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Friday, February 26, 2010

Jack Teagle

Jack Teagle is known for his work with badgers. Jack first started drawing when he was only 8 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the miserable pressure of being a child prodigy badly got to him and he had a sweaty breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own coccyx! Jack found agitated inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his pantry for all the toasters to see! Jack eventually got married to Nelson Mandela and they remain together deliberately in the Guggenheim with their 22,000 children. Jack would like to thank Socrates, Andy Kaufman and Cy Twombly for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The hardest probably the initial planning. Colour is very important to me in my work, so I have to get it exactly right in my work. Once I'm past the planning stage, I can get through work very quickly.

Easiest is coming up with ideas in the first place, I just have them coming thick and fast constantly, so I started to keep a journal just for ideas so when I have some spare time or a job, I can look back and use what I've put down in my book to help out.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration everywhere, it can be from what people say, something I've seen or read, or other artist's work. I love old action figures, comics and trashy pop culture. The faded vintage colours of these items influence my work a lot. I'm quite a sarcastic person, and I always try to work that into my work. Dry, or bland humour is very important to me. I love giving a feeling of awkwardness or unease to my work, I think that's because growing up I was such an awkward person!

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I think it's great, the internet has really opened up work no one would otherwise see to this generation. It's like having a constant gallery exhibition on open to the entire world. I don't think much of my work would have been seen without the exsistence of the internet. I'm quite partial to Flickr at the moment which has opened up my work to a different audience. Altogether I think the networks and communities are a great source of inspiration and offer a great platform to a lot of creatives.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Be yourself. Try to block out any trend, anyhting that's fashionable, and just be yourself. You will produce your best work when stop trying to work like someone else, and just focus on being yourself.





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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chris Gall

Chris Gall is known for his work with toads. Chris first started drawing when he was only 37 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the dirty pressure of being a child prodigy quickly got to him and he had a homely breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own uvula! Chris found feisty inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his bathroom for all the fungus to see! Chris eventually got married to Billy Jack and they remain together quietly in Falling Water with their 2 children. Chris would like to thank Winston Churchill, Angelina Jolie and Gustav Klimt for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Easiest—sharpening pencils
Hardest—concepting, composition, making sure your work keeps evolving, earning a living, looking for new markets for your work.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Inspiration largely comes from what interests me. In school I never liked figure drawing. I wanted to create visual narratives, so abstraction totally bored me. I tend not to make artwork from things like bowls of fruit.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I suppose if you are very new to the industry, then they may provide good information and networking. I don’t participate in any online communities, so my experience is limited.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
My artwork I created for the New York Subway system gathered lots of interesting comments. It features a giant metal fish that looks a lot like a subway car filled with eccentric people. One person saw the bird-strike airplane going down in the Hudson. Another saw the Last Supper. Go figure.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
First and foremost, find a way to make money with your art. Otherwise, it’s just a hobby.





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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Daniel Landerman

Daniel Landerman is known for his work with jeans. Daniel first started drawing when he was only 6 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the elephantine pressure of being a child prodigy literally got to him and he had a stellar breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own throat! Daniel found red inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his studio for all the pencils to see! Daniel eventually got married to Dakota “Rawhide” Tayler and they remain together quickly in the Taj Mahal with their 3 children. Daniel would like to thank Thomas Edison, Joss Whedon and John Singer Sargent for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Easy? If there are easy parts well, nobody told me ;P The easiest part of the process is the moment when I can sit back and admire my handy work. Also the research. That is always a fun-filled adventure on which I get to learn all kinds of things I didn't know before. I love teaching myself and the research phase gives me the opportunity to do that, often with a paycheck involved. Getting paid to learn? Easy and fun.

The hardest part is that middle portion. You know, the stuff between the research and the admiration of my handy work? Yeah, that whole drawing and painting part. Mind you, just because I say it's the hardest, does not mean it isn't the most fun. I love a good challenge, even when it frustrates me I love knowing that I can surmount any obstacle given enough time... or not time, as is often the case since I work a lot in the advertising world. But anyone that says the drawing/painting phase is easy isn't pushing themselves to get better with every piece. An image may be comprised of thousands of marks, and each one has to be placed deliberately, properly and within context of every other mark. That's a hell of a task. *deep breath. Bring it on.

