I first discovered and wrote about Rik Catlow's drawings back in September of 2012, during a member spotlight on his "urban pop art" style. I've been following his updates ever since and his tricked-out collages just keep getting better.
It's my pleasure to introduce him as our guest contributor for the month of June. He'll be blogging alongside our usual team and highlighting artists and other visual finds that are sure to peak your interest.
In the meantime, be sure to check out his incredibly cool paint jobs on smashed aluminum cans. He's also got an Etsy shop filled with original handmade art and as an added bonus, we are giving away a Rik Catlow digital wallpaper that's hot off the presses for you to enjoy. Grrr! Download the sucker here »
(Editor's note: This is Mason's last post here on DA as a guest blogger. He was only supposed to contribute during the month of May, but we liked him too much and extended his stay into June. Thanks Mason! Next time, in Texas!)
I wanted to add one last post during my residency as guest blogger here to show you a little more about good old me. I guess in my time here I wanted to spread the wealth of some coverage to the creative community here in Austin. There are so many great artists and maybe in the future I can share some more.
Anyways, this is me, below.
As you can see, I'm just your ordinary thirty-something, adult living in the year 2013. I'm not perfect. I don't make a ton of money or do anything super crazy, but I love to draw and do it very often, like every day. Somedays you feel like just sitting in the living room with a bag on your head, hoping that the art makes itself, but getting started is the hardest part.
You've got to do the hard work of making the first mark. Once you do that, you'll follow with a second mark and a third. Eventually, you'll have done more than you can count. That's when you look at the work and think, "Man, that's cool!" or "Man, that sucks!"
Either way, you'll feel better at the end and have accomplished more than most people do during the day. Then you can smile and feel great!
As of right now, I'm working on making some handmade patches. I've made about six of them, but I can't wait to see what the 100th looks like because I know improvement will be made along the way. You can get your own handmade patch right over here: POWER PATCHES
I hope my time here has inspired you to go find other creative friends and encourage each other to try new things with your art. I've found that it will make your life a bit more enjoyable, help you learn about yourself and make some good friends along the way.
Talk to you later on, Mason
We received 126 super cool submissions. They really were so good, and it was a blast selecting the mix of twelve for the June issue. From Anorak Magazine and us here at DA, thank you all for participating.
Congratulations to Patrick O'Leary, Sarah Mazzetti, Cynthia Bataille, Tahra Morton, Vincent Kilbride, Calico Melton, Justin Butts, Tsz Wan, Fiona Biddington, Lottie Pencheon, Elena Lombardi and Abel Jimenez -- your artwork will be published in this coming June's issue!
One of my favorite things on DA is when we open the doors of our blog to a guest contributor. After a long break from featuring any outside writers, we finally get to welcome one for the month of June.
Many of you might remember him from an entry we posted back in February, titled Heavy Color, where we showed off his colorful ink strokes and credited him by the name of Mario Kolaric. Well, it turns out on the street he's known as Sretan Bor. He's from Zagreb, Croatia and promises to bring some fresh and exclusive content to the pages of Doodlers Anonymous this month.
You can get reacquainted with some of his work below and follow him on flickr, but most importantly welcome him to the site, as his first post will go up this week. Yay for June!
It's almost June and that means we're that much closer to summer - the blistering heat, the humid beach breeze, the happy energy that the season brings... It's definitely something to draw about. Many of you have participated in the previous Calendar Draw Challenges. Here's another chance!
Submit a drawing for your chance to be our featured artist for the month of June. Make it good. Most of all, make it hot! (Oh, we love a good pun.)
Submissions are now open. Good luck!