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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 31, 2014

Our 2014 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review

Before we close out 2014 and set out to make 2015 another amazing year, I wanted to quickly thank our community of friends, fans, readers and artists that make Doodlers Anonymous such a thriving community of inspiration, creativity and art. We plan on making 2015 kick ass. Stay tuned...

Now on to the good stuff. This year we highlighted hundreds of artists, projects and artworks (you can revisit the complete archive here). As a short recap, I'm featuring a few of the more popular and memorable ones below (click their titles to read further about each).

The Art of Taking Off Clothes

Extraordinary Illustrations on Ordinary Objects

Intricate Drawings on Wood

Inside the Sketchbook of Gabriel Picolo

Craving a Hug Right Now

Deep Dark Fears

Rorschach Test for Doodlers

Sketchbook Pages to Get Lost In

Tumblr of the Week: Hello Stranger

Intricate Hand-Drawn Flowers Direct from Olka's Sketchbooks

POV: The Sketchbook as a Center Point

December 22, 2014

Millo, Please Draw on Our City Walls, Forever and Ever.

When you look at the work of street artist Millo, you'll quickly realize there's someone special watching over our city walls. His art is massive, but not in an intrusive way. He paints black lines, adding a hint of color only when needed, and his lines draw characters caught-up and interacting amongst the streets and buildings of our urban walls.

In 2014, he was awarded the opportunity to paint 13 large-scale walls in Turin, Italy, and each one of them is as beautiful as the next. Here's a peek to some of my favorites, but you should follow him on Instagram or his website for so much more.

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December 9, 2014

Doodles Save This News Anchor's Live Weather Forecast

A weather reporter from ABC News 4 was attempting to deliver his daily update on live TV when the computer that animates the forecast froze up. After a few minutes of small talk, the anchor team quickly doodled up a few weather icons and then throw them up onto the green screen behind him. It's a great example of improvising on live TV.

WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather

You could also watch the second video for some doodle outtakes from the show.

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November 18, 2014

Interstellar Drawings

I'm very much enjoying the drawings of Jason Hernandez, especially the ones themed around space travel. I love the narrative, it's as if I'm traveling between stars. The drawings generally consist of black ink on yellow paper with accents of gold paint, and the attention to detail in each image is just right. Buckle up and enjoy the cosmos.

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October 27, 2014

Blue Monday

If you're feeling blue this Monday afternoon, simply take a look at the wonderful drawings I discovered in Gosia Herba's sketchbook. A prolific illustrator and graphic designer from Wroclaw, Poland, Gosia makes creating these delightful abstract illustrations look so fun and easy. Visit his Behance portfolio for an endless amount of inspiration.

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September 17, 2014

Open Call / Coloring Book Vol. 4

Once a year we open up the flood gates and collect submissions for our annual coloring book.

For those of you that are new to Doodlers Anonymous, this is one of our more popular times of the year, as our coloring books are unlike anything you've seen before. They feature 60 artists from around the world - some fresh novices, others seasoned veterans, all of whom share a love for the hand-drawn.

We want everyone to participate, so grab your pens and sharpies and get to it. If you're interested in participating, we've set an aggressive deadline that is fast approaching (October 7th, 2014), go here for the complete details »

To celebrate the open call, we are discounting a combo-pack of our volume one and two coloring books by 15% (shop here).

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