Where and how do your find inspiration?
Everywhere. Seriously. Of course it depends on what I'm doing but I pull a lot from fashion, from books I've read, people I see, stories I hear. I'm a huge fan of people-watching. I walk around old town Pasadena with my headphones on and study everyone around me. People fascinate me and probably inspire me more than anything else. That's why most of my work tends to be character oriented.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as CGHub and ConceptArt.org, to aspiring artists?
The significance is that aspiring artists now have direct access to some amazing contemporary artwork, as well as the chance to ask direct questions of professionals they might look up to. There is an amazing, instantaneous learning process that can occur via online communities such as CGHub, ConceptArt.org etc. The part that saddens me is need for instantaneous fulfillment which drives young artists to jump headlong into digital art before learning the fundamentals of analogue such as oil painting, watercolor, charcoal and so on. However, I would never dispute the benefits of these communities. Just look at the amazing works being created by these kids, some of them only 16 or 17 years old. It's pretty amazing to see... and it keeps me on my toes!

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The strangest comment was when a professional challenged me to an art duel after I critiqued one of their paintings. It was a valid critique. The perspective was way off and that was that. They got upset and challenged me. I figured a fellow professional would know the difference between a crit and a challenge. I didn't accept the "duel". It was silly.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Stay strong. Art is NOT for the feint of heart. We put our souls into this stuff and then throw it out into the world to be trampled on, loved, admired, discarded or disdained. It's not easy, but it IS rewarding.

Don't let a few people's opinions sway you.

Be resolute and set goals for yourself and line 'em up and shoot 'em down.

Don't push anything away because you never know where inspiration will come from.

Lastly, make a concerted effort to learn from everything you do. Art relates to life relates to cooking relates to storytelling relates to relationships etc. See the bigger picture for what the interconnected web that it is.





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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Alex Remy

Alex Remy is known for her work with zebras. Alex first started drawing when she was only 13 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the feisty pressure of being a child prodigy joyfully got to her and she had an intense breakdown, resulting in her cutting off her own spleen! Alex found red inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in her kitchen for all the shoes to see! Alex eventually got married to Andrew Bird and they remain together energetically in their museum with their 4 children. Alex would like to thank Queen Victoria, Eddie Izzard and Dave McKean for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The technical process come pretty naturally to me, so I'd say that's the easiest (although on the flipside, it's been a challenge to loosen up and give myself more creative freedom). As far as the hardest parts go, it changes over time. In the beginning it was difficult because I was changing careers, and it was hard to transition from the very left-brained, confrontational world of mental health, to the very right-brained, introspective world of creativity. Since then I've been working on developing my own style, and finding ways to share my art with the world--and both of those come with their own difficulties!

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I'm really inspired by small details that are easy to ignore or pass by--hidden treasures and unexpected moments. Animals and people can be full of surprises so they make great subjects, but I also like finding weird or unusual things when I go for city walks, hikes, or do research online. Other than that, I really like giving myself personal challenges, and messing around with mediums to see what they're capable of.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I think a sense of artistic community is incredibly important, and not always easy to come by "in the real world". For starters, it really helps to be around other people who have similar values, goals and experiences, since at times society doesn't really know how to respond to artists on a basic level. But more importantly, artists are visual creatures, so looking at different styles and approaches to art can be the best way to trigger a chain reaction of inspiration. Basically, I think seeing what other people are up to is an awesome way to figure out what you like, don't like, and what you want to "say" to the world.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I don't know if I would call this strange, but most recently I was told a portrait I'd drawn was "eerie". I thought that was kind of cool--people usually don't have a whole lot of specific feedback when they look at my art, so that was one of the more unusual comments I've received.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Work hard, control your ego, and be patient with yourself. Give yourself room to make "mistakes", because mistakes are the best way to learn (and sometimes those "mistakes" turn into solid gold ideas). Oh, and ignore people who tell you art isn't important--because it is. Art and creativity are what people turn to no matter what's going on, and ESPECIALLY when times are tough. Art inspires people and brings them joy, which means it's one of the most meaningful things you can do. So keep creating, no matter what, and do it as much as you can.




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Monday, February 22, 2010

Self-Portrait Contest

A CONTEST! A CONTEST! Hoorah! Basically, it's just what the title says. I want to see YOU! Not just any picture of you though, I want to see what YOU see when you look in the mirror (not necessarily literally what you see). What makes you who you are, who you want to be. What embodies you and your life?!

