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March 4, 2010

The HORROR of the BLANK!!!

I was recently contacted by The Art Bureau to do 10 pages in a zine/book featuring 10 other artists and myself. I excitedly accepted only to seize up in the idea stage for 3 straight weekends as life got in the way and the evil deadline came hurling toward me. Since I work full-time, those 3 weekends were much needed for my mental stability. This moment of insanity became the premise of my submission. Below are some teaser shots of the work which goes to press on March 7 and lands in my hands at a time to be decided by fate. I will announce this on my blog when it releases.


March 1, 2010

When Inside Comes Out

I bought a book by Sabrina Ward Harrison titled "Spilling Open" a few years back. It transformed my approach to art. The book is, I believe, the first of a few of her published art journals. It is filled with loose, colorful, scribbles, doodles, paint strokes, hand lettering, photos, found objects and more all collaged together, forming very striking, energetic eye candy. More than pretty pictures, she bares her soul on every page with brutal honesty. Freeing inspiration spills out of her. Sometimes it is driven by triumph and other times, painful insecurity. Either way, the result is a more beautiful world. I highly respect her bravery as well as her talent.

December 11, 2009

DA Coloring Book, Vol. 1

This is it, it's real. In three weeks time we put together a coloring book like you've never seen before. It features the drawings of 29 artists from around the globe.

I am so proud of this project and want to thank everyone who submitted a drawing. Now you can get your hands on it and fill it in with every ounce of ink you have lying around.

See the inside and all participating artists by clicking here or buy a copy today (while supplies last).

Doodlers Anonymous Coloring Book, Volume 1

32 pages printed at 8.5"x11"



October 30, 2009

Image + Text + Humor

Do you ever wonder if there's a difference between a doodle, a cartoon, a gag, or a work of fine art? "More Things Like This" is a book filled with work from artists who very simply create plain imagery and then add absurd text (which might seem inappropriate to some), in an effort to deflate the seriousness of the notion of fine art. Sometimes you just have to take things a little less serious and laugh at the ridiculousness, of well, everything.

September 8, 2009

Child-like Imagination

Who could say that they've had the privilege of collaborating with the likes of Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Barry McGee, James Jean, Ed Fella, Dave Kinsey, Jay Ryan, Grotesk, Parra - the list goes on forever. Eight year old Cohen Morano can. Like most kids, Cohen likes to watercolor. What's different about his paintings is that his dad has sent them out to an impressive roster of artists and illustrators. These artists have then added and altered Cohen's watercolor creations in their own style to create something completely new - focusing on celebrating the creativity of childhood. You can see all of the collaborations in the book titled, "The Rest is Up to You" I promise, this book is a goodie.

September 4, 2009

Meng Chia Lai

Born in Yilan, Taiwan, Meng Chia Lai creates playful worlds with the intent on communicating a sincere, gentle language which is internationally recognizable. Her works share a warmth reminiscent of childhood, brief encounters and humane, idiosyncratic observations. Her ever growing collection of books are definately worth a gander. To describe her illustrations as childlike would be miss-guided, it is naive and pure of heart and thought. See more

August 14, 2009

A Forest of Things

You know when something good happens and you feel like you want to jump out of your own skin? It's the way I feel every time I receive a package in the mail (snail mail, not e-mail). Every month I allow myself to buy at least one book for my library and today I received Sara Fanelli's "Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I am." Inside the book, Steven Heller explains better than I ever could:

"Viewing the pages of Sara Fanelli's sketchbooks showcased in this handsome volume...I was overcome, not so much by awe - though I am in awe of her incredible output - but by a surprising sense of calm. It is not often that art, and particularly such wild art as this, could cause me to feel the least bit peaceful; but Fanelli's drawings, cuttings, collagings, smearings, smudgings, and scrawlings project through the chaos of their seemingly ad hoc compositions a sublimely soothing air - like a visual message. Yet unlike so much contemporary art - especially art rendered in the familiar cut-and-paste manner, which is designed, I believe, to agitate the eyes and grate the mind - this particular work is non-confrontational."




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