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Scribble Artist Interview with Shetal Soni!

Profile-pic-1-300x221Scribble Town (ST): Oh my, all the things one can do! Shetal Soni moves from the sciences to the arts in the most graceful of ways. Her artwork and creative energy into the opening of Little Wing Shop gives so much inspiration for all.  It’s hard to say just a little about yourself, but let’s try!

Shetal Soni (SS): A little bit about me… well I’m someone who since childhood loved to draw and make things myself. I’m also a daydreamer and so although I’ve never formally studied arts or held a ‘proper job’ in that field (I’m officially a scientist :)) I have continued to feel the need to draw and make things in my spare time, believing that someday it can develop into something less private and a bigger part of my life.

ST: You daydream, but you also makes things come to life! What are you up to at the moment? I’m sure busy with Little Wing Shop!

SS: At the moment I’m trying NOT to read too much about Google Adwords and advertising!! 🙂 Sales and marketing are totally new to me so I’m trying learn about how to get my new Web shop seen. The designing and learning about production was an amazing journey, but there are parts of having a Business that are just not as ‘fun’ but nevertheless are important. I also have a day job, which has nothing to do with arts and crafts, but pays the bills and is stimulating the other half of my brain :).

IMG_8219-300x300ST: Who does the designing for Little Wing Shop?  There is a very particular look and the symmetry are so calming. I’d like to fall asleep to those designs, for sure! What inspires the designs?

SS: I started designing the patterns for textiles (initially without knowing they would be block-printed) while I was on maternity leave. Inspirations came from many things including parts of my old drawings, studying Indian tribal art drawings, Islamic geometric patterns and also from cellular biology! I have experience with Photoshop from work so I scanned my favourite ‘prints’ and started to play around with them, fascinated by the endless ways a single ‘form’ could be duplicated and arranged to create very different whole patterns. I did this for several months!! When you add colour the possiblities are endless! 🙂

ST: What is the production process like seeing that Little Wing Shop requires much creativity and attention from both Finland and India?

SS: Being a lover of arts and crafts I fell in love with the textiles (amongst other crafts) when visiting India as a child. The enormous variety of fabrics, colours & tones, weaves and means of decorating the fabrics was like nothing I had seen before. I have always been in awe. What I’m doing now is a teeny tiny part of that. Luckily the area where my grandma and family are from, Gujarat is still very rich in crafts and tribal arts so I was fortunate to be able to contact organisations from there and speak their language.

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Please let us know more about block printing.  It has such a beautiful outcome!

Block printing is one very common traditional method for decorating fabric in this part also and so was very familiar to me. It involves carving a pattern onto a wooden block to make a kind of ‘stamp’ and using this to print traditionally with vegetable dyes onto fabric. As the process is done by hand, by a person.. the prints can be applied according to the artists wishes and also used together with other blocks and colours. Traditionally the patterns can be very intricate, colourful and complex and the art is passed down generations. To learn you simply must go and ask to watch and learn from a ‘Master-printer’.

I have started with very simple designs in my 1st collection as I didn’t want to risk ‘making a mess’ 🙂 Working across continents was quite nerve-wrecking at times as I waited for the printer to send me the 1st photos of the trials or especially of the fully printed quilts or Duvets. What is great about block printing by hand is that even though the print is the same thing repeated, it looks slightly different every time the block is pressed down onto the fabric because the pressure can vary abit or one edge has abit more dye this time.. etc. This gives the whole print a much more alive and natural feeling than a machine printed pattern. Its the same in nature for example when looking at a field of grass or flowers, that’s why it feels nice to look at 🙂

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ST: Who encouraged you to be artistic when you were a child?  How did they encourage you?

SS: As a child I wasn’t particularly encouraged to draw, however my Father and Aunt were very skilled drawers so I first got interested when I saw them draw. I was quite shy and drawing and crafts was my way of having fun and expressing my self.  I made many toys out of cardboard boxes e.g. I fondly remember a puppet theatre and moving puppets for which I would make a play and perform for my family, forcing my little sister to ‘help’.

ST: Now I really want to try block printing! Any advice?

SS: Block printing can of course be tried by anyone!! That’s why its a craft that exists in many parts of the world and still continues. Try using a large potato cut in half (an adult needs to help with this) and cut a simple shape to make a stamp. Have a few plates of different coloured paints, dip your potato and stamp on paper/cloth. Try making different patterns using the same stamp…. there are no rules! e.g. a a triangle can be stamped in rows, or alternating (point up, then point-down), or even in concentric circles. Your imagination is the limit :). Have fun!