Simple? Yes, yes it is. This contest is open to ANY visual medium (basically anything except literature... sorry!); photography, drawing, digital art, vectors etc. You can make your portrait abstract/open to interpretation or you can make it a bang on duplicate of you. For photographers, I want to see something with depth in it, not just a photo you took of yourself for Facebook or MySpace or whatever. You can add backgrounds, use other elements to help convey you, or whatever. Be original and creative. Each entry should have a brief description of what your portrait is all about, but don't go into too much detail!

DEADLINE: The deadline as of right now is going to be April 10th! Now that seems like a long ways away, but hat gives you LOOOOOTS of time to come up with some amazing self-portraits and for my prizing to gather for all you lovelies!


PRIZES: (Prizes are still being added and confirmed, so if this doesn't look appealing, keep checking back for more and more updates!)

1st Place
  • A one month subscription to deviantART from snowmask
  • A three month subscription to deviantART from feetpeet
  • A commission from adamhunterpeck
  • A dA keychain from PurpelBlur
  • A MONTH long feature on Art Libs! With the features on Art Libs, the feature will never go away, but there will be a link in our main toolbar to YOUR work. You will get DOUBLE the amount of images normally featured, PLUS your self-portrait.

2nd Place

3rd Place

  • A request from gingerkellystudio (she will create a new work based on your idea, then you will receive a large digital copy so they print a copy of the artwork for yourself)
  • A one month dA subscription from PurpelBlur

All 3 winners:


HOW TO ENTER:

I really want to emphasize that you do NOT need a deviantART account to enter this contest! If you are interested in participating, I know a lot of the prizes are deviantART related (I'm working on adding some more non-deviantART related prizes!), but if you enter, you will get an Art Libs FEATURE, and again, I will do my best to work on other non-devianART related prizes.

Moving on though... to submit your entry... if you DO have a deviantART account, feel free to send me your entries in a note to my account (my username is littlestar) or you can send them directly to my email at artlibs@gmail.com. In your note or email you should include the following things:

1) Your full name (and deviantART username if applicable)
2) Your blog/web site (if applicable)
3) A brief description of what the piece is... what the different elements mean, your process etc.
4) The image (if through deviantART, please make sure to attach a thumbnail or a direct link)

ANNNNND I think that is just about it! Best of luck to everyone entering! I am REALLY excited to see what you come up with! If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

Lunchbag Art

Derek is known for his work with trekkies. Derek first started drawing when he was only .04 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the foxy pressure of being a child prodigy gelatinously got to him and he had a kafkaesque breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own eyestalks! Derek found callypygian inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his recording studio for all the pope hats to see! Derek eventually got married to Ryan Seacrest and they remain together succulently in their roller disco with their 7 children. Derek would like to thank Blackbeard the Pirate, Sonic the Hedgehog and Freddie Mercury for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Easiest: actually doing the work. Hardest: starting it.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Usually it's from things that I enjoyed when I was a kid. Thanks to Youtube, I can show my kids clips from movies I liked. I can read them books I enjoyed. Generally anything I can do to point out how wretched today's kid stuff is, and how marvelous my stuff was when I was their age.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Art is now available to interested parties without benefit of a publisher. That's huge. I can't imagine how the art scene will be in ten years, but it won't be anything like what we had when I was in college. We were repeatedly told that museum showings were the most important step in making an art career. Ha!

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
My daughter has often decided that my work needs improvement. For example, I made her a Star Wars Battledroid drawing, the robots that say "Roger Roger." She decided it would look better as a pink female robot, and added red hair with long braids.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Practice has helped me a great deal. I've done 340 lunch bags, and each one is pretty quick. Doing 340 of anything will help you get better, even if it's just a quick drawing. I've been doing these bags for a year now; I can't wait to see how my stuff looks in another year.





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Friday, February 19, 2010

Adam Hughes

We have an amazing special guest today! Adam Hughes has graced Art Libs with his presence! He has answered our questions and has done an art lib for your pleasure! Please enjoy this amazing feature on him and his stunning art!

Adam Hughes is known for his work with bags of wet mice. Adam first started drawing when he was only a googolplex years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the mostly hairless pressure of being a child prodigy unabashedly got to him and he had a buxom breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own taint! Adam found creamy inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his men’s room at Clown College for all the sizzling hot weasels on a stick to see! Adam eventually got married to the guy who boils Paris Hilton’s dildos and they remain together animatedly in St. Peter’s Basilica with their 1003 children. Adam would like to thank Joe Stalin, Chester A. Arthur and the first airbrush to paint a Frazetta on a van for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Easiest? Coming up with ideas. Hardest? Executing them the way I see them in my head.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
WHEREVER I CAN FIND IT. Anything from desperation to other artists' work - inspiration is where you find it.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
It enables apsiring artists to get answers to those confusing basic questions that confound us at the beginning.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
"Her tits should be bigger."

