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Friday, July 23, 2010

Gris Grimly

Today our very very special guest is Gris Grimly. Also someone you should know about. He's worked with the likes of authors like Neil Gaiman to create amazing works such as The Dangerous Alphabet:


Fancy schmancy, right? Well check out some more of his work and you should all check out the previously mentioned book, The Dangerous Alphabet





Please make sure to check out his web site! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Loic Zimmerman

We have the brilliant Loiz Zimmerman on Art Libs today... if you aren't familiar with his art... you should be. It's amazing. I've been really awful with features lately, so I'm gonna post up a bunch of his photos instead of just a couple... Enjoy!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Getting started is not always easy and finishing is often tricky.
90% of the process is about being in conflict with myself and wondering why the image suck.
The last 10 are a mix of joy and excitement. Proportions may change.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
In details, annedotes, misunderstanding. You think you see something but it's not. And then it's up to you to bring to life what you thought you saw .

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I guess it helps not to feel alone. It's a way to get the feedback you need to evolve and become better at what you do. In the meantime it can become a massive waste of time and you have to be careful on how much time you spend on those. I think you should always ask people with experience when it comes to opinions. it may hurts, but it will help you way much more than WAHHHs and HOOOsss.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
(online printing service) : "we like your works but they look like overscaled jpegs and we cannot have them in our catalogue".

What advice can you offer to other artists?
It's not an easy life. It requires dedication. A lot of it.








Please make sure to check out his web site! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Elina Kasesalu

Still trying to get back into the swing of things with posting pretty regularly. But we're on a roll this week! Today we have Elina Kasesalu's beautiful art on the site. Read what she has to say and check out some of her work!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
As far as I´m working the way I like it´s quite easy. But when someone
else or even several people are between process, it can be very hard
for me. Because everyone has their own opinions and taste, so it´s
complicated to put all different advises into one piece. Also when I´m
working with some project too long, I can even start to hate it.
Freedom makes the artistic process easy. I like creativity of the
process - I never know how the result will look like.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
It can happen everywhere. Ideas don´t ask time or place - they come
when they want. Music or looking other artists work inspires me a lot.
Sometimes directional thinking helps me come up with ideas.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as
deviantART, to aspiring artists?

To show you works worldwide. To be noticed. To get some feedback. To
get some inspiration from other artists. When I`m looking some great
masterpiece it makes me feel to try to do something same great.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever
received on a piece of art?

Well, don´t remember :) Have to check deviantART for examples.
Now, when I am looking those comments, I find lots of them quite
funny, especially when I don´t see pictures beside them:
"Nice socks and nice feet", "Girl your mad", "Too cool for school!",
"Give me a clue. Where you playing an ABBA?" "Holy mother of god! what
the hell was that?. i love it!", "Very disturbing!"

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Try different things-styles to express yourself. I don´t know - is
sticking on one style good or bad feature? At least for me it doesn´t
suit.





Please make sure to check out her web site! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Krista Huot

Krista Huot is an amazing painter and all round artist. She was thrilled with the idea of being featured on the site and sent us a couple images over we could use to feature her work. Check it out!





Please make sure to check out her web site! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Joi Carey

Again, I am so sorry for my absence. I hope there are still people out there that come to visit the blog. It's not inactive, I've just been ridiculously overwhelmed with life! First of all, we have the lovely Joi Carey on the blog today to show us her brilliant photography. And secondly, I just thought I would let everyone know that in the near future we will be having some help from additional authors. Look forward to reading some articles and features from fresh faces. Without further delay, I give you the art of Joi Carey!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I think for myself, extreme self criticism is a big issue. When you constantly expect to deliver a certain level of work it hinders how much you are willing to experiment if it pushes you outside of your "perfect" box. It also dilutes the amount of visible work I put out there as I don't find much of my work "acceptable". I tend to paint when I get tense as I know I am terrible at it, but find it a stress reliever as I know it will be an ugly mess that I won't care about.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by the things and people around me.
I keep files of photographs that I love, but I rarely dip into it unless it is for a fashion or commercial set that I am looking for lighting ideas. My tastes do lean to the unusual. If I had the means i would constantly shoot less usual models . I love scars, little people, extreme body modifications, circus people, amputees etc..I find much more beauty in the atypical.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Online communities are great motivators to keep you creating. You see a constant flow of work which can inspire you to keep going when you are feeling a bit "stuck". Also it is good to have fresh eyes there to judge your work. Often on art social sites I will put up work I am not crazy about, just to see how it is judged by the public.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I think the oddest comments on my work are often from people who have problems distinguishing art from pornography.
I have received comments that are sexual in nature about the models as well as comments from religious people who tend to want to save my soul, though I still haven't figured out what is so sacrilegious about the unclothed human figure.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Try not to compare yourself to other artists. Just stay true to your own vision and work hard to develop your technique.
Each year look back at your work and see if you have improved. If you aren't happy with where you have gone that past year, take a step back and see what you can do during the next year to improve. Just take baby steps..your work will improve.






Please make sure to check out her deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!