Friday, March 30, 2012

5 Blogs You Should Be Reading

I reached 75 posts... woohoo!!

When I wrote my 50th post I featured 5 bloggers I found since starting my blog, I'm doing the same for 75! If you'd like to read about the first 5 fantastic bloggers go here.

Here are some great art and design blogs Ive found through Flickr, Illustration Friday, and the Sketchbook Project:

1. Concertina Press

Ruth Bleakley is a bookbinder and stationary designer from Massachusetts. I was automatically drawn to her stationary design; it combines two of my favorite things: vintage illustration and the ocean. If you have a Pinterest account you'll drool over the beautiful nautically themed boards she puts together! Check out her other blog on her website for even more inspiration.
Links! Website * Blog * Etsy * Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

 2. Mat Pringle

Mat Pringle is an illustrator from London. I think his 'Spirit Bears of California' series is fantastic, lately he's been balancing his colorful, quirky bears with somber black and white illustrations of musicians, writers, and other notable faces. He's had work printed on Threadless... I own several Threadless shirts, so I think this is beyond awesome!
Links! Website * Blog * Etsy * Twitter * Flickr * Threadless

 3. Rubin Pingk

Rubin Pingk's illustrations are detailed, fantastic, and sometimes just plain strange... so of course I'm a fan. I especially like any of his illustrations with bug and beetle elements. If you look through his blog you'll probably notice another reason why I'm an obvious fan: Batman illustrations! If you know me, then you'll know that I've read soooo many Batman comics. He's also got a great sense of humor!
Links! Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Art House Co-op * Skine Art

4. Helena Perez Garcia
 Helena Perez Garcia is a designer and illustrator from Spain. I love her modern day fairy tale illustrations, and started following her blog as soon as I saw them. Her balance of color and black and white makes her illustrations unique and striking... she has a one-of-a-kind style that I'd be able to spot from across the room. She recently started printing her illustrations on shirts available here.
Links! Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Flickr * Big Cartel

5. Rob Jelinski

Last, but definitely not least is New Jersey designer, Rob Jelinski. This guy's done so much work to promote The Sketchbook Project. On his blog you'll find profiles of artists from around the world and their sketchbooks along with other cool Sketchbook Project videos, events and inspiration. His own sketchbooks are crazy impressive (this is his second year with the project). On top of all of that goodness you'll find quality graphic design work on his website; next time you need design work keep him in mind!
Links! Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Art House Co-op * YouTube

There you have it! Go to their blogs and hit the follow button, or subscribe to their RSS feeds... you won't be sorry! While you're at it go ahead and visit all of the other links. It's Friday! You deserve to spend some time looking at beautiful things on the internet :)

I had such a hard time deciding who to feature for this post. I read so many great blogs by so many talented people! I'm toying with the idea of having features like this every 10 posts instead of 25.

What do you think? Do you enjoy these as much as me? Should I post these more often?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

4 x 6 Exchange!

Hive I, acrylic ink & micron pen on watercolor paper, 4 x 6", 2012.
I signed up to participate in Art-House Co-op's 4x6 Exchange. Artists from all over the world will be trading 4x6" artwork. For such a small work area this took a long time!

I'm excited to see what I'll get in the mail in return!

On a completely unrelated note, I was featured in two wonderful blogs this week. Check out an interview on Jess Buckley's blog, and a sweet French inspired collection on the Concertina Press blog.

Check back tomorrow for my 75th post where I'll be featuring some great art, design and illustration blogs :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Illustration Friday: Shades

I've been drawing and painting tiny butterflies in all shades of yellow and orange. Each is drawn with Prismacolor pencils and painted with acrylic ink.

I'm practicing drawing small for Art House Co-op's 4x6 Exchange.

Happy First Day of Spring!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lapins Colorés

I finished my rabbit set! These will be my last rabbit drawings for a while... I want people to know that I can draw other things too...

I drew these so I'd have something spring/Easter related in my Etsy store. I think they look better as a set than individually.

All of these bunnies were drawn with graphite and watercolor on Rives BFK. Here's a look at some of the details:

It's definitely going to be a warm, spring-like week in Philadelphia... maybe some real bunnies will come out to enjoy the weather.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Work in Progress

 I always like blogs where people show their work process, so I decided to post a little of what I'm currently working on. The rabbit on the left is my preliminary drawing with graphite on canson paper. The one on the right is the finished rabbit with watercolor and graphite on Rives BFK.

This will be a set of five rabbits in different colors...hopefully completed by the weekend! I've been working on my lettering a lot because it's not my strongest skill; I'm liking how it looks so far for this project.

Are you ready for spring?
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