I love all of Grace Danico's illustration work, but by far my favorite are the drawings she's made with what look like your ordinary, everyday Crayola crayon and color pencil. The consistent colors of blue and deep orange feel so friendly and fresh, that I just want her objects to come to life so I can play with them.
Grace Danico is also the Illustration Editor of one of my favorite graphic blogs, Grain Edit. Be sure to spend some time on there as well. Now smile, because her artwork will make you happy.
Some will argue that children are the ultimate doodlers. They are uninhibited by the world around them and their imagination runs amok with unrelenting ease. As adults we often wonder how the imagery of children doodles would look like if it were the real world.
Korean artist Yeondoo Jung took on that challenge. He hand-picked a select number of colored drawings from 5-7 year old children and transposed them into real-world scenes. The end result is "Wonderland", a collection of photographs that are mesmerizing and sometimes even intense.
If we all lived in a world doodled by children as portrayed by Mr. Jung, our lives would be a colorful and poetic place.
Diem Chau. Wow.
Here's a little something different. As self-proclaimed doodlers, we have all grown up coloring with crayons. Well, you can forget all about that. Diem Chau takes her crayons and carves the most intricate and delicate figures out of them. Patience and an astute attention to detail have got to be some of her fortes. Take a look at more of her work, right after you pick up your jaw off the table.
"If you please," said the stranger, "draw me a sheep." That simple line from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is exactly what I think of every time my pen hits the paper. The book captures what we miss by being grown-ups and a good reminder not to look at everything so literally.
Having two kids of my own, I am at awe by what they come up with and even more inspired when I see their thoughts spill onto paper. The following are some drawing books and toys both my children use daily that I highly recommend; even though, a few markers and paper are just as effective.
Disclaimer: Although the above list make great "kid" gifts, I play with them just as often as they do.