Andy J. Miller considers himself "a commercial artist who likes to draw invisible things," but we consider him much, much more than that. Andy's illustration work has been a long-time inspiration of ours and lately he's been inspiring us with his words too.
Last October Andy launched a podcast called Creative Pep Talk, where he aims to help freelance illustrators make money making awesome work. It's full of insight and strategy and we've just learned it's been selected as an Editor's Choice by iTunes!
His artwork is fun and weird and made of playful shapes full of color and awesome textures. Lately he's been doing some really killer work for clients such as Nickelodeon, Nutella, and Oreo, but you're more likely to be familiar with him for his side projects like, the Daily Drawing Project and his traveling collaborative exhibition with Andrew Nayer.
It's my pleasure to introduce Andy as our guest contributor for the month of December. He'll be blogging alongside our usual team and highlighting artists, insights and other visual finds that are sure to peak your interest.
I first discovered and wrote about Rik Catlow's drawings back in September of 2012, during a member spotlight on his "urban pop art" style. I've been following his updates ever since and his tricked-out collages just keep getting better.
It's my pleasure to introduce him as our guest contributor for the month of June. He'll be blogging alongside our usual team and highlighting artists and other visual finds that are sure to peak your interest.
In the meantime, be sure to check out his incredibly cool paint jobs on smashed aluminum cans. He's also got an Etsy shop filled with original handmade art and as an added bonus, we are giving away a Rik Catlow digital wallpaper that's hot off the presses for you to enjoy. Grrr! Download the sucker here »
About six months ago I discovered Kristopher's art over on Instagram, and I've been an avid fan ever since. The first thing you'll notice when you follow his daily feed is the amount of work he puts out. The second, is the pure fun and enjoyment that resonates in his work, it's obvious he loves drawing and creating his quirky characters and worlds.
"…I enjoy creating a world all my own, to manipulate as I please, create things never seen, get lost in the process of patterns and lines, the colors, meticulous detail. To feel the wonder the way you would when you're a kid. This is something I can never let go of."
Kristopher is a self-taught artist from Austin, Texas currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and lucky for us, he'll be guest blogging with our team for the month of October. Get to know him better on frenemylife.com and make sure to follow his Instagram for a constant feed of inspiration.
I've seen Okat post a "Links Friday" on DA in the past, so I thought I'd put together some stuff I've found to be very helpful over the years. Some of these have been floating around the internet for a bit, so my apologies if you've already seen them (I threw in some newer stuff as well). Hopefully there is something here that will inspire you and your work.
Watch legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser talk about the fear of failure and how it relates to the life of an artist (I try to watch this about once a month). Some process advice and thoughts on idea generation from illustrators Jillian Tamaki and Nate Williams. For the digital doodler, amazing photoshop brushes available for purchase from Kyle T. Webster and Ray Frenden. Josef Albers's Interaction of Color is now an interactive iPad app. Learn about The Tools Artists Use. The latest issue of art magazine Kingbrown is out now and available for purchase here. I'm a big fan of illustrator Sam Weber's podcast Your Dreams My Nightmares. And finally, an old interview with a young Maurice Sendak in his New York studio.
DOODLERS! I'm really psyched to be July's guest contributor, and can't wait to share some cool/interesting/inspiring stuff with you over the next few weeks.
A little intro: I was born and raised in South Florida, studied graphic design at UF in Gainesville, and worked as a designer in Miami and NYC. I'm now a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn, where I share a studio in an old pencil factory with the awesome and talented Two Arms, Inc. You can check out some of my work here and here, follow my ramblings here, and my photos here.
I've always been drawn (pun alert!) to characters, and have been filling scraps of paper and sketchbooks with them all my life. My earliest drawings were of X-Men, Batman, characters from Saturday morning cartoons, Disney movies, action figures, basically anything I was surrounded by as a kid. I still pull a lot of my influences and ideas from that world, and I try to put the weird innocence of that time into my work. Everything I do really starts with drawing and keeping multiple sketchbooks going at once, and I think that's the best way to develop your style, ideas and vision as an artist.
One of the best things about working in this creative community is being surrounded by other artists who continually push you to grow and make better work. I plan on sharing some of these fellow makers with DA, and hopefully they inspire you as much as they inspire me. I'll also occasionally show some of my latest sketchbook pages, post-it notes, and whatever else I find relevant to you doodlers.
Thanks for reading, should be a fun month!
(Editor's note: This is Mason's last post here on DA as a guest blogger. He was only supposed to contribute during the month of May, but we liked him too much and extended his stay into June. Thanks Mason! Next time, in Texas!)
I wanted to add one last post during my residency as guest blogger here to show you a little more about good old me. I guess in my time here I wanted to spread the wealth of some coverage to the creative community here in Austin. There are so many great artists and maybe in the future I can share some more.
Anyways, this is me, below.
As you can see, I'm just your ordinary thirty-something, adult living in the year 2013. I'm not perfect. I don't make a ton of money or do anything super crazy, but I love to draw and do it very often, like every day. Somedays you feel like just sitting in the living room with a bag on your head, hoping that the art makes itself, but getting started is the hardest part.
You've got to do the hard work of making the first mark. Once you do that, you'll follow with a second mark and a third. Eventually, you'll have done more than you can count. That's when you look at the work and think, "Man, that's cool!" or "Man, that sucks!"
Either way, you'll feel better at the end and have accomplished more than most people do during the day. Then you can smile and feel great!
As of right now, I'm working on making some handmade patches. I've made about six of them, but I can't wait to see what the 100th looks like because I know improvement will be made along the way. You can get your own handmade patch right over here: POWER PATCHES
I hope my time here has inspired you to go find other creative friends and encourage each other to try new things with your art. I've found that it will make your life a bit more enjoyable, help you learn about yourself and make some good friends along the way.
Talk to you later on, Mason
Hey doodlers! i'm honored to be a guest contributor this month.
I grew up in a small town in Texas, right outside of San Antonio. I was a weirdo, skater, tall and skinny son of a gun, who grew up during the 80's. I've done a bunch of things in my life, including being a lifeguard, cave tour guide, margarita mix bottler, art director, designer, publisher and collaborator. I now live in Austin with my girlfriend and two cats where I do things like make logos, album artwork, websites and murals.
I enjoy drawing on many different surfaces including paper, wood, glass and other things. My favorite way to draw is with no idea what mark or image will appear in the final work. I like to see what just pours out onto the paper.
I'm going to do my best to bring you some cool things to look at this month including some of my favorite doodlers from here in Austin and beyond! Maybe I'll share some sketches for projects I have in the works and maybe some good old fashioned Texas fun shots!
Thanks for reading, more to come!