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June 30, 2013

Farewell, for now

(Editor's note: This is Mason's last post here on DA as a guest blogger. He was only supposed to contribute during the month of May, but we liked him too much and extended his stay into June. Thanks Mason! Next time, in Texas!)

I wanted to add one last post during my residency as guest blogger here to show you a little more about good old me. I guess in my time here I wanted to spread the wealth of some coverage to the creative community here in Austin. There are so many great artists and maybe in the future I can share some more.

Anyways, this is me, below.



As you can see, I'm just your ordinary thirty-something, adult living in the year 2013. I'm not perfect. I don't make a ton of money or do anything super crazy, but I love to draw and do it very often, like every day. Somedays you feel like just sitting in the living room with a bag on your head, hoping that the art makes itself, but getting started is the hardest part.



You've got to do the hard work of making the first mark. Once you do that, you'll follow with a second mark and a third. Eventually, you'll have done more than you can count. That's when you look at the work and think, "Man, that's cool!" or "Man, that sucks!"



Either way, you'll feel better at the end and have accomplished more than most people do during the day. Then you can smile and feel great!



As of right now, I'm working on making some handmade patches. I've made about six of them, but I can't wait to see what the 100th looks like because I know improvement will be made along the way. You can get your own handmade patch right over here: POWER PATCHES



I hope my time here has inspired you to go find other creative friends and encourage each other to try new things with your art. I've found that it will make your life a bit more enjoyable, help you learn about yourself and make some good friends along the way.

Talk to you later on,
Mason

May 1, 2013

First Things First

Hey doodlers! i'm honored to be a guest contributor this month.

I grew up in a small town in Texas, right outside of San Antonio. I was a weirdo, skater, tall and skinny son of a gun, who grew up during the 80's. I've done a bunch of things in my life, including being a lifeguard, cave tour guide, margarita mix bottler, art director, designer, publisher and collaborator. I now live in Austin with my girlfriend and two cats where I do things like make logos, album artwork, websites and murals.



I enjoy drawing on many different surfaces including paper, wood, glass and other things. My favorite way to draw is with no idea what mark or image will appear in the final work. I like to see what just pours out onto the paper.



I'm going to do my best to bring you some cool things to look at this month including some of my favorite doodlers from here in Austin and beyond! Maybe I'll share some sketches for projects I have in the works and maybe some good old fashioned Texas fun shots!



Thanks for reading, more to come!

April 30, 2013

May's Guest Contributor: Mason McFee





It was just a few weeks ago that I featured Mason's work (with a member spotlight), and now I get to mention him again, as he'll be writing for the DA blog right alongside me for the month of May.

He goes by the name of Maseman and hails from the city of Austin. If you play close attention, I think you'll find his love for Texas all over his work and plenty hints of his designer talents as well. From screen prints and murals to scribbles and sketchbooks, Mason has got it covered.

Welcome to the show! Now let's rock May.

May 4, 2012

A Drawn Moment in Time

There is something absurdly creative about Bill Mayer's sketches. He took postal stamps of historical figures and sketched scenes around them, capturing the personality of the subject with simple strokes. Call it a fringe event, but I was so engaged in each one, that the remainder of the open white space drew itself further in my mind. Kinda freaky really.


February 15, 2010

No Whitespace

The moleskine pages from Maykel Nunes are consumed with doodles from corner to corner. The ink literally bleeds to the end of each spread and the content completely differs on every page turn.

The presentation of the work is simply wonderful too, as the context of each photo; from coffee beans to playing cards, make for great backdrops. Well done Maykel. See some selects




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