Friday, July 15, 2011

Mr. Artiste's (ridiculous) Art Q&A

Carnotaurian by Bobby Esckelson
Dear Mr. Artiste,

Why won't you draw my tattoo for free? I'll tell everyone about it and you can add it to your portfolio and I will pay you later when I get paid next month and anyway you enjoy drawing don't you? So it's not really work!



Dear Anonymous,

So let me get this straight... the tattoo artist makes money, you end up with a free design and money in the bank with interest from your job so I *might* get paid later, while my reward is word of mouth advertising that I give away free artwork to anyone who asks?  Um, let me think this over carefully. No.

Art materials are expensive, time away from paying clients is losing business, art school isn't free, and advertising that I undervalue my skills enough to give away my intellectual property damages my professional integrity. If you would like a free tattoo design, perhaps you should draw it yourself and test your theory that it isn't really work. 

Mr. Artiste


Dear Mr. Artiste,

All my family members want free art! Whenever a holiday comes around they ask for original paintings, drawings, or free prints. For a while I gave into their requests - but now it's just too expensive. How do you handle family members who want freebies?


 Custom Bridal Bouquet by Susie Tenzer
Dear Anonymous,

So let's imagine for Don't Step on a Bee Day (this is a real holiday mind you) my imaginary Great Aunt Elma asks for a painting of pink roses, and my little faux cousin Jeffery wants a baseball mural, and before I know it I'm working full-time for my hypothetical family.  No thank you, I love you guys and all my other pretend extended family, but I just can't.  

I approach the matter with love and honesty: I tell Great Aunt Elma that I'd love to give her a painting if she could pay for the equivalent in art supplies and art classes and time, and once she realizes the huge expense this is to her, she may actually just say oh gosh, I'm rather unable to contribute right now, perhaps I can just ask for some real pink roses instead?  And seeing as little Jeffery has the attention span of a bumblebee I find some baseball cards instead and he couldn't care less; hypothetical families rule, of course real ones will be a bit more complex, but if they love us and respect us as artists, they should understand.

Mr. Artiste

If you have something to add to our spoof art column, feel free to comment below!


Friday, July 8, 2011


Tsunami (Mermaid Tears) by Artist Andrea
... Hannahbird!!!  This gorgeous tote was in our ASG Giveaway this month, and Artist Andrea kindly donated her artwork for the event!  It was a scavenger hunt created by Allie Thomas (who also antiquated the photographs below using a polaroid photo maker)... and here are the answers:

1) Q: Name that painting:
A: Tsunami (also Mermaid Tears)

2) Q: What UK publication did Artist Andrea illustrate the cover design for?
A: Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration

3) Q: How many pieces can you post on "your own personal critique for May"
A: 3

Little Mermaid Tote
Artist Andrea

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Creature Collaboration - Louise van Terheijden (part III)

third rectangle of creature collaboration by Louise van Terheijden
Keep your EYES PEELED for a chance to WIN the finished painting!

Six artists from around the world are shipping a painting from one person to the next, adding their own interpretation to the Creature Collaboration.  

What inspires me?
What inspires me most is people, their relationships, their dreams, desires, what make them sad, happy,etc. and nature has a big influence. Matisse is my favorite Artist. He inspired me the most in using color.

What is my technique? 
Technique can be anything. Paper, Paint, watercolors ink, pencil, and the computer. I mix all those techniques like in the serie Violas. I started to make studies of trees and flowers. I made collages of them and they ended up in a digital piece of art using programmes like Illustrator and Photoshop on my Mac.

How is my art different from other artists? 
I can’t tell what is different in general from other artists. My work is maybe unique because I use different techniques to create a picture. And I like transparency. Color is important too. Color, Transparency, Poetical.

Why do I do this particular kind of art?
Being able to produce prints makes it possible to make affordable Art. People can enjoy my work at home. I keep the editions limited so they are still unique.

The complete Creature will be unveiled at the end!
To view the previous Creature Collaboration installment, click here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hellgirl poet Anastasia Brown - interview by Allie Thomas

Anastasia Brown
Anastasia Brown's poem Hellgirl was chosen as May's Line & Lyric theme.  Allie Thomas interviewed Ana about her work and inspiration:

Ana is a 16 year old writer, usually of stories, but occasionally of poetry too. She is pretty deep and insightful, and very creative. She spent half her life in her birth country New Zealand, and now attends an International School in the Netherlands. She understands difference, hates injustice, and adores her cat. 

1) Who are you and what do you do?
I am a student at an International School in the Netherlands.

2) When did you first start writing? Do write anything besides poetry (short stories, fiction, etc)? 
I first started writing pretty much as soon as I had learned to write. I was writing my own stories from about the age of 8. Mostly what I write are stories, I would like to write a novel.

3) What poet/writers do you admire? 
C.S Lewis, Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe, at the moment I am into reading detective/forensics novels from a variety of writers.

4) Do you have a special place that you like to write? 
Not really, mostly I write either at my desk in my room or in the living room. Its handy to have a laptop.

5) What was your inspiration for 'Hellgirl'?
I'm not sure, I was kind of daydreaming and playing Sims and it just came to me. I was inspired by things in my life at the time and this cartoon series I was watching at the time.

Roam by Davs, inspired by Hellgirl
6) If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I am a huge X-men fan, and there are so many really cool superpowers that the X-men have, it would be hard to choose just one. I would love to have accelerated healing and the claws like Wolverine- but then again being able to control kinetic energy or something would be awesome too.

7) Would you be willing to share another poem with us?
If I write another one I like, of course!!

8) Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I don't know, I wish I could be certain about what I want to do with my life, there are so many choices and it seems like I always change what I want. I think in ten years time I will hopefully have found out what I want to do and be doing that thing I want to do.
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