White lines, black shapes

June 14, 2011 § 5 Comments

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First, I would like to say that my last blog post received more views than any other! I am proud and happy that so many people read it. I even received new followers! Thanks everyone.
I received a few emails asking for more sketchbook pages, and was a bit hesitant. I didn’t really want to post every, single page, but if it keeps you motivated and you start to give me some feedback, I will. I am a bit concerned about the lack of constructive criticism from the readers, that I know exist. I really want this blog to help fellow artist and non-artist folk alike. Of course, I can’t know what you are thinking unless you leave me a comment!

So, here are the next couple of pages in my new book. I used the same pen & ink technique in this post. It took me forever, obviously. I really like doing stuff like this because it really relieves my stress. It is time consuming, but eases the mind of worry. I usually start with a curvy line and build it up in layers. I try very hard to make the black and white as even as possible, all while keeping contrast. I know it seems like a crazy feat but art is all about risk taking, isn’t it?


I also wanted to give you guys the rest of my favorite vendors from the Renegade Craft Fair. I stopped at every tent, but only a few more deserved a link.

  • myzoetrope.com-The ladies at this booth were the sweetest. All original watercolors, lots of fun.
  • bettula.com-Three words: tree bark earrings
  • carrier pigeon-I am definitely going to tell everyone I know about this. I am also seeing myself spending a lot of money with these guys. Amazing, dark art, neatly bound in a paperback book. They take submissions if anyone is up for some risk-taking.
  • the bocker store-Hands down the best ceramic/pottery at the fair. Probably the neatest I have seen in a while. She paints all the found/thrifted objects by hand.
  • heart pump arts-If this guy has a blog, I am following it. Great artwork, such a unique style.
  • early jewelry-Geode rock formations made into necklaces. If you are into that kind of thing.
  • john murphy-Had a laugh with this guy about how refreshing it was to see home decor. We talked about how if it isn’t a yellow blanket covered in squids or whales or triangles, the hipsters don’t want it. Shame, because there was some great work at this guys booth.
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  • Renegade Craft Fair, Brooklyn NY

    June 12, 2011 § 7 Comments

    Who went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn today? RONICAAAAHH.

    Sorry, I know you guys are jealous, but don’t worry. I took plenty of pictures, have plenty of stories, and nothing but blogging time. If you read this and still want to chat, you can email me or hit me up on my new twitter! The Renegade Craft Fair is a traveling event, going to major cities like London, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, and Austin. It features handmade and indie arts and crafts for affordable prices. I have been talking about this damn fair for over a year now, and it was so worth the wait!

    20110611-092859.jpgThe big sign, right in the middle of McCarren Park

    20110611-092848.jpgThe Craft Fair icon, an owl. I thought they should have posters of this, it’s so neat

    20110611-092919.jpg This lady puts miniature people biking and drinking tea inside of the jars of moss. Twig Terrariums was one of the first vendors, started off great!

    20110611-092933.jpgThere were plenty of plush toys, knits, and crochet vendors there but this one really seemed to stand out. Zooguu is a small plush toy business, all handmade, with some of the cutest animals I ever did see! Jen, the creator, had all of her plushies in hexagon displays which really caught my eye. If you didn’t know, I love hexagons, honeycombs, and bees!

    20110611-092909.jpgI took this picture to show you how all the pretty colors were washed out by the rain. I really want to buy one of these chalkboards and some chalkboard crayons.

    Speaking of bees, I met a queen beekeeper named Karen! I was smitten with her, and she seemed pretty glad to have someone so knowledgable about bees. Bumbleberry Farms is her website where she sells her own honey, jarred by her. If I had to pick on booth/tent that was my favorite, it would be hands down the bee lady!

    20110611-092941.jpgHuntington Baseball Co. stuck out like a sore thumb, but in a great way. I have never seen anyone thread a baseball until I met this vendor. He had some really great things on his table, vintage and customized alike.

    I just took this picture because I thought these were great handmade flags, and great colors against the gloomy sky.

    20110611-093011.jpgPeg & Awl was at the Art Star Craft Bazaar last year. It was neat to see some of the same people. Making money doing what you love is easier than what everyone thinks.20110611-093020.jpgThis guy was extremely nice and had some decent print jobs. He had some neat iPad and iPhone cases. You can see his stuff here.

    Overall, I had a really nice time. It rained all day, clouds were ominous, and there were scattered storms all over New York. The bad weather doesn’t stop the cool kids from coming out. Hipsterville, USA, aka Brooklyn was thriving with vegan foods, indie music, fixed gears, stretched ears, and lots of “too cool for school” attitudes. Luckily, I seemed to fit right in and I didn’t get rained on until I got home!

    I have been comparing the fair to Art Star Craft Bazarr all day. Art Star was my favorite boutique when I lived in Philadelphia, and they do an amazing fair at Penn’s Landing. I went for the first time last year and loved every minute of it. RCF was a lot bigger, with about 150 more vendors. The location was good, a nice variety, and a couple of diamonds in the rough. My favorite part was the location, and the way the fair was set up. It was like one big circle, market style with neat, colored tents. I felt like a fellow Gypsy, with my bag full of postcards and business cards, sketchbook, and iPhone.

    Choosing between the two fairs is impossible, so I recommend both. I want to go to art shows, craft fairs, and indie festivals for the rest of my life. If you’ve never been to any, you are really missing out. I have some more links I want to post, but I don’t want to overwhelm you guys! So, when I post some new sketchbook pages I will list them too. What a day! Thanks for reading.

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