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Pikaland just announced their new 2013 wall Calendar + Zine is available for preorder. Pikaland asked 12 illustrators to illustrate this year’s theme: “On My Desk” to inspire you every month of the year! Also included are interviews with the artists about their own desks and their process — all bound in a handy little zine. What a fantastic bundle for just $18!
Posted by Thomas James on 11/06/12 under apparel / products
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1. Tell us about yourself. What makes you tick?
My name is Susie Ghahremani and I am addicted to mail, paper, stationery, and sending things around the world. Everything I make is probably a hybridization of the love of the written letter, my experience with music, and my reverence for animals. Also: I have a cat and five pet finches.
2. How did you get started as an illustrator?
I went to the Rhode Island School of Design to study illustration, and while in school, played in bands and made merch for those bands. And I’ve always made my own stationery.
3. How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
It emerged pretty naturally through the process of working; I didn’t consciously try to find or imitate a style. It hasn’t really changed since I started though it has refined over the past 10 years of freelance life.
It looks a little different when I use different materials. My pen sketches are a little more stippled.
4. Can you briefly explain your creative process, mediums, etc?
I’ll create a sketch, then transfer the basic composition of that new sketch to a freehand painted final and layer the details. Everything I make is painted, often with a tiny 10/0 liner brush.
5. How do you come up with new ideas? Do you have a process?
I get off the internet. I read, visit museums, go for a hike, talk with friends, make diagrams, listen to music, look at old photos, and maybe most effectively, pay attention to dreams.
6. Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
Yes! Everyone does! (If they say they don’t, they’re lying.) During slumps, I feel despair, get antsy, maybe focus on accounting or administrative stuff, and then re-emerge unscathed and motivated to keep working. It always works itself out in time.
7. Best / most fun part of your job:
Getting to draw every day; hearing people say they’ve seen my work in cities I dream of visiting; having such inspiring, supportive and often hilarious clients.
8. Worst / most difficult part of your job:
Having to defend copyright of my artwork and chronic wrist pain.
9. Do you have side projects you work on?
I create and craft a collection of products with my art on them. I’m also in a band – I play synths and sing in it (and play lots of other instruments.) I co-organize a meet up for full time artists here in San Diego. I’m also trying to read 50 books and see 50 movies in 2012 which is more of a challenge than it seems.
10. What’s on your horizon? Any current/future projects and plans/dreams you can share with us?
I have a solo show in Los Angeles at Giant Robot on November 17th.
My first picture book “What Will Hatch?“ written by Jennifer Ward will be out in February, published by Walker Bloomsbury.
I have illustrations in the latest issues of BUST, Isthmus and the Boston Globe; there will be a new journal and notepad set I created published by Chronicle Books in the spring, and I designed a new collection of jewelry with Chocolate and Steel that includes bats.
Also, I’m on the board for ICON8 the Illustration Conference in 2014.
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5 things inspiring you/your work right now:
1. My mom – she puts love and energy into everything she makes & it is contagious.
2. finches – they’re pretty tiny and quiet but they work their way into so much of what I make!
3. a few records I can’t get out of my head. Tilbury “Exorcise”; Jherek Bischoff “Composed”; Wolf Parade “Expo 86″; Tears Run Rings “Distance”; Colleen Green “Cujo”; X “Wild Gift”; The Cleaners From Venus “On Any Normal Monday”
4. wanderlust. My husband and I try to steal a night out of town every month.
5. I twitter a lot (@boygirlparty) and I actually find the twitter community incredibly inspiring. I love seeing snippets of other people’s days in that context.
3 constants in your day:
1. the chirping of finches in the background as i work
2. music all day
3. taking to my sister! she’s my bff, we work together + chit-chat pretty much every day.
Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom:
Art tip: Make a brush or pen grip and save your wrists.
Words of Wisdom: Trust your gut.
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Thank you so very much, Susie!
I have a bogus cheapy pink iphone case that is begging for an artsy upgrade. In my search for a prettier one, I stumbled across these. So hard to decide. :)
From the Editorial Submissions:
(to be released October 29th)
‘Kurt and the Gang’ is a sticker collection chronicling the life, influence and friends of Kurt Cobain. The book is packed with 72 stickers and printed illustrations designed by 13 artists from around the world.
