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January 21, 2014

Intricate Hand-Drawn Flowers Direct from Olka's Sketchbooks

I just stumbled upon the nature doodles of Ukraine designer and illustrator Olka and had to share them with you. I'm not normally into this style, but the infinite details caught my attention and they definitely deserve yours. See them in color »


November 4, 2013

Work Made Him Mental



I know absolutely nothing about Ben Thorley except for the following three things. One, he doodles a lot, like everyday all the time and the doodles are mostly of people's faces saying things, sometimes random, sometimes completely relevant. I love them all. Two, he photographs them in weird lighting with odd Hipstamatic photo frames. That part, I'm not a big fan of. Three, he comes from Manchester (UK).

Follow him on Twitter, it's where I discovered him.


March 28, 2013

Beautiful Walls



I'm a longtime fan of David Shillinglaw's art. It's impossible not to be. He's got great instinct when it comes to letters, layers, shapes and colors, and wait until you see what he can do on a concrete wall.

If you've never taken a marker or paint brush to a wall, get off your butt and make it happen this weekend. You must, if simply for the challenge when it comes to size and scale. It's by far my favorite canvas and no one does it better than David.

Below are some of my favorite of his images (including a video of his process).


October 8, 2012

Hellohead Portrait Swap

hellohead was an exhibition held at Cargo London for one night only. 60 top illustrators and designers were randomly paired up to create portraits of each other, and as you can see the results were amazing!







The work was all put on show for the night and a silent auction was held in aid of the National Autistic Society. It looks like it was a great success as they raised over £2,000 for the charity.

The day after the show Zeena Shah and Bread Collective hosted a screen printing and mask-making workshop for children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. I love seeing art used for such positive means, and there's some great photos of the workshop on Bread Collective's website.

September 6, 2012

A Nice Cup of Teagle

I've been getting really into comics lately, and that's probably one of the reasons that Jack Teagle is quickly becoming one of my favourite artists.

I'm told that envy and jealousy are terrible and pointless feelings, so I try my best to lock them away when I look at Jack's work. It would be easy to envy the way everything he does is awesome, or be jealous that he completely nails that elusive combination of a simplistic style and bold colours, or cry that it all seems so effortless (although I'm sure it's not). But I've found the best thing to do is let the awesome insanity of his work whisk you away into his little world for a while, and just be glad that it exists.



Jack seems to churn out work at a crazy pace, and he's been updating his tumblr this week with these new paintings. They're part of a show called Lost Plot at Here Gallery in Bristol, UK. The show opens on September 7th and runs right through to October 6th.

Lost Plot also features work from Liam Barrett, Rose Robbins and Simon Daly. If you'll be in or around Bristol in the next month you should definitely check it out.

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May 17, 2011

Freedom of Mind

I've been following Craig Atkinson's work for as long as I can remember, and yet for some reason I never posted about him on DA. I only realized it this morning when I was catching up with his work on flickr.

Craig draws from the U.K. and he draws a lot. When he's not drawing, he's printing and shipping short-run art publications from the small publishing house he started back in 2005, called Café Royal Books.

Craig sums up sketchbooks perfectly, "…I find sketchbooks a great way to free up from over-considered ideas, and a great way to counteract the exact requirements an art director might have when working commercially." If you have the time, you can flip through his sketchbooks for hours of inspiration and improvised narratives. If you don't, take a look below at some of my favorite pages.


April 12, 2010

I Want More

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way but I am going to make this announcement anyway.

I love flickr as much as I love surprises. And books. And Nutella.

It is so easy to discover so many great pieces of art and the artists behind them. I go on it daily and look forward to new uploads for me to find. Here are a few of my favorite discoveries in the recent past that have kept me happy and motivated. Eye candy ahead, enjoy.

Above is by freshmabrouka.





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