Skating Kitchen = Skitchen

Have you ever wondered what happens when your kitchen is left all alone? Artist Benoit Jammes immagines that our fruits and veggies are not only alive, but active. In fact, he thinks they're taking advantage of the curves, ramps and dips in our kitchens to perform some epic skating tricks.

The series is called Skitchen and while it's adorable over all, there is at least one messy accident -this is why you wear helmets kids!

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Featured Designs from the NeatoShop:

Josean Rivera

My name is Josean Rivera, I'm a Philadelphia based artist/educator.  My work is of a peculiar nature in various mediums, mainly drawings and paintings.  Influenced by an interesting childhood in Italy, an obsession with dinosaurs, girls, and skulls, my work combines and explores these themes.  Although I work in different mediums and subjects, these themes are evident and revisited, creating new and strange imagery each time.
Commissions are available at times by contacting me at
Dilophosaurus- oil marker on canvas 2011
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Randy Bishop

Hello there!

My name is Randy Bishop. I'm currently still in school studying illustration. I would REALLY like to work in the entertainment industry as a character designer for animated films. I would also really like creating book covers. That would be fantastic!

I usually start an illustration with a drawing which I scan in and then paint digitally. I've tried several different methods for creating art, but this is my favorite. I'm still in school, but I'm definitely on the lookout for ANY potential jobs or clients.

You can visit my blog at or email me at for any information.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my stuff!


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Sam Branton

Hi there

My name is Sam Branton. I graduated from the Norwich School of Art in 2007 and have since been a working artist based in Oxford. I’m really interested in the relation between traditional drawing styles throughout art history and contemporary childish cartoons such as Ren and Stimpy and Anime. My work often combines these two leaving quite striking images. I think there’s a nice contrast between the sophisticated smartly attired figures standing proudly amongst these creatures which look sweet and innocent at first but on closer inspection can appear rather menacing and perverted.

Since leaving Art School I have been lucky enough to be included in some exciting shows, showing work in London, LA and Stockholm.

Here’s a collection of different pieces, I hope you enjoy them.

So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?

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Julia Feld

Hello Neatorama readers!  I'm thrilled to get to share my work with such a clever and cool group of internet-folk.  I am a mixed-media artist specializing in vintage book carvings.  I am a scientist by trade and have always enjoyed the visual elements of science (graphical representations of data, figures of theoretical models, diagrams of complex systems, etc).  People often focus on the information these elements contain, rather than appreciating their aesthetics.  I started carving books to draw attention to their beauty rather than their content.  I have made carvings that display the illustrations the books contain as well as some that depict topographical landscapes and "specimen boxes" that hold paper butterflies

Some people give me grief about destroying old books, so I think it is important to make clear that I love books, too!  Because of this, I only use books that are no longer appreciated  for their content, and I never carve rare or new books.  I've deliberately put down books (that would have made lovely carvings) if I think someone is likely to appreciate them intact.  My favorite subjects are reference books that are several editions out of date, rescued from garage sales, free giveaways, and second-hand shops.  Although most people aren't interested in these old books for the information they contain, carving them gives them a second chance to be of value.  My weapons of choice are exacto knives, rotary cutters, tweezers, rulers, pliers, files, custom cut panes of glass, and lots of glue.

All About House Plants

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Megan Coyle

My name is Megan Coyle and I'm a collage artist and designer working in the Washington, DC area. I started making collages back in high school when I experimented with mixed media. Since then, I've moved towards making artwork entirely from magazine strips.

I studied painting and creative writing in college and both areas have influenced the direction of my work. My studies in writing have made me become a storyteller with images where I illustrate narrative scenes from everyday life. As a painter, I liked using distinct brushstrokes and bold colors. With my collages, I try to recreate the look and feel of a painting through the manipulation of paper and magazine strips. The way I cut and layer paper often looks like the distinct brushstrokes I once used in painting.

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Michal Karmazon

Allo, my name is Michal Karmazon, and I'm a painter and draftsman living in California. I drew a lot when I was a kid, but then stopped and tried my hand at thousands of creative endeavors, to finally end up back where I started in 2009. Now it has become my life's mission.

