Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving a happy one!


Posting early again :-) On Friday when I usually post, I will be making a salad and whipping up the cranberry ice (sorbet) in preparation for Thanksgiving - we are celebrating on Saturday so everyone can make it.

I am grateful for the connections I have made through this blog and social media and look forward to make more!

I am grateful for the wonderful advice and comments from all of you who follow this blog.

I am grateful for all of you who click on the affiliate links. This little bit of income helps support me and the time it takes to blog <3

Thank you!, all of you amazing creative people!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Artist Spotlight - Dan DiPaolo

 

You have seen Dan's work in stores! His chefs are some of my favorites of his work.


Tell us a bit about yourself: Did you go to school for art? Are you self taught?
My BFA is from the Cleveland Institute of Art, 1984. Major in Painting, minor in Drawing.

What inspires you / where do you get inspiration from?
I am inspired by so many things… mostly from my surroundings here in Wisconsin. I live and work on a small farm. I grow veggies, raise chickens and goats and have a beautiful old stone farm house. The studio is in an 1840 Log house. My work is influenced by the seasons here, the animals that live here and the simplicity of quiet life. There is a sensibility that comes from being rooted in a place and feeling connected to it.

Do you work in just one medium? Several?
I work with watercolor paint for Calendar images, wood and metal for sculpting, photoshop for digital images, textiles for soft goods.

What are you working on now?
I make 5 calendars every year for Andrews McMeel Publishing so that’s 60 paintings, I also create art for 17 other licensees. A new company, Whiskey Mountain, will launch an extensive offering of signs and other decor items in January 2015.

Anything else you want to tell everyone?
Hmmm…. Life is great! I guess the only advice I can offer is to enter the licensing arena without expectation. The business of licensing is a collaboration between artist, manufacturer, production, materials and salesmen. It doesn’t always come together, sometimes it does… the process may not live up to your standards or it may surpass your dreams.

Are you an early riser? or night owl?
Definitely NOT and early riser.. It takes several hours for my brain to activate. COFFEE..

What is your favorite food?
Well, I love to cook so I love to experiment with ingredients. I love to invent dishes using ingredients that are fresh form the garden..

You can find Dan:
dandipaolostudios.blogspot.com
ddipaolo@earthlink.net



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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fabulous FREE call with U.S. Copyright office!


If you missed it - don't worry!

Editors note 5/29/16: The link below is now through ArtLicensingInfo.com. Same call, Tara sold her business to them :-)

Hi Everyone! Posting a day early :-) Tara Reed set up a great call with the U.S. copyright office.
Click here to download it for FREE: United States Copyright Office Call

This link will let Tara know you found it through me - I don't make any money on it - just FYI :-) but thanks for using this link!

The call cleared up for me questions about registering collections and several collections at a time. It also pointed out benefits I hadn't thought about that you get by registering your work. It gets into some legal aspects of copyright. Oh Heck - just go download it! 

THANKS so much Tara for setting this up!





Friday, November 7, 2014

Artist Spotlight - Jim Steck



I came across Jim online - Love his work and am amazed by his impressive resumé.


Tell us a bit about yourself: Did you go to school for art? Are you self taught?
I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I graduated with a degree in Visual Communications,
leading to a 20+ year career as an award Senior Art Director in advertising agencies in Orlando,
FL. My original style was hand drawn Disney style. Once I learned how to use a computer my style
changed to my current style using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

What inspires you / where do you get inspiration from?
I love the clean, modern character style of 1950’s-60’s advertising animation.

Do you work in just one medium? Several?
Illustrator and Photoshop.

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on some illustrations projects for publishers in S. Korea and Spain.
No new license work yet but I’m plugging along. I sell some nifty art at
https://creativemarket.com/steckfigures and our children’s book can be purchased through
http://littleheads.net/page2

Anything else you want to tell everyone?
I’ve illustrated 15 children’s books many publishing companies including Cartoon Network as well
as promotions for McDonald’s, Denny’s Pizza Hut and Chick fil-A.

Are you an early riser? or night owl?
Both, it depends on my workload.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza! Even frozen pizza.



You can fi nd Jim:
Email: jim@steckfigures.com
Phone: 407-473-5581
Website: http://www.steckfigures.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jim.steck.73
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-steck/a/6aa/822/

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