It's raw. It's child-like. It's spontaneous. It's stupid, stupidly funny. Thank you, Mr. Red, for your simplistic wit.
Not everything is lost, but it sure does feel like it. July has been a very slow month for Doodlers Anonymous, the slowest of all the months since our humble beginnings almost two years ago.
We are going through a transition of sorts. Lots is happening, but nothing is happening at the same time. We are working on upgrading some elements of DA, while adding new sections as well. It's all in development right now. Nothing that you can see until launch, of course.
It's been a long time coming and completely devouring up all of my free time. What's worse is that it's stealing my energy from keeping the current site alive and well with fresh content. And as each day goes on, it gets even harder to fall back into the routine of maintaining the current. I feel kinda lost.
I'll say this much, though. It will be well worth the effort. For those of you that keep coming back, a big thank you. Everyday I find new links from blogs and illustrators alike linking to Doodlers Anonymous. It's beyond encouraging.
And so this post is an effort to get myself back into the swing of things, while also showing off some great doodles from our members. For this entry I simply searched the word "lost" within the Doodlers Anonymous flickr group and happily discovered this handful of goodies. Keep it going forever.
Above: "I lost my head" by lapin.Now see the rest »
I bought a large set of markers and I feel like a kid again because all I want to do is color things in. Seriously. I can't stop.
So in the spirit of our addiction to draw on anything and everything, here is some new work and words that I haven't been able to get out of my head until they've been put down on paper.
The super doodler is back! In February he was a very pleasant guest contributor on DA (read all his posts here)... but this time around, he's wearing a fancy pink dress and dancing about with robots!
Uh oh! Now I've gotten you all distracted with the thought of Jim Bradshaw's hairy legs in a fancy pink dress. After you've had a peek, our friend OKAT already wrote some helpful words about the man who is never without his Moleskine.
I've been enjoying Lesley Barnes's ongoing adventure of designing an amazing full pack of playing cards since day one, or should I say card one.
As she puts it: 'something to help me out in my attempt to give up working and become a professional card shark'….
Lesley also told me of her love for kings, queens, horses and heraldry: ‘So doing a set of playing cards gave me the chance to indulge in these pleasures fully as I could create four warring families - the clubs, the hearts, the spades and the diamonds - each with their own creatures, characters and kingdoms.’
Her sense of humour does shine through in the set as each individual card tells a little story which is embellished by her very own unique style. I also love the exclusive sketches she sent me especially to share on this post. Yes, as you might have noticed by now, i do have a slight obsession with other artists sketchbooks, I guess it gives us a great insight on how individuals think visually.
Jeremy Pettis doesn't shy away from color and that's a great quality in a designer man. Check his doodle set on flickr. I just moved into a new apartment and I keep thinking about wanting every single one of his drawings framed, scattered and filling up my wall in its entirety. Imagine the beauty!
As an added bonus for typography lovers, Jeremy has created a typographic study for every letter of the alphabet using animals as his subject. Great stuff here. The study includes initial sketches and his developmental commentaries for each. Jeremy says, "Normally, a person's relationship with a word lasts milliseconds, or maybe seconds depending on how long and complex the word is. With this project I'm hoping to change all of this." Scroll to the right when you visit his site.
I have had the privilege of making a lot of new friends through DA, one of them being the very cool and talented Chris Piascik. After the giveaway he did for us (here's a reminder of it), I expressed to him my envy for the winners. He said he would make a drawing for me so long as I made one for him. At the time, I don't think he knew that I don't mess around. Now he knows.
We both like to draw letters so we selected a personal quote that we wanted the other person to draw. We gave each other a deadline of exactly one week. Here are the results (click to see detail) of the impromptu project and how we interpreted each other's thoughts. So fun.Read More »