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January 29, 2010

The Travel Sketchbook

The sketchbook has always been a really amazing way for me to capture a journey. Seeing the world through the eyes of a sketchbook really gives me a sense of an era, and when I look back at them, I really remember each scrap or pen mark from that trip. These are a peek into some of my travel sketchbooks in Cartagena, Colombia, and another one from The Puget Sound, off the Washington Coast. Both of these books really make me nostalgic for these particular places, because I studied the landscapes, painted the faces, and drew my way through them. They really made a dent in my memory because I will always have that connection with these lovely places which I highly recommend visiting and taking your sketchbook with you when you have a chance. Look inside the books

January 19, 2010

Work in Progress

Here are some pics taken at the Work in Progress show in Central Saint Martins MA Textiles Futures. These are a glimpse of an idea for wall coverings that are inspired by pages blown up from sketchbooks and spontaneous doodling and Traditional Lace. They are very much still a work in progress but I thought I would share them with you anyways. See more

January 15, 2010

Colorific

We have always wanted to create a coloring book that is one-of-a-kind. We did it and showcased it for the first time in Miami's first annual Family Day in the Design District.

December 12 fell on a Saturday. The Miami sky was filled with grey clouds and it was exceptionally windy. As we set up our tables, chalkboard and blown-up illustrations - papers flew, chalkboards fell over and the rain began to fall. All signs pointed to a frantic kind of day.

But moms, dads and their mini mes showed and as the sun peaked through the clouds, the crowd grew.

It was four hours of kids drawing and scribbling everywhere. There were many moments where I stood back and stared with amazement at the eager kids and colors scattered all over the floor.

Here are some pictures of the event. We look forward to a DA Coloring Book, Volume 2.


January 4, 2010

To My Fellow Doodlers


Here is a great little music video by Archive, the song is called System. I really love all the scribbling and the sassy choreography. Enjoy!

Hi Friends-
I am so so honored and excited to share things with you for the next month. DA has been such a huge source of inspiration to me and I just want to give a shout out to my boy OKAT, thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. I really love DA and all of the great artists that I have been exposed to, inspired by and in awe of since DA's conception.

Doodling has always been such an integral part of my life, in fact I don't know what I would do or where I would be today without it. I can remember countless classes in grade school where I would sit and attempt to take really good notes, but then low and behold the words and letters would slowly trickle and meander off into a wild ferocious sea of psychedelic doodles. Keep reading

December 31, 2009

To Whom It May Concern

I'd like to use the excuse of New Year's Eve to acknowledge and thank everyone who visits and supports Doodlers Anonymous. We've been having so much fun with the site lately that I want to keep it going forever and ever. Wouldn't it be great if we all got together one day and drew in each other's notebooks?

Anyway, there is way too many of you to personally address. So instead I'll throw out a blanket thanks to the guest contributors from 2009 and to all the websites linking back to us, to the awesome emails of support and to the artists that inspire us everyday, to all the readers of DA and to those that became members, to those of you that bought coloring books and to the rest of you that might in the future :) Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Go off now and pop the champagne. Oh, and "to draw more" better be on your list of new year resolutions.

December 17, 2009

As It Should Be

We create things because we feel things. I had the above line floating around in my head so I came home and made the above. I've been told many times I feel things too intensely. I don't think at all that it's a bad thing and I hope some of you might agree.

December 17, 2009

Cover Stars

I love the aesthetic of the homemade - the scratchy, do-it-yourself, oddball outsider stuff and I've been wondering why? Is it the feeling of honesty - that it's more human - it's attainable - spontaneous?

I'm a massive fan of lo-fi music and associated art... if I saw a record with a hand-drawn cover, 9 times out of 10 I could be sure it would be my thing. Looking at the artwork of these gems now - they haven't dated - they're timeless - as fresh today as they were 15 years ago and I've realized how much my creative output owes a great debt to the look of these classics bits of vinyl.

I'd love to see your favorite drawn covers - the ones that mean something to you (I can't get enough!) :)





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