After much deliberation, we've chosen the winner (from the top 15 submissions) of our latest showcase challenge "Illustrate What's on the Mind of a Chef". The honor goes to Judy Wong, whose illustration of planet Earth split-open revealing all kinds of tasty ingredients resonated with both our audience and our judges. In her own words, the "Fun part of a chef daydreaming: cutting out your slice of home and seeing what flavors come out! That, or wondering how to eat the world."
But wait there is more! We'd also like to highlight and acknowledge Meena Murugappan’s submission (seen below) as an honorable mention. We fell in love with the attention to detail in her piece. Kudos to all!
As a recap you can view all the creative submissions here >
In case you missed it, our Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book was on display on a short segment about adult coloring books on the Doctor Oz show yesterday. In the segment Doctor Oz talked about how adult coloring books are an excellent avenue for de-stressing.
That’s something we’ve been talking about since the release of our original adult coloring book over 5 years ago. It just feels so good to put color to paper and letting your imagination take over, zoning out, and seeing it fill in the page.
The Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring celebrates many styles of art from pure doodling, to refined and beautiful line drawings. A magical library, a lotus plant, a crowd of friendly commuters carrying umbrellas, intricate dream cities, cars, creatures, and cartoons-each illustration represents more than a stock pattern.
The immense variety found in the book appeals to both adults and kids, but also aspiring and seasoned artists. It provides you with a refined canvas to practice and improve your coloring skills. What would be your take on a particular art style? How would you tackle patterns versus a character?
Be sure to grab yourself a copy of the Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent book store and send us your colored creations so we can share them with the world.
The sketchbooks that immediately catch my attention are the ones that are brimming with color. There is something scintillating about seeing so many colors confined to such a small space. It feels like bottled rampage even if the subjects in the pages are meek.
Each of the pages of Valerie Choi's recent sketchbook is crammed with characters piled atop of each other as burst of color overtakes them. It makes me feel as if the pages will break apart and the colors and caricatures will spill over onto her desk like water does when it can no longer be contained.
Valarie has documented her sketchbook in progress in this short video, which you won't want to miss.See More »
Edau is a Miami-based illustration rockstar. I've had the privilege to work with him side-by-side for almost two years, which has been the catalyst to both interesting and heated conversations. And with the upcoming December onslaught of endless art exhibits in Miami, it couldn't be a more perfect time to make Edau's An Art Show compilation of characters our next wallpaper.
You want to know what I like about Michelle Last's illustration style? It's not pretentious or overly complex. Instead, it's always witty. And if you read her blog, you'll discover that such a description fits her personality perfectly. Visit her Flickr feed for plenty more goodies.
Oh, and as an aside: If you haven't joined our Flickr group, do so. It's one of the first places we check for talented artists like Michelle.
You know a show is great when it inspires a ton of fan art, and Breaking Bad has certainly given us a lot to doodle about. As the show reaches its final episode, we've decided to put together a little collection of some of our favorite Walter White drawings from around the web. What's cool about this collection is that you can pinpoint the transformation of Walter White's character into Heisenberg through the different styles and methods each artist chose to use.
Above art by Cara Thayer & Louie Van Patten.
I found Gemma Austen's flickr feed thanks to her recent submission to our DA Flickr group. It is a bountiful collection of cute wide-eyed characters and monsters. However, my favorite find from her feed was the small, but wonderful In Her Hair set where she draws a colorfully illustrated scene in the hair of a small girl.
I hope she keeps it up, because I look forward to seeing more of them in our DA Flickr group in the weeks to come.