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Art is a journey with no final destination. You will never arrive where you think you are going, and even when you get to a point where you feel as if you've 'arrived' in some meaningful way, the journey will change you. Be open-minded, be eager to experience new things, and always welcome change.






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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Miles Johnston

Miles Johnston is known for his work with crabs. Miles first started drawing when he was only 17 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the scrawny pressure of being a child prodigy excitedly got to him and he had a crusty breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own nipple! Miles found spongy inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his basement for all the kettles to see! Miles eventually got married to Hannibal Lecter and they remain together hastily in their shack with their 2 children. Miles would like to thank Genghis Khan, Solid Snake and Rembrant for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
It's hard to pinpoint what bits are definitively the easiest and hardest parts as I'm sure it changes a lot from person to person. Personally I find that nothing is particularly easy haha. I'm not saying it is a struggle, but it is the challenge of striving to improve constantly that keeps art feeling fresh and fun. For me the hardest bit is balancing it with a personal life and school work, though I love having so much going on.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I find searching for new artists and keeping myself surrounded by other's incredible artwork keeps me motivated. Seeing what other people can produce makes me wanna paint all the time. I think it's important not to limit yourself to one particular genre of art, as it can start to feel stale. I know it sounds cliche, but I also draw a lot of inspiration simply from the things I see in day to day life. The way someplace might be lit or an interesting lighting effect can all spark the idea for a painting.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Online art communities can be a great way to motivate younger artists, make connections and start great online friendships. They also provide means for people without access to quality art teaching to be pushed in the right direction. I'm almost certain without the help of conceptart.org's community, I would not be where I am now with my art.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Hmm, most of the strangest messages I ever received turned out to be my friends from school messing with me haha. One of them made a couple of fake accounts to try to convince me he was some kind of psycho admirer, which seemed pretty hilarious at the time.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
I don't feel that qualified to give out advice, so I guess the best thing I can offer is to loose your ego. One of the most limiting things for artistic growth is being too precious about your own art, and refusing to take critisism properly. I'm not saying everyone should hate their own stuff, in fact it's very important to be proud of improvement and pleased with good images. However, the only way to get better is to realise what you are doing wrong. In a way realising you suck, is the first step towards not sucking :)





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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jeremy Vickery

Jeremy Vickery is known for his work with pencils. Jeremy first started drawing when he was only 485,222 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the hilarious pressure of being a child prodigy frantically got to him and he had a delighted breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own belly button! Jeremy found reflective inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his garage for all the armadillos to see! Jeremy eventually got married to Gandalf and they remain together sparingly in the Sydney Opera House with their 3,000,000,005 children. Jeremy would like to thank Moses, Peewee Herman and Harry Houdini for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Hmmm, good question. I think the hardest part is being satisfied with my end result. I fall out of love with my creations very quickly, thinking I could've done so much better. The initial sketch to decide where I want to go with an art piece is both difficult, but also the most fulfilling. I really enjoy that first burst of creativity. Then finalizing the painting is the slow part. Did I even answer your question?

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! I find the most inspiration from films, and then from nature and the world around me. And I find I also do a bunch of online research before a project too, to study sytles, color and light. But as for art inspiration, I feel almost overwhelmed by inspiration and can never paint fast enough to get the ideas out of my head.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I think that places like Deviant Art are both wonderful and dangerous. It's a great place to connect with other artists who have similar passions and goals, which can give you encouragement, advice and critiques. This is especially important for people who do not have an artistic environment around where they live. But.... there's always a but.... online forums can also be an excuse for artists to avoid creating. I know more people who spend more time talking about art than creating it, than those who spend more time creating it than talking about it. Don't let online forums be a crutch to feel like your an artist, when really you need to go spend time creating.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Ha! I got a note from a guy who wanted my permission to have my art piece tattooed on his back. It was a bit creepy and flattering all in one..... I gave him permission.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Create! Create! Create! I heard a quote once that said "We all have a million bad drawings in us, so we might as well get them out now so we can get to the good ones". And I totally agree. Don't be discouraged with your work, just keep creating and observing and trying new things. As long as you spend lots of time practicing and seeking out ways to improve... you will improve. Keep creating!





