I forget how I stumbled upon this, but it's one of my favorite things to have discovered this year. Dear Data is a year-long drawing project between two women, who get to know one another by exchanging postcards with hand-drawn data visualizations.
Each week they choose a new topic, from a week of complaints or compliments to a week of desires or smiling at strangers. They begin collecting the data, it's slow, methodical, detailed, insightful and often bringing to life hidden patterns.
Every postcard includes a drawing on the front, while the back includes the key to reading and deciphering it. What makes this all the more fun is that each of them also keeps a record of the entire process from that week. You'll find notes, initial sketches, photos and plenty more.
They've just completed 52 full weeks, so there's plenty to see. You'll quickly discover that the data reveals a beautiful collection of aesthetic patterns, lines, and scribbles. The fact that there's a purpose behind each mark is all the more impressive.See More »
In one of the gallery sections of Dorothy Leung's website, she describes how viewing vintage cartoons at a museum in Basel created a turning point in her style as an illustrator. The influence of that style is apparent in the tiny line after line after tiny line and minuscule details of this plant series. The dark lines seem scratched into the surface so deeply and precisely as if they are etched in my screen. I see more influence than just the vintage cartoons in these pieces - she has imitated the bare layout used in old drawings cataloging flowers, plants and vegetables.
Dorothy is an expert in creating delicate dimension with only these small lines. With mostly very thin objects, she knows how to meticulously layer the lines to create a tiny shadow. She is creating all these drawings of plants as a part of #The100DayProject, and will have a beautiful, complete series – her own plant catalog - once the 100 days come to an end.See More »
We have a really fun book to giveaway this week and it's perfect for all you doodle addicts out there. Me, You, Us by Lisa Currie is a joy for any two people who want to capture moments in the most creative of ways. Just flip to a random page and use the prompts to jot down whatever silly thoughts or sweet memories pop into your brain.
You can get yourself a copy on Amazon or comment below and possibly win yourself one. Here's how to play along, comment on this post by answering: Who would you share this book with? And what are your nicknames for each other?
Details: We will only accept one answer per user. We will randomly draw a winner this Friday, September 5th and announce it on our Twitter and Facebook (so be sure to follow us along on there). Thanks and good luck!
UPDATE: That was fun! We loved reading your nicknames. We pulled a name from the hat, and the winner is: Daniela Alejandra Ortiz Alegria. Congrats!
Since launching Doodlers Anonymous back in 2009, I've seen my share of Drawing-A-Day projects, but so rare do they ever capture my attention like this one has by Brazil based artist Gabriel Picolo.
His daily drawings are deeply intricate and scenic. How one can pull off this intense of a drawing every day for a year is beyond me. If you're a fan, like I expect you should be, follow him on Instagram for more drawn goodness.
I would love to walk a mile in Pablo ientileís shoes-- which are probably quite worn by now considering he recently spent six months journeying through thirty cities in ten Asian countries. Pablo, who likes drawing as pablo bear when on the road, is traveling the world meeting and collaborating with artists on his brilliant comic book project. Each artist, uber-talented in their own right, will illustrate the parts of the comic that occur in their cities resulting in a first-person narrative with a crazy cool mashup of styles. Canít wait to see the end result! Follow Pablo's journey online at illustrationaroundtheworld.com or mobile via his Instagram.
I want to introduce you to one of my favorite illustration projects of late. It comes to us from Israeli artist, Geffen Refaeli. The concept is incredibly simple, and the result, flawless.
What started as a personal experiment to practice drawing and doodling has turned into a daily art project with over 20,000 followers (in under a year). Every day, Geffen uploads an illustration that was inspired by a mashup of her friends photographs. She takes bits and pieces from their pictures and creates one-color, surreal drawings. She then posts the drawings on Instagram (@dailydoodlegram) with links to the photo feeds that prompted it all to begin with.
I'm a fan, and I'd gamble to say so will you be. Prints are available at her recently launched shop.
I stare at the flashing cursor, tongue-tied and stupefied-- outwitted by the subject. How to write about a project which is at once worthy and fundamental, and arrestingly, profoundly beautiful? The Reconstructionists features a different trailblazing woman every Monday who has "reconstructed ... our understanding of ourselves, the world, and our place in it." It's a hefty feat, but if anyone could pull it off it's surely the talented team of illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova.
The project begins with a cartoonist, the original soul sister, a timeless diarist, an inventor/actress, an author/art collector, and an abstract-expressionist painter -- iconic and provocative women who played, performed, and permeated meaning, better known as Lynda Barry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Anais Nin, Hedy Lamarr, Gertrude Stein, and Agnes Martin, respectively.
The illustrated portraits, hand-lettered quotes, and accompanying micro-essays are as vibrant and compelling as the women they honor. Hats off ladies.