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'Dazzling' Find in France: a Van Gogh Sketchbook

French publisher says 'stunning' discovery will be released in book form in November

(Newser) - A "stunning, dazzling" find across the pond, per a French book publisher: a sketchbook that belonged to Dutch master painter Vincent Van Gogh, AFP reports. "This sketchbook was known only to the owners, myself, and the publisher," a Seuil official told the news agency Thursday, noting that... More »

Here's Why You Can't Draw a Perfect Circle

It requires the use of several joints, while your brain prefers to move only one

(Newser) - If you've felt disappointed at not being a genius who can draw a perfect circle, well, take solace: BrainDecoder explains the matter in detail, and it's not exactly your fault. The site starts by pointing out that we can recognize a perfect vs. imperfect circle pretty easily, and... More »

Nazis Turned Candy Bars Into Secret Weapon

WWII-era drawings reveal German booby-traps

(Newser) - First, force the British to endure food shortages—then make them eat exploding candy bars. That was at least part of the Nazi plan to destroy Britain during World War II, according to drawings of German weapons recently seen for the first time, the Smithsonian reports. Among the drawings: a... More »

Internet Convulses Over Tom Brady's Court Sketch

Artist apologizes for not making Patriots QB "as good-looking as he is'

(Newser) - Jane Rosenberg is a New York-based artist who's whipped up courtroom sketches of some of the city's most high-profile cases—including the Woody Allen/Mia Farrow custody hearing and the John Gotti trial—but it's her latest doodle of Tom Brady that has thrown social media into a... More »

Kids' Drawings May Predict Future Intelligence

Study: Ability to draw at age 4 bodes well for thinking skills at age 14

(Newser) - Parents wondering whether their 4-year-olds will grow up to be on the honor roll might do well to pay attention to their drawings. Researchers at King's College London say a long-term study suggests a link between how well children draw at age 4 and their intelligence 10 years later,... More »

Artist Aims to Draw Every Person In New York

Jason Polan populates blog with 2-minute sketches

(Newser) - Drawing the millions who populate the Big Apple might seem like quite the task, but artist Jason Polan is up for it. He’s been at it since 2008, and posting each day’s 2-minute sketches on a blog, Every Person in New York . He’s even left his email... More »

9-Year-Old Writes Popular iPhone App

(Newser) - A 9-year-old Singapore boy has created a drawing application for the iPhone that is popular around the world, the Electric New Paper reports. Lim Ding Wen reworked one of his existing 20 programs for the touchscreen gadget. “I wrote the program for my younger sisters, who like to draw,... More »

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