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January 12, 2015

Blockheads - Faces Doodled on Post-It Notes



Drawing a face on a post-it is pretty common when you have a pad handy and get the impulse to doodle, but Erik RVA takes it to the next level. His massive series of faces on post-its is impressive because he doesn't seem to run out of ways to make them have unique personalities that come across strongly.

His post-it blog calls itself "My life on sticky notes," which is relevant because often the background of the post-its adds some meaning to the doodle. Whether he is doodling a friend, doodling at the pool, or at the barbecue, or over his taxes - seeing what inspired him to pick up the pen and markers right in the picture behind the face is pretty neat.


September 5, 2014

Drawn Faces Under Construction

Looking at the lines of a tree can tell you a lot about its life, and the same could go for people. David Cristobal is a Spanish artist whose highly detailed wood people are worth checking out. These portraits are drawn realistically, yet the texture of the wood that they are built from makes it become a surreal experience. I almost want to stick my face right up close to their cracks and peak into what's on their inside. Is that creepy?

Found via our Facebook page. Thanks friends and followers for sharing your work!


September 23, 2013

Tumblr of the Week: Mangun



It's interesting how we can immediately identify a person's face in drawings, even when, upon closer inspection, they barely contain any characteristics of real humans. Indonesian artist Popo Mangun's black and white drawings are an example of this mental habit. His tumblr is a gallery of strange portraits, whose geometric shapes are reminiscent of ancient tribal masks.


June 20, 2013

Rad Man Russell Etchen

Russell Etchen is that big brother you never had that shows you cool things and makes you wonder how he grew that awesome beard. He's also really nice and a good hearted dude with a true love for art.

I'm a big fan of Russell's doodle work. His repetition of shapes and faces makes it clear these works are meditative and easy on the mind. Almost like a strange obsession, but a good one that brings a smile when you wonder what all those characters are thinking.



I've been lucky to do some drawing with Russell and I must admit, his technique has been mastered. There is no cut and paste in his work, each face drawn with intricate care and placement.

Just looking at his work makes me want to get doodling. Russell, let's set up some draw time soon!

October 9, 2012

Human Faces For Days

Is there anything nicer to draw than a human face? There's just something about two eyes, a nose and a mouth (and a bit of human flesh) that can lull an HB into sweet, happy, auto-pilot. I like that every hand-drawn face, no matter how similar, is never the same. The slightest twitch of a wrist can make a frown into a seductive smirk, or a wink into a lazy-eye.

I reckon Laura Gee shares my affection for doodling faces! She's an illustrator/set-maker living in London, and this is a peek into her hand-drawn facial records. See more drawings on her (kinda-new) blog Lone Drawings.


July 15, 2012

I See People in the Crowd



No man's an island. We are made up of the random faces that crowd us on the street, the flirtatious faces that populate our dreams, and the familiar, comforting faces that inhabit our memories. Those faces—the faces of others—make up our life experience. Could you capture them all? Guilherme Kramer of Sao Paulo spent a year doing just that. He covered a wall with the people he sees in the crowd--each painted face seemingly eager to tell his own story. Take some time and hang out with them.


July 10, 2012

Chronic Bitchface and Other Such Things!

This lady has been sitting pretty in my blogroll for a few years now, serving-up cute faces and colours that go pop. She's the illustrator who spoke-up about "chronic bitchface" (pictured below) and her fashion illustrations are my ticket into a world of lavender-tipped ponytails, and art that hangs on shoulders rather than walls.



Her sketchbooks are so freakin' lovely! Oh, and she goes by the name Kris Atomic.





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