Artists Around The World: Artist Blog Hop!

I was so honored to be invited by the lovely and talented Jana Curll to do an “Artist Around The world: Artist Blog Hop” post. What is an “Artist Blog Hop” you ask? In this post, I will introduce the artist who introduced me, answer a few questions about me as an artist, and I will introduce a few artists who I find inspiring. So much fun! Ready? Here we go!

JANA CURLL

I know Jana through Lilla Rogers’ Bootcamp class, and her work first caught my eye through her submission on the jello assignment. She is a genius on using very simple and bold geometric shapes to compose her jello. It is just so much fun to look at! Her color palette is ingenious as well, as she juxtaposes the colorful jello with white cake stands to create intriguing visual contrast.

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The piece that first caught my eye! Copyright © Jana Curll

She uses textures deliciously in her work. Everything about her work is playful, whimsical and fearless, and her colors are always very well planned out.

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Copyright © Jana Curll

With her undeniable talent, she got herself into the Top 50 of Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search, and below are two of her submissions. As you can see, she always has a character or two in her work that are so much fun. Please check out her website to see more of her work!

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Jana’s entry to GTS round 1. Copyright © Jana Curll

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Jana’s entry to GTS Round 2. Copyright © Jana Curll

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

1. What am I working on?

I have only became serious with art and illustration earlier in 2014 when I joined Lilla Rogers’ Bootcamp and MATS (A) classes. So in a way I am a newbie, and I don’t have a lot of exciting projects going on. Recently I have just finished my journey in the Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search. I was lucky enough to get into the top 50 for the second round, but didn’t advance to the final round. My plan of becoming one of Lilla’s artists will be put on hold for now!

I am also working on developing a portfolio for children’s arts and products, and I am getting ready to send out my work to a few potential companies and children’s book publishers. I may also try to seek representation from an art or literary agent, as it is my dream to illustrate for children’s story books. I am also hoping to establish my Etsy shop soon.

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My entry to GTS Round 1

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My entry to GTS Round 2

 

2. How does my work differ from other work in its genre?

I always like to instill a bit of story and humor in my work whenever possible. I want to make people laugh, and I want to touch their hearts when they are not laughing. I hope that sets me apart somewhat! Other than that, my 2.5 year old son is the center of my universe at the moment, so I tend to enjoy more on creating art that has a boyish flare / humor in it.

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3. Why do I create?

Wait…. are you implying there is a way of life where people don’t create?

 

 4. How does my creative process work?

I would read and understand the assignment, and possibly ask as many questions as I can to understand what my client wants. I will then spend a block of time on researching and developing a concept, looking at as many reference images as possible. I may get a reference mood board together. Then, I sketch my ideas with pencil on paper.

If I am creating a vector illustration, I will scan my sketches and trace them in Adobe Illustrator. It is pretty straight forward. I may add in textures later in Photoshop.

If I am drawing them with a brush, I will re-draw my favorite sketch(es) a selected paper stock, and then I paint. My usual favorite medium is watercolor. I tried gouache too but I haven’t been able to like it. Sometimes I actually scan and briefly trace and define my colors in Illustrator first before painting. It is super time-consuming so I am hoping eventually I can streamline this process a bit and work faster. I will then scan and composite my final composition in Photoshop.

 

 INSPIRATION

I have so many artists that I find inspiring, and I want to introduce you to three of them!

1. AMBER GOODVIN

First there is Amber Goodvin. I know about Amber from Lilla Rogers’ MATS (A) class, and I’ve been obsessed with her work since. She is a lettering artist and illustrator at Hallmark, and her work is beyond beautiful! She is currently living in Lawrence, KS with her family, and she teaches handlettering to design students. I love how her work always have that authentic and handmade quality to it, and her style is always refreshing. With her art and illustration, she has a way with simplifying her subject matter into very simple and organic shapes and forms, with very warm handmade textures. Here are some samples of her illustration and hand lettering work.

Amber’s submission to MATS (A) Home Decor week. Copyright © Amber Goodvin

Amber’s submission to MATS (A) Gifts Week. I LOVE this to death. The colors and the story with the dress and the fruit basket reminds me of a lovely spring or fall picnic. Copyright © Amber Goodvin

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I can not stop drooling over this! Copyright © Amber Goodvin

She is also the reason why I even wanted to try hand lettering myself! You can see more of her work at her website.

 

2. OANA BEFORT

Then there is my idol Oana Befort. I came to know about Oana through a previous client of mine, and I have been so intrigued by her work since! She is actually one of the reasons why I was interested in trying watercolor myself in the first place. She paints a lot of flowers and beautiful animals within her bouquets, and her watercolors are so detailed. Her subjects are always filled with beautiful complex textures that just makes everything even more amazing. On top of that, she does beautiful hand lettering as well. How can anyone not love her work? See more of her work at her website!

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Look at all that detail within the owl’s scarf! Copyright © Oana Befort

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3. LUCKY NIELSEN

Last but not least, I want to introduce one more artist: Lucky Nielsen. I am breaking the rule here. When I first got in touch with her to ask for her permission to feature her work on my post, she told me she was actually tagged the week before, and her blog post would come out the same time as mine! Well, I am just going to feature her anyway because I love her work so much! Besides, everyone within our bootcamp group seemed to have had a post done already!

I knew Lucky through my MATS (A) and Bootcamp classes, and have became a big fan. She was also one of the semi-finalists on Lilla’s Global Talent Search. I was so shocked and saddened that she didn’t get into the final round (I liked her entry more than mine, haha). That was when I go look at her blog, and thought she hasn’t done the blog hop yet.

Lucky’s entry to the first round of Global Talent Search 2014. Copyright © Lucky Nielsen

Lucky’s entry to the second round of Global Talent Search 2014. Can you believe this didn’t get her into the final round? I would LOVE to have this on a t-shirt! Copyright © Lucky Nielsen

One of her assignment submissions at Lilla Rogers’ MATS (A) class, for a storybook cover, The Fox and The Crow. The expressions of the characters cracked me up, and I love her color palette! Copyright © Lucky Nielsen

I believe most of her work are done with vector/illustrator, yet she applied beautiful textures within her illustrations that make them very intricate and interesting. Her colors and her style convey a retro yet modern look, which is very attractive to look at. She is also very good at designing characters, her characters always have a strong sense of personality within them! On top of that, she also make these needle felted characters and art. Deliciousness! What else can’t she do?

You can see more of her wonderful world at her website.

Copyright © Lucky Nielsen

So there it is boys and girls, I hope you enjoyed this post!

 

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