I met Rich Cali at a local watering hole where he serves up tasty drinks to patrons many days of the week here in Austin. When he's not working at Yellow Jacket here in town, he's doodling and drawing to the beat of his own drum.
I love Rich's work and feel that we share a certain affection for the unknown. Rich is a painter and photographer, so seeing his work transition to a refined work on a panel shows his doodles are the foundation for something much greater.
Rich is a founding member of Common House, an art space and studio where he and other members host artists and art shows every month. Go check out their site and drop by an opening if you are in town.
One night about a year ago I met with Conrad (who was already sharing a studio with Guim) and Chamo for a Gin and Tonic session. All of us worked from home at that moment and we all agreed that it was becoming very boring. I don't know if it was the Gin or the night itself, but after a few rounds it occurred to us to set up a studio.
Now, we are six people (including graphic designer Jordi and record label "The Indian Runners" who joined shortly after).
That's how Tocafusta was born. We all work as independent freelancers but always finding ways to collaborate with each other and discover common objectives. We look for new projects, collaborations with interesting people, and above all try to help each other as much as we can.
It's great to come here to work everyday. It really has become my second little family.
Heather and Tracy from Sunny Little Studio are bringing your kid's imagination to life by taking their flat 2D drawings and turning them into real-life plush toys. Just looking at some of their examples has re-kindled so much joy within me. Every creation is spontaneous and fun and the end result is some of the most creative plush toys I have ever seen. Wow... do I feel like a kid at a candy store.
The world of John Malta is in another realm. His shaky uneven lettering, his colorful yet dark and eerie illustrations, his fascination with punk shows and pet lizards - they all make for something that's weird and wonderful at the same time.
To this day, John's cat doodle (I'm still not quite sure if it's really a cat but I love him anyway), which you can find inside our DA coloring book, remains as one of my favorites.
For his feature, John answered a few questions for us in doodle form. His answers, as you will see, are full of character, full of texture, full of awesome. He also sent over some photos from inside his studio in NYC, where he is living now.
Moldy Magic. That's how he refers to his work. And really, I couldn't have come up with a better pairing of words to describe John Malta and his sultry craft. It's bound to grow on you, if it hasn't already.
The brother/sister team of Studio SSS have taken their drawing skills to the streets of New York and illustrated 17 small business owners for an exhibition entitled "Alive and Kicking". The series is in tribute to the "the little guy" who works hard to keep family business running despite tough economic times. All profits will be donated to Transportation Alternatives (transalt.org).