These two illustrators are posting a strange, incredible drawing every day

Polish illustrator Jaroslaw Danilenko is posting a drawing every day with friend Michal Loba.


Polish illustrator and animator Jaroslaw Danilenko is living up to the tough task he and his friend and fellow illustrator Michal Loba set themselves: to, between them, unfailingly post a drawing a day to their Tumblr. And these aren’t rushed, tired scribbles, but wonderfully strange and engaging artworks.

Four months and many drawings later, it’s a lovely scroll through the pair’s Tumblr, whether it's a still-life glimpse of the every day, a bizarre, fun collage or a cool, despondent look at humans doing silly things to themselves (I can relate). Check out the Tumblr if you want a wider look at Jaroslaw’s – and Michal’s – style.

Confined to squares and with their use of simple shapes, Jaroslaw’s illustrations are comic-like in more ways than one. Alive with action, they almost seem lifted from an engrossing strip or story, leaving us to fill in the rest of the plot. I can’t be the only one that feels like the characters are staring directly at me, aggressively, as if I’ve interrupted their story.

Here, we've collected the best of Jaroslaw's and Michal's illustrations. 

Image: by Jaroslaw Danilenko. 

We love the vacant heads in Jaroslaw's drawings either totally blank or with only a mouth tilted into a smile, wavy with disgruntlement or curled around a cigarette. Though the pink circle of bizarreness isn't relatably human, the lack of detail allows us to see ourselves in it - in some ways, more than to a face filled with detail and character.  

The strange patterns in Jaroslaw's drawings move the concept even further away from reality. But then comes the odd, compelling clash of the everyday too: in the body, which is overly detailed compared to the head, the slouched, natural pose, and the creased shirt. And all this mind-bending unexpectedness creates some truly lovely work. 

Check out his first series Jaroslaw's drawings, which are still lifes and have a darker feel. You can also discover Michal's drawings on his Behance. Here, we've compiled the second and third months of his feat. 

 Image: by Jaroslaw Danilenko. 


Michal's grainy illustrations also look lifted from a comic book. In mainly grey, but with moments of brightness, they make every day moments eye-catching. 

Image: by Michal Loba

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With the strange halo and the stare (can I say stare?) outwards, even a close-up, portrait shot of a blank, circular head is unfailingly engaging.  

Image: by Jaroslaw Danilenko. 


The every day really does become interesting in Michal's comics. Instead of encouraging dullness, their bleak, colourless style adds to the intrigue. 

Image: by Michal Loba (right and left are two different comic strips) 


Darker, cooler, calmer - but still with that unmistakable, perfect sphere. And, again, I identify with the strange sphere-headed man (or woman?). 

Image: by Jaroslaw Danilenko. 

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Even if the three have no expressions, the body language says it all: this is our territory. 

Image: by Jaroslaw Danilenko. 


Image: by Michal Loba


Image: by Jaroslaw Danilenko. 

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Image: by Jaroslaw Danilenko.