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!
Editor's note: This entry is brought to you by our good friend and scribbler, Lisa Currie, who is also the author of two really awesome doodle books, The Scribble Diary and her latest, Me, You, Us.
Today I'm excited to share this bright, happy, hand-painted (!!) interview with artist Rebecca Volynsky. I asked her a few simple questions (via the above prompts) about her creative life right now, and she let her paintbrush do the talking.
How luscious are these two pages filled with bright plants and golden waves and endless coffee cups! It's like we all get a bouquet of wild flowers delivered to our desktops today. Hand-painted, of course. Thanks Rebecca!
As I mentioned in a previous post I love art that combines realistic portraits and crazy colour schemes, and the work of Mr Frivolous definitely hits the spot there. But the thing that really interests me about his work is the text. It's almost like a personal graffiti he adds to his drawings, in amongst all the quotes he adds to each piece you'll often find personal notes or declarations scribbled down. I love the piece that has a corner ripped off with a note saying "this bit was crap so I ripped it off" in its place.
In a world where so much art looks virtually the same, it's work that has little bits of personality like that bursting from it that really stands out. I check back in at his website regularly to see if he's added any new pieces, and since Santa Claus is richer than I am I've bookmarked a few of his original drawings for my Christmas wishlist.
Rik paints smashed up beer and soda cans with his style of "urban pop art." Drawing quirky characters and embellishing them with type, colors, and magazine cut-outs is what he does best and we love him for it. Click for a glimpse of what I mean or read about his process here.
And now I've just discovered that he's keeping a tumblr blog of sketchbook doodles called Scrib Dibbles and I just had to share. Follow along for improvised, one-color, pen on paper, character-driven awesomeness. Drawn and posted with no editing or erasing. Much respect!
I've been drawing my whole life, but often I find myself stuck staring at a blank page wishing for some kind of push to get me going. As a creative, momentum is everything. Once I settle in, I feel like I can draw for hours and never stop, but getting there is always the challenge.
If you can relate, then you need to be friends with Lisa Currie. Lisa is the queen of drawing prompts, a muse in a way. She has this incredible ability of presenting you with a guided challenge (and constraint) from just a few simple black lines and a short phrase, but don't mistake that for meaning there's a lack of sophistication to the task. It's specifically that simplicity that encourages the most creative and aesthetic responses.
She'll posts prompts and submissions weekly over at the Scribble Project's blog, but now there's something way better. The folks at Perigee (a division of Penguin) have published 192 pages of her quirky and imaginative doodle sheets, and they've declared it: The Scribble Diary. I love this book because I can carry it with me anywhere and find that it's constantly the spark I need to put my pen to paper.
We are lucky at Doodlers Anonymous, because Lisa is on staff here as one of our favorite contributors. We'd like to congratulate her on this book and encourage all of you to get your hands on it and play along. You'll find it to be a gem in your collection.
Sometimes I crave the simple things.
Lots of white space. Scribbles that are easy on the eye. Something almost child-like and free, but with the neat hand of adulthood.
These hand-drawn collages by Ariel Aberg-Riger do the trick.
To me they say, "ahhh, relax a little, life is nice and a bit funny sometimes". That's what they say to me, anyhow. Enjoy!See More »
Come with me and take a peek at the wonderful sketchbook of María Inés Gul, aka Marjainez. It's a mix of scribbles, paint blots and mid-sentence thoughts.