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December 4, 2015

Olle Eksell was a Master Doodler

I think if you know anything about the legendary Swedish Mid-Century designer Olle Eksell, it's probably regarding his 'ÖGON CACAO' design (the poster with those tasty looking eyes) BUT I'm guessing many people do not know that Eksell was such a brilliant doodler!

I've been a fan of Eksell's work for quite some time but I recently came across this doodle page of characters and I was astonished by a) how ridiculously fantastic they were and b) how similar my NOD characters resembled them! Great find and I can’t stop coming back to this page. My favorite is definitely the little puff ball in the bottom row middle column. I'm naming him Buff Bagginswell. Which is your favorite?

 

P.S. I wish my name was as cool as Olle Eksell!


June 1, 2015

Character Studies

His new girlfriend loves wallpapers. And she told him that her last boyfriend did not even care. He has therefore set up a small workshop in the attic of his house. There he began to print floral wallpapers on his own - he wants to impress her. 

It's human nature to pay close attention to pictures and skip over text, but it feels incomplete to post these drawings without the description the artist writes for them. The endearingly quirky individuals are drawn by IVK Daily, an artist from Berlin who cares deeply about people’s private peculiarities. The rich inner life implied in these portraits makes me wonder if they are fictional characters with dreamt up oddities or examples pulled from real people the artist knows.

The black and white pictures are charismatic enough on their own to keep me captivated with the meticulous details in backgrounds and textures. I would still be asking myself burning questions about what their story could be, so it was a real treat for me to find that the artist includes a little teaser text about the subjects of their doodles. Just a little bit of info, but not too much—so I can still enjoy the strangeness and charm of these personal snapshots. I very VERY strongly suggest visiting ivkdaily’s blog and reading along, because the caption is half the story.

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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!



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January 9, 2015

Tumblr of the Week: Juliana Vomero

A wild deer-girl appears! She crossed my path today while I was browsing our followers on DA's tumblr and landed on the blog of Juliana Vomero. I instantly loved the way Juliana's drawings are unconstrained - you see them in sketchbooks on desks, on kitchen cutting boards, on the walls inside, on the walls outside! Something mysterious about it are the repeated images of the same character. There is little information given about Juliana or her art, which leaves me wondering what this pin-up deer-girl means to her.

If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, follow Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr for even more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on there!

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August 28, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: DERIK

How excited would you be if you were out for a walk and came across these guys eying you through a window? My favorite thing about these vibrant characters is how they bring life and humor to the otherwise colorless places they are found in. It's fun to see artists getting creative with the environment beyond their pens and paper. I'm lucky that DERIK happens to follow the DA tumblr so that I could have the chance to stumble onto his blog. Street artists like him make the world a more magical place full of colorful surprises around unexpected corners!

If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, follow Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr for even more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on there!



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July 11, 2014

Personal Space, What's That?

I love it when I discover cool stuff like this shared by fellow doodlers on the DA flickr group. This doodler does not waste paper. I feel like monocat's sketches really capture the spirit of spontaneous doodles as almost every inch of the page has something crammed into it.

Even though it may look like a mishmash of unrelated doodles, there's a cool chemistry between the colorful characters as they seem to be reacting to one another and their predicament of being squeezed together and having someone else intrude on their personal space. Enjoy them, I did.



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June 19, 2014

The Cute Creeps

Can't help loving the work of illustrator/artist Michael Sieben. His work ranges from commercial illustration, skateboard decks, posters and fine art. What's really stands out is his ability to create creepy yet cute characters. Almost an alternate reality that views life through a fun house mirror. Even when things get weird there is so much charm in the work that you can't help falling in love with the world.

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