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February 1, 2016

83 Creatively Drawn Plates Showcasing What's on the Mind of a Chef - Voting Now Open

Many thanks to our amazing community who took on the (not so easy but fun) challenge of drawing "what's on the mind of a chef" and submitting over 80 drawings. It's such a wonderful response to this prompt and now we hope you help us identify the top fifteen. Click on over to scroll all submissions and mark your favorites.

Good luck everyone and special thanks to our awesome and amazing sponsor, The Mind of a Chef, a really great television series narrated by Anthony Bourdain. You'll get hooked after just one episode, we promise.


January 15, 2016

Now Accepting Submissions
Showcase #25: Illustrate What's on the Mind of a Chef

For showcase challenge #25, we ask the you draw what's on the mind of a chef. We've teamed up with the fine folks from the captivating television series "The Mind of a Chef" (narrated by Anthony Bourdain) to bring you this delicious drawing prompt. Participate and you could win 7 cookbooks from all the chefs from the show!

Read on for submission and prize details »


January 5, 2016

Our 2015 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review

As we close out 2015 and set out to make 2016 another amazing year, I wanted to quickly thank our community of friends, fans, readers and artists that make Doodlers Anonymous such a thriving community of inspiration, creativity and art.

Now on to the good stuff. This past year we highlighted hundreds of artists, projects and artworks (you can revisit the complete archive here). As a short recap, I'm featuring a few of the more popular and memorable ones below (click their titles to read further about each).

Typing with Pencils

 

A Monochrome Moleskine

 

Dreaming in Blue Ink

 

Art: In Construction

 

There's Something About These Drawn Girls

 

An Analog Drawing Project About Personal Data

 

Blockheads - Faces Doodled on Post-It Notes

 

Handwritten Inspiration

 

Portraits of Nature

 

Seeing Through a Doodler's Eyes with POV Sketches

 

The Element of Chaos in Watercolor

 

Funny Doodles That Never Fall Flat

 

I've Got a Blank Space

 

Big Things Come in Small Drawings

 

Heading Home


October 29, 2015

Anthropological Drawings from 1903 of Kachinas from the Hopi Culture

native american hopi drawing

This find is an oldie but a goodie! It’s always super cool to see hand drawn illustrations from way back when. In 1903, a 30 year old Hopi man named Kutcahanauu, also called White-Bear, was hired by an American anthropologist to record different kachinas (spirits revered in Hopi and Pueblo culture). When I think of drawings of religious icons, I don’t expect them to look as fun as these, so Kutcahanauu’s uniquely Hopi style came as an awesome surprise. His drawings look right at home amongst the fun, spontaneous art we normally share, don't they? You can click here to read about the cultural significance of kachinas and see more drawings.

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September 17, 2015

Handwritten Inspiration

inspirational typography doodle

Need a daily tonic of motivation? I highly recommend the works of Eugenia Clara, an Indonesian artist with a major in Engineering who says she makes possibly more than a thousand doodles per year. Not only is Clara’s bright lettering filled with inspirational phrases, but the idea of making a doodle out of whatever words are coming to your mind is great for filling up a blank page when your creative well is running dry. Her art is simple and consistent, yet filled with personal intimacy and liveliness that typography can sometimes lack. I formed odd little connections to the artist’s emotions with each piece because Clara’s images include blurbs (which sometimes get very detailed) about what she was feeling when she wrote it. It pulls me in to know why certain words or quotes occurred to the artist. Certainly a richer experience than seeing generic positivity without any human context, if you ask me. 

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August 24, 2015

Wow! 277 Designs, Illustrations, and Doodles in the Running to Become a Real Product - Voting Now Open

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Press play (on the video above) and get a quick glimpse of the 277 wall clock designs and illustrations submitted from our community for our latest drawing challenge.

We're blown away. Such a wonderful response and now we hope you can help us pick the six winners who's design will be made a reality. Click on over to scroll all submissions and mark your favorites. The winning designs will be available for sale in the coming weeks, so let us know which you'd love to see hanging on your walls.

Good luck everyone!


July 31, 2015

Doodling with a purpose: How to create art that speaks

Those lines you just left on paper – are those really just doodles?

Could it be more than just meandering lines that you've mindlessly put together? Mindless not in the way it was created, but mindless in the way how easily our minds shifts from one thought to the next, perplexing, changing, evolving and never the same. Mindless in weight, in troubles and in spirit? A line that solidifies our constant state of flux, by being there – a constant. A reminder. A mark left in time that captures the essence of what makes drawing such a personal affair.

What happens beyond the meandering? At what point does a drawing become art? Or is every doodle a work of art in itself? I'd like to think it’s more the latter, but at the same time, sometimes not all doodles are made equal – sometimes it's nothing more than it is. And yet some are more than they truly show. An image, a still, captured in time. A thought. A fleeting emotion. Raw. Keep reading...

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