Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Blog-on-Blog Action

If you are Facebook-friendly, Blogged has a running compilation of reviews of the top drawing blogs in the current mix.

For the FB-hostile, here's the Blogged list of drawing and illustration faves.

Both are an excellent way to navigate the ever-expanding flow of goodness (and not-so-goodness).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thanks to Jane Nodine for sharing this video of Jeri Ledbetter in conversation about observation, reaction, and image making.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cut as Line, Arboreal Version

Thank you, Craig Crossley, for sharing these gorgeous bits of cut line work, executed on leaves. See more at Lorenzo Duran's website.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012 - October Deadline

Art House Co-op is doing it again - last year's tour featured 10,000 unique hand-drawn sketchbooks, globally made, compiled in grand style. Join in for the 2012 round by signing up by October 31st - $25 gets you a blank sketchbook and a spot on the tour and in the archives. Finish your sketchbook and post it back to Brooklyn by January 31; the tour begins in April.

Full registration details and project info can be found here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Direct from State Lunatic Asylum No. Three...

The Electric Pencil Drawings were rescued from a Missouri trash heap in 1970, but date back to the early 1900s. 142 drawings, bound in a hand-made book, have found their way into contemporary folk art culture, and give a glimpse into a sustained impulse to recollect, record, and imagine.

The identity of the Electric Pencil has yet to be discovered.

Thank you, Ellen Zev Siebers, for the link!

DRAW International

I had the extreme pleasure of spending a month this summer at DRAW International, a residency centre dedicated to intensive drawing practice and research. Located in Caylus, a small medieval village in southwest France, the centre is run by John and Grete McNorton, two artists and educators who understand the value of experimentation and sustained focus in the studio.

Their website profiles the work of the residents and of the centre, including how to submit an application for a residency -

A sample of the work I did while in Caylus is here.

Wall of Fame

So I have never quite mastered the art of drawing with my index finger pushing on the Mac trackpad, but this inspires me to try (or to just use a proper mouse, or get a stylus!).

Wall of Fame is a sprawling, real-time, collaborative drawing which lets you draw with (and on top of) others on-line, using a range of Edding markers. The sound effects alone are worth the visit! Thank you Kathy O'Connell for the link! And let it be noted that the image is but a wee sliver of all there is to see... it doth sprawl!