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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 5

BFFs! Today’s challenge was to draw your best friend. I drew Adam, obviously.

Steven and Benji drew their wives! Looks like we’re doing something right.

Tomorrows challenge: draw your favorite character from a book (only books that have NOT been made into movies…because then we’d just end up drawing celebrities or other cartoons). If you want to share your drawing on my blog, just email it to me by midnight tonight to hi@allisonlehman.com. Happy drawing!


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Pinterest Logo Update

I spend a lot of time all of my time on Pinterest. If you don’t have Pinterest, comment below and I’ll try to send you an invitation. Seriously, you need to be on it. Anyways, they recently updated their logo and I absolutely love it. Here it is before, along with a sketch/graphic during the process:

“We needed something that seemed casual, but that also carried signs of careful craft. It was important to sense the touch of the hand in the forms, but to stay subtle. We also wanted it to carry a feeling of nostalgia, without seeming retro. The need for contemporariness drove many of the initial experiments, where I played with fully upright scripts, and tuned down the range of line weight variance. The bolder type also served well under the ever-present logistical issue that the logo would be seen almost exclusively on screens at only a few pixels tall, where small details don’t translate well.”

-Pulled from their blog, read the entire post here

The new logo (above) is great and I smile every time I log on. Oh wait…I’m always logged on.

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 4

Today’s challenge: draw your favorite place. My favorite place? Any art museum. Whether it’s a local museum, the MOMA, or the Met…I love it.

Steven loves Disney!

Benji loves the arcade!

Christopher sent in his drawing and I have to admit…my bed probably comes in second place. I love sleeping. And I love his drawing.

If you’d like to participate tomorrow, the challenge is: draw your best friend! If you want your drawing to be included in my post tomorrow, just email me at hi@allisonlehman.com by midnight tonight. And if you’re participating on your own blog, don’t forget to link to it in a comment on any of these posts. Happy drawing!


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Drawing on the Mind

With this whole 30 Day Drawing Challenge…I realized that I could just do the challenge (crappy drawings and all) or I could really try to create a style within my sketches. I am by no means an illustrator but as a designer I think it’s important to be able to convey your ideas on paper with your own hand. Here are a few that I admire:

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 3

Cookies? Pizza? Pad Thai? What’s your favorite food? Mine’s sushi. Any kind really, I’m not picky. I decided that I really loved the boldness of Steven’s drawings so I used my handy dandy Sharpie (no bleed) marker. See? I’m learning already.

Steven went with nachos. Yum!

And I’d like to introduce Benji and Shari! They submitted their drawings last night. Benji went with sushi vs pizza.

And Shari went with sushi too! Looks like sushi is a crowd favorite.

Love seeing more people taking on the challenge as the first few days go by. Tomorrow’s challenge: favorite place. For a list of the full month, click here. If you want your drawing to be featured on my blog tomorrow, just email me at hi@allisonlehman.com by midnight EST tonight!

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Daily Occurrences (Weekend Style)

A few shots from this past weekend. Sadly, we weren’t able to go up to Chicago as planned. Adam’s car got hit awhile ago and the person drove off without giving us their information and my car’s breaks suddenly needed fixing. Of course, it seems like when one of our vehicles has an issue…the other one gets jealous and starts acting up. Oh well, we’re rescheduling our trip for this month and instead we had a lazy weekend at home. Saturday was the first day in awhile without any signs of rain and so we threw open the windows and spent a lot of time outside in the sun. Sunday was just as lazy although I did work out. I’m doing P90X and I had a bit of a traumatic experience. I hooked up the bands to the top of the door to do the pseudo chin ups and since the door wasn’t completely shut…the entire band flew back and hit me in the face. Yes, I cried. Desh was attentive to me the rest of the day. I think he worries about me.

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 2

It’s day 2 of my 30 Day Drawing Challenge and today’s drawing is: your favorite animal. I’ve always loved dolphins and even did a lovely project on them in 3rd grade.

I freakin’ love Steven’s hippo drawing. I think my dolphin and his hippo would be friends in real life.

The reason I loved the idea of others sharing their drawings is because its fun to see other styles. I love Steven’s bold lines that you don’t get with a pencil after scanning something in. I’ve realized how long it’s been since I’ve drawn anything other than type. Tomorrow’s challenge: your favorite food. If you’d like your drawing to be included in my post tomorrow, send me an email at collaborate@allisonlehman.com by midnight EST.

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Monday Link Love

– I want to make these homemade tortilla chips and these lime cilantro sweet potatoes.

– The Closet Visit films are lovely and, of course, the typography grabbed my attention.

– I’ve bookmarked this talk that Tina Fey gave to Google. Has anyone watched it yet?

– Foil stamping AND the color teal? Heck yes! The Montreux Café Identity System is lovely.

Sharon recently posted this blog post featuring a few videos by past ADC Young Guns winners. Love them.

– I’ve been recently mesmerized by all things space, moon and constellations. I love the photo above (found on Pinterest but only linked to Tumblr.com) and I also just bought this print over on AGC916’s shop on Etsy.

This idea for a wedding guestbook is adorable. Have your guests write their birthdays in a full year calendar! Although-then you would have no excuse to send a card.

– I need these shoes.

– How amazing are these lamps. I want one in every color.


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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 1

Happy May Day! Today marks the first day in my 30 Day Drawing Challenge and I’m pretty excited! Steven Stevens, a designer and illustrator located in Oregon, will be sharing his drawings here daily too. Today’s drawing: draw yourself!

If you’re interested in sharing your drawings here on my blog, just email them to me the night before to collaborate@allisonlehman.com and I’ll include yours! And if you’re just participating on your own, let me know by commenting below!