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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cynthia Sheppard

Cynthia Sheppard is known for her work with banana tragedies. Cynthia first started drawing when she was only 4,000 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the fastidious pressure of being a child prodigy objectively got to her and she had a handsome breakdown, resulting in her cutting off her own ankle! Cynthia found explosive inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in her parlour for all the fence posts to see! Cynthia eventually got married to Genghis Khan and they remain together hesitantly in their Cremlin with their 42 children. Cynthia would like to thank Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and NC Wyeth for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I'd have to say the easiest part for me is starting or finishing a project and the hardest part is everything in between.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I like having someone feeding me ideas, which is one of the main reasons I turned to commercial art, but when I'm not relying on an art director's or client's concept, I typically look to my dreams. A lot of people comment on how often certain symbols (like water and the color red) show up in my work, and that's purely because I dream about those things a lot, and feel they deserve to be brought to life in artwork.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Group interaction can do a world of good for your approach to the artistic process, creativity and inspiration. DeviantArt has always been a little overwhelming for me, since it's such a large community, but I've recently started using Google Wave to collaborate with a small select group other professional illustrators on a daily basis. We share pieces at every stage, from thumbnails to finished work, and get tons of great feedback. Sometimes that can mean the difference between a good piece and a great, portfolio-worthy piece.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Ooh, that's a tough one. Last week someone was looking at a drawing of an orc warrior I did and asked, "so, did you model for this?" I don't have a large collection of funny comments, but I am always amused when people look at my portfolio and then ask if I do kid's books. Some of them even qualify that with, "could you do something like your current stuff, but without all the blood and nudity?" What kind of kids are you raising?! While I *do* take on a child-oriented project every once in a while I certainly wouldn't hire me for that. ;)

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Practice, practice, practice! Draw or paint every day if you can. Art is a tough thing to turn into a career but not impossible if you apply yourself and work really hard. And if you're not trying to make a living with it, just have fun.





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Monday, February 15, 2010

David Johnston

David Johnston is known for his work with ninjas. Dave first started drawing when he was only 6 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the whipped pressure of being a child prodigy slowly got to him and he had a striped breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own pancreas! Dave found rusted inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his bedroom for all the bikinis to see! Dave eventually got married to Megan Fox and they remain together seductively in their pyramid with their 7 children. Dave would like to thank Julius Caesar, Jean Claude Van Damme and Vermeer for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The easiest part about being an artist is being able to say whatever you want and most people will simply say "it's ok, he's an artist". Kinda like when you have a Brain tumor, you can simply act and say pretty much anything ... " it's ok, he's a brain tumored artist".
The hardest part is everyone takes their time paying you, sometimes to the point of of desperation and you think about doing gay animal porn videos online so you can buy pasta. I like pasta.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
My inspiration is an easy thing to explain. I don't want a job. I'm an artist, not a walmart greeter or procyologists (both shitty jobs) , I am an artist and that's all there is to it. I'm willing to go through the ups and downs so that also makes me kinda bad ass as well. I'm a bad ass artist... Not bad ass as in I need to see a proctologist though.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I think online art communities are awesome. I frequent them all the time and sometimes use some images there to draw on the sidewalk with my chalk art. Sine of these artists are incredible and should be billionaires... Such amazing work. It's also a great place to get good honest criticism and advice while exposing ones art to a mass of humans which would be otherwise unlikely.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
One if the strangest things I've heard while doing sidewalk art was " you should become and artist because you're a great painter". Weird because I was using chalk not paint ( hard to distinguish from one another) and this was when I was nearly finished doing a life sized replica of a piece called "song of the angels" which was bad ass. So I had said "doesn't doing this show I'm an artist" to which the reply came " yeah but you can't buy it so it's not art"......
Many stupid things have been said like "can you do a family portrait for me, I can give you like $50 and I'll make sure you eat that day".
An old lady once spit at me for painting batman because she told me it was an abomination of God. If God actually existed I wouldve prayed for batman to kick her ass.... And not that pussy Michael Keaton batman but rather the psycho Christian Bale batman because he would do it right.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
The best advice I can give other artist is to limit your carbs...you will become too fat and get hyper tension, the "silent killer".
Have sex at least once a week... Even if you don't have a partner.
Challenge your abilities... If not you'll become bored with yourself and boring to others. I have failed at this myself at times so i know what im talking about. We are artists, not chimps, ... We are the writers, painters, poets and musicians, we are the Creators, which means we move forward to forge moments unimaginable by others. We are the fucking leaders, start acting like it.