ST: Thank you, Shetal for sharing with us! Little Wing Shop is going to fly to great places!!

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How do you see The False Mirror?

In honor of the great surrealist René Magritte Scribble Town has made an coloring sheet for you, Scribblers! Your own version of ‘The False Mirror’ will be unique and dreamy, just like you are.

While you are filling the eye with color perhaps you can ponder, why are there clouds in the eye?  Is it a reflection?  Or is it a cloudy eye?  What does that mean for you?

Download, print, then color in your own version of René Magritte's 'The False Eye'.

Download, print, then color in your own version of René Magritte’s ‘The False Mirror’.

If you happen to be in Brussels, Belgium, you can visit The Magritte Museum.  Inspiration everywhere!

Scribble Artist Interview with Kelly Blake!

Big Eyed Cat by Kelly Blake

Big Eyed Cat by Kelly Blake

Scribble Town (ST): We are so very happy to have the talented Kelly Blake with us! When I came across her artwork I could see how sensitive this person is to the world around us. From that, I just had to know more about her. What are you up to Kelly?

Kelly Blake (KB): Hi Scribble Town! I’m Kelly Blake and I live in the creative city of Bristol, United Kingdom. I’ve spent a long time studying throughout my life but I now feel I’m at the point where I have learned everything I felt necessary and I now feel confident enough to pursue the dream of producing my own art. I actually moved to London several years ago to complete a Masters in Production Design (movie art direction for anyone who is unsure) but after finishing and eventually moving back home I realised my true passion lies with illustration and creating my own individual artwork. So that’s what I’ve begun.

Normally when I produce some artwork there’s a reason why I’m producing it. The main factor behind all of my work is that I absolutely adore animals; it’s the common thread behind all art I create and I have a large array of artwork under my belt which (I hope) shows just how much I love all things fuzzy. At the moment I am focusing on publishing my very first adult colouring book called ‘Into the Wild’ and I’m working to raise the funds necessary to complete the project by producing my own Kickstarter campaign. If anyone is unsure of what Kickstarter is, it’s basically a crowd funding website where you launch a campaign and ask for the public to fund you. Imagine Dragon’s Den but will a billion different dragons! It’s going rather well at the moment so I’m doing everything possible to ensure I raise all the funds and so I’m able to complete the project successfully.

Please take a look at my Kickstarter campaign here so you can get a feel of the project.

ST: The concept is wonderful!  Is Into the Wild: A Coloring Book About Nature just for adults?  I think many people of all ages would enjoy seeing the pictures come to life.

KB: Thank you! I’ve initially created Into the Wild as a colouring book ideally for adults, but of course all ages are welcome to join in. The reason it’s for adults specifically is because the images are a little more detailed than perhaps some of the colouring books on the market today –even more detailed than most of the adult ones too! Each illustration is comprised of lots of different angular shapes/blocks and it’s only as you begin to colour each section that it reveals a hidden design within the image. Think of it as a slightly abstract and more challenging version of paint by numbers, but with the freedom to choose your own colour coding. It’s rather quite complicated when you get down to it so perhaps it might become a little too confusing for the younger audience; but of course they’re completely welcome to have a go!

Surreal 'Goddess' Illustration by Kelly Blake

Surreal ‘Goddess’ Illustration by Kelly Blake

I originally came up with the idea because I know a lot of people who are very artistic but are not able to draw even the simple stick figures. I have received a lot of compliments for my artwork in the past (especially my abstract pieces) and it led me to think about creating something that enables other enthusiasts to produce something that they’re also proud of without feeling like they’re lacking the talent to do so. It’s also been a proven fact that adult colouring books are being used as a way to de-stress and calm your mind so why not hit two birds with one stone!

ST: That is so thoughtful of you to create something that includes all ages! When and how did you start illustrating and drawing?  Is there a piece of art that always inspires you to create?

