Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
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Monday, March 6, 2006


Posted by Charley Parker at 8:21 am

Drawn!I’m sure many of you are familiar with Drawn!, but if not, it’s a blog that would be of interest to almost anyone who reads lines and colors.

Although it bills itself as “The Illustration blog”, Drawn! actually covers a wide range of visual arts, including many of the categories covered by lines and colors: cartooning, comics, drawing and motion design, in addition to illustration.

The emphasis and approach are different, though, and you may find the two blogs nicely complimentary.

While lines and colors places an emphasis on traditional technique and classical draughtsmanship and leans toward realism and realist styles, Drawn! is into the new, modern, hip and more highly stylized artists. Their emphasis is on what’s fresh and what’s current, (although they do pay their respects to the classics).

Unlike lines and colors, which depends on the efforts of your humble writer to produce one (hopefully thoughtful) post a day, Drawn! is collaborative, drawing on a roster of talented illustrators and artists, each with their own discoveries to share and their own knowledge and experience to add to the mix. Drawn! is updated more frequently than lines and colors; new short posts are often added two or three times a day. The ability to add multiple posts per day and to leverage the network of many contributors allows Drawn! to act as a news source in addition to the “What’s cool” aspect.

Drawn! turned one year old on Saturday, and their frequent updating has produced a nice big archive of goodies to look through. The sidebar features a long rotating list of “Random Creative Blogs” in addition to a more steady lst of “More Inspiration”.

Don’t miss the page devoted to the Drawn! contributors that has brief descriptions of them and links to their individual web sites, portfolios, webcomics and blogs. In particular, founding contributor and principlal driving force John Martz has a blog at that has been running considerably longer than Drawn!.

Drawn! was nominated for a Bloggie this year as “Best New Weblog”. (Winners should be announced sometime in March.)

Drawn! has recently added a Discussion Forum, with a variery of topics of interest to illustrators, cartoonists, comics artists and draw-ers of all stripes.

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  1. Pingback by Drawn! The Illustration Blog » Blog Archive » Lines and Colors
    Monday, March 6, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    [...] Lines and Colors, another great blog devoted to art and illustration has written up a nice feature on Drawn! on the occasion of our first birthday, and to return the favour, I recommend you go check out Lines and Colors. [...]

  2. Comment by Francisco
    Wednesday, March 8, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    really a great blog, with very high quality content.

  3. Comment by Jeope
    Friday, March 10, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    Nice digs! I come visiting from your cross-reference with Drawn! and saw some nice stuff. The Drawn! discussion forum has got a nice vibe to it so far; very relaxed and professional at the same time.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, March 10, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the comments.

    Yes, the Drawn! forum and community discussions seem to be shaping up into something worthwhile. I’ve been meaning to pop in more often.

  5. Pingback by Kicking Over My Traces » Some Links from Drawn!
    Sunday, March 12, 2006 @ 8:04 pm

    [...] Lines and Colors, a blog similar in theme to Drawn! Technorati tags: [...]

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