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January 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: He Doodles All Over Travel Passports and They Still Work!

We've been obsessed with Léonard Combier's doodles ever since he first messaged us about his art and an image of an inked up passport blew our minds, so it's incredibly exciting to finally share these exclusive images with you!



Sometimes Doodle Addicts find themselves in a pinch where there's no paper in reach, and that's when those of us who are in too deep start reaching for anything nearby that could possibly work. Léonard Combier, a 24 year old French illustrator enjoying life in Berlin, was bored in class with no paper to doodle on. A friend of his had their passport in their pocket, so Combier asked them if he could draw something on it. Like a good friend, they were excited about the idea, passed their passport over to him, and let Combier run wild with it. Combier liked the result so much that he continued to reach for different people's passports.

Does doodling on your passport cause an issue at the airport? Apparently not. These are not expired passports, and the original owners went on to travel abroad with them even after they've been drawn on. Combier assured me that his friends have crossed many countries, including the US, with their inked-up passports. They say customs officers usually look closely at the drawings, thinking it's part of the printed design of the passport, before they realize it's hand drawn—and they really like it!





When I asked the artist if it feels strange drawing on someone's passport, Combier said, "In a way it's better than drawing on a normal sheet of paper. All the little patterns that are already on the passport give more relief to my drawings. It's very funny to play with all the visas, the stamps, to write little messages that will be read by the custom officers, sometimes even a bit provocative. It's also very nice to know that the owner of the passport will have my drawing within reach for ten years, on an official document. A bit like a tattoo."

If you're in Berlin, own a valid passport and want a drawing, don't hesitate to send a message (and a Like) on Léonard Combier's Facebook page.








November 20, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #9: Morkwork



Morkwork is a super-duo team of artists who describe themselves as a "house of ideas." I get good vibes from their playful dynamic and childishly carefree doodles that I can't get enough of, so I asked Glenis and Marcos a few questions about their projects and Morkwork in general!

October 24, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #8: Gizem Vural





Dreams, adventure, and coffee! What more could you want? These are my favorite things that I find constantly in Gizem Vural's playfully surreal illustrations. You have to read more about how she never outgrew playing with coloring books (like most of us here) and it led her to being published in ours.


October 8, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #7: Kristopher Kotcher (aka Frenemy)



Kristopher Kotcher, aka Frenemy, is an illustrator from Texas with a taste for adventure. The life of his pieces are characters which he refers to as "frenemies," those madly grinning creatures he draws packed into chaotic scenes. Read on to find out about his roots in street art and his gang of frenemies.


August 26, 2014

Cultivate Our Garden





Editor's note: This entry is brought to you by our good friend and scribbler, Lisa Currie, who is also the author of two really awesome doodle books, The Scribble Diary and her latest, Me, You, Us.

Today I'm excited to share this bright, happy, hand-painted (!!) interview with artist Rebecca Volynsky. I asked her a few simple questions (via the above prompts) about her creative life right now, and she let her paintbrush do the talking.

How luscious are these two pages filled with bright plants and golden waves and endless coffee cups! It's like we all get a bouquet of wild flowers delivered to our desktops today. Hand-painted, of course. Thanks Rebecca!

August 20, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #6: Polly Lindsay



The thing about finding artists from our coloring books is that you never know what to expect from seeing the one illustration they submitted to us. What I found when I looked up Polly Lindsay was quite a surprise. Her art is pretty out of the ordinary from what we normally post here, but I got a little crush on her unexpected style of cutting and layering paper.


August 6, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series #5:
Ellen Leber



One of my favorite things about our coloring books is looking up the artist of a page I really like, because I usually end up falling straight down their rabbit hole. For example, Ellen Leber's atmospheric illustrations contain a depth that sucks me right into her world, especially since they are sometimes actually three dimensional.

Tell me more, Ellen...





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