KB: When I think back to when I actually began drawing I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t being creative. I’ll always remember at my earliest of ages in Primary School one of my paintings was framed and featured on the wall inside reception as an example of a ‘good piece of art’. Of course, when I look back at it now all I can see are the dodgy eyes and weird shape of Henry VIII’s head, but I feel like I wouldn’t have come so far without all the support and positivity of the people around me. It’s the constant reassurance of ‘that’s great’ or ‘wow!’ that really drives me to produce more and more art and to get better and better. Granted, there’s always a few pieces that make people think ‘hmm, how odd’ but as long as I create something that I feel I’m proud of, then that’s what pushes me to continue with my work. Who cares if 90% of the population dislike it, what’s important is that the other 10% can appreciate it.

Eagle Woodcut by Kelly Blake

Eagle Woodcut by Kelly Blake

There will always come a time when I think to myself ‘I want to do an illustration!’ and the ideas just start flowing, but for those times when I can’t get myself into the mood or I can’t feel any inspiration coming then I start to check out illustrations online to get some creativity flowing. Even things such as typing phrases or keywords into google can help immensely. It’s amazing how much variety of different artwork there is out there and it’s surprising how much inspiration you can get from looking at other people’s work. Pieces that I personally love to flick through include modern and quirky works by artists such as Michael Godard and Fabio Napoleoni, but someone who I look up to as a huge inspiration for my work itself is the work by Canadian artist Nicholas Di Genova. I love the way he mixes processes such as freehand illustration and digitally enhanced methods to create something rather surreal and unique; but very, very special. It’s him who’s helped me develop a signature style myself and I do feel that a lot of my work has a thread of ‘Nicholas’ running through it.

Big Eyed Lemur by Kelly Blake

Big Eyed Lemur by Kelly Blake

ST: What is the artistic process of your paintings?  For example, how did your Kinderschema series come about? Do you usually sketch first your idea?

KB: My Kinderschema Collection was originally inspired from an article which I read about cats. It basically went on to say that the reason we find cats big eyes and overly big features so adorable is because of what is genetically programmed into our heads at birth. This led me to research into the science of why the human brain naturally reacts to these traits and I came across a German term called Kinderschema. Kinderschema defines the 5 basic traits that lead us to believe an animal is adorable and these can include; a large head, a large forehead, large eyes, rounded cheeks, and soft body surfaces.  I then decided I wanted to explore some of these factors in my own work and I created an art collection of digital paintings showing us just how much we love all things cute.

When I have a rough idea in my mind of the art I want to produce, I normally go about creating a really quick drawing trying to communicate what’s inside my head. Sometimes this will turn out to be a really crude or basic sketch but I can normally see if the idea is going to work on paper. I’ll also look online and check out other artist’s work to see if this takes me into a different or more creative direction to ensure my idea will definitely look good on the page. I have found that with the majority of my illustrative art, I tend to keep working on a piece until I am 100% happy with it. My motto normally states, “the more ink on the page, the better” but there’s still a fine line between finishing and overworking a piece of art.

Lion Woodcut by Kelly Blake

Lion Woodcut by Kelly Blake

ST: What mediums and techniques do you work with?  Is there a method that speaks to you more than the others?  Why do you think that is?

KB: It’s funny because throughout all my growing years I’ve never been able to pinpoint exactly which field of the creative world I wanted to merge into. This means I’ve studied everything ranging from photography to sculpture, and illustration to video editing and I’ve spent a very, very long time working hard to develop some extremely valuable skills. Due to engaging fully in many of these different fields I now feel that I can make a strong decision as to which route to progress into further. This has meant that my artwork created in the past includes a huge range of different styles but I believe this does make me stronger as an artist. It means I’m capable of merging materials and thinking outside the box. If in the future I decide to create a half illustration-half sculpture, then I know that I require the necessary skills to do so. This means that despite my love for illustrative art, I’m not tied down to producing everything in 2D.

For example, I have recently finished a collection of woodcut prints which involve intricately cutting away small sections from a wooden block. This block is then rolled with ink and printed onto a paper surface. This gives a beautifully rustic alternative to simply using paint brushed onto paper.  This method contrasts nicely to the hand drawn illustrations from some of my previous collections, or to the bold look of the lighting installations that I have formerly produced from recycled materials.

At the moment I am concentrating purely on producing this range of surrealist animal illustrations to publish into my first adult colouring book; but I love that if I choose to, I am able to stop and produce something completely different at any given time. How I feel is that if you don’t have to tie yourself down, then why do it.

ST: When you are not creating, what do you like to do?

