(above by Nicole Ray)
I wanted to take a second today to talk about one of DA's favorite sponsors. Fish Indie is a really great ad network we're a part of that helps artists and crafters stand out when trying to sell their work online. All you need to do is paste a link from your Etsy shop, and Fish Indie takes it from there. In seconds your banner is automatically generated for you with your product's image, description, and price. Your ad instantly goes live across Doodlers Anonymous and other fellow sites, like Illustration Friday, Brown Paper Bag, and Pikaland. It's a totally stress-free way to have your Etsy shop seen by an audience relevant to you.
Here are some talented artists that we wouldn't have discovered if they weren't on Fish Indie:
To the Moon and Back by Sarah Trumbauer
Soul Biology by Ursula Hart
Lola by Nicole Canovas
Ice Cream Print by The Midnight Rabbit
Lush by Nati
Day of the Dead Skull by Emily Wegener
Sleepy Hedgehog Illustration by Ucuspucus
Here's Meera explaining more about her show... "As I tend to do when a certain piece of music or art strikes my interest, I listened to the album exclusively while creating these works, replaying it about thirty times. These works are infused with Newsom's unusual understanding of the world and my desire to find beauty in everything around me -- in sadness, nature, among complicated and messy terrains."
The show will be hanging in Brooklyn until the end of November. The original pieces can be purchased by emailing Meera direct, and she'll have prints for sale in her Etsy shop.
I was randomly browsing the zine category on Etsy the other night when I saw this Adventure Time Zine by Seth (aged 6) from Brisbane in Australia. I instantly bought it for only $1.20! Then I looked around the shop a little more.
Seth's mom, Tee, is a zine maker and Seth is following in her footsteps. He loves Adventure Time and this is a zine full of his fan art. I love Adventure Time myself, and this is fan art in its best and most pure form. Grown ups just can't draw like kids no matter how hard they try. The drawing of The Ice King is my favourite of them all, it captures him so perfectly.
Tee is awesome for encouraging Seth to make his drawings into zines, and all of the money he makes goes into buying him comics, as well as stationery to make more zines!
I had a little chat with Tee, and Seth is currently working hard on making his own Adventure Time comic with a story line. I noticed on the Etsy listing that Seth is keen for trades of kid friendly zines, comics, stickers, pens, etc. So I'm already planning on making a little zine of my own to trade for his next comic.
Every sale of this zine will encourage Seth to draw more, and encouraging kids to draw is so important. So I've only put a few taster pages of the zine here, if you want to see more you should head to Tee's shop and grab a copy!
It was almost a year ago today that we decided to focus on developing something to help independent artists and craftsmen gain exposure for the things that they make. Nothing was set in stone, but the basic concept and name. We called it Fish Indie and we chose to build it around the largest online community of independent sellers, Etsy.
We all heart Etsy, and have always been fans of its supportive community and the quality of products they create, but like anyone who has an Etsy shop will tell you, getting your products seen is the hard part. Our solution? To build a network of great independent blogs that will carry a banner-like classified of your Etsy product. Currently that means your banner will rotate across Doodlers Anonymous and fellow blogs, Illustration Friday, Brown Paper Bag and Pikaland. We also wanted to make it incredibly simple and affordable to join, so the ad is generated automatically using your product's url and costs less than the price of a movie ticket. We've been live now (by-invite only) for 4 weeks and the response has been phenomenal. You can see the ad yourself by taking a quick look into the top-right column of our site. It pulls in a different product upon every refresh.
If you sell your stuff on Etsy, here’s where you can sign-up for an exclusive invite. We are lovers of anything hand-made, hand-drawn and independently created (or crafted) and we look forward to growing the blogs that carry Fish Indie in the weeks ahead.
Valeria Rey Soto draws patterns, and boy, she does it well. She uses a mix of pen, markers and watercolors to create intricate, colorful, yet still delicate bursts of visual beauty. One after the other, somehow they just make you feel good. She even has an etsy account with a limited number of prints available for sale. Buy one, it'll make your wall happy.
Justin Paszul (also known as solidgoldpants) will never have a drawing named, Untitled. That's because while his drawings may capture your attention, it's the titles to each that make you smirk and think, "...this guy gets it."
I stumbled onto Justin's work almost a year ago and still find myself amused every time a new update pops up on his flickr page. Trust me, these are not your everyday doodles with snarky captions. This work is far more original, and the truth is, I don't know what comes first in his process. Is it the words or the art?
Click to see some of my favorites or just dive right into his flickr link. Either way you will became a fan very quickly, and you should also take note that he's recently launched an Etsy shop with original drawings for sale. Justin, if you are listening, I want one.
This is far more than just animated doodles. The drawings of Betsy Walton have come to life through music, movement and layers, in such a way that they've even made the mundane topic of email marketing worth caring about. Watch the film here or click to see more of Betsy's work.