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Friday, February 12, 2010

David Palumbo

David Palumbo is known for his work with space monkeys. David first started drawing when he was only 12 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the sudsy pressure of being a child prodigy appallingly got to him and he had a foreign breakdown, resulting in her cutting off his own small intestine! David found bountiful inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his root cellar for all the shark teeth to see! David eventually got married to Jack Burton and they remain together abrasively in their creepy warehouse with their 19 children. David would like to thank Joseph Stalin, Ernest Borgnine and David Bowie for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
For me, I think that the hardest part is nailing down the sketch, probably because it’s also one of the most critical steps. So many good and bad paintings come down to how well planned they were from the beginning stages. If I rush through my sketch, I know it’s only going to make everything else that follows twice as difficult. A good sketch needs to marry a specific concept to a solid composition, and sometimes the two just don’t want to get along. Probably the easiest part is just putting on the paint, because by the time I get to that point I’ve already (hopefully) solved all the really tough problems.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Honestly, everywhere. I think it’s important to try and be open to visual and conceptual ideas 24 hours a day, because the good stuff can come from the most random places. Of course, I get a lot of sparks from other painters and films and that sort of thing, but some of my favorite idea seeds started with off-topic conversations and just being out in the world

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Online communities are probably one of the best supplemental educational resources for artists of all skill levels that there has ever been. For one thing, most of them are free and have an almost bottomless supply of images to browse. More importantly, they make it possible to get peer and professional crits and advice no matter where in the world you live. After I finished school, I started showing my work and looking at other artists’ work on forums and it really helped me to evaluate where I needed to continue improving if I wanted to get professional. It’s also a fantastic resource for networking and promotion.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
So I have these neighbors that live across the street and, when the weather is nice, they like to sit out on the sidewalk in lawn furniture and blabber on and on at the top of their lungs. My studio is on street level, so I can pretty much hear every word they say, especially when my windows are open as they often are when it’s nice out. Well, I’m working one night with my windows open and not really paying attention to the fact that, from the outside, you can see straight in, when I realize that the woman across the street is talking about my painting to her husband. It was a large painting, about 3 feet by 4 feet maybe, and would read pretty well from that distance. The painting was of a man playing pool. Nothing too controversial or challenging, just a man lining up a shot on a pool table. Well, I hear this woman berating her husband on and on for not being able to appreciate art, not having any culture, etc. and the husband eventually tells her that he just doesn’t understand what the picture is about. The wife stops for a second, then says “you dummy, can’t you see it’s a painting of the ocean!” I’ve tried many times, but I’ve never been able to see the ocean in that painting. I think I finally bought some window shades later that week.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
I would say that drawing is key. Practice a lot and really get comfortable with drawing because poor drawing just leads to poor painting. Beyond that, use reference and don’t feel like there’s anything wrong about it. I’ve met many students who have the thought in their head that to work from photos or use projections is “cheating”, but it’s just a tool and a step in the process. There is no cheating unless you’re plagiarizing another artist’s work. Also, experiment. Don’t just follow one method. There are 1000 ways to make a painting, not one of them more right or wrong than another as long as they produce results. Do what works for you to get the best results and/or gives you the most pleasure.





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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lanitta

Svetlana Makarova is known for her work with markers. Svetlana first started drawing when she was only 14 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the immediate pressure of being a child prodigy stunningly got to her and she had a ridiculous breakdown, resulting in her cutting off her own finger! Svetlana found broadened inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in her kitchen for all the bats to see! Svetlana eventually got married to Russell Brand and they remain together strangely in their minds with their 4.31 children. Svetlana would like to thank J.K. Rowling, the Beatles and Alice in Wonderland for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Well, my personal point of view is that there are no easy parts in artistic process – its kind of a constant challenge to yourself (at least that’s how it works for me). Cause with every single piece I try to get better and better – that’s not easy, but extremely exciting and interesting. Yet, I can definitely tell you what is the hardest part for me - it is when I cannot put my ideas to life, because I’m lacking some knowledge. That certainly leads to studying something new – which I like a lot, so again a challenge!

Which is your favourite piece and why?
They all are at definite period of time.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
It is very popular, so a lot of people all over the world can see my works, which is great definitely. And I like that people here are being very friendly and tolerant, no abuses or smth like that. And here one may find thousands and thousands of great artists from all over the world to see and get inspired by.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Well, there were a lot of comments already. Most of them were pretty nice. The funniest usually concerned the thinness and long legs of my girls.
So couple of the funniest comments I can remember right now were: first from a rather tall guy (as far as I’ve understood) who wrote bout one of my girls: “Gosh, she’s taller than me!?” And second one to the same piece but from a girl: “Endless woman!”





