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April 4, 2013

Member Spotlight: Mason McFee

Holy crap, I just spent too much time on Mason's flickr site. I got lost in the randomness of his doodles and how they seem to land on any damn thing he comes across. His drawings are loose and unpretentious, free to roam, with layers of goofiness but end in an almost perfect layout and composition.

Mason, let's go have a beer, and then draw me something to hang on my wall.


March 29, 2013

Mark It Up

Ken Garduno, from Los Angeles, California, is amazing at his craft. But instead of showing his final, polished pieces, we want to highlight his more rough sketches.

Sometimes you need nothing more than some black ink and a sheet of paper (and possibly Ken's hand). The line is a beautiful thing.


March 19, 2013

Member Spotlight: Anke Braatz



I love that Anke describes her sketchbooks as "everyday training." It's exactly on-point, as she uses them to practice her craft and quickly capture a moment of everyday life, page after page.

Beyond her sketchbook pages, what I like most about her work are the drawings on different papers that layer to form a perfect design and final illustration.


March 13, 2013

Wanderlust the Muse

I don't know if I envy Eric Olmstead more for his insane talent or his extensive travels. His work is so vivid in color and detail, so powerful in narrative, and so pop art and animated, I almost expected a few onomatopoeias: POW! CRRACK! WHAM! KER-SPLASH! From being drugged and robbed in Ecuador to finding himself in Sydney to backpacking in the Philippines, Eric's artwork brings you with, so you can imagine hiking the Inca trail alongside. For anyone bitten by the travel bug, you know that Wanderlust always calls. Eric Olmstead answered.


March 6, 2013

The Bravery

Born in Moscow, brought up in Milwaukee, and now based in Manhattan, Sonya Kozlova (at the early age of twenty) is known for her photography. Her photos are experimental and visceral, and it's obvious she has a keen eye for lighting and cropping her subjects just right.

She's recently mustered up the courage to share a few of her sketchbook drawings and they've captured my attention as much as her camera pictures have. Here are a few of my favorite pages.


February 28, 2013

Magic Monsters

I discovered Delphine Durand (and her entourage of weird animals) when she was teaching a workshop at Ilustratour. I couldn't go and was left with the desire. Since then, I follow her work from the distance.

I love her magic and bizarre animated monsters that walk around her drawings and on her books and travel journals.



And thanks to her, I know about "Les Cahiers de L'Articho", a French illustration magazine that's got me blown away. She also has an amazing pinterest page where she uploads everything she likes.


February 26, 2013

A Story Behind Each Drawing

Miguel Herranz (aka freehand) is an Urban Sketcher with an incredibly detailed hand and a complementary story to go along with each sketch. The stories range from memories to the people, places and things he comes across. Below is a snippet of his text for the drawing above:

"I keep on drawing... I wonder what happens behind the third window of the second floor on that brick building... I imagine a filter that tells me with some color the places where people laugh joyfully, with some other color where they shout angrily, with other where they make love, where someone just died... I know I'm drawing all this."

It's a must that you take the time to read the captions behind each drawing. You will fall in love not only with his skilled hand, but how he describes what he sees.





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