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27 mar 2013

Interview: Jaw Cooper

No Comments Interview, painter, sculptor

Jaw Cooper , a painter and  sculptor, has a her very own style and she ‘s about to expose her amazing artwork at the Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles the 5th of April. So if you are lucky enough to be around that day, visit the show, meanwhile enjoy this little interview and don’t forget to visit her website (her sketches are beautiful!) or her blog. Enjoy!

 

How long have you been in the illustration industry and how did you start?

I started working while still in college for illustration- so I would guess about 7 years. I started with a variety of small freelance jobs- t-shirt graphics, tattoo designs, painting commissions, that kind of thing.

What’s your background?

Professionally I am an illustrator and gallery artist. Personally I am a world traveler and lover of hiking and english muffins.

 

How would you define your style?

Feral girls and furious animals.

What’s are your influence?

Curio cabinets, fashion photography, forms found in nature, and anything alien, bizarre, or flawed.

 

minion-Jaw Cooper

How do you get inspire? How do you feed your creativity?

I make playlists of music to work to, and I make lists of words- colors/motifs/emotive words/etc- to synthesize my ideas.

 

How do you work? Do you have a routine that you like to follow?

I make lists, then I gather reference and start sketching. When I get something I like I transfer it to heavyweight paper and mount the paper to board and then I paint it, usually with waterproof india ink and gouache.

 

Do you allow yourself time for your personal project on a regular basis or only when you can? And why?

I frequently take time away from freelancing to work on personal work. I think personal work enriches your commercial work, and commercial work pushes you out of your comfort zone which improves your personal work.

Teach me Tiger - Jaw Cooper

Best and worst things of being an illustrator?

Best: Being able to make a living doing something you are passionate about. Worst: Having your self-worth inextricable from the quality of the work you are producing at the moment.

 

Favourite material to draw:

To draw with? Colorase pencil in carmine red.

 

Your favourite place to work:

At my desk overlooking Spring St in downtown L.A.

 

What project are you actually working on?

I’m freelancing at various motion and print companies around LA and wrapping up the loose ends on this upcoming show “Laid bare” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

 

Your favourite artists:

Hokusai, Hiroshige, Sargent, Leyendecker, Haeckel, Audubon, Mucha, Toulouse-Lautrec, Steinlen and Chéret.

 

And finally, one tips or advice for those who want to work in this industry: 

Work hard on your craft so that your skills are competitive and and live richly so you have something to say with your work.

 

 

—————— upcoming show details ——————
April 5 – 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th, 8-11 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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02 feb 2013

Tanamachi Studio : Lettering

No Comments Creative process, designers

Do you know Dana Tanamachi? She is an amazing hand-lettering & calligraphy artist. I discovered her art last year , in the magazine of Oprah Winfrey, it was breath taking!!! It’s funny, but before that, I actually never thought about chalk being a great tool for art! (which is a bit surprising as I really enjoy looking at beautiful chalkboard menu… * useless info * ).  Do check out her website, her artwork is candy for eyes!!!!! And if like me you love, watching the artists working, visit her vimeo .

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Nagging Doubt Pinot Noir from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.

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04 dic 2012

Moyo issue 2

No Comments Info, inspiration, surface designer

The new issue of Moyo is out! It’s even better than the first one. So have a look and enjoy it! There is a great interview of Khritian A. Howell !

Remember that Khristian A Howell had nicely accepted to answer some of my questions for this blog last year?

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19 nov 2012

Around the corner: Sevilla

No Comments around the corner, inspiration, Interior design & architecture

As I said in a previous post, I went to Sevilla (South of Spain) earlier this year . Sevilla is a beautiful town, with amazing monuments -and great patterns- all around, that can only inspire us. As I’ve got too much pics, I’m thinking on writing another post about it -as soon as I organize them-. By the way, did you know that the Palace in Star war is from Sevilla ( *^____ ^* geeky time *^____ ^*) ? Enough talking ,enjoy Sevilla:

 

That’s The Palace Queen Amidala   ^3^ , official name: Plaza de España

 

 

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14 nov 2012

Surface pattern design

No Comments General, Info, surface designer

This year has been for me, the year of patterns, I decided that I will learn more about it and overcome  my fear to make patterns – making patternS has always been a  real nightmare for me, never been able to make them right-. But after visiting Alhambra and Sevilla, how was I supposed to ignore patterns?  So I took different little courses to learn how to make patterns. But, it wasn’t enough I needed to learn more, I tend to be a little obsess when I love something brand new…

So, I enrolled in the course of Art & business of surface pattern design with Raechel Taylor.  It’s been a week and an a half and so far, I’m quite happy .  At first,as the course cost £239, I was a bit afraid to pay that much money and be disappointed, but the truth is, that ABSPD is by far, the best course I took online.