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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yigitkoroglu

Yigit Koroglu is known for his work with doctors. Yigit first started drawing when he was only 2 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the magnificent pressure of being a child prodigy lavishly got to him and he had a lapsed breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own spleen! Yigit found golden inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his pad for all the carpets to see! Yigit eventually got married to Sophia Loren and they remain together practically in their sauna with their 1.5 children. Yigit would like to thank Sigur Ros, Winston Churchill and vampires for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Hardest parts ( at least on my side ) are brainstorming and promoting. I think the idea behind a painting is like a skeleton. No matter how much makeup you apply, if the idea is poor, it would just be a waste of time. If the idea is good enough, only a single painting can let an author write a novel. Use of colors, the technique are just factors which make a piece only "better" in my opinion.

Promoting my artworks is the second painful stage. Especially in digital enviroment. There are millions of fake artists (forgive me for this) who only copy and paste other artists work and do some manipulations ( im not talking about high quality photomanipulations here ) and proclaim to be artists.You may say " so what is that to you? As long as you do your job well, you'll shine out". You are totally right there but, it is so easy to get lost in the crowd of already existing artists, let alone the wannabes.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
I think Oath is my favorite. I think that it is the only one that totally has the feeling that I want to implement. The lighting, the colors, the situation, the drama in it look exactly the same as I had in mind when I started it in the first place.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
I love deviantart because of other artists and people who doesnt have the slightest idea about art. It may sound really really strange but, I love it when someone who has no knowledge of art criticizes my works.They just simply comment "Hey, she can never zip that suit of hers because of her boobies haha". That may sound funny but at the same time adds some insight.No matter how fictious the artwork is, it should be also be logical at some point.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The funniest was "man that gun looks like a giant dildo". It was strange that in all of the painting that was the only part he looked closer. I just wonder the reason of malfunction of brain between the ages 12-18.





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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

w3s

Brian is known for his work with tissues. Brian first started drawing when he was only 1200 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the magnificent pressure of being a child prodigy beautifully got to him and he had a silly breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own ankle! Brian found pink inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his living room for all the books to see! Brian eventually got married to Christina Aguilera and they remain together groovily in their love shack with their 48 children. Brian would like to thank Dr. Who, Britney Spears and Neil Young for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Easiest part?? I think there is no easiest part AH! unless when i am inspired and everything goes just the way i want. But unfortunately the hardest part( Hmm "hardest part" a coldplay song i think i'm gonna listen to it right now) So yes sorry where was i? yeah the hardest part would be getting inspired. If i'm not then i just can't draw anything, and if i dare try then it will be a complete mess.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
My favourite piece:- Hmm hard question, i think it would be Asia.Because it came out so well, just what i wanted.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
For me i took it as a challenge because as you can see there's a lot of really good artist their. Its a way to measure myself to the rest of the world in order to improve myself.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
"No seriouly that can't be you who's the real artist come on" as if i was that bad.





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Monday, February 8, 2010

Petitenessie

Nessie is known for her work with magazines. Nessie first started drawing when she was only 41 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the happy pressure of being a child prodigy gloriously got to her and she had a shiny breakdown, resulting in her cutting off her own paw! Nessie found blank inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in her morgue for all the monkeys to see! Nessie eventually got married to Johnny Depp and they remain together lavishly in their pool house with their 12 children. Nessie would like to thank Aerosmith, the hobbits and Matisse for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The hardest part for me is finding a good idea / theme... I'm really awful at that! The easiest part is generally drawing, adding details, inking...
My fear : I'm terrible at colors and I'm always afraid of ruining my drawing !

Which is your favourite piece and why?
I do a lot of cute things, but my two favorite pieces are 'vintage zombie' because it reflects the style I like most (twisted comic-book), and you are here to create, you are here to scream, a painting I made for my boyfriend who writes and plays music (artistic couple, neh ? ^^)

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
I really like having constructive comments, and challenging with all the great artists of this community. It reminds me I have a lot of work to do, and it inspires me.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Somebody suddenly went mad on my comments, insulting me and telling me I had no right to post such bad drawings ^^. I chose to laugh about it, and the guy stopped a few days later.