‘Kurt and the Gang’ features illustrations of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Dylan Carlson, El Duce, The Pixies, Lead Belly, Daniel Johnston, Dave Grohl and many others based around the Cobain scene.
Illustrations come from Patrick Schmidt, Murray Somerville, Chris Golden, Sean Morris, Brooke Olsen, Christoper Worker, Rob Goodall, Chaos vs Cosmos, Michael Hsiung, Paul Windle, Laura Handysideand Sophy Hollington.
Shanna Murray’s decals are so simple and beautiful. Created from her delightful drawings and lettering, this line sets itself apart. Simple, charming decals in matte & metallic finishes appear hand-painted, and are at once modern and a nod to nostalgic days gone by.
Born of the belief that we all need a little spot to tuck inspiration in, each piece in the collection is designed to create a perfect spot to celebrate the little things that make us smile. A little happiness for your walls.
She will soon be revealing her fall/winter collection. Sign up for her mailing list for the sneak peek.
An Etsy shop we love belongs to graphic designer, Sabrina, of Small Caps Berlin. She works with paper, letters and a letterpress machine, printing everything by hand on Golding Pearl Letterpress, her Adana 8×5 or her Korrex proof press. She uses metal or wood type, vintage paper, old maps, magnesium or photopolymer clichés for the illustrations.
Art and epic adventure join forces in Poketo’s latest line of artist series wallets. Inspired by Cartoon Network’s popular TV show Adventure Time, Poketo now has exciting limited edition Adventure Time wallets that were designed by Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, Andy Ristaino, Jolby, Jon Vermilyea, and Peskimo.
All seven wallets reflect the artists’ signature style as well as the colorful imagination, silly mischief, and radical fun that has made the Emmy-nominated cartoon appealing to viewers of all ages. The wallets include a matching pin and reveal a different Adventure Time pattern on the inside. With expandable card and cash slots, a coin purse, and made of a durable double layer of vinyl, every Poketo x Adventure Time wallet is built to keep necessities safe and endure all of life’s everyday adventures.
The Poketo x Adventure Time wallets were met with wild success at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con — with many of the styles nearly selling out! The beautiful, artistic renditions of the cartoon’s memorable characters make the Poketo x Adventure Time wallets a brilliant addition to the ever-growing collection of Poketo artist wallets.
All Poketo x Adventure Time wallets are available online at poketo.com and at the new flagship store in Downtown Los Angeles.
About Poketo: Founded on the idea of “art for your everyday,” Poketo was established in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. Poketo infuses art and daily living through their distinctive design-driven products, including housewares, apparel, stationery and the original artist wallets that are available online and in the new flagship store. Poketo has been commissioned by Nike, MTV, Weezer, Arcade Fire, SF MoMA, Target and many more to create exclusive lines stamped with Poketo’s signature fun and functional style. To date, Poketo has collaborated with over 200 artists and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Dwell, among others.
About Adventure Time: ADVENTURE TIME WITH FINN AND JAKE™ is about two best friends: Jake the Dog and Finn the Human. Jake is a wise, kind-hearted dog while Finn is a silly kid who wants more than anything else to become a great hero. These two dudes are like family: they stick with each other through thick and thin, trust one another with secrets and look to each other for advice when problems get out of hand. Most importantly, Finn and Jake crack each other up by acting like idiots and joking around as they traverse across a massive and treacherous island seeking heart-pounding adventure to pass the time.
Anne-Claire Petit has been working together with several illustrators over the last few years to create hand-crocheted objects. In the past they worked with Dick Bruna (Miffy), Alain Gree and Sieb Posthuma.
They just launched a new line created in cooperation with French artist Marc Boutavant. Marc was featured on Illustration Friday recently, and we think his work translated beautifully to crocheted animals. So charming!
Maxime Francout’s new design for the Human Empire Artist Series.
Maxime Francout is a french artist and illustrator working in Montreal, Canada. He loves fine art, design, hand drawn typography, and illustration. He is making drawings, t-shirts, books, zines and exhibitions. His own playful illustrations picked him up the Salomon Snowboard award for Graphic Artist of 2008. Maxime’s clients include Urban Outfitters, Anorak Magazine, Threadless, Herman Miller, Toyota and WeSC.