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March 1, 2010

When Inside Comes Out

I bought a book by Sabrina Ward Harrison titled "Spilling Open" a few years back. It transformed my approach to art. The book is, I believe, the first of a few of her published art journals. It is filled with loose, colorful, scribbles, doodles, paint strokes, hand lettering, photos, found objects and more all collaged together, forming very striking, energetic eye candy. More than pretty pictures, she bares her soul on every page with brutal honesty. Freeing inspiration spills out of her. Sometimes it is driven by triumph and other times, painful insecurity. Either way, the result is a more beautiful world. I highly respect her bravery as well as her talent.

February 10, 2010

Life Pushes Through the Cracks

I am drawn to art with passion. That is what grabs me about the illustrations of Tim Marrs. He transports us to an urban world that in many ways is full of chaos, brokenness and turbulence yet it is filled with rich layers of texture, color, and beauty. Tim's collage style is a turbulent mix of photos, sketches, doodles, hand lettering, graffiti, and paint strokes. What at first looks like chaos and disorder is really thoughtful, eye catching, well crafted design. I'm not sure if he would see himself as a doodler, but I love the way he draws and how those little sketchy doodles and loose hand lettering work so well in his finals.

January 21, 2010

My Dead Pony

There's something wonderful that happens when you combine your hand drawings with design. That imperfection can't be created any other way. RaphaŽl, give us more scribble, please.


January 19, 2010

America's Favorite Pastime

William Emmert combines baseball with my favorite pastime (doodling) to create 2.5"x3.5" little masterpiece collages. He overlays old baseball trading cards with ink, paint and random strips of paper, making the end result so strikingly colorful and bold that I can't resist loving them all.


January 14, 2010

The Wonderful World of Amelie Labarthe

From the moment that I met Amelie in 2008 and saw her work, I knew I was hooked. Her whimsical and playful approach to her art and her life is endlessly inspiring. I was first introduced to her as my tutor from Central Saint Martins, where she always guided us to draw and doodle away because any doodle can become something so much more she would always say.

Her sketchbooks always amaze me because they are so filled with nostalgia, amazing colors, mixed materials and textures. Her brilliant doodles seem to glide right from her mind to the pages of these fun filled books. I really felt a strong connection to her work from the get go, a lover and collector of vintage toys, a textile artist, and oh so much more... meet Amelie Labarthe Ľ

December 17, 2009

Cover Stars

I love the aesthetic of the homemade - the scratchy, do-it-yourself, oddball outsider stuff and I've been wondering why? Is it the feeling of honesty - that it's more human - it's attainable - spontaneous?

I'm a massive fan of lo-fi music and associated art... if I saw a record with a hand-drawn cover, 9 times out of 10 I could be sure it would be my thing. Looking at the artwork of these gems now - they haven't dated - they're timeless - as fresh today as they were 15 years ago and I've realized how much my creative output owes a great debt to the look of these classics bits of vinyl.

I'd love to see your favorite drawn covers - the ones that mean something to you (I can't get enough!) :)


October 29, 2009

This Too Helps

Sometimes it's not just about the content, but instead, about the context. When I look at the work of Gamze ÷zer, I feel like all the elements of his hand-made collages (doodles, paint, clippings) fall onto the page exactly where they belong. They are seemingly done in such a free style, yet you can sense the purpose behind them.




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