It was a sad moment all around when Dandelion was announced to be retiring after 27 years - the bright yellow in Crayola's crayon set. This was decided in order to make room for a new blue shade. *cue sad music* "Our beloved Dandelion decided to announce his retirement early! There’s no taming an adventurous spirit! #NationalCrayonDay" - Crayola This isn't a first-time occurrence for the crayon . . .
Halloween is probably my favourite time of year. It used to be Christmas - now it's a close tie. That's because in Australia, we don't wear funny outfits and roam the streets. Come on. Dress ups, parties, creepy artwork found across Instagram - what's there not to love. Here's me. Here's a collection of wonderful Halloween posts I found while scouring across my Explore feed. From . . .
I came across June Digan during my Instagram stalking a couple of months back and so it was a nice surprise to spot her work on Design You Trust. She's a Manila-based graphic designer and artist who picked up watercolour painting as a “daily therapeutic activity after work” - we all need some of that every now and then. How else would adult colouring books become so extremely popular? The . . .
I went to the Tim Burton exhibition in Shanghai and for those of you who are based in this city, please go and visit it. It's one of my top three all-time favourite exhibitions together with Yayoi Kusama and Cai Guo Qiang. The amount of work that he's created throughout his years is incredible and so inspirational. A smorgasbord of whimsy, creepy and magnificent - all in one place. One of . . .
When things get busy, it's hard to find the time to sit down and start drawing. Once in a while, you need a little inspiration and when I see things like this...it certainly works magic on my motivation. Throughout Angela Chan's notebook are beautifully detailed hand-drawn patterns. There's something about patterns that is so therapeutic...and suddenly the world seems bright and shiny . . .
I love everything about these maps by Brooklyn based illustrator Libby VanderPloeg. Colour, illustration and hand lettering with a touch of whimsy! Her work comes out of her deep affinity for storytelling, music, letterforms, printed ephemera, and wildlife. The illustrations she has created have been featured in Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Out, Condé Nast Traveler & Harper . . .
What do you do when you have an hour to burn before some of your favourite people touchdown in Shanghai? #myhandsneedmorespeed #drawingliketheflash I always heard that according to psychologists, if your friendship lasts past 7 years, it will last forever. I just tried to find scientific proof of this online and in all honesty, the most credible source for this was either Pinterest or . . .
I've discovered a new obsession: HITRECORD. Basically, it's an open-collaborative production company established by Joseph Gordon-Levitt - this innovative community includes over 100,000 artists of all disciplines (writers, ﬁlmmakers, musicians, etc.) adding 250 new members and 2,500+ new pieces of art every day. I have yet to explore it more but my two favourite parts about HITRECORD is . . .
It's easy to see amazing work done by others and brush it off saying that they've always been talented in some way or another. That it's not possible to be as good as they are. Drawing and illustration take a whole lot of hard work. I'm learning that now. After seeing the before and afters of these illustrations really shows you the importance of practice. Pick up your pen and start . . .