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October 21, 2013

Getting Sacred with Adrian Landon Brooks

Adrian Landon Brooks is a Houston, Texas artist that I first came in contact with through graffiti art. We were both graffiti artists and had a lot of mutual friends. Many years later we were both living in Austin, Texas and this is when I became more acquainted with his non graffiti art. We exhibited together in a group exhibition and also collaborated on a mural. He often paints on found objects and draws on old photographs. I love his use of color and strong imagery often focused on the concept of a savior bringing in aspects of religious painting such as the use of halos. He says about this, "I am drawn to sacred art of all kinds, especially art that emphasizes a 'savior.' Finding my creative voice brought freedom and redemption from everything that ails me. When I am creating work, the outside world is on pause and I can completely let go of all the trials and tribulations of the day. I feel that this is represented in the iconic images I create and is my attempt at paying homage to something greater than myself."

Check out more of his work at and @AdrianLandonBrooks on Instagram.

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October 10, 2013

Journey of a Tiny Explorer

Umbra is a hand drawn animation, a mix of drawing and pastel, that I came across about a year ago. It is still one of my favorites. Simple drawings with such a huge impact. The animation conveys such great emotion. I must have watched this a million times. I have a little folder in my bookmarks for links to watch when feeling a little in the dumps creatively. This video is at the top of the list. I hope you love it as much as I do.

September 10, 2013

Tumblr of the Week:
Everything is Vibrating

I could stare forever at all the little details on Jon Carling's intricately shaded sketches. His many drawings of original creatures tap directly into my love for folklore, and I get carried away imagining what the mythology behind them would be. Carling also has a couple of whimsical yet haunting animated shorts (watch the videos after the fold) that are def worth taking a look at.

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September 9, 2013

Showcase #20: Draw Your Dream Class

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 »

September 6, 2013

The Many Faces of Walter White

You know a show is great when it inspires a ton of fan art, and Breaking Bad has certainly given us a lot to doodle about. As the show reaches its final episode, we've decided to put together a little collection of some of our favorite Walter White drawings from around the web. What's cool about this collection is that you can pinpoint the transformation of Walter White's character into Heisenberg through the different styles and methods each artist chose to use.

Above art by Cara Thayer & Louie Van Patten.

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July 31, 2013

The Work of Kymia Nawabi

I first met fine artist Kymia Nawabi at her graduate thesis show while we were both students at the University of Florida (we later became roommates when I first moved to New York). I was immediately drawn to her large scale mixed media work, filled with texture, disfigured bodies and limbs, swirling around in a controlled chaos. The pieces felt like surreal dreams or memories, deeply personal and sometimes bizarre or disturbing.

Kymia's latest work continues to explore new narratives and mythologies with expertly rendered figures, beautiful lines and intricate detail. I'm constantly blown away by her skilled use of different mediums, her drawing ability and the conceptual nature of her work. Her talents were on full display in 2011 as winner of Bravo's reality competition show "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist", resulting in a solo exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum. You can find more of Kymia's work at

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July 25, 2013

Drawing with Carly Jean Andrews

Carly Jean Andrews is an illustrator and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. We've been friends for a decade now, and I've watched her drawings and artwork evolve and grow throughout that time.

When I look at someone's art, I usually judge what's in front of me, the skill involved in making a specific piece, or the concepts and ideas behind it. I sometimes forget about the thousands of drawings, sketchbook pages, and hours spent defining an original style and point of view. Having followed Carly's work for the past ten years, I see that time and commitment in everything she does. She draws more than anyone I know, and it's evident in her confident linework, unique portraits and exploration of color and figure. These are some of her most recent drawings, and they remind me how your art can change and progress through years of constant practice. I look forward to seeing how this work continues to evolve over time.

For more of Carly's art (some NSFW) go to

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