02.04.15 by Jeff

Dear Data: A Fascinating Year-Long Hand-Drawn Data Visualisation Project


Designers Giorgia Lupi (New York) and Stefanie Posavec (London) recently launched a fascinating postcard project called Dear Data. Each week the two data artists measure one aspect of their daily lives and then represent that information with a drawing on a postcard. Every Monday they put their postcards into the mail to journey across the ocean to the other and begin collecting data for the next postcard. Having only met twice in person, this project is as much about the two of them getting to know one another as it is about finding creative ways to record details of their own lives.

There are so many interesting details in the notes they make for each other; instructions on how to decode the often extremely abstract ways they’ve represented their findings, as well as little tidbits about their day. The topics they choose for each week vary from people and purchases they make to emotions and the number of times they look at themselves in a mirror or window.

I love the analog and imperfect nature of the project; I think it makes the idea of data visualisation more accessible. I’ve included a bunch of their postcards below. Head over to their site to see larger images (they’re worth reading).

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27.03.15 by Jeff

Craftsy: Drawing The Human Face


This week our sponsor is Craftsy, a resource for downloadable guides and online courses for aspiring artists looking to pick up some fundamentals. If you never went to art school this might be helpful for you. They’re currently offering a free downloadable eGuide on “Drawing the Human Face”.

The eGuide gives you tips for things like drawing hair, placing facial features, and adding a little life to eyes. If you’re interested: Download the eGuide for free.


17.03.15 by Jeff

Artist: Stephanie Mah


Drawings by Stephanie Mah, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Found via our Monthly Reader Submissions. More images below.

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09.03.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Morphogenetic Freehand Etchings By Artist John Franzen


A couple years ago I posted about artist John Franzen’s “Each Line One Breath” – morphogenetic freehand drawings. In the years since he has begun drawing into 2mm black coated copper and brass plates with a needle, creating gorgeous etchings, from which he produces a small series of discharge prints.

His meditative drawing process starts a single straight line from the top of the plate to the bottom, which is followed by an attempt to copy that line as precisely as possible. Each subsequent line results in a slight straying from the original line, exaggerating the original imperfections. His breathing controls the line, and the line also controls his breathing, it is incredible to watch. See the videos below.

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20.01.15 by Jeff

Fumi Mini Nakamura


Incredible graphite and ink drawings by New York-based artist Fumi Mini Nakamura. Love these so much. More images below.

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29.12.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Sythe “Just You”


Another lo-fi chilled out video animated by Tim Hoyle aka El Tacodor, this time for Vancouver-based Sythe. Watch the video below.

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17.12.14 by Jeff

Animation of the Day: Skateboard Cool Guy


Love this hand-drawn animation by Evan Red Borja, he perfectly captures the movement of skateboarding. Watch “Skateboard Cool Guy” below.

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04.12.14 by Jeff

Craftsy: Portrait Drawing Class


Once again our sponsor this week is Craftsy which provides resources for creatives in the form of videos and tutorials. We’ve teamed up to offer a Free Portrait Drawing Class that teaches you how to capture a likeness; things like mapping the face, refining shapes, and drawing different variations. This is worth checking out if you want to pick up some fundamentals, the best part being the fact that it costs nothing.

Sign up for the free class Draw Better Portraits: Capturing Likeness.