My artwork is about people. I love the human form, whether it's portraits or figures. I want to show the beauty of it, as well as convey certain messages. Until recently I've worked only with graphite and charcoal, but have recently switched to paints.

An illustration for a band out of Orange County, California.
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Michele Banks

Hello!  My name is Michele Banks and I’m a painter living and working in Washington, DC.  You might say I took the scenic route to becoming a professional artist.  I studied political science and Russian and worked in London and Moscow as a business consultant.  When my husband was offered a job in Bermuda, I went along but was unable to work, so I had a baby and started painting.  Both have turned out very well!

I mainly work in watercolor. When people think of watercolor, they think of pretty flowers and peaceful landscapes. But watercolor’s clarity, transparency and ability to “bloom” or “bleed” make it a great choice for scientific effects also. When watercolor paint meets a wet surface, it forms gorgeous fractal patterns, like neurons or blood vessels. When I look at photos of cells under a microscope, I’m amazed by their resemblance to some of my paintings. I particularly love making pictures of cells in various stages of division, or mitosis – not only is it beautiful, but it’s really the foundation of life itself.

I’ve been selling my work though festivals and galleries in the DC area for eight years now.  I recently started selling online though Etsy.  My paintings are hanging in some very nice labs and university biology departments now, but if you want to buy some bacteria for the kitchen or bathroom, that makes me happy too.

1. Green Cell Telophase

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Nethery Engblom

Hi there! My name is Nethery Engblom and I am a cartoonist/children’s book illustrator. I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon, and making comics since I was in middle school. I grew up in both Texas and Alabama, and since 2005 I have been living in NYC. Thanks to my amazing parents and some hefty student loans from Sallie Mae, I graduated from SVA with my BFA in Cartooning. I am very inspired by my previous teachers David Sandlin, Peter McCarty and David Mazzucchelli. They helped me find my voice; discover my love for children’s books, and my passion for printmaking. As of right now, I am a freelance artist usually working on comic books for children or young adults, and on my free time I work on a picture book I am both writing and illustrating. My goal in life is to have my work published and spark some imagination and happiness into the lives of kids of every age. Check out some of my work below and let me know what you think!

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Bob Staake

Things people know about me:
. I'm the author and/or illustrator of over 50 books for kids
. I do work for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New York Times, MAD, TIME, MTV/Nickelodeon, Little Golden Books, Random House, Cartoon Network and Hallmark Cards
. I rarely pencil out an illustration before going straight to the final, color artwork
. I've designed, written and co-directed numerous episodes of Ren + Stimpy, Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack
. I still create all my work using Photoshop 3.0

Things people don't know about me:
. I was busted for climbing the Lincoln Memorial
. ID magazine named my studio one of 'The 40 Most Amazing Design Offices' in the world
. I've written stand-up material for Jay Leno, Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers
. I have one of the most extensive private collections of Heywood-Wakefield Mid-Century Modern furniture from the 40's and 50's
. I bake some pretty incredible double-fudge chocolate chip cookies

Scene from 'The Donut Chef' (2009, Random House and Golden Books)
Book reviewers always point out that my work has both a retro and contemporary feel. If I can have a lot of stuff going on in a scene, it keeps the book fresh the next time a kid (or parent) reads it.
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Hugh D'Andrade

I'm an artist and illustrator. Here are some of the things that inspire me and make me happy:
• watching kids interact with my art
• hearing people laugh when they look at my art
• breaking all the rules of typography
• using my favorite colors in my work, every day
• breaking things down into big, simple shapes and patterns
• seeing people I don't know who have my art tattooed on their bodies
• cashing checks from happy clients and customers

Below are some examples of my work (you can see more on my website and buy prints and originals in my online shop).

I've done rock posters for my friends' bands.
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Hi there Neatoramanauts!

We are id-iom, a South London gonzo design duo who are more than willing to take a punt at pretty much any design challenge! Determined never again to suffer under the yoke of an oppressive employer, this is our ongoing tale of two brothers who are going to take the world by storm or die trying! Hugo and the artist formerly known as Sholto, are both noisy and enthusiastic with a flair for creativity. Hugo's hands and feet however are proportionately too big for his body whilst Sholto's head is shaped like a peanut.

