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February 9, 2015

Dark, Moody, and Moving Drawings



When I stare long enough at a drawing I love, I start to imagine it moving. Nancy Liang is one step ahead, she has already done it for me. I’m lost in her mysteriously moody series of animated gifs. She makes tons of them! The balance between motion and stillness creates an atmosphere the way a single frame on its own wouldn’t. The swaying trees, shifting shadows, and blinking lights fit so naturally, I feel they’re something I would have envisioned anyway if I saw a still drawing of her lonely scenes. See more »


February 5, 2015

I've Got a Blank Space



Omar Chamorro C. doodles between the lines. His drawings are entirely composed of countless tiny straight black lines squeezing and flowing together to create striking silhouettes. The amount of detail it must take to create one of these is surprising considering that the subjects lie in the negative space, the part of the page with the least detail. You need to see the images in high detail on Omar's blog. Go!


February 3, 2015

Tumblr of the Week: merwilson



You know that feeling when you are standing in a stranger’s house for the first time? Meredith Wilson’s art is making me think about it. The places and people seem personal to the artist, scenes from specific memories for her. I’m the stranger in her house that’s not as comfortable as she is. I’m unfamiliar, but interested in the many oddly particular details ensconced within her simple drawings. See more »


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February 2, 2015

Typing with Pencils

Rylsee loves letters. They’re on his mind all day long judging by the way his sketchbook have nothing else drawn in them. I often spend all day staring at letters too—on paper or on a screen—but never thought about them like this. His sketchbook is playful, funny, and often interactive and now that I've been staring at his hand drawn type for a while, I'm starting to develop a fixation on them as well.

Follow @rylsee on instagram if his obsession with letters is rubbing off on you too.


January 29, 2015

Coloring Book Interview Series, #10: Amelia Grace

One of the best parts of our coloring book experience (besides the coloring) is finding new artists on every page that I might never have come across otherwise. Amelia Grace is the first artist from our newest Coloring Book (Volume 4), that I jumped to contact after I saw her page. Read the interview to find out about her spunky and fantastical troupe of characters!


January 28, 2015

Spending 2.5 Hours In a Sketchbook



I've always thought that a handy formula for creative success (on any given project) is to give yourself specific constraints to work through. Having limits to work around often kickstarts your creative momentum, and the results can be fantastic. Indian artist Vishnu M Nair bought a small red sketchbook and decided to fill all the pages in one sitting. By the time he reached the back cover of his brand new sketchbook, Vishnu had created 29 illustrations in about 2 hours. NICE.

Maybe some of you doodlers out there should take this challenge on next time you feel the intimidating stare of the blank page.


January 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: He Doodles All Over Travel Passports and They Still Work!

We've been obsessed with Léonard Combier's doodles ever since he first messaged us about his art and an image of an inked up passport blew our minds, so it's incredibly exciting to finally share these exclusive images with you!



Sometimes Doodle Addicts find themselves in a pinch where there's no paper in reach, and that's when those of us who are in too deep start reaching for anything nearby that could possibly work. Léonard Combier, a 24 year old French illustrator enjoying life in Berlin, was bored in class with no paper to doodle on. A friend of his had their passport in their pocket, so Combier asked them if he could draw something on it. Like a good friend, they were excited about the idea, passed their passport over to him, and let Combier run wild with it. Combier liked the result so much that he continued to reach for different people's passports.

Does doodling on your passport cause an issue at the airport? Apparently not. These are not expired passports, and the original owners went on to travel abroad with them even after they've been drawn on. Combier assured me that his friends have crossed many countries, including the US, with their inked-up passports. They say customs officers usually look closely at the drawings, thinking it's part of the printed design of the passport, before they realize it's hand drawn—and they really like it!





When I asked the artist if it feels strange drawing on someone's passport, Combier said, "In a way it's better than drawing on a normal sheet of paper. All the little patterns that are already on the passport give more relief to my drawings. It's very funny to play with all the visas, the stamps, to write little messages that will be read by the custom officers, sometimes even a bit provocative. It's also very nice to know that the owner of the passport will have my drawing within reach for ten years, on an official document. A bit like a tattoo."

If you're in Berlin, own a valid passport and want a drawing, don't hesitate to send a message (and a Like) on Léonard Combier's Facebook page.











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