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October 21, 2013

Getting Sacred with Adrian Landon Brooks

Adrian Landon Brooks is a Houston, Texas artist that I first came in contact with through graffiti art. We were both graffiti artists and had a lot of mutual friends. Many years later we were both living in Austin, Texas and this is when I became more acquainted with his non graffiti art. We exhibited together in a group exhibition and also collaborated on a mural. He often paints on found objects and draws on old photographs. I love his use of color and strong imagery often focused on the concept of a savior bringing in aspects of religious painting such as the use of halos. He says about this, "I am drawn to sacred art of all kinds, especially art that emphasizes a 'savior.' Finding my creative voice brought freedom and redemption from everything that ails me. When I am creating work, the outside world is on pause and I can completely let go of all the trials and tribulations of the day. I feel that this is represented in the iconic images I create and is my attempt at paying homage to something greater than myself."

Check out more of his work at AdrianLandonBrooks.com and @AdrianLandonBrooks on Instagram.


June 17, 2013

Great Pal Alexandra Valenti



Alexandra Valenti is a great photographer here in Austin. She can shoot just about anything that moves or doesn't move, too, I guess. But the true artist comes out when she adds her hand work to each photo. Instead of using Photoshop to make the photos amazing, Alexandra prints them and then paints directly on top of them.

She also makes great drawings and doodles, as well. Here are a few below:


July 27, 2012

Sketchbooks In The Wild

It's cool to see a lion in the zoo, absolutely. But to go on safari and spot a lion prowling around in the wild is undeniably cooler! Same with sketchbooks. (stick with me... I'm going somewhere with this...)

To see a scan of a sketchbook is one thing, but to see a sketchbook out in the "wild", in front of the parks and street corners where they were first doodled... even better! This is what artist Paola Gaviria Silguero from Buenos Aires does. She photographs her playful sketchbooks along with a different background, like a postcard of where she was for each page.

It also helps that her doodles are really great. Random puddles of colour, like being swept up in a street parade or a happy sugar-high! Ok now, the sketchbook safari begins...


November 1, 2010

Gone Forever

I love this photo. I love it more and more each day and I can't say it's any one thing. The composition of everything makes it like the trip of a lifetime is about to begin. It's the distressed suitcase for sure, no, no I think it's probably the colors and expression of the drawn character. Ahh hell, I even like the tiled sized squares she's standing on and the style of denim and sneakers. It's the work of Amaia Arrazola, who's blog I just spent thirty-five minutes on. I can't remember the last time I did that.

I've learned this about her: she likes to draw on most anything, from aprons to brown paper bags and she's delightfully good at it. Click here and you'll see what I mean.


October 27, 2010

The Family of Balloon Doodles

Showcase three was epic. You all came out to play this round and the end result has left us speechless. From the winning portrait of a balloon family by Andrea Armstrong to Katie Wall's orange balloon fish.

We are beyond delighted with every single one of the thirty-two total submissions and have decided to try and squeeze in almost half of them into the next issue of Anorak Magazine. Congratulations to Bianca Hegedus, Lori Alrawi, James William Pezet, Belinda Suzette, Jenni Sparks, Ellie Ennay, Muxxi, Addison James Eaton, Katie Wall, Cheryl Smith, Cale and Emereauldine Eliseo, who have all been shortlisted to appear alongside the winner.



View the entire gallery of doodles on balloons, or click on to see the fate of the winning airheads.

October 19, 2010

Wonderland

Some will argue that children are the ultimate doodlers. They are uninhibited by the world around them and their imagination runs amok with unrelenting ease. As adults we often wonder how the imagery of children doodles would look like if it were the real world.

Korean artist Yeondoo Jung took on that challenge. He hand-picked a select number of colored drawings from 5-7 year old children and transposed them into real-world scenes. The end result is "Wonderland", a collection of photographs that are mesmerizing and sometimes even intense.

If we all lived in a world doodled by children as portrayed by Mr. Jung, our lives would be a colorful and poetic place.

May 19, 2010

It's Pencil vs. Camera!

We all live in our own world and see what we want to see. But Ben Heine shows us what his mind sees. He takes reality (photographs) and adds his own bit of weird and crazy (drawings) to create a different world, his very own. It's a fun battle between drawing and photography.

"You can choose to draw something in a realistic way or to rather go crazy. I personally prefer to show unreal things on the paper because the photo is a mere reflection of the world we live in," says Ben.

Found via coudal.com





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