After finishing our respective universities and languishing in a number of dead end jobs it was decided it was time for something a bit different. Known for our mischievous take on pop culture, music & politics, our canvases and graffiti have adorned walls and sidewalks throughout London and Europe.

Never ones to follow trends, we try to work outside the conventional art world, engaging with real world issues in a provocative way. Our idiosyncratic approach is infused with rebellious edge and street-smart attitude - or at least we hope it is!

In order to introduce cognitive dissonance in non-believers all our designs have been carefully chosen and arranged to please believers and make them feel harmonious and confident whilst causing non-believers to become disorientated and mentally challenged. You have been warned.

Sholto & Hugo

Artist: id-iom
Title: Let it Ride
Media: Acrylic paint & paint pen
Size: 1m x 1m canvas set into table
The ‘Let It Ride’ table was perhaps one of my favourite commissions. It is named after an 80′s comedy featuring Richard Dreyfuss ( it only gets a 6.3 on IMDB but is well worth a watch!) Here is a link to our blog post about this piece that explains how it came into being.
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Teale Hatheway

My name is Teale Hatheway and I am a mixed-media painter living in and working about Los Angeles. My work is a study of community and history within Los Angeles, based on the concept of shared recognitions of monumental architecture, and combines distinct materials, from gold leaf to coarse, raw linen, glossy acrylic paint to matte, black ink. I assemble the parts of my paintings with the mind of an engineer, in very specific ways with very specific materials in a very specific order, but because I am painting, I have the pleasure of encouraging chance and creative impulse to hold sway and humanize the works. The result of these contrasts is sophisticated, earthy, tactile and bold. I am unapologetically Angeleno and a champion of beauty.

Victory – The Historic Bridges Over The Los Angeles
Ink, acrylic, gold leaf, copper leaf, chalk and grommets on canvas drop cloth. 9’x12’. 2010.

Victory – The Historic Bridges Over The Los Angeles is a cartographic representation of the Los Angeles River through Downtown looking North, including Griffith and Elysian Parks as well as the Silverlake Reservoir, with stylized elements of each historic bridge traversing the terrain. As an amalgamation of components of this remarkable collection of bridges, there is a puzzle-like quality to Victory, a non-literal landscape or an abstracted panoramic map of the Los Angeles basin, providing hints of locations, but leaving the answers un-spoken.
At twelve feet tall, this painting has presence. My attraction to searching for existing buildings or my own location on old, panoramic maps shifted during the process of working on Victory. Instead of leaning over a book and tracing a path with my finger, twelve feet of painting leans over me, enveloping me, and declaring my presence in every inch of the composition. Likewise, it is fascinating to watch people identify with particular parts of the work, thereby understanding a location within a larger map of related monuments, which are (from North to South):
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Lisa Evans

Hello! I'm an illustrator from Jersey (the small Jersey between France and England), currently living in England. I've been a freelance illustrator for 7 years, working on children's books, advertising campaigns and editorial commissions.
Alongside my commercial work I spend a lot of time working on personal projects. At the moment I'm learning 3D modelling in Autodesk Maya and Mudbox, which is a slow process as I'm easily distracted by the familiar world of 2D. I've also begun playing around in Game Maker, a mostly coding-free tool for creating computer games. I'm enjoying making my own games, as there's enormous appeal to creating an interactive world for my characters to live in :)

I'm inspired by science, technology and space exploration and I'm hoping at some point this will manifest in my work. That hasn't really happened yet! One of my goals is to find a way to communicate science through an emotional narrative, perhaps in a comic or game. That would be very satisfying!

A Bear For Lain
I was inspired by the anime show Serial Experiments Lain, and wanted to create a companion for Lain as she's very isolated within the show.

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Julia Wolfson

Daughter of an artist mother and a musical mathematician father, I came into the world with a nice balance of perspective and a tendency to refuse any one particular creative outlet. I grew up in New England and am currently living in Tokyo, where I earn a living working with 0-5 year olds while making art and music on the side. An active artist since the age of two or so, some of my earliest paintings include a psychedelic hillside spotted with black sheep (age 4), and a horse trying to eat grass as he gets sucked up into the stars (age 7).

