We know these aren't exactly doodles, but the illustrated sculptures of French artist Gilbert Legrand are too fun not to share. He has been working in Toulouse for 20 whole years, dividing his time between designing characters and book covers, and using everyday household objects as the canvas for his illustrations. Legrand takes ordinary junk and transforms it into extraordinary characters by using a wide array of different materials like wire, wood, paint, and nails to defy your expectations. It takes an impressive imagination to look at stuff you use on a daily basis and still manage to draw some fresh, exciting inspiration from it. I stared at the above mouse for a while, so absorbed by the character illustrated that it took me a while to even figure out it was drawn on a hanger.
Many of his sculptures have a poetic, humorous twist to them, like the waiter made from a corkscrew who is carrying a bottle of wine on his tray or the lovers embracing on scissors. I had a lot of fun scrolling through his work and appreciating the way he can transform the most mundane objects into unexpected sources of delight.
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.