It’s a great value, to be able to learn how to  observe the insight of a peculiar industry from a great designer. And it can be handy to have a grasp on the way  others artists are working, as you can try  and see if it works for you, and if it does, adapt it and integrate it to your daily working routine.

For instance, on the first day, we’ve been ask to take a big sheet, sticking it in a wall next our desk, and doodle on it whenever we could over the next five weeks. Well, I did it a little differently, I taped a big sheet next my desk -is almost as empty as the beginning- but I also put  a smaller one in the kitchen, I already filled up 4 of them. Why? I’m freelancing from home, so eventually, during the day I ended up in the kitchen   hunting for candies and food or making my  zillion cup of coffee, as I have to cook for the kids when hubby isn’t here – yes, I have a wonderful Hubby that not only enjoys cooking, but he’s also a great cook-, so I take advantage, use this time to doodle while cooking. And it’s quite effective and the best I get to doodle other things.

More about the course:

From monday to saturday, around 9:30/10 am (Spanish time), you can read a new lesson in the classroom, full of info,guidance and pics, you usually have one or two exercises. All the homeworks are posted in a private group in  Flickr, where you can comment and talk with other fellow artists.

pros:

On my everyday life, I mainly draw women, objects and other things are usually secondary, well for the last ten days, I’ve been drawing everything around me like a crazy coo coo, I’ve produced  a lots of sketches that are ready to be turned into patterns.  I’m paying more attention to things that I usually don’t.

cons: The course is overwhelming, and you can easily have the impression to drawn under infos and not being able to do everything but you have to keep in mind you can do it at on your own pace. (ok, that’s not even a real cons…).

conclusion: well for the moment, it’s five out five stars e-course !

You can check out what I’ve done over here

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11 oct 2012

Big draw 2012

No Comments event, Info

If you are in Barcelona the 21st of october, you may want to check out the Big Draw, it’s from 11:00am to 7:00pm, there will be a lot of workshop and it’s free ^3^

For more information,it’s over here.

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09 oct 2012

“The Power of Negative Thinking”?

No Comments babbling, General

In today’s Behance’s Newsletter, you can read an interesting article of Dr. Christian Jarrett “ The Power of Negative Thinking“. I’m not a psychologist, so it’s only my humble opinion, but I wouldn’t qualify as negative the fact of being realist and aware of eventual problems, I actually think it’s common sense. I always thought positive thinking as a motivational attitude.You are more able to get things done with a “you can do it” attitude rather than a  ”it would never work” attitude, because it makes things easier but it doesn’t change the fact that you have to work for it. What’s your opinion?

Dream big, work hard & enjoy yourself

 

 

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09 jul 2012

How to fix wifi problem with mac

No Comments geek, mac

For those who own the new imac (lion) or are about to buy one, you may have heard (the truth is I didn’t until it happened to me ) that a lot of people had a bug with the wifi such as very slow connection,wifi disconnecting on its own etc. It can become a real pain, it took me literally 4 hours to download only 1 mb from 37mb. I called Apple care* , here’s what I’ve been told to do:
-to call my internet administrator
- ask to change the channel of the router to either 7, 9 or 11 and change the password for WPA 2 personal (keep in mind that I’m living in Spain, so I don’t know if in other countries should be other channel)

I did it and it worked immediately, well I did have to restart my computer. So if you have a wifi problem with your mac, you may want to try that.

Here is a link you may want to check too:

http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/22/wifi-dropping-in-os-x-lion-fixes/

 

Apple care (Spain)*: 902 151 992 mon-fri from 8am to 8pm

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03 feb 2012

Instagram

No Comments geek, General, inspiration

One of my latest favorite iphone app is instagram . You can play with your pictures then share it with social media. It works the 3gs, it’s perfect and you can share with your social media.

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01 feb 2012

Caroline Andrieu

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Caroline Andrieu is a great fashion illustrator, that is also art director for Vogue website. Her technique is amazing. Check out her blog, if you wish to be impressed!

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