I’ve been doing printmaking for about ten years, mostly woodcut and linocut with some silkscreen and lithography in between. I am largely self-taught, with a few courses in printmaking and animation completed at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I also create comics and embroidered drawings. My work has been described as narrative, and I like to explore topics of connectedness, instability and personal landscapes, always with a sense of humor. I love to work with high contrast, black and white, and flat imagery. My inspirations are very internal: dreams, visions and stream-of-consciousness doodles. I also have a bit of an obsession with kitchenware.

1. Kitchen Spread (green). This silkscreen print is from a series of textile-inspired pattern prints, in which I explore slicing up images and putting them on repeat. Bon appetit!
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Byung Kim

Hi my name is Byung and I am silkscreen artist from Los Angeles, California. I come from a background in architecture. It only took me 5 years of school and 4 years working in the field to realize that my real passion lies in art. I see my background in architecture as an essential part of my art. I do not believe that I would have created my current style if I never did architecture. Also my approach to almost systematically changing elements from one print to the other is probably due to my architectural background. Even my preferred medium of choice is influenced by architecture. I sketch my designs on paper first but finalize the color and designs in an architectural drafting program.

I love using the eye as my main motif in my work. It is easily recognized and unmistakable. It can be shown in a simple form but still have such a strong impact.

I have not named most of my prints. I see them more as a continued development and experimentation using the same theme. The prints are assigned a number to represent the order in which they have created.

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Laura Barnard

I'm an illustrator from that there UK, and specialise for the most part in drawing cityscapes and buildings, and the more complicated they are the better.

I've worked on everything from wallpapers for the big dudes like HP to flyers for local arts collectives, and loved working on all of them. There's a few things in the pipeline at the moment but I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting projects.

I use both digital and analogue methods, so some are drawn with pen and ink (and yes, I do get through several pens on the big cityscapes - there's a certain amount of satisfaction in 'finishing a pen') and some I draw straight onto the computer, and some are a mixture of both.

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Rob Bridges

I grew up in East Los Angeles, where schools lacked proper funding. To get me to read my photocopied primers, my father (an artist himself), drew pictures in the handouts. His attempts missed the mark, and I became more fascinated with the drawings than learning to read. I began honing my craft, making drawings on the inside of my father’s books (much to his chagrin…). Rather than scribble on books, these days my work is done on paper and illustration board. I work mainly in gouache and sometimes watercolor. My art is a throwback to my youth, fairytales tinged with a bit of the odd and mysterious. Someone once wrote that my work has a “timeless feel with a dark and whimsical edge”. I like that.

I currently live with my wife and daughter in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky. Other than illustration I like to spend my time running. I have a running stroller that my daughter loves. We get to spend time together as well as getting a bit of exercise, and you can’t beat that. I am hoping to eventually break into the young adult and children’s book illustrating. (Note to publishers and agents: …I’m available.) I hope people can relate to my work and enjoy it as much as I enjoy creating my art. Feel free to drop me a line and say hi.

1. Trip to the Moon (working title) – Gouache on board
This is a panel from a children’s book I am currently working on. My plans are to self publish, sell them through my shop and use as a portfolio piece to send to publishing houses.
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Lee Gainer

My name is Lee Gainer and I am a visual artist in the metro DC area (USA).  My work uses found and created imagery to visually analyze social rules, hidden messages, the psychology behind these ideas and beliefs, and how they alter our behavior.  I am interested in exploring how the possible hidden messages in modern media (commercials, advertising, the web, billboards, etc.) can manipulate us in how we define things, such as what beauty should look like or what success should be.  There are certain unwritten rules that many of us know and live by and I am curious as how they came to be.

