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August 16, 2013

The Collaborations of The Yok and Sheryo



The Yok and Sheryo are one of the best collaborative duos working today. Their characters can be found on walls all over the world, from their home base in New York to Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, Thailand and Mexico (just to name a few). Their individual styles complement each other so well, and their work is a great example of how two artists can evolve together and influence one another through ongoing collaboration. To see more of their murals, drawings, and paintings, visit theyok.com and sheryoart.com.


August 12, 2013

Revisiting Alex Eben Meyer's Sketchbook



Alex Eben Meyer is a Brooklyn based illustrator, and was the very first member to be spotlighted on Doodlers Anonymous back in 2010. We work in the same building in Brooklyn, and I was lucky to meet him a few months ago. Although his work has been featured here before, I'm a big fan of his latest observational sketches and thought I'd share some of them with you. These watercolor drawings are usually quick glimpses into slices of life; sitting at the local coffee shop, a neighborhood street corner, a roadtrip landscape, or the view from a window in New York. He also frequently posts figure drawing studies that share a similar sensibility. Controlled and loose at the same time, Alex's sketches seem to be edited spontaneously, stripping away specific details, while abstracting others. These drawings have occasionally found their way into his editorial illustrations, being utilized for clients like The New York Times, HP, and Design Sponge. There is a unique point of view and sense of humor in all of Alex's work, and to see more of it, you can go to his website, sketchblog, tumblr and twitter.


August 7, 2013

Recent Sketchbook Doodles

Filling sketchbooks with crazy drawings is one of my favorite things to do in life, and I'm pretty sure that's the case with most doodlers. I thought I'd share some of my most recent drawings to give you an idea of what my sketchbook pages look like. If you'd like to see more of these doodles and characters, you can find me on Instagram at sortofbutnotreally and gregkletsel.tumblr.com. Enjoy!


August 2, 2013

Greg's Friday Links

I've seen Okat post a "Links Friday" on DA in the past, so I thought I'd put together some stuff I've found to be very helpful over the years. Some of these have been floating around the internet for a bit, so my apologies if you've already seen them (I threw in some newer stuff as well). Hopefully there is something here that will inspire you and your work.

Watch legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser talk about the fear of failure and how it relates to the life of an artist (I try to watch this about once a month). Some process advice and thoughts on idea generation from illustrators Jillian Tamaki and Nate Williams. For the digital doodler, amazing photoshop brushes available for purchase from Kyle T. Webster and Ray Frenden. Josef Albers's Interaction of Color is now an interactive iPad app. Learn about The Tools Artists Use. The latest issue of art magazine Kingbrown is out now and available for purchase here. I'm a big fan of illustrator Sam Weber's podcast Your Dreams My Nightmares. And finally, an old interview with a young Maurice Sendak in his New York studio.

July 31, 2013

The Work of Kymia Nawabi



I first met fine artist Kymia Nawabi at her graduate thesis show while we were both students at the University of Florida (we later became roommates when I first moved to New York). I was immediately drawn to her large scale mixed media work, filled with texture, disfigured bodies and limbs, swirling around in a controlled chaos. The pieces felt like surreal dreams or memories, deeply personal and sometimes bizarre or disturbing.

Kymia's latest work continues to explore new narratives and mythologies with expertly rendered figures, beautiful lines and intricate detail. I'm constantly blown away by her skilled use of different mediums, her drawing ability and the conceptual nature of her work. Her talents were on full display in 2011 as winner of Bravo's reality competition show "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist", resulting in a solo exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum. You can find more of Kymia's work at www.kymianawabi.com.


July 25, 2013

Drawing with Carly Jean Andrews



Carly Jean Andrews is an illustrator and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. We've been friends for a decade now, and I've watched her drawings and artwork evolve and grow throughout that time.

When I look at someone's art, I usually judge what's in front of me, the skill involved in making a specific piece, or the concepts and ideas behind it. I sometimes forget about the thousands of drawings, sketchbook pages, and hours spent defining an original style and point of view. Having followed Carly's work for the past ten years, I see that time and commitment in everything she does. She draws more than anyone I know, and it's evident in her confident linework, unique portraits and exploration of color and figure. These are some of her most recent drawings, and they remind me how your art can change and progress through years of constant practice. I look forward to seeing how this work continues to evolve over time.

For more of Carly's art (some NSFW) go to http://carlyjeanandrews.tumblr.com/


July 19, 2013

The Daily Battles of Mu Pan

Mu Pan is a New York based artist who creates some of the most visually rich work I've ever seen. I was lucky to meet him earlier this year and got a chance to talk about his process, while also getting a glimpse into two of his sketchbooks. Each page of these books can stand alone as a work of art. As a whole, they represent a daily exploration of his life, thoughts, and experiences melded with historical events, cultural icons, symbolism and epic conflict. Mu's art is his life's work, and he's fully committed to pushing it to its farthest limits. There's a lot to see in his paintings and drawings, so make sure you visit his website and blog to fully enjoy the scope and detail of it all.





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