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March 28, 2013

Beautiful Walls



I'm a longtime fan of David Shillinglaw's art. It's impossible not to be. He's got great instinct when it comes to letters, layers, shapes and colors, and wait until you see what he can do on a concrete wall.

If you've never taken a marker or paint brush to a wall, get off your butt and make it happen this weekend. You must, if simply for the challenge when it comes to size and scale. It's by far my favorite canvas and no one does it better than David.

Below are some of my favorite of his images (including a video of his process).


January 19, 2013

The Píccolo Print Project

We've just got word that our lovely friend Sara Barnes (of Brown Paper Bag) and cohort Lisa Perrin teamed up on a new venture, named Píccolo, a collaborative illustration project dedicated to the small things.

To get it off the ground, they've launched a Kickstarter campaign that could use your support to reach its goal, and in return, you get one print (or all four) commissioned for their first project, by the illustrated talents of Yelena Bryksenkova, Michael C. Hsiung, Philipp Dornbierer and Paige Vickers.

In fact, I'll let them tell you all about it, watch the cute, stop-motion video below and then click on over to Kickstarter to help make this project a reality.


January 15, 2013

Art Comedy



As artists, we often take ourselves too seriously. We forget to improvise and to create something temporary, to play, to make and to simply just get our stuff out there for the world to enjoy.

This morning, Bortusk Leer gave me a good reminder of that with a BONK! on the head. Starting with his about page, where he playfully describes that he's born from, "the forbidden love between a one-legged trapeze artist and a retired communist party official turned dancing-ferret trainer." Mr. Leer draws fantastical childlike characters that typically have more than the average number of appendages. They bleed with color, on newspaper print, and are pasted around town (from Amsterdam to New York). Lucky you if you get to see one in the wild.


November 29, 2012

Saturated

You can't discuss Diela Maharanie's art without praising her prismatic, high-gloss, candy-like use of color. But, it's the colored noses of her women - a mere dab on the face - that somehow command my attention even amidst a wild assortment of patterns and animals. It's as if their skin has saturated the vibrant world they inhabit.

You now have the chance to color her work yourself - Diela is one of the 60 artists featured in our new coloring book!


October 22, 2012

Milk-Eyed Mender

My talented friend Meera Lee Patel has a wonderful new show on right now at The Brooklyn Collective. The show is a series of watercolours inspired by Joanna Newsom's album, Mil-Eyed Mender.

Here's Meera explaining more about her show... "As I tend to do when a certain piece of music or art strikes my interest, I listened to the album exclusively while creating these works, replaying it about thirty times. These works are infused with Newsom's unusual understanding of the world and my desire to find beauty in everything around me -- in sadness, nature, among complicated and messy terrains."

The show will be hanging in Brooklyn until the end of November. The original pieces can be purchased by emailing Meera direct, and she'll have prints for sale in her Etsy shop.






October 1, 2012

100 Houses for Shelter

My buddy Paul Roberts is curating the 100 Houses exhibition, which brings together 100 image-makers, from illustrators to street artists, in support of housing and homelessness charity: Shelter. Each artist is given a 10-inch square and the theme "house" to come up with an original piece of art.

The results will be on show in Bristol's Tobacco Factory from November 16th-30th. All of the pieces will be for sale, and hopefully we can raise a significant contribution to the ongoing work of the charity Shelter, which helps people to find and keep a decent home.

Read on for more details »

September 28, 2012

Member Spotlight: Rik Catlow

Rik paints smashed up beer and soda cans with his style of "urban pop art." Drawing quirky characters and embellishing them with type, colors, and magazine cut-outs is what he does best and we love him for it. Click for a glimpse of what I mean or read about his process here.



And now I've just discovered that he's keeping a tumblr blog of sketchbook doodles called Scrib Dibbles and I just had to share. Follow along for improvised, one-color, pen on paper, character-driven awesomeness. Drawn and posted with no editing or erasing. Much respect!





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