We were pretty bummed out yesterday when we found out that well known illustration blog, Drawn!, was calling it quits. The prolific weblog that featured thousands of artists and illustrators over its eight year run was the passion project of illustrator, John Martz. Millions of people passed through the site over the course of the weblog's life gathering inspiration from Martz's (and a select group of contributors) daily curatorial selections.
The blog itself won several awards and came into quite a bit of notoriety when it made Time's 50 best websites alongside YouTube, Digg, and Myspace back in '05. To commemorate the passing of the weblog, Martz did a fairly lengthy retrospective post about the reasons why Drawn was going on permanent hiatus. His primary reasons were understandable. He felt that blogs of that type were losing their significance due to sites like Pinterest and Facebook and the ability these services provide for instant posting gratification. The other reason was simply life changes and being in a different space. Both of which we completely understand.
We're proud to provide a virtual 21 gun salute and a hearty farewell to Drawn!, and we wish John the best in all his future endeavors. Long live Drawn!