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August 6, 2013

Member Spotlight:
Daniel Jamie Williams



All of the eyes in Daniel's drawn characters are deep, and almost completely lost in sadness. They're consistent throughout his work, holding your stare and carrying you from one piece to the next.

Click on through, there's a really great time-lapse video of Daniel working his watercolor pencils after the fold.

July 19, 2013

The Daily Battles of Mu Pan

Mu Pan is a New York based artist who creates some of the most visually rich work I've ever seen. I was lucky to meet him earlier this year and got a chance to talk about his process, while also getting a glimpse into two of his sketchbooks. Each page of these books can stand alone as a work of art. As a whole, they represent a daily exploration of his life, thoughts, and experiences melded with historical events, cultural icons, symbolism and epic conflict. Mu's art is his life's work, and he's fully committed to pushing it to its farthest limits. There's a lot to see in his paintings and drawings, so make sure you visit his website and blog to fully enjoy the scope and detail of it all.


July 4, 2013

Collabs with Boyd Shropshire

Boyd Shropshire is a talented graphic designer, musician and artist. He's also one of my old friends from the UF design program, my roommate when I moved to NYC, and frequent collaborator since 2005.

Our first collabs happened accidentally. While drawing on the same piece of paper, he crossed out what I had done and wrote some words on top of it. I think that unlocked something in my mind, that the drawings weren't precious. They could be fast, loose, weird and free. These pieces of paper lead to large-scale ink drawings, a two-person art show called Vernacular Shlamacular, collaborative sketchbooks, collages, songs, and creating the artwork for Kurt Vile's album "Childish Prodigy" on Matador Records.







Our two distinct styles created a third style, where you couldn't tell who did what. But the overall feel of the stuff we made was that we really didn't care what anybody thought about it. The important thing was to make the work.

Drawing is usually a very solo process. Just you, your sketchbook and pen. But I think collaborations are essential to revealing parts of your work that you didn't know existed. It's also awesome when you get to draw with your friends.

For Boyd's art and design, check out www.boydshropshire.com. He also runs a label with his girlfriend Cassandra called Wonderland Archives, where you can find his music alongside some other great artists.






July 2, 2013

July's Guest Contributor: Greg Kletsel

DOODLERS! I'm really psyched to be July's guest contributor, and can't wait to share some cool/interesting/inspiring stuff with you over the next few weeks.

A little intro: I was born and raised in South Florida, studied graphic design at UF in Gainesville, and worked as a designer in Miami and NYC. I'm now a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn, where I share a studio in an old pencil factory with the awesome and talented Two Arms, Inc. You can check out some of my work here and here, follow my ramblings here, and my photos here.





I've always been drawn (pun alert!) to characters, and have been filling scraps of paper and sketchbooks with them all my life. My earliest drawings were of X-Men, Batman, characters from Saturday morning cartoons, Disney movies, action figures, basically anything I was surrounded by as a kid. I still pull a lot of my influences and ideas from that world, and I try to put the weird innocence of that time into my work. Everything I do really starts with drawing and keeping multiple sketchbooks going at once, and I think that's the best way to develop your style, ideas and vision as an artist.





One of the best things about working in this creative community is being surrounded by other artists who continually push you to grow and make better work. I plan on sharing some of these fellow makers with DA, and hopefully they inspire you as much as they inspire me. I'll also occasionally show some of my latest sketchbook pages, post-it notes, and whatever else I find relevant to you doodlers.





Thanks for reading, should be a fun month!

June 12, 2013

Freaky Deaky

Taking a peek into Jesse Balmer's sketchbook is like stumbling upon an alternate dimension. His drawings feature bizarre environments and even more bizarre creatures inhabiting them. Sometimes you'll see exciting action sequences frozen mid-scene, or beast-like characters with just enough peculiar details on them to make you imagine what their story could be.

Jesse Balmer drawings

June 5, 2013

Member Spotlight: Kerby Rosanes



Kerby Rosanes is a doodle force to be reckoned with. No joke, the man must go through markers like I go through cups of coffee. His style is overwhelming as he completely smothers page after page with funny characters, monsters, objects, and words.



I was first introduced to his work when he sent in a submission to our second coloring book, which we gladly accepted. Follow this doodle maniac over on his blog Sketchy Stories (that updates almost daily).

Related: The Moleskine pages of Maykel Nunes


June 2, 2013

Rad Dudes from LAND



Ryan Rhodes and Caleb Owen Everitt work as a company called LAND. I can't really say enough about these guys, they're good friends and rad dudes all around. Plus they make some of the coolest work I've seen in ages. Their sketches are very classic in nature and reminiscent of a simpler time.





These dudes do some great branding work, but my love for them lies in their hand drawn artwork and graphics. See more





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