They say as we grow into adulthood, we tend to lose our sense of play.
We’re supposed to be all serious, because we’re no longer kids. Grow up they said. Playtime is for kids they said. Perhaps they might be referring to the foam floors and colourful surrounds of a bouncing castle. But in doing so they took away the safe space within our minds and hearts. And so we strip ourselves of the proverbial foam mats that allow us to bounce and tumble to our heart’s delight. We skin our knee and scrape our elbows. They laugh and jeer. We cower away. And so little by little we forget. We build walls to appear stronger, more serious, more adult; inadvertently locking out the things that makes us happy.
According to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play: "Defining play is difficult because it's a moving target. [It’s] a process, not a thing. In between you find surprise, pleasure, understanding — as skill and empathy — and strength of mind, body, and spirit."
Play, to me, is all about being clued in, and yet totally open to whatever happens. A surprise. A discovery. An eureka moment that leaves a shiver of excitement down my spine and a noticeable spring in my step. It differs from one person to another – perhaps you might have sweaty palms and then a quick burst of cold sweat that soon disappears, leaving a warm sensation that courses through your body. A hint of a smile that forms on your lips. A twinkle in your eye.See More »
Doodles are magical.
They can take on a life of its own when you least expect it. What at first was merely an impulse to draw, to sketch – begins to take shape the more you add to it. Whether it’s in the form of a mindless scribble or an idea that sprouted wings on paper, a drawing is like a seed that one plants on paper. In sketchbooks around the world, there lies millions of little seeds that’s waiting to be brought out into the sun.
Not everyone wants their doodles to be something more than they are. And that’s perfectly fine. The act of sketching is very personal, and sometimes we forget that the sharing of one’s sketches to the rest of the world is merely an invitation – a peek if you will – into their sketchbooks. But what about the rest of the doodlers out there who wants to take their work and move forward with it? What about those who aren’t just content to share their work, but are open to the possibilities of allowing others to own a piece of their art? What if you’re thinking of selling your work?
Well, the great news is that there’s never been a better time than now to explore the many possibilities out there. Whether you’d like to take the route of handing off the production process to others, or something more handmade like putting your drawings together in a zine; here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you’re still on the fence:See More »
When I was in elementary school, I had a sticker problem. I was addicted to buying rolls and packs of them and creating crazy colorful and hectic sticker collages. Seeing Miss Wearer's art brought these memories rushing back, because cotton candy rainbows and cutesy smiling creatures were exactly the kind of thing I couldn't get enough of. Her pop art is overloaded with retro palettes of bright colors that look so good you could eat them (it helps that a lot of her doodles seem to be dripping with ice cream fudge). It's no wonder her blog says "Draw what makes you smile." Miss Wearer's sharpie madness is gushing with playful sweetness and leaves you with a feel-good vibe that doesn't shake off.
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!
Is there a name for that feeling of wishing you could jump into an art piece? I'm feeling it right now as I scroll through maruti-bitamin's Tumblr. I'd love to step into the shoes of the serene kids she draws and explore her watercolor world, touch and smell the strange flowers growing out of me, and play with the fantastical critters all around the dream-like environment.
If you're addicted to tumbling as well as doodling, visit Doodlers Anonymous on Tumblr and follow along for more daily inspiration. You might even see yourself on it!
Sonni is an Argentine artist currently based in Brooklyn. I first met him on a family trip to Buenos Aires in 2008. He was painting a huge mural in preparation for one of his solo shows, and I immediately dug his style. We met again in NY last year, and I was able to catch up with everything he's been working on.
This guy is a machine of creativity. Paintings, installation, sculpture, comics, design, illustration, huge outdoor pieces, animation, he does everything. Yet the content for all of these different mediums begins with his drawings. Sonni's iconic characters live in a world from our youth, where simple shapes and primary colors form giant boomboxes, musical instruments, pencils and paint. When I look at his work, I feel the need to grab my art supplies, put on some music and start making things along with his characters.
Sonni's art is a great example of how your drawings and ideas can evolve into any medium, creating a massive and cohesive visual language. For more, check out Sonni Studios. He's also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Beau Bergeron is a doodler, designer and illustrator whose characters inhabit a place called Beautown, populated with bright colors, abstract lines and shapes. The world Beau creates is playful, friendly, inviting, and shows a real love of creation and drawing. I've known Beau for awhile, and he's a really inspiring guy to be around. He always has a constant stream of new projects and ideas in the works, while experimenting with his style and techniques to bring them to life. I'm really excited to see how Beautown continues to develop and grow.
Beau is currently based in San Francisco and works as a designer at IDEO (check out this great video he made for his job interview). You can follow his work and process at welcometobeautown on Instagram.
As artists, we often take ourselves too seriously. We forget to improvise and to create something temporary, to play, to make and to simply just get our stuff out there for the world to enjoy.
This morning, Bortusk Leer gave me a good reminder of that with a BONK! on the head. Starting with his about page, where he playfully describes that he's born from, "the forbidden love between a one-legged trapeze artist and a retired communist party official turned dancing-ferret trainer." Mr. Leer draws fantastical childlike characters that typically have more than the average number of appendages. They bleed with color, on newspaper print, and are pasted around town (from Amsterdam to New York). Lucky you if you get to see one in the wild.