Big Eyed Owl by Kelly Blake

Big Eyed Owl by Kelly Blake

KB: Well, it’s actually funny that you ask this because I was thinking about this myself the other day. I’m currently working from my own studio at home and so I find myself working on projects throughout the majority of each day; quite often from morning through to late into the evening. I’m very dedicated to my artwork and it’s lucky that I really love what I do otherwise I don’t think I could stay so dedicated to working this hard. All I strive for is being able to maintain a well-balanced and happy life whilst spending a career doing what I love. When I actually do decide to take time off I quite like to get away from home and stay somewhere peaceful as it gives me an excuse to stop working and to clear my head. I normally spend a few days down at the sea or in the countryside with good company, and I find the calm atmosphere refreshes myself and sets me back up for busy days when I return back home. Also, archery, who doesn’t love a bit of archery? I fancy myself the Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games when nobody is looking!

ST: From a person who seems to appreciate their surroundings, I wonder who encouraged you to be artistic when you were a child?  Do you think being raised in the creative town of Bristol had an effect on you?

Cat Woodcut by Kelly Blake

Cat Woodcut by Kelly Blake

KB: To be honest, whilst growing up I’ve always considered myself a bit of a nerd. While there’s nothing wrong with being a nerd, it meant I perhaps didn’t get out as much as I should. Instead, I spent a lot of time studying and working hard throughout school and I always made sure I put everything into getting my grades as high as possible. Whilst this is obviously extremely important, it does mean I probably didn’t get as much creative influence from the city as I should have. Bristol is known as a hugely influential artistic city and I live amongst some huge pioneers of the art world. This means I was very self-dependant whilst studying and I would love to say that a certain someone was the reason for me producing art today but I don’t believe anyone really was. Sure, I had people who supported me and pushed me along but I feel confident in saying that I was the one in the driving seat of my own artistic career and hopefully this will continue for a long, long time.

ST: Any tips, advice, or ways of encouraging our scribblers? 

KB: My greatest piece of advice would be to create art that YOU love and do it for yourself and for nobody else. There’s been quite a few times in my life that I’ve produced something that the masses don’t like but the minority do. I could have succumbed to produce what most people out there would deem as ‘good art’ but then what’s the point in creating it if it’s not for yourself; then you become one of those people who have their passion turned into a chore and may become quite resentful. If I were given a penny each time someone called my work too-weird, odd, or simply had a lack of faith that it would be well received then I’d have a pretty full bank account by now. Don’t ever let someone tell you that something isn’t good enough because simply put, art is perspective and if you feel that something is to be proud of, then wave that proudness-flag up high and display your work for others to see! I guarantee you there are people out there who will absolutely adore it. Don’t give up and show those people just how creatively talented you are. 

If you wanted to check out some of my work that’s available on the market at the moment, please take a look at my website here at: dustlesssoul.wix.com/dustlesssoul

You can also purchase any artwork from my Etsy shop at: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DustlessSoulCreation

ST: Thank you, Kelly, for sharing so much valuable creative information with us! I’m sure your Kickstarter campaign will go great and your artwork will continue to inspire us!

Wolf Woodcut by Kelly Blake

Wolf Woodcut by Kelly Blake

All about Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci is a very well known Renaissance artist.  Throughout his life as an artist, Da Vinci was constantly inventing and coming up with one extravagant painting after another. Many are still talked about and adored to this day. One in particular, that is commonly seen hanging in the homes of Catholics or Christians is The Last Supper, created in 1498. Here he re-created the scene in which Christ and the apostles are gathered together for the Lord’s Supper, which is an Easter/Lenten tradition, celebrated on Holy Thursdays. The painting is set up in an extraordinary way that truly makes the meaning and significance of the scene come to life.

Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 1498

Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 1498

The figures are seated at the table in a rectangular room. There are tapestries on either side of the table that hang on the walls. In the background, behind Christ and the apostles the audience is shown a beautiful landscape which consists of mountains and skies that are represented in tones of blue and gray. Da Vinci is using a very commonly used technique from the Renaissance in this area called aerial perspective. This is when an illusion of depth is created that depicts the landscape. You can also tell because the colors become gloomier here. Da Vinci also puts major thought into setting up the painting’s composition. As Christ is the most significant character in this painting, he centers him and places his apostles along side him. He also does this by using one-point linear perspective to create even more emphasis on Christ. This allows the audience to be drawn right into the painting, center stage. The apostles are then set up to be touching. Although their hands are not interlocked, they are loosely linked to portray their prominent roles in the scene that is taking place.