For instance, many in the US know of the two month salary rule for buying diamond engagement rings.  It turns out that this was a marketing scheme created by DeBeers in the early 20th century.  They began with one month's salary and then later upped it to two.  Today, the two month's rule has become a romantic tradition in America.  A tradition where a man's love for his future spouse is judged by the size of a shiny rock or rather, what is the bling factor.  I created a print series and a book, both called Two Months' Salary, that shows groups of engagement rings based on the average salaries of several occupations.  I expected to see a difference in the rings according to their price tag but many of them look very similar.  The 2 sets (husband and wife) of 20 prints are 10" x 8".  The book is available through my website.

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Dustin Timbrook

My name is Dustin Timbrook and I'm an artist working in Huntsville, Alabama. I have a studio in a big, century-old factory space called Lowe Mill that has been converted into work space for dozens of local artists. Last year I quit my day job as a high school art teacher to move into my studio space and make a living off of art alone. It hasn't been easy, but I'm doing alright and I'm doing what I love for a living, so I have no complaints.

I've been drawing, painting, sculpting, and making music and videos since I was a tiny kid. I studied painting at the University of Montevallo, mostly working in oil. Lately though I have been hooked on painting with watercolors, and my work has become very vibrant and lighthearted. I usually work in a stream-of-consciousness manner, making things up and adding to an artwork as I go along - like incredibly detailed doodling. The little vignettes that I paint usually start with a human or animal figure and I build from there. I decide what characters, objects, and environments to add as the scene develops. Leaving the end result of a piece a mystery keeps the painting process fresh and exciting for me. Plus, it results in my paintings being absurd and comical, which is my favorite kind of work to create. I have a website to display, write about, and sell my work.

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Josh Martin

So hello, I'm Josh, and I'm a photographer living in Seattle.  I take pictures of the city and of industrial places around the Pacific Northwest, but you wouldn't necessarily know that from looking at my work.  I seek out rusty, weathered surfaces and crop out the surroundings, mostly, so though there may be a small identifying detail that gives a sense of size or place, for the most part the images just become pure abstractions of color and form.

And that's what I like about them - they're pretty and gritty and fun to look at.  It doesn't need to go any deeper in meaning than that (unless you want it to, of course - be my guest!).  I want people just to enjoy them because they're neat looking! Plus I think it's cool that they kind of look like paintings, and I love printing them out on huge stretched canvases to emphasize that effect. I'm ridiculously new at this, and 2010 marks the first year that I've decided to make my work public.  Even though I grew up in a household with a photography professor and an art historian/art journalist for parents, I was always dissuaded from pursuing any sort of career in the art world (strange, right?), so I sort of kept my light under the proverbial bushel until recently.  And how do my parents feel about my work now that I'm in my 40's, you may ask? I'm happy to say they've come around and they're extremely supportive. Hooray!

clearing - I love the little patch of blue just aching to open up amid all the rust and become open sky.
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Ellen Eilers

Ellen Eilers creates amazing folk art paintings at her kitchen table, something she’s been doing for the past 40 years. Now 93 years-old, Ellen studied art in college but became an elementary school teacher and mother of four children before becoming a professional artist.

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Kristin Kwan

I have been drawing since I can remember, and was lucky to always have enthusiastic encouragement from my parents. When I was little I loved drawing animals, especially birds and dinosaurs, and I almost drove my mother crazy collecting dead birds to study and draw. I thought I might become a marine biologist or a paleontologist when I grew up, but by age 12 or so, I knew I wanted to be a professional artist. These days I'm still predominantly inspired by images of the natural world. I mostly paint in watercolor or draw with a mechanical pencil and use watercolor wash on top.

I live in southern New Mexico with my husband David and our cat Vinnie Vinosovich. In my spare time I like to tend my flower garden, go jogging early in the morning, and read (especially science fiction). Right now, due to space constraints, I'm focusing on small paintings, but as soon as I move into my larger studio area I'm going to be experimenting with large scale watercolors.


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Ken Turner

Ever since I could hold a pencil, I was a habitual doodler.  I'd doodle on napkins, paper bags, desktops (and spent many recesses cleaning desks as a reward for my creations) - you name it.  I have a few of my old grade school and high school notebooks and the margins are virtually covered in scribbles and drawings.

