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March 30, 2015

Tumblr of the Week: Tonto Garabato

The sketches of Valeria Alvarez are often limited to black and white, sometimes an extra well-chosen color. Her drawings are mystic and whimsical, like postcards sent from strange places she visits in her mind.

What looks simple at first glance is actually made up of countless precise patterns within the shadows. A huge part of the magic lies in all the sketchy little details within the intricate shading and textures of her drawings. See more »

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March 28, 2015

Cinematic Sketch Spreads

I came out of Artur Dabrowski's blog feeling like I just watched an epic fantasy, but I was actually looking through his sketchbook. Dabrowski's concepts are too large for one page, so in idle moments during subway rides, or in waiting rooms, he doodles up entire journals with dark and mysterious spreads. Between the cinematic composition and the mythic settings, I can practically hear dramatic score pieces swelling in the background.

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March 15, 2015

Little Boxes on the Hillside

I've been casually admiring some quaint little towns I wish I could live in. Any one of these houses nestled tightly amongst trees and other homes looks perfectly cozy for me. I associate drawings of buildings squashed together with the bustle of cities, so it's unusual for me to be looking at these homes practically smothered with no room between them and yet feel the opposite of city life. It's probably Samantha Dolan's intricate details on the leaves doing the trick. Her patterns are obsessive and consume the image until there is nowhere left unfilled. Still, there's something tranquil that comes from following the repetition of familiar shapes.

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March 2, 2015

Tumblr of the Week: SASHALYNILLO's Continuous One-Line Drawings

"From this morning's train ride: Here's one long, continuous line drawing. It was hard to do when people sitting next to me were getting on and off at their stops."

That's a caption on one of SASHALYNILLO's drawings (shown above) that caught my attention. It was mind-blowing to find out that some of his sketches are drawn without lifting the pen from the paper until the picture is complete. An image of what appear to be train passengers that I would have rated as just 'pretty cool' seconds ago suddenly seemed extremely interesting and worth sharing right away. Here is another one-liner I felt similarly about.

I can imagine the zen-like process of trying this out, learning to go with the flow and not turn back to pick at details. It's a cool idea for doodlers to give a shot next time you're having artist's block. SASHALYNILLO is an artist based in the Bronx who thrives on sketching in moleskines. His pen sketches are simplistic and highly stylized at the same time, and usually based on images from daily life or political subjects. Here are some of my favorites from his doodles made on trains.

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February 28, 2015

Drawing Across Used Journal Pages

A little bird told me about an upcoming exhibition in London featuring Fran Giffard's body of work that layers the wild over the domestic. After she filled up her personal moleskine journal with writing, Giffard did some repurposing and began to paint birds over all of its used pages with aquarelle, gouache, and graphite pencil. The result is a vivid safari adventure through an unexpectedly personal landscape.

While birdwatching, I caught sight of wedding dates, grocery lists, vacation plans, even diary entries. Weirdly intimate information about a stranger, which makes me feel like I’m flipping through something I know I shouldn’t be looking at. Sometimes the birds are painted alongside the text, carefully leaving the words unobscured. Other times, their plumage covers entire chunks of writing and I realize how nosy I am being trying to read someone else's journal. That's something you're not supposed to do, isn't it? Too bad, because I can't look away.

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February 26, 2015

Blast Off to Negative Space

I love this series of drawings because they're all about space - both literally in subject, and in design -- through the use of negative space.

These illustrated intergalactic adventures are both dense and airy. The intense and compact scribbled lines are broken up and interplay with the space left blank.

The drawings, depicting an astronaut killing time in space, are more surreal and witty than appear at first glance. Vacuuming the stars like dust, a paint bucket labeled "cosmos"—I can't help but smile at the playfulness. See more illustrations like these (and not like these--he draws plenty of stuff other than astronauts) in P3T3 B3's sketchbook. Even his name is futuristic, how fitting!

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February 24, 2015

Member Spotlight: Marie Lemaistre

I love it when I click through the members of our community and discover someone's work that really catches my attention.

Like many of us, Marie Lemaistre finds inspiration in films, cartoons, the music in the streets, and in her dreams. Her take on drawing is to keep a spontaneous expression of ideas, emotions and imagination going, while simultaneously trying not to censor or hesitate along the way. It works wonders in her illustrations and is just the right philosophy for any doodler out there.

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