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September 11, 2012

The Coolest Place I've Never Been

I never really believed that meeting girls in bars was such a great plan, but that was before I found out about The Doodle Bar.

"The Doodle Bar is a space where people have the freedom to enjoy a good scribble, have a drink and hook up with some fellow doodlers."

Sounds perfect right? The Doodle Bar is inside an old industrial building in Battersea, London. It's got pretty much everything you could want from a good bar – drinks, food, a ping pong table… and more importantly, a bunch of spaces that anyone is free to doodle on!



All I know about the bar are the snippets I've found on their website and around the internet. But I'm going to try and head down there before my month of guest posting here is over. I'll report back with some photos of the bar, and any doodles I do (or see) while I'm in there. And I'll of course keep you all updated on my quest for the love of a good doodler.

For anyone interested in checking it out, the closest stations are Clapham Junction (tube) and Battersea Park (overground)... I think. I'll see you there!

August 31, 2012

TTYL, KIT!*

Hey everyone! It is the last day of the month, and that means this is my last post as guest contributor for August!

It has been a lot of fun writing about comics, drawings, painted books, and more. It has also been great interacting with the DA community at large, and will be something I continue in the future. So, look around for me!

Before I go, I wanted to share with you a couple pictures of my work, all in progress stuff. I work with collage and embroidery, and really love interior scenes (remember how I mentioned "slice of life" in my last post?). So, here’s a sneak peak of a series I will be launching in a few weeks with the site Buy Some Damn Art. Check it out - Kate Singleton curates lovely shows with original art you can afford.

*Talk to you later, keep in touch!

Follow Sara at saraebarnes.com and brwnpaperbag.com

November 11, 2011

Totally Axonometric

Julien Barberousse found a way to draw us into his axonometric world by creating fantastical landscapes. The architecture and lines of color are breathtaking over the graph paper of his journal. He's collected the drawings into three zines, simply titled I, II, and III. It's nice to see the progression of his orthographic projections through each issue, so be sure to give them a look.


February 1, 2011

Making the Grade

Israel is inspiring: the history and culture, the sand and sea, the light and grace. Bezalel, the Jerusalem-based Academy of Art & Design, has cultivated a bounty of talented and progressive artists across the disciplines. Because I’m aware of Bezalel’s reputation, I expect a certain caliber of work from its students. But I was, admittedly, sucker punched. Gabriella Barouch’s sketchbook is mature and elegant—the composition, the colors, the delicate patterns. There’s innate talent, and there’s training. Clearly Gabriella was blessed with both. Hard to believe she still has a year left of school.


July 6, 2010

Member Spotlight: James Barker

What can I say? I seriously love everything James draws. It's messy, raw and untamed, but all very intentional at the same time. His work is all over the place too, from colorful and bold portraits of dead kings and queens to black and white comic-like panels of zombies and devils. I've collected some of my favorite here, but also make sure you don't miss his drawn posters of compiled masks, flags and planes.

James became a member of Doodlers Anonymous in December of 2009, but you can mainly find him on flickr and jamesillustration.co.uk


May 23, 2010

Sunday Grins! with Elena Lombardi

Elena Lombardi is one of my favourite names to say. It rolls off my tongue much like the lyrics of a Hanson song do. Mmmbop (maybe that reference won't cross cultural and generational gaps, but trust me, it means nice things).

Luckily I get to say her name a lot because Elena Lombardi is always producing spunky designs for me to look at and play with. With her pals at Helpful Strangers she created the cute learning game Simple Machines. Making science class not just bearable, but a good time... yes please!

She also doodles a lot. And today she's sharing her fineliner handiwork with us, in response to some silly questions I asked her about aliens and the ultimate pair of kicks.

So while I sit in the corner and say her name like its a hypnotic drum beat, please enjoy this playful interview with Elena Lombardi! Elena Lombardi, elena lombardi...


November 7, 2008

Mystery Man

Walter Robot Studios are the folks behind the new Gnarls Barkley video for "Mystery Man". It's a must see. The video has so much depth. Layers upon layers of drawings that build cities, bicycles, buses and flying super heroes. Go along for the ride.

Found via Coudal Partners.




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