I started making custom Converse out of necessity more than anything else.  I'm a Converse collector and I wear them frequently.  I have over 30 pair, however here in Canada, the really funky designs are difficult to come by and they tend to be expensive.  One day I thought to myself 'Why not just make my own Converse?'.  And so I did.  And they were terrible.  BUT . . . they were'nt terrible enough to deter me from trying again.  And again.  And again.  It took a few tries but I managed to work out some kinks in my approach (black sucks as a base colour and Sharpies run if you get them wet without sealing them first, for example).  Soon, armed with an assortment of fabric pens, fabric paint and brushes, Sharpies and Mod Podge (for sealing the ink and rendering it water resistant), I was whipping out shoes faster than a bunch of rabid monkeys at a podiatrist convention (I dunno what that means - remember when I said things whirl through my head?  That was one of them).

The process is relatively simple.  I draw out the design on the shoe, and then simply start painting.  Recently I've been experimenting with 3D designs with relative success.  I have a pair of Spider-Man/Venom shoes that have black goop attacking the Spidey image and a Ghostbusters pair that have been slimed with ectoplasm.  I also have a Freddy Krueger shoe that is ripped and torn, exposing Freddy's signature singed flesh below the green and red striped fabric.  I've also managed to get a few of these designs into the hands of some celebrities - Henry Winkler, John Schneider, Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters, Dave Thomas from Bob and Dough MacKenzie and SCTV, and Lou Ferrigno.

1. BatVillain - I'm a huge Batman fan (I have a room in my home dedicated solely to The Dark Knight).  These were one of my early attempts with fabric markers.  They turned out pretty well, I think.
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Claire Hardman

G’day; Being a sheep grazier in the Strzelecki Ranges, Victoria Australia, is an exercise in bloody-mindedness.  Many would say that we’re living the dream and I guess we are.  It is beautiful here, surrounded by rainforest, fresh air and acres of blue sky.
To relax I do stuff; everything from computer graphics, textile art, sculpting, etching, individualising reading spectacles, painting (watercolour and gouache), illustrating, portraits and caricatures of locals, wine making, curing meats, and anything else that takes my fancy.
A couple of months ago, needing an egg cup, I became frustrated at the lack of imaginative egg cups available.  Eventually it all became too much for me and I decided to make my own - gargoyle egg cups were born.
I am still busy with sheep, replanting ‘The Bush’, commissioned art and graphics work, learning Klingon (weird woman), learning free form rock climbing (some would say that farming here is the same thing), flying RC helicopters and exploring new and interesting things.
I word of warning; I have an irrepressible and sometimes wicked sense of humour.

Chocolate Yum! 130mm x 130mm (unframed). Ink and gouache on heavily textured rag paper.
This is one in a series of caricatures of me I did for a small exhibition.  They were happily accepted and displayed by the organising committee, however, after the exhibition had closed they reminded me that the theme had been small and nude.  In retrospect my oversight was probably due to a deep-seated lack of interest in exposing my privates in public -  I’ll blame my parents (chuckle). I am asked to do caricatures on a regular basis now which I put down to a lot of very good humoured people living in the bush who are happy in their own skins and enjoy a good laugh.

Baring Their Soles 900mm x 460mm (framed).  Hand quilted and dyed silk (sold)
Never having worked with textiles before this was a challenge.  The feet are those of my long suffering husband, mine, and those of two friends who  were not nimble enough to escape my grasp. I rather feel that feet are a neglected part of our anatomy. The challenge was not only to reproduce form but texture and movement. The silk fabric and quilting provided the texture of soles while the foot prints in the background portray the motion.  The piece was entered in an exhibition with a textile/nudity theme and to my surprise, was sold on the opening night.  I’ve not done a very good job of photographing it but I hope you get the general idea.
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Jason LaFerrera

I've been collecting maps for almost as long as I've been making art with a computer, close to ten years now. When I initially had the idea of making collages of maps into fauna, I couldn't bring myself to cut up the objects I treasured so deeply. From the colorful lines to the assortment of fill types, the tattered papers had been preserved for too long for me to destroy them with scissors. Even if I were to create something new from their destruction, the world would be with one less artifact. It's at this point when I truly saw the beauty of using the computer, the benefit of the truest sense non-destructive editing. Incidentally this allowed me to overcome one of the largest hurdles I had faced while making digital art; the maps added texture and depth to a medium that I have often struggled to make appear less flat and lifeless.

