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April 19, 2015

Coloring Book Interview Series, #14: Chucho Nieto



Coloring books are a personal, therapeutic experience for me. Sometimes I can spend an hour (or even longer) filling in just a single page, which gives me a lot of time to think about the illustration I'm spending my focus on. Unlike the average coloring book, the Doodlers Anonymous coloring books include a list of all the artists involved and where to find them. That's how I ended up asking Chucho Nieto a bunch of the odd little questions that spark while I'm coloring away!


April 16, 2015

It's National WHAT Day?





Did you know that April 14th was National High As You Can Reach Day? I can't believe I forgot, but hopefully I accidentally celebrated by reaching up at some point. I'll never miss an obscure holiday again now that I follow National What Day, a recently formed blog with a catchy idea. Last month, Thoka Maer moved from Berlin to New York and dove straight into appreciating American culture by doing something special for all of the national appreciation days. She posts almost-daily animated pencil drawings relevant to which National _____ Day it is. Whether it's pennies, pencils, or specific foods—I'm excited to see Maer's daily reminders to celebrate the little things!

More animated GIFs here »

April 16, 2015

New Contributor: Emily Joynton



Great news DA readers. We have a new semi-regular contributor to the blog. A few months back I met Emily over some coffee and we immediately hit it off. She's a hard-working, freelance illustrator, that is enthusiastic about all things art. Emily is also aspiring to get more into editorial and short-story illustrations, you can follow her journey on her website and Instagram feed.

She's already shared some great posts with us, like the Illustrated Travel Journals of Chris Buchholz and the Art Direction and Adolescence of Alex Citrin.

I'm definitely looking forward to more of her features, now let's put our pens down for a moment and give her a warm welcome :) See more »

April 15, 2015

Kate Gavino's Drawings of Readings



Quotes are a powerful force. Reading the right ones can change your entire perspective on life, love, and other big deals. Weird to think that a few words can have that effect! Kate Gavino is a New Yorker who goes to book readings regularly, and isn’t satisfied with just tweeting a good quote when she hears it. In her prolific Last Night’s Reading series, she sketches portraits of the authors while she is at their reading, alongside a favorite quote from the night. It’s the perfect marriage of her passions for art literature! So many of these are inspiring and thought-provoking… I think I’ve just been convinced to start checking out book readings around me. See plenty more »

April 12, 2015

People Paper Shapes







I recently participated in a collage contest, and at times felt like I was all thumbs while trying to cut out tiny slivers of paper at just the right size. In her piece Citypass Jerusalem, Iris Kost has mastered the technique of embracing the non-perfection that comes with the process of cut-out paper shapes, all the while making it look whimsical, simple, and adorable. Her characters all have such expression and uniqueness, and I love the bright color palette. Iris makes the experience of riding the train into a lovely, pleasant one, one where you just might meet someone as interesting and creative as Iris.

Iris Kost does more than paper art – check out her website and Flickr!

April 9, 2015

Pop Up Art

This sketchbook is so action-packed that some of the pages are literally popping out at me! Dominic Damien uses inventive combinations of ink, pencil, watercolor and acrylic meshed with comic book clippings. These elements of collage are so deftly integrated into Damien’s bold, striking art style that at first I did not realize they weren’t drawn in. Photos of his expansive moleskine art also include helpful closeups that bring a microscope up to the best details and textures that you miss while looking at the big picture. See more »

April 8, 2015

April Spooks



I never wait until October to enjoy a good dose of spooky. This Italian artist's sketchbook is a small town of goofy monsters, all drawn in sepia pen. The bizarre creatures Paride Bertolin dreams up are scary in design, but the darkness became lighthearted after I noticed their awkward and playful expressions. I find it so endearing to see them looking gawky and stiff, like nervous new acquaintances or someone who hates having their picture taken. If the quirky and the macabre are right up your alley, go look at Bertolin’s sketchbook right now!





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