The Last Supper highlights two very significant early Renaissance traditions that were used by painters of this time, composition and perspective. Da Vinci does an excellent job in doing this and also adds much emotion and logic to the story behind it. His choice of different shadow colors also illustrates and sets the mood of the scene, which delivers great sensation to the piece.

Create your own Last Supper!  Print the coloring sheet below and see how you can create depth with color as well.
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Published by Andi Thea, on April 27th, 2015 at 9:38 am. Filled under: Arts & Crafts,Drawing,Featured,Illustration Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Scribble Artist Interview with Pieter Van Eenoge!

Scribble Town (ST): Oh the colors! Oh the design! How beautiful, charming, and exquisite they can be! I’m of course talking about Pieter Van Eenoge’s work!  We are lucky to catch up with him as he is busy illustrating and creating visual images for our eyes to play with.  Pieter, how do you spend your days and can you give us a sneak peak on what you are up to these days?

'Joris Jan Baas' - poetry poster

‘Joris Jan Baas’ – poetry poster

Pieter Van Eenoge (PVE): Hi, I’m Pieter, an illustrator living in Bruges, Belgium. I spend my days painting for magazines, newspapers, ad agencies, corporations and publishing houses, renovating our 80 year old house and playing with my wife, two sons and two cats.

Right now I’m working on the cover of the spring issue of Dutch Weekly Vrij Nederland and a new picture book that hopefully will be ready by the end of the year.

ST: Your illustrations are wonderful!  In your portfolio I see a combination of personal, illustration, and editorial work.  With your personal work, where do you come up with your images for your illustrations?

PVE: I keep a little notebook where I write down ideas and possible titles and draw some quick sketches. Or I use a rejected idea for a commission that I thought was better than the final illustration. Most of the things that inspire come from everyday life, images I see around me, graphic design, art and artist behavior, masks and costumes and opposites like good/evil, darkness/light, beauty/ugliness,…

Antverpia, acrylic on paper, 2013

Antverpia, acrylic on paper,
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ST: Any themes you are fascinated with?  For example, what is your Antverpia painting about?  Maybe it has something to do with Antwerp?

PVE: For the Antverpia painting I had the idea of making graphic combinations with the ghost Sus Antigoon, a famous Flemish comic character, and a woman in burqa. They both share the same visual characteristics and I thought they would team up perfectly. But there is also a second layer where I criticize the growth of right wing politics in the city of Antwerp where there is a large muslim population. Trying to live together is the only solution and the efforts should come from both sides. Antverpia is also the name of Sus Antigoon’s ship.
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'Will play for pay' - self promo poster

‘Will play for pay’ – self promo poster

ST: How does it go when you are given an editorial job?  For example, in your painting Fox Hunt I can imagine that it had to do with horses and hunting. What is the process like in working with the client?  Does it help to read what the article is about in order to come with an image?
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PVE: ‘Fox hunt’ was made to accompany a very funny article in Departures written by Jane and Michael Stern about Michael’s recent passion for fox hunting in Connecticut. I was completely free in what to paint, but it obviously had to depict people on horses and dogs chasing a fox. But apparently fox hunting is more about presence, posture and poshness than actually catching the fox itself, so I left the latter out of the painting. I focused merely on showing the speed and elegance of the ritual.

Reading the article isn’t always necessary, but sometimes when it’s about very abstract issues like finance and economics it can be rather helpful.
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ST: You are from Bruge, but grew up in Cologne and now are back home.  Both places are absolutely beautiful and very well know for their architecture and the art!  How have these historical places influenced your artwork?  Is there a lively arts communities in these places?

Bruges city game

Bruges city game

PVE: I lived in Cologne until I was 14, so I can’t say it had an influence on my work. I don’t even remember it as a beautiful city, but I guess that has more to do with the interests of a teenager 😉

Bruges on the other hand is very attractive and an ideal environment to live in (although I live just outside the city walls). It is rather small and easy going and that is something I need for my ease of mind. Yes, there is art on every corner of the street and the few museums are packed with masterpieces from the Flemish Primitives to the Flemish Expressionist. There are a few elements that unconsciously leak into my illustrations like color and shape, but I can trace those influences back to other illustrators I like, so I think it has to do more with taste than influence.
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ST: The book of Illustrated Dreams looks wonderful!  Please let us know more about this project.  Do you illustrate people’s dreams?
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PVE: The book of illustrated dreams is an ongoing project by Mexican artist Roger Omar, where he asks illustrators from around the world to illustrate the dreams of children. There is a Flickr page with all the contributions: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rogeromar/sets/1835379/
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'When we pollute the ocean, we pollute ourselves' - ad campaign for Surfrider Foundation

‘When we pollute the ocean, we pollute ourselves’ – ad campaign for Surfrider Foundation

ST: That’s a great idea!  What is the last dream you remember?