I will be having my first solo exhibition, From Here to Over There, on July 9th at Chop Suey Books in Richmond, VA. This will be followed by another show, The Atlas is Painless, opening on July 15th at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee.

Here is a peek at some of my work:

Yellow Eyed Junco

The first piece I made using this new digital technique. I tried to emulate aves in poses reminiscent to field guides or old Audubon illustrations. The first series I began working on contain a hodgepodge of maps. I was more concerned with connecting color and texture than location.
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Lorraine Nam

Cut paper is a medium deeply rooted in history and tradition.  In this way, I hope to modernize this cut paper medium. Light and shadow is also important in my work. The light transforms the two-dimensional paper by creating a shadow. The shadow indicates space, which allows the piece to become three-dimensional. These pieces are all cut from a single sheet of paper with an exacto blade.

1. This piece titled Rice Husband is one of three hand cut paper pieces about superstitions that my mother told me. I draw inspiration from my Korean background and upbringing and juxtapose these cultural symbols with more contemporary imagery. This particular one is about how my mother told me to finish every single grain of rice at every meal. If I didn't, each grain that I left behind will become a physical mark on my future husband's face.
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Mark Hosford

I am an artist and professor of printmaking and drawing based in Nashville, TN. As a child with an overactive imagination, I often envisioned the world as nothing more than dolls and creatures acting out fantastic narratives. I had a difficult time keeping my head in reality, and I never knew when something I was staring at would become a magical door to another world. When I slept, I was constantly visited by fantastic nightmares. My dreams were inescapable and graphic, filling my mind with vivid images I wanted to relay upon waking.

My prints, drawings, and animations draw from my influences of fantastic, imaginative worlds and lucid dreams. I draw my subject matter from questions, emotional reactions, and fascinations. I use my art to explore the human condition, revealing my personal view of the world, in the hope that others will compare and relate this exploration to their own. It is my belief that the sharing of stories and emotions helps humankind to understand themselves better by peering into the thoughts of others.

Plate 1

In this series about the my unconscious thought process, I print out an original rorschach inkblot used in psychoanalysis in light grey. I then draw directly over the shape in pencil with my first impulse of what I see in the abstract forms.
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Gilbert Ford

I'm Gilbert Ford and I work inside of a converted old studio inside of a pencil factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with many other illustrators. I do editorial illustration, advertisements, children’s books, and product illustration. I have recently authored and illustrated a picture book called FLYING LESSONS, published by Disney.

My work is influenced by elements from the classic era illustration and animation, but told with a modern twist. My pictures are either colorful and saturated, or in a minimal color palette based on screen printing. My personal work, whether created through writing a story, creating a screen print, or doing variations on a singular theme, tries to press the boundaries of how we commonly perceive things- both visually and verbally- through a cartoon world of bizarre comparisons, abstract analogies, and clever puns.

This was done as my response to an art show about the great out doors. Rather than do a pretty picture about nature, I wanted to comment on hunters who enjoy the great outdoors and the violence hidden beneath the surface. I love creating visual puns and I thought it would be fun to turn the actual hunt into the actual outcome-a dead deer.

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Patrick Palmer

By Patrick Palmer: I am a traditionally trained artist – I try to capture the beauty of the female form with a minimum of marks - you can recognise someone from 100 yards even though you cannot see any detailed features. Capturing this essence is what I am constantly trying to achieve.

I have a diploma from Heatherley's School of Art in Chelsea and another at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. I have also been given extensive personal tuition from a close friend of Francis Bacon and a senior lecturer at The Royal Academy.

I am now lucky to exhibit in 4 galleries in the UK and various art shows.

Anna Friel: I know Anna and really wanted to capture her. I was playing around with various colour washes as a background to standard charcoal drawings and I started this drawing on a scrap of paper as an experiment. This was a bit of a struggle but I was happy in the end. It sold at the Affordable Art Fair. The yellow-ochre colour made it.

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