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February 28, 2015

Drawing Across Used Journal Pages

A little bird told me about an upcoming exhibition in London featuring Fran Giffard's body of work that layers the wild over the domestic. After she filled up her personal moleskine journal with writing, Giffard did some repurposing and began to paint birds over all of its used pages with aquarelle, gouache, and graphite pencil. The result is a vivid safari adventure through an unexpectedly personal landscape.



While birdwatching, I caught sight of wedding dates, grocery lists, vacation plans, even diary entries. Weirdly intimate information about a stranger, which makes me feel like I’m flipping through something I know I shouldn’t be looking at. Sometimes the birds are painted alongside the text, carefully leaving the words unobscured. Other times, their plumage covers entire chunks of writing and I realize how nosy I am being trying to read someone else's journal. That's something you're not supposed to do, isn't it? Too bad, because I can't look away. See more »


February 26, 2015

Blast Off to Negative Space



I love this series of drawings because they're all about space - both literally in subject, and in design -- through the use of negative space.

These illustrated intergalactic adventures are both dense and airy. The intense and compact scribbled lines are broken up and interplay with the space left blank.

The drawings, depicting an astronaut killing time in space, are more surreal and witty than appear at first glance. Vacuuming the stars like dust, a paint bucket labeled "cosmos"—I can't help but smile at the playfulness. See more illustrations like these (and not like these--he draws plenty of stuff other than astronauts) in P3T3 B3's sketchbook. Even his name is futuristic, how fitting! See more »

February 24, 2015

Member Spotlight: Marie Lemaistre



I love it when I click through the members of our community and discover someone's work that really catches my attention.

Like many of us, Marie Lemaistre finds inspiration in films, cartoons, the music in the streets, and in her dreams. Her take on drawing is to keep a spontaneous expression of ideas, emotions and imagination going, while simultaneously trying not to censor or hesitate along the way. It works wonders in her illustrations and is just the right philosophy for any doodler out there.


February 17, 2015

Sketching in Series



These sketchbooks are sending me on an adventure. I’m like a paleontologist unearthing gorgeous sea fossils… and… occasionally gorgeous girls. Partly a journal of zoological specimens and partly beauty magazine, Tavo Montañez’ meticulous black lines make it all come together so well I didn’t even question it. He inked up four entire sketchbooks full of cool spreads with his out of control doodling, you can scroll through the whole series on his site or see some of our favorites below.


February 5, 2015

I've Got a Blank Space



Omar Chamorro C. doodles between the lines. His drawings are entirely composed of countless tiny straight black lines squeezing and flowing together to create striking silhouettes. The amount of detail it must take to create one of these is surprising considering that the subjects lie in the negative space, the part of the page with the least detail. You need to see the images in high detail on Omar's blog. Go!


February 2, 2015

Typing with Pencils

Rylsee loves letters. They’re on his mind all day long judging by the way his sketchbook have nothing else drawn in them. I often spend all day staring at letters too—on paper or on a screen—but never thought about them like this. His sketchbook is playful, funny, and often interactive and now that I've been staring at his hand drawn type for a while, I'm starting to develop a fixation on them as well.

Follow @rylsee on instagram if his obsession with letters is rubbing off on you too.


January 28, 2015

Spending 2.5 Hours In a Sketchbook



I've always thought that a handy formula for creative success (on any given project) is to give yourself specific constraints to work through. Having limits to work around often kickstarts your creative momentum, and the results can be fantastic. Indian artist Vishnu M Nair bought a small red sketchbook and decided to fill all the pages in one sitting. By the time he reached the back cover of his brand new sketchbook, Vishnu had created 29 illustrations in about 2 hours. NICE.

Maybe some of you doodlers out there should take this challenge on next time you feel the intimidating stare of the blank page.





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