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January 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: He Doodles All Over Travel Passports and They Still Work!

We've been obsessed with Léonard Combier's doodles ever since he first messaged us about his art and an image of an inked up passport blew our minds, so it's incredibly exciting to finally share these exclusive images with you!



Sometimes Doodle Addicts find themselves in a pinch where there's no paper in reach, and that's when those of us who are in too deep start reaching for anything nearby that could possibly work. Léonard Combier, a 24 year old French illustrator enjoying life in Berlin, was bored in class with no paper to doodle on. A friend of his had their passport in their pocket, so Combier asked them if he could draw something on it. Like a good friend, they were excited about the idea, passed their passport over to him, and let Combier run wild with it. Combier liked the result so much that he continued to reach for different people's passports.

Does doodling on your passport cause an issue at the airport? Apparently not. These are not expired passports, and the original owners went on to travel abroad with them even after they've been drawn on. Combier assured me that his friends have crossed many countries, including the US, with their inked-up passports. They say customs officers usually look closely at the drawings, thinking it's part of the printed design of the passport, before they realize it's hand drawn—and they really like it!





When I asked the artist if it feels strange drawing on someone's passport, Combier said, "In a way it's better than drawing on a normal sheet of paper. All the little patterns that are already on the passport give more relief to my drawings. It's very funny to play with all the visas, the stamps, to write little messages that will be read by the custom officers, sometimes even a bit provocative. It's also very nice to know that the owner of the passport will have my drawing within reach for ten years, on an official document. A bit like a tattoo."

If you're in Berlin, own a valid passport and want a drawing, don't hesitate to send a message (and a Like) on Léonard Combier's Facebook page.








December 12, 2014

Sketchbook: A Year in Jerusalem





Ever feel homesick for a place you're not even from? I never visited Jerusalem, but these drawings feel like old memories of somewhere I haven't been yet. The artist is Vincent Mahé, a Parisian who spent a year in Jerusalem and brought it back with him in a sketchbook. His sketches include the big touristy sites everyone knows, but also the empty streetsides and tops of buildings that you don't normally see in photos. There's something captivating about the simple lines—-the way he creates shadows with them, the way the drawing seamlessly becomes less detailed the further away from the focus point.

November 13, 2014

A Whole New World

You’ve seen countless pictures of these worldwide monuments before, but none quite like this. Himanshu Agrawal shows you the world through his eyes by doodling on manipulated photos of iconic landmarks in his Archi-Fracture series, making them seem like something new.

It’s a shame that photos of incredible places can start to seem mundane after you've been overexposed to them, so seeing Agrawal bring new life and humor to these places is the kick I needed to appreciate how awesome these sites actually are.


June 12, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #2: Cherry Wynn-Williams

It all started with a drawing of a typewriter. I first laid eyes on the work of Cherry Wynn-Williams when I opened up our Coloring Book Volume 3 and gasped at a funny little old-fashioned typewriter. She is an illustrator and world traveller, which I would have guessed even before I reached out to her because her portfolio is full of foreign street-sides, glimpses of exotic markets, and peeks into little alleys that exist somewhere across the world. Read on »


May 22, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Snippets




This is exactly the kind of thing I regret not doing for every trip I've been on. When I'm visiting other countries, everything seems like it's unforgettable, and that I'll remember it years to come. But beyond the most "noteworthy" attractions there are countless sights and moments that were so subtle, that after a few years most have slipped my mind like sand through my fingers.

Emma Sylvie's illustrated travel log puts so much emphasis on the small details that you wouldn't really know about if you didn't go there yourself, I almost feel as if I'm experiencing it with her. What stands out for me beyond the touristy things is the moments of people-watching. The best part is the way her drawings are narrated, so I can know what she felt in that moment and see the world exactly through her point of view.

If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, follow Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr for even more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on there!


April 1, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Adventure Journal



Today's Tumblr of the Week hasn't updated in a while, but it has enough cool content on it to share anyway. It's the adventure journal of Kailey, who tried to combat her shoddy memory span by drawing the events of her life every day. I love that it's really just a diary detailing what she did on a daily basis sprinkled with illustrative doodles. Some days there's only a few lines about how she feels and one thing she did. Others go into longer detail about all her activities and what specific drinks or food she had, to the point where the text has to squish itself around the drawings.

It's endearing to read all the little details that she decided were important enough to draw down so that she could remember it years later, like drinking hot chocolate after getting yelled at by a bus driver.

If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, follow Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr for even more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on there!

February 6, 2014

Illustration Around the World



I would love to walk a mile in Pablo ientile’s shoes-- which are probably quite worn by now considering he recently spent six months journeying through thirty cities in ten Asian countries. Pablo, who likes drawing as pablo bear when on the road, is traveling the world meeting and collaborating with artists on his brilliant comic book project. Each artist, uber-talented in their own right, will illustrate the parts of the comic that occur in their cities resulting in a first-person narrative with a crazy cool mashup of styles. Can’t wait to see the end result! Follow Pablo's journey online at illustrationaroundtheworld.com or mobile via his Instagram.





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