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June 28, 2015

More Illustrated Travel Journals: Анастасия Кардашова

This weekend, I experimented with a set of Prismacolor markers I received as a gift several months ago. My experience inspired me to look for more work in the same vein, and in my search I discovered the diverse portfolio of Анастасия Кардашова. I encourage you to scroll through her Instagram for examples of all kind of different imagery, mediums, and styles.

But for this post, I want to focus on the illustrated travel journal she created from a trip to Venice. I’m now able to relate to the process of working with markers, and I’m fascinated by how the colors are applied in these sketches. The irreversible strokes of markers made me very cautious about where to place my own strokes, afraid that I would make them too wide, too saturated, etc. Анастасия employs a style of layering vertical strokes to create a really interesting and effective way to apply color without just solidly filling an entire space. I also like her selective choice of white space. When viewing this journal I feel like Анастасия is telling me about her trip, and as she proceeds with the descriptions, the color creeps in. Not every moment of the trip is explained in detail, and therefore suggested in the negative spaces.

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May 18, 2015

Barcelona, 365

I'm in the mood for some sight-seeing today. I took a quick tour around Barcelona through the sketchbook of Òscar Julve. He is an illustrator from Spain who challenged himself to draw his city for an entire year. Barcelona, 365 is the well-chosen titled for his blog. I really enjoy seeing artists set specific motivational challenges for themselves to get sketching, even if it's an idea as simple as doodling your way through your hometown. It's easy to get caught in the details when sketching something right in front of you, but Julve's talented hands stick to creating rough sketches out of thin lines that evocatively capture the ambiance of Barcelona's corners.

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April 6, 2015

Scenic Side of a Comic Artist

David Newbold's website, Twitter, and Imgur are filled with countless pages of comics and graphic novels. While these are stunningly rendered, I was immediately more captivated by his observational sketches. He uses walnut ink to create beautiful, sprawling, intricately detailed sketches while traveling throughout the world. In their sepia tone, they feel like a memory.

Newbold's skill with ink is exceptional. He brings out incredible detail in the foreground, creates shadow and texture with well-placed strokes, and paints appropriately subtle backgrounds. I’m completely envious of his confidence with ink!

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April 1, 2015

Illustrated Travel Journals

Chris Buchholz has mastered something I aspire to create myself: the illustrated travel journal. He's had the opportunity to do a good amount of travel, and his experiences spill out brilliantly onto the pages of his sketchbooks, accompanied by written reflection. Chris's sketchbook is his constant companion as he travels through and lives in these different places. The images you see here are his time spent in the Dominican Republic and Italy. The drawings themselves are bright and beautiful, especially when seeing them on such simple a canvas as a sketchbook.

Chris's technique with line and color brings the viewer into the experience: you can feel how hot it is in the DR, and how delicious a super fria cerveza would be at midday. Furthermore, you can taste how fresh the fruit is at the Italian market.

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January 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: He Doodles All Over Travel Passports and They Still Work!

We've been obsessed with Léonard Combier's doodles ever since he first messaged us about his art and an image of an inked up passport blew our minds, so it's incredibly exciting to finally share these exclusive images with you!

Sometimes Doodle Addicts find themselves in a pinch where there's no paper in reach, and that's when those of us who are in too deep start reaching for anything nearby that could possibly work. Léonard Combier, a 24 year old French illustrator enjoying life in Berlin, was bored in class with no paper to doodle on. A friend of his had their passport in their pocket, so Combier asked them if he could draw something on it. Like a good friend, they were excited about the idea, passed their passport over to him, and let Combier run wild with it. Combier liked the result so much that he continued to reach for different people's passports.

Does doodling on your passport cause an issue at the airport? Apparently not. These are not expired passports, and the original owners went on to travel abroad with them even after they've been drawn on. Combier assured me that his friends have crossed many countries, including the US, with their inked-up passports. They say customs officers usually look closely at the drawings, thinking it's part of the printed design of the passport, before they realize it's hand drawn—and they really like it!

When I asked the artist if it feels strange drawing on someone's passport, Combier said, "In a way it's better than drawing on a normal sheet of paper. All the little patterns that are already on the passport give more relief to my drawings. It's very funny to play with all the visas, the stamps, to write little messages that will be read by the custom officers, sometimes even a bit provocative. It's also very nice to know that the owner of the passport will have my drawing within reach for ten years, on an official document. A bit like a tattoo."

If you're in Berlin, own a valid passport and want a drawing, don't hesitate to send a message (and a Like) on Léonard Combier's Facebook page.

December 12, 2014

Sketchbook: A Year in Jerusalem

Ever feel homesick for a place you're not even from? I never visited Jerusalem, but these drawings feel like old memories of somewhere I haven't been yet. The artist is Vincent Mahé, a Parisian who spent a year in Jerusalem and brought it back with him in a sketchbook. His sketches include the big touristy sites everyone knows, but also the empty streetsides and tops of buildings that you don't normally see in photos. There's something captivating about the simple lines—-the way he creates shadows with them, the way the drawing seamlessly becomes less detailed the further away from the focus point.

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November 13, 2014

A Whole New World

You’ve seen countless pictures of these worldwide monuments before, but none quite like this. Himanshu Agrawal shows you the world through his eyes by doodling on manipulated photos of iconic landmarks in his Archi-Fracture series, making them seem like something new.

It’s a shame that photos of incredible places can start to seem mundane after you've been overexposed to them, so seeing Agrawal bring new life and humor to these places is the kick I needed to appreciate how awesome these sites actually are.

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