn portraits available for purchase in our shop very soon, so you can order your very own.


June 29, 2011

The Structure of the Universe

This has got to be one of the coolest projects ever commissioned. Cristina Guitian was asked to draw a 38-metre long mural for the AMC Hospital in Amsterdam.

In her own words: "The result is a representation of the human body where the limbs extend the whole length of the corridors.The artwork was hand-drawn in my studio in London, digitally coloured, printed on transparent sticker and then pasted on the glass offices of the hospital. Different textures, such as semitransparent frost and opaque white, are used throughout resulting in changes of appearance in the daylight and with the opening and closing of doors."

I love it when I get a peek into the process of things going from an idea to its realization. And to prove that good things often start with sketchbook scribbles, Cristina was kind enough to share with me her initial doodles for this project, some final photos and even a video example of the overlapping drawings.


April 26, 2011

He Thinks A Lot



A sad film about Gregor by Petra Zlonoga. I think it's perfectly drawn and executed for her first hand-drawn film. I especially like the squiggly lines that turn to thoughts, pets, and even green cars.

February 23, 2011

Free and Cool, volume 5

It's time again for the release of the latest issue of the Free and Cool zine, volume 5. Download it here (for free) and you'll get your hands on twenty-something pages of hand-drawn patterns by the likes of: Connor Annal, Ana Montiel, Trevor Basset, Chris Piascik, Tara Williamson, Fafé, Meyoko, Aurélie Grand, Christine Hale and Maxime Francout.

If you love Issue 5, then you'll love the archived issues, download them here: one, two, three, and four.




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