Woohoo! It's that time of year again, where we open the floor and collect submissions for our annual coloring book. Every year the artwork and participation blows us away.
For those of you that are new to Doodlers Anonymous, last year alone we received over 350 incredible drawings (watch the teaser video), and narrowed our selection down to 60 for print.
We want everyone to participate, grab your pens and sharpies and get to it. We've set an aggressive deadline that is fast approaching (November 5th, 2013), so if you're interested in participating go here for 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).
Greg Kletsel is a drawing machine. In all seriousness, I believe he must be built of metal and moving parts with at least one robotic arm and an infinite supply of ink. That's the only thing that could explain the amount of work he outputs.
I met Greg a thousand years ago when he interviewed at the studio I worked at. The position didn't play out, but I liked his drawing skills and asked if he'd draw up an idea I had for a t-shirt. That's how Tools of the Trade was born (it's still one of my favorite tees).
Today, Greg is a full-time illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, New York who's rocking it on the illustration scene. Cranking out zines, comics, posters, and all while filling up sketchbook pages by the minute. I have tons of respect for Greg and so it made perfect sense to feature his work in an exclusive drawn interview. He of course did not take the task lightly and simply blew our minds away with his drawn responses to each question. Check out the detail, line work and thought behind each drawing. Wow! Featured Artist #21 »
Close your eyes, hop on our big, yellow imaginary bus, and let’s doodle our way back to high school. For showcase challenge #20, we invite you to draw the book cover of a class you wish you could have taken in high school. Maybe it’s a real class; maybe it’s imaginary. But either way, go wild and show us why your drawing skills deserve an A. We’re excited to see what you come up with!
And can you guess who else is excited? Our sponsor Michaels! In fact, they’re offering the winner of this challenge a $250 Michaels gift card. Can you imagine all the drawing and sketching goodies you could get your hands on? Deadline September 17th. Read on for complete details »
DOODLERS! I'm really psyched to be July's guest contributor, and can't wait to share some cool/interesting/inspiring stuff with you over the next few weeks.
A little intro: I was born and raised in South Florida, studied graphic design at UF in Gainesville, and worked as a designer in Miami and NYC. I'm now a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn, where I share a studio in an old pencil factory with the awesome and talented Two Arms, Inc. You can check out some of my work here and here, follow my ramblings here, and my photos here.
I've always been drawn (pun alert!) to characters, and have been filling scraps of paper and sketchbooks with them all my life. My earliest drawings were of X-Men, Batman, characters from Saturday morning cartoons, Disney movies, action figures, basically anything I was surrounded by as a kid. I still pull a lot of my influences and ideas from that world, and I try to put the weird innocence of that time into my work. Everything I do really starts with drawing and keeping multiple sketchbooks going at once, and I think that's the best way to develop your style, ideas and vision as an artist.
One of the best things about working in this creative community is being surrounded by other artists who continually push you to grow and make better work. I plan on sharing some of these fellow makers with DA, and hopefully they inspire you as much as they inspire me. I'll also occasionally show some of my latest sketchbook pages, post-it notes, and whatever else I find relevant to you doodlers.
Thanks for reading, should be a fun month!
(Editor's note: This is Mason's last post here on DA as a guest blogger. He was only supposed to contribute during the month of May, but we liked him too much and extended his stay into June. Thanks Mason! Next time, in Texas!)
I wanted to add one last post during my residency as guest blogger here to show you a little more about good old me. I guess in my time here I wanted to spread the wealth of some coverage to the creative community here in Austin. There are so many great artists and maybe in the future I can share some more.
Anyways, this is me, below.
As you can see, I'm just your ordinary thirty-something, adult living in the year 2013. I'm not perfect. I don't make a ton of money or do anything super crazy, but I love to draw and do it very often, like every day. Somedays you feel like just sitting in the living room with a bag on your head, hoping that the art makes itself, but getting started is the hardest part.
You've got to do the hard work of making the first mark. Once you do that, you'll follow with a second mark and a third. Eventually, you'll have done more than you can count. That's when you look at the work and think, "Man, that's cool!" or "Man, that sucks!"
Either way, you'll feel better at the end and have accomplished more than most people do during the day. Then you can smile and feel great!
As of right now, I'm working on making some handmade patches. I've made about six of them, but I can't wait to see what the 100th looks like because I know improvement will be made along the way. You can get your own handmade patch right over here: POWER PATCHES
I hope my time here has inspired you to go find other creative friends and encourage each other to try new things with your art. I've found that it will make your life a bit more enjoyable, help you learn about yourself and make some good friends along the way.
Talk to you later on, Mason
The Essential Draw showcase challenge is over. We have a winner, but before I get into congratulating them I'd like to share some really cool news I just received courtesy of our sponsor. The awesome folks at TOM BIHN appreciated your "essential" doodles so much that they'd like to offer all of you that participated a limited edition Organizer Pouch in exchange for your drawing. Mail your doodle, along with your return address to:
TOM BIHN Attention: Doodles 4750A Ohio Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
and they'll send you the Organizer Pouch. The really cool part: your doodles will be put on permanent display in their Seattle factory. Amazing!
A round of applause to all 70 of you, with a special cheer to Mr. Ramsey O'Brien who took the top spot with 64 of your votes (his submission above). Cheers! Now sharpen those pencils and ready those pens, we've got another sweet challenge going live next week. Subscribe to our RSS and Twitter feed for updates.
It was just a few weeks ago that I featured Mason's work (with a member spotlight), and now I get to mention him again, as he'll be writing for the DA blog right alongside me for the month of May.
He goes by the name of Maseman and hails from the city of Austin. If you play close attention, I think you'll find his love for Texas all over his work and plenty hints of his designer talents as well. From screen prints and murals to scribbles and sketchbooks, Mason has got it covered.
Welcome to the show! Now let's rock May.