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July 10, 2015

Art: In Construction

I’m looking at my dream home! Noel Badges Pugh’s pen and watercolor houses become more breathtaking with every passing moment that your eyes linger on the page. Unsurprisingly, I enjoy the process photos more than the finished products. The artist pays meticulously close attention to drawing the finest architectural details, which are given captivating depth by rich color shading. It’s particularly interesting for me to see this juxtaposed with the “bare bones” version of the house in the same drawing. A nice visual reminder that amazing illustrations have simple beginnings.

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April 30, 2015

Watching Over You

Who are these giant creatures looming over towns and forests in the night? They are some of the odd and playful creations from Matt Forsythe's illustrations. Forsythe has done some seriously cool work in comics and on a show called Adventure Time (maybe you’ve heard of it). I love these wondrous delights he has been posting recently on his blog... Dream-like environments with melancholic colors and tons of whimsically serene little details surrounding the mysterious giants.

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March 15, 2015

Little Boxes on the Hillside

I've been casually admiring some quaint little towns I wish I could live in. Any one of these houses nestled tightly amongst trees and other homes looks perfectly cozy for me. I associate drawings of buildings squashed together with the bustle of cities, so it's unusual for me to be looking at these homes practically smothered with no room between them and yet feel the opposite of city life. It's probably Samantha Dolan's intricate details on the leaves doing the trick. Her patterns are obsessive and consume the image until there is nowhere left unfilled. Still, there's something tranquil that comes from following the repetition of familiar shapes.

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January 3, 2011

Draw Here. Draw There.

It's a new year and it's time to make brand new, amazing, even-better-than-last-year's drawings.

If you're not familiar with "The Sketchbook Project," you are now. (Take a look, we mentioned it here.) Just a quick recap in case you're not familiar: The nice people at Art House Co-op sends a sketchbook out to anyone who wants to be a part of this project (for a minimal fee). You draw all over it. You send it back to them when it's filled and then your sketchbook is exhibited at galleries as it makes its way across the country on a tour.

Elizabeth Caldwell has started her 2011 sketchbook and it's on its way to greatness. She's a stay-at-home mom and a freelance Designer and Illustrator. Take a peak inside her first few pages - lots and lots of playful type. Tell me, what's not to like?



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October 2, 2008

Featured: Slow Loris

If you like free things, make sure to read this.

I have no idea when I first bookmarked her website, but it was at least 4 years ago. I couldn’t help it, she took line drawings and printed them on t-shirts (two things that I can’t resist). I've since seen her grow into making it a full-time gig with her own 6-arm screen printing press.

For her feature on DA, she's been gracious enough to let us view her process of taking a concept from drawing and color seperation to print and final inking. View details and images from the process here »

Now for the free part... we like giveaways, especially one-off prints. Slow Loris and DA are shipping one lucky person the above print. To win, Slow Loris has add a listing to one of the pages in her ETSY shop that has a secret word. You'll know you've found it, as it will say, "Secret Code Word" right before it. The first person to comment on DA with the correct answer, wins!

Print details: 4-color screen-print on French's red archival paper, measuring 19x25 inches, signed and dated, 1 of 1.





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