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April 15, 2015

Kate Gavino's Drawings of Readings



Quotes are a powerful force. Reading the right ones can change your entire perspective on life, love, and other big deals. Weird to think that a few words can have that effect! Kate Gavino is a New Yorker who goes to book readings regularly, and isnít satisfied with just tweeting a good quote when she hears it. In her prolific Last Nightís Reading series, she sketches portraits of the authors while she is at their reading, alongside a favorite quote from the night. Itís the perfect marriage of her passions for art literature! So many of these are inspiring and thought-provokingÖ I think Iíve just been convinced to start checking out book readings around me. See plenty more Ľ

April 2, 2015

Leave a Little Mystery

I found a peculiar art blog with almost no details on the doodler responsible for it. O4YA draws characters that seem like personified emotions. Sometimes childlike and other times creepy (or occasionally both), almost every illustration seems like a prompt for a story. The details in the drawings are specific enough to spark curiosity, but not enough to answer my questions. See more Ľ

March 15, 2015

Little Boxes on the Hillside



I've been casually admiring some quaint little towns I wish I could live in. Any one of these houses nestled tightly amongst trees and other homes looks perfectly cozy for me. I associate drawings of buildings squashed together with the bustle of cities, so it's unusual for me to be looking at these homes practically smothered with no room between them and yet feel the opposite of city life. It's probably Samantha Dolan's intricate details on the leaves doing the trick. Her patterns are obsessive and consume the image until there is nowhere left unfilled. Still, there's something tranquil that comes from following the repetition of familiar shapes. See more Ľ

August 12, 2014

Tumblr of the Week: Gourmet Scum

I really enjoy it when artists add captions or speech bubbles to their drawings of people. Maybe it stems from my love of comics or maybe the added commentary makes the experience that much better. The Tumblr of the Week today belongs to an 18 year old artist from Chicago named Meredith, who seems to be pretty heavily influenced by 80's aesthetics. Something about these marker doodles does give me flashbacks to certain old cartoons I used to watch on television. Find more of these goodies on Meredith's blog!

If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, follow Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr for even more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on there!


July 11, 2014

Personal Space, What's That?



I love it when I discover cool stuff like this shared by fellow doodlers on the DA flickr group. This doodler does not waste paper. I feel like monocat's sketches really capture the spirit of spontaneous doodles as almost every inch of the page has something crammed into it.

Even though it may look like a mishmash of unrelated doodles, there's a cool chemistry between the colorful characters as they seem to be reacting to one another and their predicament of being squeezed together and having someone else intrude on their personal space. Enjoy them, I did.


April 1, 2014

Not Your Typical Ghost Story

Bradley Wind's Hungry Ghost series is based on a concept in Chinese folklore of beings living in a state of constant craving. When I look at their enormous empty bellies and mouths tragically too small to fill them, I can almost feel their pain. Even without knowing the mythology behind them, you get an eerie vibe from their blue bulbous bodies and bulging eyes. Drawn with pen and marker, every portrait has a character of its own and my mind can't help but float away with ideas about what each ghost's story could be.


March 4, 2014

Drawing the Cityscape in His Head



Bricks, windows, arches, curves, angles, roofs... you name it, if it's part of the city architecture, it's very likely Daniel Van Der Noon has drawn it.

Everything about his art inspires me. They are all hand-drawn and inked directly onto a wall, window, or canvas. No prior sketching or mapping. It's just one stroke here, another line there and soon enough buildings and rooftops appear.

In his own words, "I like to travel a lot, visit new cities, see new places, hear new noises. Through these skylines I guess that the perks that I experience from traveling around are amplified in ink, and the memories recorded in these ongoing sprawls of images and text."

You'll find plenty to like in the following images, and I guarantee you'll especially enjoy the process videos after the fold.





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