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Last night I dreamed about a school with an Olympic sized swimming pool on top and students celebrating the last 100 days of the school year. And everybody was taller than me. Do you have any idea what this could mean? 😉
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ST: Oh wow!  Perhaps your dream is projecting one of your son’s feeling about the school year coming to an end.  Soon summer vacation start.  Or maybe you want to go back to school.  Only you are the master of your dream, Pieter!When you are not drawing or creating, what do you like to do?
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PVE: Go for a run with my wife, watch a movie, read comics and look at art, do some carpentry. And this year, yes, it has to be this year, I’m going to finish that shed in the garden so I can start playing the drums again.

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ST:
 How encouraged you to be artistic when you were a child?  Did you ever think you would become an illustrator?
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PVE: Probably like most artists I was always the one who could draw best as a child. But that doesn’t make you an illustrator, I didn’t even know that it existed. So I studied graphic design instead. It was only in art school when I discovered the work of my teacher Ever Meulen that I decided to become an illustrator one day. After graduation I worked as a graphic designer for a few years and became a full time freelancer in 2003.
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ST: The teachers we have always make such a huge impact on us.  Which artists inspire you to create?

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PVE: I waste too much time on blogs so the things I see there definitely influenced my work in the last years. I’m a big fan of great painters like Matisse, Van Dongen and Hockney but recently I fell in love with a lot of Scandinavian artists like Kustaa Saksi and MVM. They make completely different things than I do and that pushes me to evaluate my work and try new ways of painting. The changes are, like a child growing up, hardly notable and that’s the way it should be.
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ST: It’s the little things that count.  Any tips for us, Scribblers?
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PVE:
– When it comes to art, as a kid, never question yourself. As a grown up, always question yourself.
– There are no ugly colors, only ugly combinations
– If you see something good, keep your eyes open. If you can’t say anything good, keep your mouth shut.
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ST: Thank you Pieter for all your positivity and insight!  Now we go back to drawing 🙂  Check out Pieter’s website for more inspiration at http://www.pietervaneenoge.be.
'I can't work like this!' - cover for Das ZEITmagazin design issue

‘I can’t work like this!’ – cover for Das ZEITmagazin design issue

A Lee Hodges Activity!

Make some characters from old toilet rolls, give each roll a white coat base first and then sketch out the shape, then fill it in with colour, this could be acrylic or poster paint. They could be animals or maybe a group of characters from a circus (imagine an acrobat troupe all on top of each other) or a jazz band. I’m going to make a Mariachi band!

Lee Hodges is full of amazing ideas!  Check out his website at http://www.leeho.co.uk!

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Published by Andi Thea, on April 5th, 2015 at 9:06 am. Filled under: Arts & Crafts,classroom,Collage,Design,Drawing,Featured,Illustration,kids,Music Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

A Kenneth Michael Zeran’s art techinque for you!

Kenneth Michael Zeran has given us Scribblers a technique to try!

– Tape down 2 pieces of white paper- one on the left side of you and one on the right side.
– Take any instrument (pencil, brush, etc.) and place the same type of  instrument in each hand at the same time.
– Pick out a subject to draw or paint and do so with each hand at the same time. Both hands need to move at the same time.

– Now switch the papers and continue embellishing.
Learn about the unexpected.

Thanks Ken!

M. C. Escher, 1948, lithograph, 28.2 cm × 33.2 cm (11.1 in × 13.1 in)

M. C. Escher, 1948, lithograph, 28.2 cm × 33.2 cm (11.1 in × 13.1 in)

Published by Andi Thea, on March 23rd, 2015 at 11:48 am. Filled under: Drawing,Featured Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Scribble Artist Interview with Nannona!

valo_boy_snorkel_nannnonaScribble Town (ST): What’s happening over there?  Oh it’s a Forest Party!  Let’s go there!  Life can be so adventurous especially through the eyes of Nani Brunini aka Nannona.  I’m ready to enter a world of bright colors, bright minds and big smiles!