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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Unspoken Word

UPDATES
Wow. So Art Libs has almost been around for a year now. Sweet! I can honestly say that when I started this project, I didn’t know if it would take off or fail and be abandoned. So far we have a little bit of both. We have some loyal followers and great artists that contribute to our success, but we need to keep growing. I’ve decided that I’m going to try and post up some personal messages like this to keep you all in the know and let you know about cool things that I’ve discovered and such! Excited? You should be!

First of all, for anyone who doesn’t already know… ADAM HUGHES is going to be featured on Art Libs! His interview is going to be up on February 19, 2010. Make sure that you drop by to check it out!

Next on our list is a re-vamp. I would really love to update the blog and give it a less generic look… make it more like a web site with lots of stuff for you guys to check out, like a break down of what’s on the site (like the artists, which mediums are around… browse by medium etc.). I would love a logo revamp as well as some web site buttons made and so much more.


CONTEST
With the last part being said about a logo revamp and web site buttons. I’m proposing a contest! We want YOU to design a logo and/or web site buttons! If your logo is chosen here is what I’m offering as a prize (with possibly more to come!):
-a MONTH long feature
-questions geared specifically for you and your work
-DOUBLE the images that normally get featured
-a nice big link at the top of the page so everyone go directly to your link
-a big feature on my deviantART page

Now the rules are simple:
-I would love for the logo to be a variation of the original, but I am NOT opposed to change, it just really has to make sense for the web site
-the submitted works MUST be your own original pieces

If you are interested in participating, send me an email or a message on deviantART or leave us a comment below! I’m going to set up some deadlines and things soon and maybe I’ll even have a contest set up through deviantART as well! Keep your eyes peeled!


JIBBER JABBER
I love blogging. I love art. I love scouring the internet for new and exciting things. In the future, I’m going to try and show you guys some awesome links and things I’ve found, but for now, if you’re interested in checking out things I’ve found, go creep our new links page that has some awesome finds listed.

Friday, February 5, 2010

HamletMachine

HamletMachine is known for his work with kitties. HamletMachine first started drawing when he was only 5 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the silky pressure of being a child prodigy adverb got to him and he had a quick breakdown, resulting in her cutting off his own dick! HamletMachine found sexy inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his bedroom for all the pancakes to see! HamletMachine eventually got married to Sephiroth and they remain together slowly in their mouth with their 7 children. HamletMachine would like to thank Cloud, Napoleon and Da Vinci for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I'd say the easiest part is imagining what to draw! The challenge is getting the visual from your head onto the paper.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
Oh man, I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite drawing! But to not sabotage the interview, I'll suggest this one: '99 Problems' I have drawn the "giant robots vs. lone hero" concept a few times before (like an obsessive dork!) and this is the latest manifestation, so it's like the latest portrait of an old love! If that makes any kind of sense at all!

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
I enjoy looking at art! And DA has a lot to offer.. It's my greatest hope that perhaps, somehow, someone else could derive some pleasure from looking at mine? It's there for whoever is interested in seeing it! I guess I like to share!

What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Aha, I have gotten a comment that someone wanted "to have my babies", which just makes me think they're implying the desire for a second immaculate conception since I don't have a dick.





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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Agentagnes

Agnes is known for her work with dogs. Agnes first started drawing when she was over 9,000 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the sultry pressure of being a child prodigy slowly got to her and she had a sassy breakdown, resulting in her cutting off her own big toe! Agnes found spotted inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in her den for all the couches to see! Agnes eventually got married to Ronald McDonald and they remain together blandly in their barn with their .3 children. Agnes would like to thank George Washington, Zha Zha Gabor and James Jean for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The easiest is playing with an idea at the thumbnail/brainstorming stage. The hardest is translating that to a large, finished drawing. Lots of things that seem great in a hasty sketch don't end up translating to the finished product and need to be changed, especially in regards to layout of the art.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
It's the top piece in the preview for 15x13.
But you can't see it without the book! So I'll pick this one instead: Acrobats 2, It really fits with what I plan to do with the story, and the way the characters relate to each other - one is hiding something, they are physically close but mentally disconnected, one looks forward as the other looks inward, and one has a much darker outlook than the other.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
A lot of my friends are here, and it's easy for us to advertise each others' work to people who might like it. It's put my art in a place that is very accessible to interested viewers.

What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Oh, I've had many odd comments, but then again, I draw some unsual things. But here's an unprompted one on Spider's Prey
"nice concept, but its not good with a guy spider....needs to be female!!!"





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