Doodle art is typically associated with small drawings scribbled onto the margins of notebooks while chasing a daydream. For Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson, however, doodling is the key to creating fantastical sketchbooks, brimming with observations of the ordinary, extraordinary, and everything in between.
Browsing one of Adolfsson’s many Moleskine sketchbooks is like visiting a handheld art gallery that always has new work on view. His offbeat ideas appear to be unending, and each spread blossoms with its own personality. From a lineup of imaginary pens and pencils to an otherworldly city overrun by dragons to patterns of sea creatures—the list goes on and on.
The dynamism of Adolfsson’s drawings begins in his charmingly imperfect linework, which vibrates with energy in every nook and cranny. Sometimes he leaves his spreads in black and white, and in others, he adds delicate washes of pastel color to enhance certain shapes or details. Additionally, the intentional areas of blank space allow room for each drawing to breathe and time for the viewer to immerse themselves in the design.
Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson transforms the act of doodling into works of fine art.
He fills his Moleskine sketchbooks with pages of sprawling fantastical drawings.
Adolfsson flips through his impressive sketchbook…
… and offers a glimpse into his illustration process here: