23.12.13 by Jeff

Most Active Readers on Booooooom



This is a special message for the Booooooom readers out there who really make running this site a lot of fun. These people regularly post encouraging comments to artists and make an extra effort to engage with each other.  Each month there are literally hundreds of thousands of people lurking around on this site anonymously, which is great, but I created this site to get to know people.

I reached out to Chronicle Books with the idea to reward our most active commenters, and they happily allowed me pick out a book from their catalog to send as a gift.


booooooom top comments readers


The 18 readers listed above have left the most comments since we switched to our new commenting system. Thank you so much for helping me create a real community here. Each one of you will receive a copy of Danielle Krysa’s new book “Creative Block” when it ships in February.

Danielle runs a site called The Jealous Curator and I chose her book because I’m also working on a project about pushing through creative blocks.

I appreciate it when people get actively involved, and do it and for no other reason than to connect with others. If you have any suggestions for growing the community aspects of Booooooom this next year, please leave a comment or tweet your ideas to me.

Merry Christmas, everyone!




Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

    the top 18 has actually changed since i took this screenshot (a testament to how active some of you are!) i had to just pick a day and go with that list.

  • esmone

    I’m actually two of those guys on the list, sometimes I’m logged in via Twitter, other times via Disqus! Haha. But amazing, man, thank you ever so much. :)

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      hahahah that is amazing, what is the other name on the list

      • esmone

        ezequiel blurpenstein! hehe.

    • http://mahmouq.tumblr.com/ Bolla

      This is hillarious hahaha. So cool!

  • http://okasha.daportfolio.com/ Dalton Sjogren

    It’s waaaay flattering to get any appreciation at all for something I actively look forward to doing! I’m still trying to figure out who I am as an artist (On top of all the frustrations an art career can bring anyways) and your site is easily my favorite place to go to get re-inspired. So, in more than one way now, I’m extremely grateful for the work you’ve poured into this site. So thank you!!!

    P.S. I’m still guilty of lurking most the time, but I expect that will change now. Not out of obligation, but to help play a small part in keeping a great thing going.

    Thanks Jeff!

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      always look forward to reading your comments Dalton, the site is better with you here!

  • http://www.shaunkardinal.com Shaun Kardinal

    *high fives errbody

    • http://drea.ca/ drea

      Hoorah! High fives for all!

  • rye

    had to reactivate my account since i forgot the pw couple months ago. can’t not comment on this lol. all i gotta say is:

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      hahah make sure you answer my email so you get the book!

  • the jealous curator

    wow! thanks so much jeff… i’m soooooo honored that my book is the reward ; ) xo (can’t wait to see what your creative block project is!!!)

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      Merry Christmas Danielle. Cant wait to see the book it sounds great!

      • the jealous curator

        merry christmas to you too! and thanks – i hope you like it! : )

  • http://mahmouq.tumblr.com/ Bolla

    It feels great to be receiving this sort of recognition, let alone be acknowledged a member of this rad community!! Thank you Jeff, Booooooomers, and to everyone who’s work has been featured on the site… For years, you’ve been the source of miles and miles of unparalleled inspiration and good community. Cheers everyone!

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      Appreciate having you around! Happy to give a small token back


    This is AWESOME! Jeff you rock!

  • http://danielphipps.tumblr.com/ Mokasi

    Super Christmas surprise.

    Cheers Jeff

    Hive fives yeeeeeeer! :)

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      merry christmas man!

  • cck1

    I get to comment on how I comment (most of those comments are in hopes of winning something- and now its paid off) haha! Thanks so much Jeff, this remains the first site I visit each day when I need an update and inspiration from the art world and it never disappoints. Thankyouthankyouthankyou

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      hahah you have won through sheer brute force lol well done. happy to reward you!

  • phoebe

    I’ve enjoyed the amazing content on your blog for years, but never commented until today. Thanks for continuing to discover and share great art with the world. Happy New Year, Jeff!

  • http://www.gerhardhuman.com/ Gerhard Human

    Whoohooo! Thanks Jeff!

  • Aaron Bumgarner

    I love your site. I am almost a month behind in my blogfeed – sorry my comments are always super late. Haha.

26.11.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Andrew Hem


Paintings by the god, Andrew Hem. More images below.

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Artist Spotlight: Martine Johanna


Paintings by Dutch artist Martine Johanna. More images below.

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26.11.15 by Jeff

The Hateful Eight Roadshow


Director Quentin Tarantino and cinematographer Bob Richardson wanted their latest film, The Hateful Eight, to be the eleventh film ever to be shot in Ultra Panavision (as wide as widescreen gets) and with the help of the film company they were able to pull it off.

The Hateful Eight will be projected in 70mm in select theatres on Christmas day as a good old fashioned roadshow, meaning it will feature an overture, intermission, playbill, and extra footage!

Watch the featurette below and start the countdown.

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25.11.15 by Jeff

Free Learning of the Day: Skillshare Classes

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This is for all you aspiring photographers, illustrators, and type designers out there! We’ve teamed up with Skillshare to offer you 1 month of unlimited access to all their creative classes, for $0. Free. You can sign up here for a premium account: Booooooom + Skillshare 30-day extended trial.

I’ve been personally trying out some of their classes and I just blazed through this great class on designing a single letter: “One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time” by the amazing Jessica Hische (I’ll always refer to her as the one who did that fantastic Moonrise Kingdom type). She has so many useful tips in this, especially when she talks about properly using handlebars and plotting points in Illustrator.

From what I’ve seen so far these classes are a great way to brush up on something you may have learned a long time ago or a chance to learn something completely new. Full disclosure: Skillshare did not pay us to make this post, however if you sign up through this link it will support our site! Absolutely no pressure to do so – I still recommend their site as a worthwhile resource even if you don’t use our link!

You can watch a preview of Jessica Hische’s class below!

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25.11.15 by Jeff

This Pop-Up Book Folds into a Functioning Camera!


After numerous prototypes, Kelli Anderson perfected a sequence of cuts and folds that could turn an ordinary piece of paper into a fully functional camera. The Book is a Camera is the ultimate pop-up experience: a book that not only explains how cameras work but actually becomes one!

The coolest part is you can support Kelli and purchase the book here but she specifically designed her pinhole camera under a Creative Commons share-alike license so you can also download the template yourself, build it, examine it, and use the knowledge to even make your own variant!

Kelli and I both spoke at Blend here in Vancouver and her talk was one of my favourites. She spoke about a wide variety of her past work including her counterfeit New York Times newspaper (she produced hundreds of thousands of copies and distributed it on the streets of New York), her amazing stop-motion tribute to the Eameses’ iconic film “Power of Ten” using images sourced from Google Images, and her paper record player/wedding invitations.

She’s the kinda person it’s almost hard to write about because she’s doing so many wildly different things. She’s currently working on a music video so stayed tuned for that!

More images and a video of her book/camera below!

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