If you don't know the work of Julia Rothman, you better get to it. I've been a fan of her work for as long as I can remember, from her lovely hand-drawn patterns to her sketchbook pages of intricate drawn buildings. She's also authored and illustrated some of my favorite books, like Drawn In and Hello NY. And now she's released another book to rival all the others.
Nature Anatomy is 224 pages of hand-drawn goodness and features tons of drawings, diagrams, and dissections from the natural world. Julia takes us on a visual tour of trees, birds, insects, animals, wildflowers, ecosystems, and so much more.
You'll want this book and we've got one to giveaway.
To be in the running, just leave a comment on this blog post with your single favorite thing to draw from nature. We'll pick a random winner from the hat. Comments close July 6th (Monday) at 11am Eastern. Good luck everyone... and for those of you that can't wait, you can get your hands on the book today on Amazon.
UPDATE: We have a winner! We randomly pulled a name from the hat and... congrats to Catharine Mi-Sook! Your copy of the book will be mailed out this week. Enjoy and thank you all for participating.
(above by Nicole Ray)
I wanted to take a second today to talk about one of DA's favorite sponsors. Fish Indie is a really great ad network we're a part of that helps artists and crafters stand out when trying to sell their work online. All you need to do is paste a link from your Etsy shop, and Fish Indie takes it from there. In seconds your banner is automatically generated for you with your product's image, description, and price. Your ad instantly goes live across Doodlers Anonymous and other fellow sites, like Illustration Friday, Brown Paper Bag, and Pikaland. It's a totally stress-free way to have your Etsy shop seen by an audience relevant to you.
Here are some talented artists that we wouldn't have discovered if they weren't on Fish Indie:
To the Moon and Back by Sarah Trumbauer
Soul Biology by Ursula Hart
Lola by Nicole Canovas
Ice Cream Print by The Midnight Rabbit
Lush by Nati
Day of the Dead Skull by Emily Wegener
Sleepy Hedgehog Illustration by Ucuspucus
Sarah Nicolas Williams was born in the wilderness of Vermont and raised in Virginia's Shenandoah valley. The woods of her childhood seep into her graceful indian ink and watercolor vignettes and blur the boundaries of her backyard. Sophisticated woodland animals in polished brass buttons enjoy a slice of cherry pie, or recline on a moonlit hammock, with the utmost civility. Soothing images of nature in repose. Brought to you, brought to me, by UncommonGoods.
Mirror, mirror on the wall... who will be the winner of them all? DA showcase challenge #19 tasks you to doodle yourself. Draw a spot-on likeness of your image or a more creative, interpretative self-portrait. Either way we want to see what stares back at you when you peer through the looking glass.
And holy smokes! Did we mention? The winner of this challenge gets a $250 Michaels giftcard. Oh, the creative damage one could do with that! I'm dreaming of one of those mini shopping carts piled high. Deadline June 26th. Read on for complete details »
The Essential Draw showcase challenge is over. We have a winner, but before I get into congratulating them I'd like to share some really cool news I just received courtesy of our sponsor. The awesome folks at TOM BIHN appreciated your "essential" doodles so much that they'd like to offer all of you that participated a limited edition Organizer Pouch in exchange for your drawing. Mail your doodle, along with your return address to:
TOM BIHN Attention: Doodles 4750A Ohio Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
and they'll send you the Organizer Pouch. The really cool part: your doodles will be put on permanent display in their Seattle factory. Amazing!
A round of applause to all 70 of you, with a special cheer to Mr. Ramsey O'Brien who took the top spot with 64 of your votes (his submission above). Cheers! Now sharpen those pencils and ready those pens, we've got another sweet challenge going live next week. Subscribe to our RSS and Twitter feed for updates.
Adrienne Vita's ink, watercolor, acrylic and gouache illustrations capture and promote everything good and true -- coexistence, wanderlust, individuality, friendship and family. Her beautiful menagerie of wild animals are seeped in color and pattern-- they're warm and bright and comforting in image and message. Adrienne says each piece comes from her intuition and meditations. Viewers can't help but become admirers, and admirers can't help but feel a sense of peace. Thank you to UncommonGoods for making the acquaintance.
Red lips, rouged cheeks, and that certain je ne sais quoi that is oh-so-French, Valerie Galloway's giclee prints capture the glamor and spirit of post-war Paris. Saturated in pattern and charm and the pull of delicate nostalgia, you can almost see the yellowed, worn-edged family photos which inspired her. What an uncommon find I just discovered at UncommonGoods.