Nani Brunini (NB): Hi, I’m Nani and I’m a professional doodler.

ST: Where are you located and what are you up to these days?

NB: I’ve been living in San Francisco since 2011. I’m originally from Brazil, but my husband and I have been abroad for about 12 years – Germany, United Kingdom, Finland and now the US.

Right now I’m working on my portfolio – mainly updating my website and social media. That’s the side of becoming an illustrator that I’m learning more about – if you want to stand out and get the cool jobs, you have to make sure your online presence is as good as your portfolio. It’s a lot of work, but still fun. Oh, and I also can’t go too long without drawing, so I’m always doodling and experimenting with new things – new pens, new styles, new themes, etc.

ST: I think your website it looking great!  Your illustrations are beautiful and whimsical! I love your play on words and image. For example, your illustration titled ‘FINGER FOOD – ice cream’ is made of fingers! It took me a second to see that those are nails, but when I did, I made a little chuckle : ). How do you come up with these word/image games? How did you think to draw fingers as ice cream?!

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NB: How I get to fingers as ice creams and running burgers, I guess it’s more of a matter of “why not?”. Why draw a house with a regular roof if I can put a gigantic flamingo hat over it?! That’s a lot more fun. Pens, pencils, brushes, cameras and etc are super powerful tools – you can do whatever you want with them. So because I have all that freedom, I like to stretch my sense of reality and play around with unexpected possibilities.

Now, about the names, they are really funny and several are my husband to blame. He’s the king of puns, so I always come to him when I need some clever wordplay.

ST:  That’s a great way to approach creativity.  Just ask ourselves, “Why not?”  How did you get started with illustrating? Who encouraged you?

NB: I just looove drawing! It’s something I often do when I want to relax or when I need to understand something. In school, for example, I made so many sketches for biology, geography and chemistry classes. I even drew some historical personalities to help me remember where they were from, why they were important, etc.

I actually decided to leave the corporate world and dedicate all my time to illustration rather recently. I studied Fine Arts a long time ago, but along the way I fell in love with design and human behaviour. I worked as design strategist for big corporations, thinking and presenting concepts for products that could be developed in 5 or 10 years. I only came back to drawing when I moved to the US – when I came here I had a “spouse visa”, which didn’t allow me to work. It was very difficult, but since I had a lot of time on my hands, I started to make drawings for my nephews and nieces in Brazil. I got my work permit a year later, but I couldn’t go back to my old life; I was once again addicted to my colorful pens!

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ST: One things leads to another and it seems that drawing will never leave your path.  What’s your process for creating these illustrations? What kinds of techniques do you work with?

NB: A lot of what I do is hand-drawn with pens – ink, gel, paint, chalk, calligraphy, Sharpies, etc. I find them easy and unfussy.

Most times I have no idea what the end result is going to look, or even what the drawing is going to be about. I usually start with something I want to experiment with – a new technique, a different pen – and then one shape leads to another.

In the case of “Finger Food“, for example, I was fascinated with interlaced objects at that time. The first doodle I made for that had actually nothing to do with fingers, nor food – it was some kind of psychedelic city being invaded by worm-like creatures; those later became some sort of interlaced soft serve ice cream, which then became an ice cream full of interlaced fingers and so on.

No matter how many plans I make beforehand, the drawing always end up changing, even if a little bit, when it’s on paper. It’s quite cool to see how it develops and what it becomes in the end.

ST: Everything is connected so why not intervene that in our drawings?  I can see that nature inspires you and gives you loads of ideas! Your Bizarro Fruit poster is testament to that. Please let us know a bit about this project. Mmm how do you think Witchfinger Grapes tastes like?

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NB: My goal with the Bizarro Series was to bring attention to nature’s weird, beautiful and unexpected diversity. I started it because I wanted my nephews and nieces to be more curious about what is out there. I want them to know that “C” is for “cats” and “cows”, but it’s also for “cassowaries”, “capybaras” and “cuttlefish”. I want them to ask questions and try new things.

During the making of the Bizarro Fruit poster, for example, I ended up trying some fruit that I had not seen before, like mangosteen, rambutans and horned melons; the latter by the way tasted a bit like a cross of a banana and a melon to me! I haven’t tried witchfinger grapes yet, but they certainly look delicious.

