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August 7, 2014

Sketchbook Pages to Get Lost In





I know nothing formal about Tanxuan, except that he's from Shenzhen, China and that he's got an incredible talent for drawing, with some of the most beautiful sketchbook pages I've ever laid my eyes on.

His Instagram is a constant feed of jaw dropping inspiration with drawings ranging from seductive women to odd foods to incredible overlapping cityscapes and the people within them.


August 6, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series #5:
Ellen Leber



One of my favorite things about our coloring books is looking up the artist of a page I really like, because I usually end up falling straight down their rabbit hole. For example, Ellen Leber's atmospheric illustrations contain a depth that sucks me right into her world, especially since they are sometimes actually three dimensional.

Tell me more, Ellen...


August 6, 2014

Cool Art on The Fish Indie Network

(above by Nicole Ray)

I wanted to take a second today to talk about one of DA's favorite sponsors. Fish Indie is a really great ad network we're a part of that helps artists and crafters stand out when trying to sell their work online. All you need to do is paste a link from your Etsy shop, and Fish Indie takes it from there. In seconds your banner is automatically generated for you with your product's image, description, and price. Your ad instantly goes live across Doodlers Anonymous and other fellow sites, like Illustration Friday, Brown Paper Bag, and Pikaland. It's a totally stress-free way to have your Etsy shop seen by an audience relevant to you.

Here are some talented artists that we wouldn't have discovered if they weren't on Fish Indie:



To the Moon and Back by Sarah Trumbauer



Soul Biology by Ursula Hart



Lola by Nicole Canovas



Ice Cream Print by The Midnight Rabbit



Lush by Nati



Day of the Dead Skull by Emily Wegener


Sleepy Hedgehog Illustration by Ucuspucus

August 5, 2014

Colors and Crowded Faces

The sketchbooks that immediately catch my attention are the ones that are brimming with color. There is something scintillating about seeing so many colors confined to such a small space. It feels like bottled rampage even if the subjects in the pages are meek.





Each of the pages of Valerie Choi's recent sketchbook is crammed with characters piled atop of each other as burst of color overtakes them. It makes me feel as if the pages will break apart and the colors and caricatures will spill over onto her desk like water does when it can no longer be contained.

Valarie has documented her sketchbook in progress in this short video, which you won't want to miss.


July 31, 2014

Stylistic Portraits with a Ballpoint Pen



I discovered the drawings of Milton Lozada while browsing through the artists on the Sktchy app (which by the way has been growing into a really great community). Milton is a tattoo artist working out of South Florida, whose style of drawing really came across to me in the portraits he inks with a simple ballpoint pen. To me, they all seem to be referencing a future we have yet to come across.

He's got a nice collection of work to be seen over on his Instagram feed as well.


July 28, 2014

Her Life with a Little Bit of Fiction



Paintings, drawings, words. All of it. I'm in love with Herikita's art. It speaks truths in soft colors and is quite often made-up of angled homes and rooftops, pets and insects, women and men, all of whom are sharing their awkward feelings and I just want more and more of it.

Her bio alone was enough to make me smile. Here's a small bit of my favorite part, "I work at midnight like Cinderellaís mice, almost always, when everyone is sleeping and something pops up in my mind.."

It's such a great visual.


July 25, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: A Droid a Day



Rob Turpin's A Droid a Day project is all about proving that you just can't get tired of robots. Since August 2013, he has been posting droid doodles every. single. day. Most robots are captioned with a name or title that is descriptive of their function, which adds a touch of personality.

I stalked his blog a little bit and found that he started doodling with pen and pencil more often to stop himself from putting more thought into drawing something that looks nice rather than capturing a great idea. "Throwing in a really broad shape with the markers makes you forget about trying to create something beautiful, itís about creating a cool shape, or an interesting form." Wise advice for doodlers!

Be sure to follow his blog for tons of valuable insight. I especially like it when he shares his illustration process from initial sketch to final color.





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