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Give art a chance

There are some blogs that transcend every other definition of blog you’ve seen before. You might call it beautiful, even if you never thought you’d use that word for anything on the Internet.

art and culture Updated: Jul 13, 2010 14:19 IST
meenakshi reddy madhavan

There are some blogs that transcend every other definition of blog you’ve seen before. These are the kind of blogs you might call beautiful, even if you never thought you’d use that word for anything on the Internet.

There are webcomics and there are illustration blogs. They’re as different from each other as say, Old Monk and a very fine wine.

Outlet for your art
Anyway, today I'm going to be looking at two illustration blogs that are quite simply done but still take my breath away. The good thing about this genre of blogs is that you don’t need very much to get started.

If you’re a good artist, then you probably already have a sketch book of some kind. All you need is a camera to take a picture of your work, or a scanner. Scanned copies come out better, but not everyone has access to one, so just use your camera and make sure it’s in focus.

If you’re an artist
Seeking inspiration, look no further. Illustration blogs should ideally have a plain template and very minimal text, so as not to jar with the pictures themselves. Do include a detailed About Me section though, because this blog should also serve as your portfolio and people might want to contact you for work.

Missed connections
The first blog I came across that I’d like to share actually derives from the large listings website, Craigslist. Craigslist has a personals section, where you can post about people you might have randomly met, who you wish would get back to you.

Called Missed Connections, this part of the website has quite a fanbase. So, this illustration blog (http://missedconnectionsny.blogspot.com) takes off from the website and offers beautifully drawn sketches of the various missed connection postings in New York.It’s exquisitely done and with so much attention to detail.

Art for art’s sake
Then there’s a webcomic, but it looks more like art drawn separately and then uploaded, so I'm going to call it another illustration blog.

Called Cat versus Human (http://catversushuman.blogspot.com) it is sort of bizarre, but the sketching is wonderful and simple. The idea (a little two panel story about cats) is sweet and would probably appeal to loads of people.

Don’t expect all the panels to make sense, but look at them as art online, the kind that makes you think and makes you long for the talent to draw yourself.