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November 22, 2013

The Incredible Analog Drawing Machine





Oh my, I am in love with this project by Tobias Gutmann. It's one of the happiest and most creative things I've ever shared here on DA.

The Face-o-mat is a portable drawing booth that Tobias carried around with him 40,000 kilometers through Europe, Africa and Asia, drawing over 700 faces. The booth itself is incredibly designed and built, from the coin slot and style sliders to the clicking carousel of paper simulating a matrix printer. I want to teleport Tobias and his machine over here and have him draw portraits of everyone I know. So cool, especially his unique style of drawing. Enjoy and be sure to watch the video above.

Found via Colossal.

March 18, 2013

Famous Floating Heads



Ben likes to draw buildings on fire, space objects from our favorite movies and often times quirky celebrity portraits. Here are some of my favorite by him and I think he's captured their expressions quite magnificently. Can you name all six popular heads in the comments below?

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October 17, 2012

She Doesn't Even Go Here!

Do you remember in Mean Girls, when Crying Girl just wants to bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles? So many feelings, no place to share them!

Well, these eight lady-pals have a lot of feelings, too. So they decided to collect them all into a rad little zine! Sad Girls features a few of my favourite illustrators, such as Kaye Blegvad and Tuesday Bassen. It's like a cake made of rainbows and smiles, but for your eyes! Haha, maybe not. I don't know. Anyone who's never seen Mean Girls will be wondering what the funk I'm going on about here.

Enough words, bring on the sweet hand-drawn portraits!


February 6, 2012

Milk Does A Sketchbook Good

Portraits made with oil paint, that is what Soey Milk (an artist from Pasadena, California) is best known for, but I wanted to look beneath all of that and showcase the drawings you'd find in her sketchbook.

I think you'll agree, I found them to be just as dramatic and seductive.


October 13, 2011

Night of the Drawn Dead

It's the time of year where all our hearts flutter with fear. It marks the return of The Walking Dead and Zombie Walks all over the world, but nothing will prepare your weak heart for Rob Sacchetto's Zombie Portraits. Rob turns your everyday googly mug into delightfully decaying masterpieces, so that even if you sleep with Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide, you'll still be left shaking with fear beneath your bed.



You can (and should) read the whole process over at Rob's website, but it basically goes a little something like this: First he takes your photograph and draws your likeness with a pencil, which he considers the most crucial part of the whole process. "Likeness is paramount" he says, because "placement, proportion has to be spot on." Rob adds, "It's during this process that I look at light, facial structure and I go about creating a zombie that is still recognizable. I don't use any references, by the way, all this chaos comes from my twisted psyche." He then adds watercolor flesh-tones, which gives it a 'trauma' look and follows it up with ink to highlight all the small details that make his Zombie Portraits so unique. In all, it takes him between 3 to 6 hours to complete a portrait.

See more ghoulish examples below, while you still have a pulse.


July 13, 2011

Giveaway: A Hand-Drawn Portrait of You by Jamie Tao

That's Okat. You may know him as the founder of Doodlers Anonymous. His dark disheveled hair, crazy full beard, distinct eyes and nose - I love capturing it on paper. Like he said, "It's like looking in a mirror, but better."

A face says so much. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved drawing them. My most recent project has been to combine my two favorite things - face and type - to portray a person and the essence of who they are.

This is where the cool part comes in. I'm doing a giveaway. I want to draw you.

For the chance to win a 9"x12" signed, hand-drawn portrait of you, all you have to do is leave a comment below with a quote or phrase that best describes your personality. We'll pick one winner based on the quotes submitted. (This quote/phrase will be incorporated into your portrait.The winner will also have to send us a photo of themselves.)

The winner(s) have been chosen!

With over 70 comments, it was difficult to choose just one winner, so instead I chose two. Good on you. :) Congrats to Josh LaFayette ("My favorite hobby is breakfast.") and Ellie Kneeland ("...like an octopus on roller skates"). Please send over a close-up photo of you so I can see all the details of your wonderful faces.

Thanks for everyone's participation. What a fun way to get to know our members!


And keep on the lookout! We're making these hand-drawn portraits available for purchase in our shop very soon, so you can order your very own.


February 14, 2011

Raindrops, Cats & Hearts

Dorset, England's Heidi M is quite gracious. She's eager to share her process and what makes her "tingle and buzz with creativity." Take her up on the offer: peek into her sketchbook where she's developing characters for a new story, and take a gander at her hand-painted greeting cards, including one of Frida Kahlo. You’ll fancy Heidi’s
pencil-sketched watercolor portraits. They’re pretty and polite.




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