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Sep 24, 2014

Famous Cartoonists Draw Their Iconic Characters... Blindfolded

In 1947, Life magazine asked the some of the most well known cartoonists and comic strip artists to attempt to draw their title characters - faces and lines they'd recreated for years - with a blindfold on. 

The results are pretty fascinating, and surprisingly consistent among the… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

How to Draw: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Designers

Despite advances in technology, most projects still begin where great projects always begin: with a pencil and a piece of paper.… read more

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Aug 30, 2012

Your Beer Drinking Speed: An Illustrated Chart

Christiann MacAuley Sticky Comics drew this humorous and informative little chart exploring and details all the aspects that relate to the relative speed at which you drink your… read more

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Mar 26, 2012

Video: Artist Builds Drawing Bot Out of Hacked Turntables

created at: 03/26/2012

Robert Howsare, an MFA student in printmaking at Ohio University, built his latest work "Drawing Apparatus" out of two garage sale turntables and an various bits of wood and hardware. The results look like the… read more

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Mar 19, 2012

Red Hong's Coffee Cup Ring Drawings

Shanghai artist "Red" Hong Yi, enjoys finding all sorts of interesting ways to draw...without any traditional drawing utensils. She previously created a portrait of NBA icon Yao Ming by bouncing a basketball dipped in paint, and recently perfected a means of using the rings left by a coffee mug.

The results are incredibly detailed, and her ability to find contrast in the color values and intensity is… read more

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Feb 27, 2012

Snow Drawings by Sonja Hinrichsen

I live in a multi-unit urban building, and so share a small yard with three other folks/couples. We have a sidewalk on our street, and a little drive, plus a walkway that unites all of our doors. All concrete, and usually all shoveled when it's snowy out. (By me. You're welcome, guy on the end).

And yet, it never fails. One of my neighbors will walk through the yard when it's snowy out. I have no idea why. One, it gets your shoes unnecessarily wet. Two, it's safer and only takes ten extra seconds to walk on the sidewalk THAT I JUST SHOVELED FOR YOU. But, three, and most… read more

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Dec 05, 2011

Original Artwork...Drawn By Trees?

Artist Tim Knowles has created a series called, "Tree Drawings", in which he connects pens and brushes to the branches of trees, allowing their natural sway in movement in the wind to create the design.

The results are amazing, and quite surprising. Check them out:

created at: 12/05/2011

created at: 12/05/2011

"A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper.  Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree."

Reminds me a bit of the bicycle drawing machine.

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Oct 27, 2011

This is Indexed: Life in Charts on Index Cards

On this dark, rainy fall day, I'm feeling all warm and gooey inside having spent the morning with This is Indexed, a project by Jessica Hagy in which she catalogs life, relationships, and culture in line graphs and Venn diagrams, which she draws each morning.

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Dec 22, 2010

The Biggest Drawing in the World

created at: 12/22/2010Using a GPS-enabled briefcase as a pen, Erik Nordenankar created a self portrait across the face of the entire globe. With the help of DHL, Erik created the 110664 km portrait in 55 days and with a continuous stroke.

Check out the video to see how it was done:… read more

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Dec 03, 2010

Bicycle Drawing Machine

created at: 12/03/2010

Remember that part in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where the candy master hops on that bike, which stirs the "gives it a little kick" solution in the inventing room?

He sings: In springtime, the only pretty ring time; Birds sing, hey ding, a-ding, a-ding; Sweet lovers love the spring

That was always my favorite part. 

Anyway, bikes that do other stuff are cool. Especially this drawing machine bicycle by Joseph… read more

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Nov 09, 2010

How the Wall Street Journal's Famous "Stipple Portraits" Are Created (How-to Included)

Since their debut in 1979, the Wall Street Journal has featured more than 11,000 of their half-column Stipple headcuts. The signature portraits are created today by eight artists, and feature everyone from Hollywood celebrities to world government officials to Santa Claus.

To learn how to create the… read more

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Nov 08, 2010

I'm Taking a Drawing Class (and You Should Too!)

created at: 11/08/2010

On Saturday, I attended the first session of my six-week drawing class. It's my first official creative instruction class since eighth grade. I make, saw, draw, sew, cut, paint, and cook stuff daily, and I haven't had any instruction in fourteen years.

I make my living writing about, creating, and showing other folks how to make art, design things, and craft their way to a more fulfilling life. And I have no official training. I studied humanities in college, and had no room for visual arts coursework. I started my master's degree Ph.D-bound, preparing for a life in academia. 

In short, I'm totally winging it here.

So, I decided to try something new. Instead of just figuring it out myself, I decided to seek some actual instruction, and see where… read more

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Jun 09, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Moleskine Pen Holder

DIY Moleskine Pen HolderEven if you've created your own Moleskine-style notebook, you're still stuck with the eternal problem - how to you stick a pen in this sleek, perfectly compact and engineered stack of pre-inspiration?

Well - you make an external pocket, of course, and Gnat Gnat has created a PDF to show you how to do it.

"Iʼve followed several pen hacks posted online though none have really worked well for me. My Mam came up with the following solution... Big fan of my Mam!

You will need:

  • Approx 4cm wide x 63cm long black elastic ribbon
  •  Use of sewing machine (or someone to sew for you)
  • Black thread, tape measure and scissors… read more
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