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December 2, 2015

December's Guest Contributor:
Andy J. Miller

Andy J. Miller considers himself "a commercial artist who likes to draw invisible things," but we consider him much, much more than that. Andy's illustration work has been a long-time inspiration of ours and lately he's been inspiring us with his words too.

Last October Andy launched a podcast called Creative Pep Talk, where he aims to help freelance illustrators make money making awesome work. It's full of insight and strategy and we've just learned it's been selected as an Editor's Choice by iTunes!

His artwork is fun and weird and made of playful shapes full of color and awesome textures. Lately he's been doing some really killer work for clients such as Nickelodeon, Nutella, and Oreo, but you're more likely to be familiar with him for his side projects like, the Daily Drawing Project and his traveling collaborative exhibition with Andrew Nayer.

It's my pleasure to introduce Andy as our guest contributor for the month of December. He'll be blogging alongside our usual team and highlighting artists, insights and other visual finds that are sure to peak your interest.


November 29, 2015

The Element of Chaos in Watercolor

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I first found Agnes Cecile when I came across a sped up video of her creating a painting from start to finish. The first two minutes show her crafting a detailed, realistic portrait of a lady, but my interest wasn’t piqued until she brought her perfected woman down to the floor and started to splash a halo of watercolors over her. There’s a disorder to Agnes Cecile’s works that makes them exciting. Her portraits have a tendency to look half finished, elaborately detailed in some spots and a drippy mess in others. Her process videos show how much of her art is left up to chance. She paints her vision with absolute confidence, but the element of chaos is always there.

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September 21, 2015

Diverse Celebrity Sketches of Cult Icons

When you watch something great, it’s hard not to play it over and over in your head. Ryan Humphrey visualizes iconic characters from cult films and TV shows in a style that is uniquely his. From Steve Zissou to Steven Universe, whether it’s familiar faces from the current mainstream or nostalgic icons from oldschool classics, you can tell the artist has a love for the diverse characters he selects. Humphrey’s portraits include minute details that only someone who has watched the source material closely (and multiple times, most likely) would place such significance on. They have a fanboyish playfulness that makes me smile, such as little hearts drawn around Agent Scully— and that her FBI license photos depict her as a Simpson. 

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The drawings showcase a wide array of styles, the mark of an artist who is constantly exploring himself and trying new things. There’s something so cool about how instead of passively watching media, Humphrey engages it in return. He takes in stories from the screen, and throws his version of it back in his own visual language. 

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August 24, 2015

Wow! 277 Designs, Illustrations, and Doodles in the Running to Become a Real Product - Voting Now Open

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Press play (on the video above) and get a quick glimpse of the 277 wall clock designs and illustrations submitted from our community for our latest drawing challenge.

We're blown away. Such a wonderful response and now we hope you can help us pick the six winners who's design will be made a reality. Click on over to scroll all submissions and mark your favorites. The winning designs will be available for sale in the coming weeks, so let us know which you'd love to see hanging on your walls.

Good luck everyone!


August 7, 2015

How to Rediscover Your Sense of Play

They say as we grow into adulthood, we tend to lose our sense of play.

We’re supposed to be all serious, because we’re no longer kids. Grow up they said. Playtime is for kids they said. Perhaps they might be referring to the foam floors and colourful surrounds of a bouncing castle. But in doing so they took away the safe space within our minds and hearts.  And so we strip ourselves of the proverbial foam mats that allow us to bounce and tumble to our heart’s delight. We skin our knee and scrape our elbows. They laugh and jeer. We cower away. And so little by little we forget. We build walls to appear stronger, more serious, more adult; inadvertently locking out the things that makes us happy.

According to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play: "Defining play is difficult because it's a moving target. [It’s] a process, not a thing. In between you find surprise, pleasure, understanding — as skill and empathy — and strength of mind, body, and spirit."

Play, to me, is all about being clued in, and yet totally open to whatever happens. A surprise. A discovery. An eureka moment that leaves a shiver of excitement down my spine and a noticeable spring in my step. It differs from one person to another – perhaps you might have sweaty palms and then a quick burst of cold sweat that soon disappears, leaving a warm sensation that courses through your body. A hint of a smile that forms on your lips. A twinkle in your eye.

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July 31, 2015

Doodling with a purpose: How to create art that speaks

Those lines you just left on paper – are those really just doodles?

Could it be more than just meandering lines that you've mindlessly put together? Mindless not in the way it was created, but mindless in the way how easily our minds shifts from one thought to the next, perplexing, changing, evolving and never the same. Mindless in weight, in troubles and in spirit? A line that solidifies our constant state of flux, by being there – a constant. A reminder. A mark left in time that captures the essence of what makes drawing such a personal affair.

What happens beyond the meandering? At what point does a drawing become art? Or is every doodle a work of art in itself? I'd like to think it’s more the latter, but at the same time, sometimes not all doodles are made equal – sometimes it's nothing more than it is. And yet some are more than they truly show. An image, a still, captured in time. A thought. A fleeting emotion. Raw. Keep reading...

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July 21, 2015

Doodles to Business: 5 things to ask yourself before you sell your work

Doodles are magical.

They can take on a life of its own when you least expect it. What at first was merely an impulse to draw, to sketch – begins to take shape the more you add to it. Whether it’s in the form of a mindless scribble or an idea that sprouted wings on paper, a drawing is like a seed that one plants on paper. In sketchbooks around the world, there lies millions of little seeds that’s waiting to be brought out into the sun.

Not everyone wants their doodles to be something more than they are. And that’s perfectly fine. The act of sketching is very personal, and sometimes we forget that the sharing of one’s sketches to the rest of the world is merely an invitation – a peek if you will – into their sketchbooks. But what about the rest of the doodlers out there who wants to take their work and move forward with it? What about those who aren’t just content to share their work, but are open to the possibilities of allowing others to own a piece of their art? What if you’re thinking of selling your work?

Well, the great news is that there’s never been a better time than now to explore the many possibilities out there. Whether you’d like to take the route of handing off the production process to others, or something more handmade like putting your drawings together in a zine; here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you’re still on the fence:

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