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February 9, 2015

Dark, Moody, and Moving Drawings

When I stare long enough at a drawing I love, I start to imagine it moving. Nancy Liang is one step ahead, she has already done it for me. I’m lost in her mysteriously moody series of animated gifs. She makes tons of them! The balance between motion and stillness creates an atmosphere the way a single frame on its own wouldn’t. The swaying trees, shifting shadows, and blinking lights fit so naturally, I feel they’re something I would have envisioned anyway if I saw a still drawing of her lonely scenes.

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April 8, 2013

Plunge Into the Shadows

Jenny Wildfang Drawings

I won't pretend for a minute to understand the German text in Jenny Wildfang's dreary sketchbook, but there is something unsettling in her work that breeds discomfort. I'm not quite sure what it is — only that it is there and it is dark. The use of heavy shadows heightens the narrative and the sickly sense that something is not okay. Who are these people drenched in shadows? Do we want to know the secrets they keep?

All I can say is that Jenny is one of my favorite new finds over at our Google+ community, so if you haven't joined, you should!



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May 18, 2012

MeloDRAWmatic, I Love You

Erika Kuhn has some of the most dark, moody and dramatic sketchbooks I've ever seen. It's personal. It's stimulating. It's plenty full of angst and beauty and love and passion. Viewing the images on DA hardly give them justice, as she's always presenting them in the context of her poetic words, so be sure to visit her blog (she writes in Spanish, but Google translate will give you the gist of it).

I am curious what comes first for her. Is it the melodramatic words that accompany and inspire each of her sketchbook drawings or the other way around, with the drawings inspiring the words? To be honest, it doesn't even matter, I am in love.



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October 29, 2011

Blackout

You can't really tell, but the art you see in these images is actually drawn on post-it notes. That's because illustrator Kristen Leonard is not afraid to go all out with ink, covering every possible centimeter of her post-it note.

The end result is some of the most tenebrous art you're likely to see on a 3"x3" piece of paper.



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October 27, 2011

The Drawings of Speak Cryptic

Tattoos, invisible eyes, intricate wrinkles and black lines are common themes in his work. I find that his characters can sit alone on a white page and still feel like they have generations of stories in their eyes, in their pose and in their gestures. Farizwan Fajari is Speak Cryptic.



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May 4, 2009

Maxwell Longname

Whenever I need some inspiration, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch is not far from my reach... beautifully organic and delicate. When I look through his work I feel like I should be handling it with tweezers.

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