One night about a year ago I met with Conrad (who was already sharing a studio with Guim) and Chamo for a Gin and Tonic session. All of us worked from home at that moment and we all agreed that it was becoming very boring. I don't know if it was the Gin or the night itself, but after a few rounds it occurred to us to set up a studio.
Now, we are six people (including graphic designer Jordi and record label "The Indian Runners" who joined shortly after).
That's how Tocafusta was born. We all work as independent freelancers but always finding ways to collaborate with each other and discover common objectives. We look for new projects, collaborations with interesting people, and above all try to help each other as much as we can.
It's great to come here to work everyday. It really has become my second little family.
I've followed the work of Draw, Gabby, Draw (Gabrielle Rose) for a quite a while now. She's definitely on the list of artists I'd like to collaborate with at some point, although I've never contacted her about it. Mainly because my "to collaborate with" list is getting out of hand, it's often hard to find a time when you're both free (and motivated) to produce some work together. I usually have a couple of collaborations on the go, but they can be slow and steady (we'll get to it when we can) type projects.
Thankfully Gabby has made it super easy to collaborate with her! She recently launched a side project called Gab Collab. The idea is simple, Gab paints a watercolour blob and uploads it to the Gab Collab tumblr blog, you download it and doodle on it, then submit it to the site.
All the collaborations appear on the Gab Collab blog, and as easy as that you've made a collaborative art work with an awesome artist!
These are a bunch of examples from a recent "blob". If you fancy making a Gab Collab of your own, head over to the website, grab the latest blob, and get doodling!
Lucha Libre, Mexico's form of professional wrestling, is characterized by rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as Luchadores with names like El Hijo Del Santo (The Saint's Son), Blue Devil Jr, Seņor Jalapeno, and El Pepino Grande (The Big Pickle) just to name a few, but the trademark of the sport are the Luchadores' masks. They are colorfully designed to evoke the images of animals, gods, ancient heroes, and other archetypes, whose identity the luchador takes on during a performance.
Stencil artist stenSOUL mailed out luchador masks made of wood to different artists and asked them to paint in their style the background of the mask. Once done, stenSOUL stenciled-in the details of the face into the wood to finish them up. The results, are masks that like those of the wrestlers themselves, resemble the identity and archetype of each of the artists.
We've provided some of the highlights below, but check out stenSoul's flickr feed of Collabomask for some more goodies.
Above by John Casey.
100 students drew the 3,000 frames for this video. The montage of starkly different styles, techniques, and visions mesh so beautifully, so compellingly. This is collaboration at its best. Sometimes 100 heads are better than 1. Sit back and enjoy.
Found via Etsy
Sometimes I worry that my doodlings might be getting a bit claustrophobic in that A5 notebook of mine. Would they be happier with a bit more space to play around in? Maybe some fresh air and a more interesting view than the last page's bum?
It's probably best that I don't let the doodlings in my A5 notebook catch wind of this. They'd be so jealous. They might go on strike until I gave them more space to play around in. I guess I'll have to bust out the A3 butchers paper tonight, that'll keep them happy! For now.
Having worked in a tattoo shop before answering phones, cleaning tubes, making appointments, etc.. I was and still am fascinated by the sheer output each artist does in a single day. Lots of drawing, perfecting on the spot, redrawing, inking the idea on paper and then finally (once the design is approved) actually tattooing the finished product permanently onto the customer's skin. It's a process that people who don't have tattoos are in the dark about for the most part.
I met Jason Sturgill via Instagram awhile ago and we have done several projects of personal interest together. I love his ideas and how he brings artists together in really amazing circumstances. I instantly fell in love with his project "Art is Forever." I feel a connection with the idea of bringing tattoo artists, doodlers, and museums together to blur the line of art. Below is text directly from his site as well as a video that explains way better than me just what this project means and how he was actually able to pull tattooers, artists, and the Portland Art Museum together to make this one of the most memorable projects I have seen in recent memory.
For me this is a perfect example of making something that can at the same time live a life of its own and be in complete harmony with its surroundings. Jump to their flickr pages and find more amazing works from these two guys!