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July 26, 2015

Damien Florebert Cuypers: New York Fashion Week

While searching for the work of another artist with the same agency, I found this colorful series Damien Cuypers created from New York Fashion Week. Peering into the seemingly untouchable realm of fashion is a guilty pleasure for me. I'm thrilled when an illustrator takes on fashion in their sketches, removing the brand, the label, the money, and the model. Drawn in crayon, Cuypers' choice of medium increases the feeling of simplicity in these drawings. Still, Cuypers maintains the beauty of the clothes, the person, and the setting. He's also wonderful at capturing a moment, whether on the runway, a posed shot on a city street, or a candid moment between fashion geniuses. I can see in my mind's eye the photographs of the same scenes, and only then do I realize how much I prefer the drawn interpretations. Seeing the pieces all together they offer a bounty of bright colors, and only when you think about it do you realize there is quite a lot of gray and black in these images. In doing this, Cuypers has represented both the fashion and the city, just by choosing the right crayon.

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July 17, 2015

Don't Cry Over Spilled Coffee Doodle Over It!

Make something of your mistakes. That’s what Giula Bernadelli does, and the results are delectable. When her food is knocked over, she goes with the flow and creates stunning images using her fingers, utensils, or food instead of brushes. Plates, cups, and tablecloths are the canvas for her delicious doodles made with coffee, honey, ice cream, wine, fruit, nutella… Nothing on the table is safe! You can’t even be mad over the mess made when it's this visually remarkable. The finished results look so good, it’s wild to think they started out as a shapeless stain. Follow @bernulia on instagram if you wanna watch this coffee+doodle addict keep playing with her food.

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July 13, 2015

Laura Janey Hodkin: Girls in Her Sketchbook

Laura Hodkins and I were two of the twenty-three artists involved the latest Big Scribble project. We drew in the rooms of our dream house, which were then all mashed up with the other artists to build 12 dream house coloring pages. Upon finding more of her work online, I feel that Laura's style is the work of a real, impulsive doodler who can't help but fill up her sketchbook with doodles, random thoughts, and stray lines that may or may not eventually lead to a fleshed-out drawing. I like drawings like these: they aren’t quite happy, they aren't quite sad or scary, but they’re not just emotionless. They're on the verge of being something, and maybe that’s what makes them feel realistic and relatable.

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July 2, 2015

Giveaway: Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

If you don't know the work of Julia Rothman, you better get to it. I've been a fan of her work for as long as I can remember, from her lovely hand-drawn patterns to her sketchbook pages of intricate drawn buildings. She's also authored and illustrated some of my favorite books, like Drawn In and Hello NY. And now she's released another book to rival all the others.

Nature Anatomy is 224 pages of hand-drawn goodness and features tons of drawings, diagrams, and dissections from the natural world. Julia takes us on a visual tour of trees, birds, insects, animals, wildflowers, ecosystems, and so much more.

You'll want this book and we've got one to giveaway. To be in the running, just leave a comment on this blog post with your single favorite thing to draw from nature. We'll pick a random winner from the hat. Comments close July 6th (Monday) at 11am Eastern. Good luck everyone... and for those of you that can't wait, you can get your hands on the book today on Amazon.

UPDATE: We have a winner! We randomly pulled a name from the hat and... congrats to Catharine Mi-Sook! Your copy of the book will be mailed out this week. Enjoy and thank you all for participating.


July 1, 2015

Kimmo Oja: Lots and Lots of Lines

I know what it's like to get lost in a repetitive action, that smoothing feeling of doing the same small motion over and over. When I look at these drawings by Kimmo Oja, I wonder if he chooses his imagery based on achieving that same feeling. The result is a dizzying amount of precise lines and strokes to create striking environments. But within each of these drawings, there is one peaceful object that stands alone and unaffected by the tangled setting: a bear, a line of trees, an owl, a wolf.

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June 29, 2015

Javier Perez: Drawing Inspiration

I was recently asked to participate in a drawing contest hosted by Udemy. The theme is based around the work of Javier Perez, who creates clever drawings built upon simple objects around him.

For my own drawing, I dug through my desk drawer at work and saw a fish peering back at me from a roll of correction tape.

While I’m not sure I was too true to the minimal nature of the drawn element of this creation, I did find the process and result very rewarding! This contest was a fun exercise in challenging my regular technique by inserting something foreign, and figuring out a way to incorporate it and fit into my drawing style.

You can enter the contest, too! Click here to see the details and more examples of Javier’s work, and have fun seeing objects around you in a different way!


June 28, 2015

More Illustrated Travel Journals: Анастасия Кардашова

This weekend, I experimented with a set of Prismacolor markers I received as a gift several months ago. My experience inspired me to look for more work in the same vein, and in my search I discovered the diverse portfolio of Анастасия Кардашова. I encourage you to scroll through her Instagram for examples of all kind of different imagery, mediums, and styles.

But for this post, I want to focus on the illustrated travel journal she created from a trip to Venice. I’m now able to relate to the process of working with markers, and I’m fascinated by how the colors are applied in these sketches. The irreversible strokes of markers made me very cautious about where to place my own strokes, afraid that I would make them too wide, too saturated, etc. Анастасия employs a style of layering vertical strokes to create a really interesting and effective way to apply color without just solidly filling an entire space. I also like her selective choice of white space. When viewing this journal I feel like Анастасия is telling me about her trip, and as she proceeds with the descriptions, the color creeps in. Not every moment of the trip is explained in detail, and therefore suggested in the negative spaces.

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