Amara Strand is an interior designer and 3D artist who is determined not to lose touch with the non-digital side of her creativity. She carries her small sketchbook around Toronto, and brings a little piece of the local architecture and scenery home with her at the end of the day. Her almost pocket-sized urban sketches are made truly special by Strand’s warm watercolors. Strand said, “I love to see colourful watercolour running, seeing the lines go on my sketchbook and never knowing exactly how the sketch will turn out when it is done. This excites me.”
I adore the spontaneity of an artist being surprised by her own finished product. The drawings have a rough sketch quality without meticulous detailing, but it’s a good thing to have when you are drawing places and things right in front of you—you won’t get so lost in perfecting the page that you forget to enjoy your cup of coffee.See More »
There are some pieces that even when they are complete, still look like works in progress. I LOVE IT. After all, that could probably apply to the majority of doodles.
Adara Sanchez Anguiana is a Spanish artist who has perfected the art of imperfection. If her illustrations looked any more "complete", I don't think they would have captured my attention as deeply. Her favorite subject is the human form and WOW is she good at making every pose and angle of it mesmerizing. My favorite is her Take Off Your Clothes series, there's something great about how she captures people just in the middle of a quick intimate motion.
Spend enough time on Tumblr and you're bound to find a mountain of treasure ("El Dorado" be darned!). One such treasure is Robert Alejandro (aka The Sketching Backpacker) whose book is filled to the brim with locales from his constant travels. Even more interesting though, are his Leave Sketches, in which he takes ordinary, unnoticed-leaves and makes them the spotlight of the drawn page.