Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Anniversary Ten Paces

Hooray! Did you know that April 3rd marks Ten Paces and Draw year anniversary! This blog and community has grown so much in the past year, and we've gone from a few friends doing swaps to a contributors list over 120 talented artists. In honor of this milestone, and due to our snowballing project we've decided to make the switch from a blogspot to a brand new website!

I've been teasing everyone with "big news" for a few month now, but the cat's out of the bag! You can visit to check out our new website - please update your bookmarks! will make the official switch with next week's Disney swap, and this blog will be no longer accessible. All the past swaps will be archived on our brand new tumblr, which you should follow if you're not already!

Thanks everyone for all the support over the past year, we couldn't have done this without are awesome artists and all of the fans of Ten Paces! Let us know what you think of the new site @tenpacesanddraw - we hope you love it! A super special shout out to the amazing Christopher Muccioli for his time and talent in getting this project off the ground. He is the creative mastermind behind our new branding, and our new website. Thanks Chris! Thanks everyone!

The Fantastic and Formidable Fashion Swap!!

Good morning, folks! This week we have a bit of an unusual change up. We gathered a bunch of illustrators to do a swap on FASHION, but instead of trading sketches, they traded images of stylish items of clothing. Then the artist created a pieced based on the item of clothing they received, yielding some seriously fantastic results! Check out the finals below!

fashion swap 2 olivia

Olivia Mew


Janna Morton

Fashion Swap alyssa

Alyssa Nassner

Final Fancy Pirate siobhan

Siobhan Gallagher

sarah fashion

Sarah Straub


Natalie Andrewson

uzi-dress kyle

Kyle Fewell

TenPaces_Fashion katie

Katie Turner

Holy WOW guys!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March Mixtapes: Queen & Nancy Sinatra!

Finishing our last mixtape for this month, and also this webpage, we have an outta-this-world batch of illustrators working on Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang and Queen's Killer Queen: two anthems of violent awesomeness.

Crank the jams and check out the work beneath them!!


Natalie Andrewson


Alan Dalby

janna morton_bangbang

Janna Morton


Andrew Kolb


Joanna Barnum

m. victoria robado

M. Victoria Robado


Kate Haberer

Monday, March 26, 2012

Who Wants a Custom Pattern?!

BIG NEWS! Have you ever wanted a custom pattern for SUPER CHEAP?! Today's totally your day! I have an oh-so-appealing offer for you pattern enthusiasts, or for you friends that might want to make other friends make weird patterns. Check the details below the picture! Do it!

If you contribute $40 or more to our Kickstarter project, you get yourself a personalized Daily Pattern made by the super awesome crew at Paper Bicycle! 

ANY TOPIC you want, it's all yours! You give the topic, we give you a high-res pattern for you own personal use...

This is a limited time reward: the offer ends next Sunday. In addition to the time limit, the quantity is capped at 50, so if they run out before then, they're gone! 
C'mon, you guys. I'm dying to do a Zombie-Harry-Potter-VS-Goku-Birthday-Pattern for your Parents. Or whatever, it's your call! 

Not only are you getting something awesome by donating - you're also help fund an amazing community of creatives! It's a win-win situation. Just hop on over to our Kickstarter page for more info on the project!

Check out more pics from our Grand Opening at Light Grey Art Lab here!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Endless Apparati

This gorgeous machinery was sketched by Michael Clayton and taken to final by Jeff Wilkson!


Tea Party

This adorable teacup sketch by Mika J. Nakano was delicately handled by Meera Lee Patel.

meera lee patel

The Dude Abides

A Big Lebowski pattern? Why the hell not. It's almost Erev Shabbos.

Sketch by Victor Melendez, final by Michael Clayton!

michael clayton

Too Crowded for a Quartet, Faw Sho.

This jazzy crowd was sketched by Jon Suguiyama and taken to final by Jimmy Malone.

jimmy malone

Happy Little Cogs

I'm not sure if these are cogs, wheels, pie charts, or something you'd find in a petri dish. But they're adorable regardless! Sketch by Jimmy Malone, final by Michelle Romo!

jimmy malone

Cheer for All Seasons

180 degrees from our previous Tiki post, check out this wintry mix! Sketch by Michelle Romo, final by Jon Suguiyama!

jon suguiyama

Jon Suguiyama is an Illustrator, Art Director and Motion Designer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He's into fine art, illustration, street art, design, comics, motion, games, music and technology. Check out more of his fantastic work here!


No, it's not deja-vu! We're revisiting PATTERN week at Ten Paces and Draw! We had such a good time last summer that we needed another go at it!

Check out this killer tiki pattern, sketch by Jeff Wilkson, final by Victor Melendez. I need an umbrella drink. Now.

victor melendez
jeff wilkson

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March Mixtapes: Bobby Darin & Johnny Cash

Today we give you four of our stellar illustration bosses working on two more songs about threats and violence. Shakin' in your boots yet? How about when you hear we have Sarah Jacoby and Wes Larsen for Johnny Cash's God's Gonna Cut You Down and Michele Rosenthal and Sarah Straub for Bobby Darin's Mac the Knife?

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Sarah Jacoby

wes larsen

Wes Larsen


Michele Rosenthal

sarah straub

Sarah Straub

Friday, March 16, 2012

Claws Outs

Batman vs. Freddy! Sketch by Alex Vetter, final by newcomer Kyle Reed!


Kyle Reed is an illustrator based out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
His digital and traditional collage worked has appeared in children's book publishing, magazine publishing and advertising. Kyle was also a part of CORE Digital Pictures' 2D design team working on Super Why, the children's educational cartoon airing on PBS (USA) and CBC (Canada). Check out more of Kyle's awesome work on his website!

There's a Snake in My Boots!

Political correctness be damned, this cowboys and indians catfight was sketched by Rachel Dougherty and taken to a more reserved final by Angela Rizza!

angelarizza deathmatch

Winter Is Coming.

Is it really a fair death match when one of those things is already kinda dead? Oh well. Game of Thrones love. Sketch by Michael Clayton, final by Natalie Andrewson!

natalie andrewson
michael clayton

Weasley v. Lestrange

The most epic battle between an evil minion of the dark lord and a frumpy mother of seven that there ever was: Bellatrix getting her face blown off by Molly Weasley. Best. Day. Ever. Sketch by Abigail Shaw, final by Rachel Dougherty!

abigail shaw

Spirited Away!

Here's a super-scary duel for you. Sketch by Natalie Andrewson, final by Michael Clayton!

nat andrewson

Mothra v. Godzilla!

LET'S GET READY TO RUMMMMBBBLLLLEEEEEEE. It's DEATHMATCH week here at Ten Paces! At the first bell we have the classic monster melee between Godzilla and Mothra! Sketch by Angela Rizza, final by Abigail Shaw!

abigail shaw
angela rizza deathmatch sketch