In January, we will celebrate two years in the business - these are the cards we currently have out in the marketplace. Enjoy!
This week, I am counting down the (2!) days until SURTEX by featuring sneak peeks of each artist's work.
Victoria is becoming world famous for her color palettes, her keen design eye and her expressive lyrical quality. (Victoria's work is like happiness in a bottle.) Our clients are working with her on children's bedding, growth charts, Christmas paper goods, and a line of gifts and bolts of fabric so dear you will swoon at first glance! I reckon, I am the luckiest agent in town! You can find Victoria (and me) @ Booth 518! Enjoy! - Jennifer
This last one is SPECIAL thanks to ALL of you who have supported us as we launched the agency, licensed or commissioned art and continue to make us feel so very welcome in this wonderful world of art!
I've been using a sketchbook recently. For many years I've worked straight onto the screen rather than sketching before hand. And that's great - it's fast, efficient, good for flat, vector designs in Illustrator and also painterly, loose work in PS. I'm very much looking forward to investing in a huge Cintiq tablet to continue doing just that. But I've been DYING to get back to painting and drawing in REAL life too.
So I bought myself a massive pile of sketchbooks and pens and started. There's something different about the way your brain works when you're drawing on screen versus when you're creating something in the 'real' world. A different bit is being used.
I can chat, watch telly, be simultaneously engaged in something else when I'm drawing, painting or sewing. When I'm at the computer I need to be almost silent. I think it's a right brain/left brain phenomenon. I love the fact that I can be present with my children while fiddling around with bits of paper, scissors and pens during the evening.
I started my career before computers were in general use for design and now I'm remembering the problem-solving aspect of not being able to edit everything. If a blob of paint accidentally landed in the center of something, it became a flower! And suddenly the picture became something else. With sketching and doodling this can be particularly interesting because no-one needs to see what goes into a sketchbook and mistakes can lead you down an unexpected path.
Now that I can design digitally, I'm finding that combining these spontaneous, flawed, 'real' life experiments with the possibility of limitless editing is making exploring particularly exciting!!! I'm definitely enjoying heading down a new route. Here's a pic of a very casually-slung-together collage I did - while watching telly (might have been Italian X-factor - very inspiring!!!). Lots of elements from it (and others) have since found their way into my work!! - Victoria
What can I say except “thank you”? The response to our launch has been overwhelming. It has only been a week since we opened for business and already we’ve had more than 10,000 visits to this site, 1081 new Instagram followers, 770 Facebook followers, and 182 Twitter-ers! Plus, our first three inquiries from the press(!?!). It’s really gratifying to see so much enthusiasm for what we’re doing here.
On top of that we’ve had requests from 187 artists seeking representation. Thanks for your confidence! We’re keeping things small for now but I really appreciate hearing from illustrators and I LOVE seeing your amazing work. There’s a lot of talent out there and we’ll add to our roster before too long.
The biggest and best news is that we have already assigned 9 illustration jobs. Considering that our official grand opening was last Sunday (and there was a major US holiday last week) that’s a truly amazing accomplishment. Thanks especially to our new clients for awarding us these projects. We are working our hardest to make you happy and keep you coming back. Making great art is what we love best!
That’s all for now. It’s really busy here and it’s time to get back to work! - Jennifer