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June 19, 2015

Letting Go, Step by Step

"How a graphic artist discovers to free his creativity and have fun" is the alternate title for journal d’une décomplexion graphique, a record of an ongoing journey in letting go of artistic insecurities. A detailed, hand-written note on the blog explains, "I love my job, but I don’t love my work. Few are the projects which I feel proud of and would like to put in a book." Crushed by deadlines from time-consuming jobs, over years this artist began to feel their sense of creativity shriveling. When do I have fun in all this? Stuck behind a computer all day with no chance to mess around and then coming home too tired to do anything, there was a growing fixation on the idea of taking a pen or pencil to paper.

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March 5, 2015

A Watercolor Diary

I found Leslie Stein a few months ago through a series she posted on VICE called "Leslie's Diary Comics." Like the name suggests, it's about personal stories from her life told in a distinctive visual style. The heart of it is Leslie's personality, which comes across strongly in every comic and turns the stories about mundane little anecdotes into something surreal. The way her comics flow even mimics the haziness of recalling memories, since her minimal line work does not include any separation of panels to guide you from one moment to the next. It reads just like a stream of consciousness, following the flow of her colorfully lonely introspective moments. You can see what I mean below or on Leslie's blog.

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September 21, 2012

This Book Will Ignite Your Creativity

I've been drawing my whole life, but often I find myself stuck staring at a blank page wishing for some kind of push to get me going. As a creative, momentum is everything. Once I settle in, I feel like I can draw for hours and never stop, but getting there is always the challenge.

If you can relate, then you need to be friends with Lisa Currie. Lisa is the queen of drawing prompts, a muse in a way. She has this incredible ability of presenting you with a guided challenge (and constraint) from just a few simple black lines and a short phrase, but don't mistake that for meaning there's a lack of sophistication to the task. It's specifically that simplicity that encourages the most creative and aesthetic responses.

She'll posts prompts and submissions weekly over at the Scribble Project's blog, but now there's something way better. The folks at Perigee (a division of Penguin) have published 192 pages of her quirky and imaginative doodle sheets, and they've declared it: The Scribble Diary. I love this book because I can carry it with me anywhere and find that it's constantly the spark I need to put my pen to paper.

(Sample Pages drawn in by Jaimeks, Lisa Davies and Takatoshi Sano)

We are lucky at Doodlers Anonymous, because Lisa is on staff here as one of our favorite contributors. We'd like to congratulate her on this book and encourage all of you to get your hands on it and play along. You'll find it to be a gem in your collection.

August 9, 2012

Girlie Pains

The thing I like most about Mel Stringer's sketchbooks is that they feel like peeking into someone's diary. A diary that's tucked away under a bed with a threatening note doodled on the cover and hearts on the spine. The kind of diary that only your best friend is allowed to look inside, while eating cereal, listening to mix tapes and giving each-other homemade tattoos…

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June 22, 2012

It's The Small Things, Right?

You know those kind of days where nothing much seems to happen? Get up, do some stuff, fall asleep. How do you muster up a diary entry on days like those?

I like how Giada Ganassin can make those kind of "nothing" days seem special. She keeps a calendar journal and doodles a little detail about every day of the month. Things like a nice nap on the couch, or buying an avocado for every day of the week - the small stuff that makes life feel good!

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March 15, 2012

Scribble, Scribble, and Scribble Away!

The always awesome Lisa Currie (sometimes known as OPPY) has been putting together doodle projects for as long as I can remember. In May, Perigee Books (a division of Penguin) is publishing The Scribble Diary, Lisa's attempt at giving us all a space to doodle our thoughts, reflections and simply, what's in our brain right now.

Leading up to the launch of her book, Lisa is prompting us all to get our scribble on. Every two weeks she'll plant a template on her site and post the results. I played along and so can any one of you.

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