I found something great this morning while browsing Instagram's main feed: An artist who uses blank white coffee cups as his canvas. He cleverly uses the cups to draw labels for fake coffee branches, like a futuresque Cafe Nebula that I can imagine the Jetsons visiting or the Godot Cafe, where you can have a coffee while you wait. Much of Illarion Gordonís #fakecoffeebranding has gloomy undertones, a darkly funny subversion of overly-optimistic branding. Follow @luftaffe on Instagram and have fun imagining what your drink from his imaginary coffee shops would taste like.
Also, we've highlighted plenty of coffee-related art on Doodlers Anonymous in the past. Check them out to keep your caffeine buzz going.
This is pretty cool. I recently learned that a doodle addict I follow on Instagram has been a member of the Doodlers Anonymous community since she was 14 years-old. She's now 19. Wow, I often forget I've been running this website that long. She writes in to tell me she's been obsessed with designing and drawing since, and that becomes quite clear when you look at her sketchbook that's filled with pages of lines, patterns and shapes.
What I like best is that each doodle looks like it could easily translate into a textile print, for use in home or apparel design.
Beau Bergeron is a doodler, designer and illustrator whose characters inhabit a place called Beautown, populated with bright colors, abstract lines and shapes. The world Beau creates is playful, friendly, inviting, and shows a real love of creation and drawing. I've known Beau for awhile, and he's a really inspiring guy to be around. He always has a constant stream of new projects and ideas in the works, while experimenting with his style and techniques to bring them to life. I'm really excited to see how Beautown continues to develop and grow.
Beau is currently based in San Francisco and works as a designer at IDEO (check out this great video he made for his job interview). You can follow his work and process at welcometobeautown on Instagram.
Kevin Munoz is a good buddy who I met through mutual friends here in Austin. Kevin does super rad drawings of characters and lettering and works as a designer here at an agency in town. When he's not cranking out the logo and design jams, he's drawing or spending his time with his wife and kiddo, walking around shooting photos and whatnot.
I like Kevin's childlike view on making artworks. Finding a way to get back to early instincts in your drawing is a good way to let go and let the brush do the work. Kevin does that in a great way.See More »
Abi Daniel is an illustrator and designer making super rad illustrations for all sorts of causes. Her attention to detail is pretty amazing and style that reminisces back to text-book illustration styles.
Abi applies her talents at a local screenprint shop, Bearded Lady, where she preps separations for screens and designs posters to be printed. Her illustrations work great for all sorts of causes from rock shows to hand made boots.
I've been stoked to work with Abi on a few projects including a zine for Crummy House. She's super fun to hang out with and has a great attitude towards work and life.
I draw the greatest inspiration from the people around me. For the month of May, I'm going to ask one of my buddies to send me a drawing/doodle to highlight for each post.
My first buddy is my best buddy: Jessica Clark is my partner, roommate and collaborator and all-time favorite person in the world. She sent me the above doodle to include.
Jessica is a designer and artist, too.
We live in a house in South Austin where we make all sorts of things and collaborate with other artists on zines and art shows under the moniker Crummy House. We're taking a break from the collaborations to focus on our own work for a bit, but we'll be back in action later this year.
Here are a couple photos of some of my favorite collaborations:
Jessica and I enjoy spending time with our friends, family and two cats, Clem and Moose.
Brian Rea is probably hands down my favorite illustrator / designer / maker. He was an illustrator for the New York Times Sunday Styles column "Modern Love" and worked closely with Chris Silas Neal. Together they had some of the most stunning illustrations I have ever seen. The drawings were so loose and pure that I couldn't quit staring at them.
He also works with hand drawn typography a lot and installed a mural at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain that explored visions and fears. I am particularly drawn to his honesty in his fear pieces. I am sure that we all share some of his fears and it's great to see someone unfiltered.Continue reading Ľ See More »