I think it's safe to say that as artists we are always looking for a reason to draw -- something that will inspire us to take pencil to paper and draw on the mockingly bright white sheet. San Francisco based artist Jessica Wassil found it in the brutally real and often obnoxious voices of anonymous Yelp reviewers. She makes colorful drawings of the original review and rating and posts them to her blog weekly. After visiting Yelp Yack, you'll never read another review the same way.
Here are some recent findings of Doodlers Anonymous out in the wild…
The winter issue of Anorak Magazine has been published. It features tons of colorful and playful illustrations around the theme of books, and best of all, there's a spread (see above) highlighting some of the wonderful submissions* to the Doodlers Anonymous Balloon Showcase. Go on and get yourself a copy »
Also noteworthy is this sweet review of our website, written and drawn by Emmi Ojala for SUPERSWEET Magazine. So many good quotes in there…
"On the DA website, creativity gets contagious and you’ll be dying to draw before your mouse has said “click” (or if not, be happy for having one addiction less)." -- The Cure To Those Suffering For Art
Thanks to all of you for the love and support. Doodle on…
* Print Correction: In the Anorak Magazine spread there's a submission that was incorrectly credited. The doodled balloon of an Owl Ornament was drawn by Cheryl Smith. Hoot, hoot, sorry for the misprint.
Oh my, oh my, this book review is long over-due. This morning I was at Office Depot buying extremely over-priced Post-it notes when I remembered one of my favorite doodlers, Mr. Marc Johns.
Marc creates drawings, and quite often they land on yellow sticky notes. Those are my favorite of his work, because they are quick, down-n-dirty, quirky doodles filled with insight and humor.
His book, Serious Drawings, is loaded with art and scribbles that will make you smile on every page turn. It's seriously been on my coffee table for over a year and is almost always being flipped through by someone. Get a copy today, and you'll make a new friend.
Last month, I was in New York for the day and found myself browsing through the books at Anthropologie. As usual, I briefly glanced through the clothes (don't get me wrong, I do love clothes), but then I would stop and flip through every single book I found in front of me.
The book, "More Than Words: Illustrated Letters From The Smithsonian's Archive of American Art" by Liza Kirwin was a gem of a find. The right words will always find its way to someone but when these words are accompanied by a doodle or drawing....
Sigh. So much greater.
I urge you to get this book. It is a beautiful compilation of personal letters by some of the most revered artists, each one decorated with an intimate illustration. Together with their words, they become autobiographical works of art revealing the joys and successes, loves and longings, disappointments and frustrations of their authors' lives.