ST: Who are some artists you get inspiration from?

NB: I get ideas from a huge number of people and sources. Lately I’ve been fascinated with traditional Japanese illustration, some Brazilian graffiti artists and psychedelic advertising from the 60s. What a mix, right? 🙂

ST: Your Doodlebomb series is great! How do you choose your magazines to bomb? What are you hoping to say with them?

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NB: The doodlebombs originally started as lettering practice to me. I had a bunch of magazines that I didn’t know what to do with, so they became an inexpensive way for me to make mock-ups. I could of course do that with Photoshop or Illustrator, but I do prefer having my real-life pens and brushes.

The texts on those doodles come from all sources – sometimes it’s what I’m listening on TV or some lyrics in my head… I might make them more meaningful later, but so far, I’m more interested in seeing the letters as visual patterns.

ST: I guess the bombs can come from the explosion of ideas we get sometimes.  It really feels like that for me!  Any last tips on creativity? Can you give any advice on how one can express themselves or develop their ideas?

NB: To me, art is about making things intriguing and interesting; not necessarily beautiful or accurate. It’s completely irrelevant if what you do looks like the real thing or not; what matters is why and how you express your ideas. I had some teachers in art school that told me I couldn’t draw and I was silly enough to hear them. It took me 10 years to unlearn that.

I think the best advice I can give is to cultivate your curiosity, experiment a lot and challenge conventions. Go crazy and remember that everything is possible on paper!

ST: 1, 2, 3, go crazy with a pen, marker, colored pencil, crayon, anything you can find and color away!  Thanks Nannona for being such an inspiration!

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Published by Andi Thea, on February 3rd, 2015 at 10:06 am. Filled under: adults,Design,Drawing,Featured,Illustration,Scribble Artist Interviews Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Storms and Silences: Jaanika Peerna’s Art Book

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photo by Reelika Ramot

Finally, a book about Jaanika Peerna’s is in production!  Storms and Silences: Jaanika Peerna’s Art Book will be a beautiful art book revealing the first decade of Jaanika Peerna’s work as an artist, from drawings to performance to swoops of mylar.  After ten years of work as an artist, it’s time to release the first book of Jaanika Peerna’s drawings, installations, and performances.

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist living and working in New York, Tallinn, and Berlin. Her work encompasses drawing, video, installation and performance, often dealing with the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena. She has exhibited her work extensively in New York, Berlin, Paris, Tallinn, Helsinki, Lisbon, Rimini, Dubai, Honolulu, Novosibirsk and Rome. Her work is in numerous private collections in the US and Europe and was recently acquired by Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris. Her work is represented in the United States by Masters Projects in New York and ARC Fine Art in Connecticut.

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photo by Arvo Wichmann

“My elements are line and light,” says Peerna. “My materials are pencils, vellum and video camera. I am a vessel gathering subtle and rapturous processes in nature, using the experiences and impulses to make my work. I record mist turning into water. I use slowly changing lights to cast shadows of mylar strips onto a wall—The slowness of shadows makes one wonder if there is any change at all. I let wind move my body so that it leaves traces on paper. I swim through thousands of layers of gray air and mark each one down. Most of my work is born in the solitude of my studio. Sometimes public performances with musicians and dancers draw me out from the safe silence of my space and expand my drawing practice with sound and movement. I am interested in the never-ending process of becoming with no story, no beginning, no end—just the current moment in flux.”

Starting with photography and digital work, Peerna has moved more and more into drawing with a real sense of physical movement combining dance, movement, and performance. After a decade of this work she has decided to put it all together in a book which will showcase all these aspects of her work, from large square black and white maelstrom drawings:

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It’s going to be a beautiful art book, printed and designed in Estonia by Martin Pedanik, with essays by Heie Treier and Fiona Robinson, and photos of my performances in Europe, taken by many good photographers, including Ave Talu, Reelika Ramot, Arvo Wichmann, Yavor Gantchev, and others.

She says: “There is something special about beautifully printed pages in this world of fleeting digital images. Perhaps some of you will agree, and can do your part to make this project possible.”

To see how you can contribute to the making of this wonderful book, please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jaanikapeerna/storms-and-silences-jaanika-peernas-art-book

To read Jaanika’s Scribble Artist Interview you can click here.

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