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March 18, 2014

Everything is Connected by Drawn Lines



I recently discovered Saimon Chow's work and now I'm infatuated with it. All day long, with the visual bombardment the internet provides, it's hard to come across something that truly captures your attention and is unique enough to deserve it.

Saimon is an accomplished artist and designer out of New York with a full portfolio of illustration styles, but it's his one-color drawings that won me over. They're a collision of opposite cultures, made with bold strokes and drowning in symbolism. I especially enjoy how he connects elements in the drawings with thin lines, leading us through a visual narrative.


March 4, 2014

Drawing the Cityscape in His Head



Bricks, windows, arches, curves, angles, roofs... you name it, if it's part of the city architecture, it's very likely Daniel Van Der Noon has drawn it.

Everything about his art inspires me. They are all hand-drawn and inked directly onto a wall, window, or canvas. No prior sketching or mapping. It's just one stroke here, another line there and soon enough buildings and rooftops appear.

In his own words, "I like to travel a lot, visit new cities, see new places, hear new noises. Through these skylines I guess that the perks that I experience from traveling around are amplified in ink, and the memories recorded in these ongoing sprawls of images and text."

You'll find plenty to like in the following images, and I guarantee you'll especially enjoy the process videos after the fold.


February 25, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Klara Grancicova



The gem we found in our Tumblr followers this week is Klara Grancicova. Her simple geometric drawings gain a surprising layer of meaning from the words she adds to them. While browsing down her blog I found myself playing a game where I would just look at the drawing and ignore the words for a moment, then see how reading the text changed my perception of it. If I had seen one of her doodles on its own somewhere, I might have just thought "ah, cool" and moved on. But seeing the cohesive chemistry between every single one of her drawings from last year up until now is ridiculously cool.

If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, follow Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr for even more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on there!


February 14, 2014

Drawings to Make Your Crush Giggle



Are you not so smooth with the ladies? Does your mind blank out around cute guys? A Daily Pickup Line could turn your luck around. It's an illustrated collection by Alyssa Duhe of the funniest flirtations, with some of the classics that don't get old and also a ton of original jokes that your crush hasn't heard a million times already. We originally picked this blog out from our followers on tumblr to be the next Tumblr of the Week, but couldn't pass up the chance to help out those in need on Valentines Day. Plus, I wanna hear your favorite pickup line in the comments.


February 13, 2014

The Quintessential, Quirky, Compendium of Cats / A Mini-Coloring Book Featuring 28 Global Artists





Purring softly in the corner, curled up and licking itself, is DA's first mini-coloring book, and we suddenly realized that we never made the acquaintance. So, dear community, we're proud to introduce you to "The Quintessential, Quirky, Compendium of Cats!"

As submissions rolled in for our second coloring book, we noticed an undeniable theme. Cats from here till Sunday - cats wearing clothes, admiring cubist paintings, looking French, sipping coffee. So we hoarded (*ahem, I mean compiled) them like a crazy cat lady, knowing one day we'd find them a proper home, a book all their own.

And so the mini-coloring book was born! The book -- featuring 28 global artists in a mashup of styles-- is truly the cat’s meow, because it's not only creative and cuddly, it's charitable.



In honor of OKAT's own shelter cat, Mylo, Doodlers Anonymous and The Quintessential, Quirky, Compendium of Cats! is proud to support The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and its mission to save lives. (aspca.org)

Like anything from our shop, this will ship with a DA doodle sticker, bookmark and postcard. So color it up, get crazy with a crayon, and help support our feline friends!




February 4, 2014

Not All Drawn Objects Are Created Equal

When I doodle and draw, my preference is to make it of something tangible. I am partial to simple, ordinary, everyday objects. This is the very reason I am falling for the bold lines and shapes of Sofia's drawn vases. I wish they were real, sitting up on my window sill.

Sofia Schizas is also a master of craft, making things under the name of Hey Sosi. You're crazy if you don't want one of her "Cosmic Cushions."




October 2, 2013

Tumblr of the Week: Dany Reede



I'm not 100% sure what's going on… but I definitely like it. I doubt that trying to make sense of the chaos is what I'm supposed to be doing, so I'm just going to go with the flow and enjoy the frenzy of symbols and text and colors in the drawings on Dany Reede's tumblr.




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