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Artist Word, Illustration

La Nonette

Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell something about the ambitions behind their work. This week: Dutch illustrator Manon Bijkerk, aka La Nonette

Officially I am an Illustrator, but more of a contemporary one. I have a degree in Illustration from ArtEZ (Zwolle, The Netherlands) and I also studied at Escola Massana, Barcelona, which had an huge influence on my style. My work  is always very personal. With my paintings and drawing I try to communicate and share what’s inside my head with the audience, but I like people to interpret my work in their own way and give it a meaning of their own. I have two different sides who can both be really seen in my work. I have happy and quirky illustrations and comics but my paintings tend to be more serious and even melancholic. But my work is always recognizable as mine.
Recurring themes are human relationships, love, femininity and my cat. I usually draw female characters who are secretly self portraits and portraits of my friends. Normally I wake up with the image stuck in my head, I make a quick sketch or two and then I start drawing. Only after the work is finished I find out what it’s about and what I want to say with it. So I’m not really conceptual but more of an intuitive artist. The point of most of my work is that I try to make the world just a little more beautiful and your days just a little more brighter.

www.lanonette.com
Selling on: Etsy

 

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Artist Word, Mixed Media

Ute Rathmann

Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week: german artist Ute Rathmann. 

My medium is drawing. The human being is my motive, more specifically the human body and how it relates to clothes, costume, fashion and fabric. I tend to arrange my work in series with scenes reminiscent of masters such as Gustav Klimt. A model is dressed up according to a particular theme. This is the visual basis. The end result, however, is not directly connected to the depicted subject but takes on a life of its own.

My work is a never ending process–old drawings get torn to pieces, then brought together in a new way. These old fragments form new canvases on which I draw. Thus my “final” works can be seen as frozen moments in time, parts of an endless inquiry into the human form and nature.

Selling on: Etsy

 

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Artist Word, Painting

Jody Erickson

Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week: Brooklyn-based painter Jody Erickson.

Painting for me is a reflection. A way to visualize my emotions. I find that creating new work is very calming for me. This seems to translate through the painting, a serenity that carries to the viewer. I consistently pursue beauty and mystery in my surroundings and in my pieces. The natural world and our relationships with it are central to my work.

Website: www.jodyerickson.com
Also postig on: Tumblr
Selling on: Etsy

 

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Artist Word, Illustration

Marina Molares

Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week: freelance graphic- & surface designer Marina Molares. 

I was born in an intercultural family, with a Spanish father and an American mother. Because of my father’s job I’ve spent much of my life traveling. From Belgium to China, to the USA, England and Madrid, sampling the cultures around me. So I’ve evolved into a product of time and circumstances.

My work incorporates playful textures, collage, sculpture, illustrative patterns, photography and pop culture references. My passion for surface design started growing after graduating in Fine Arts and receiving my MA of Arts. That’s when I discovered how fun it is to play with repetition and incorporating raw, organic illustrations into the prints.

Website: www.marinamolares.com
Also posting on: her blogFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Flickr
Selling on: Spoonflower

 

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Artist Word, Painting

Alice Wellinger

Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week we give the word to Austria based artist Alice Wellinger, a former graphic designer who creates beautiful, colorful and surreal paintings of all kinds.

As a self taught Illustrator I am a late starter. I worked as a graphic designer for many years. After I gave birth to my twin girls, I began to write and illustrate children’s books. Although these books got published and won some awards (like the Austrian Children’s book prize), I kept eye for new shores. A few years ago I started to work as an editorial illustrator. I like doing this because of the artistic freedom it allows me (most times at least). Each commission is a new challenge.

Besides my editorial illustrations I try to develop my own personal art. Sometimes it is surreal or ironic and it deals with subjects from daily life or from my childhood memories. I always try to tell a little story in my pictures – I like it when people have something to think about. But I never plan anything; I’m open to the ideas that come into my mind spontaneously. When they are bad I forget them, the good ones I paint.

Website: www.alice-wellinger.com
Also posting on: Facebook

 

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Artist Word, Illustration

Carrie May

Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week we give the word to Carrie May. She is a freelance Illustrator and Artist known for her bright, colourful and textural creations. 

My background is in Illustration and I studied at Brighton and the Royal College of Art. I have always had a love for colour and texture- the two distinctive characteristics of my work. I wanted to make this my living and love more and more what I do as time develops. It’s more of a way of life a way of thinking and the boundaries between work and play are more blurred. I love to discover new inspirations away from my studio and I almost can’t help it, like a rustic magpie, collecting treasures when out and about. I am motivated by the feeling that creating my work generates and the responses it receives.

Carries illustrations are distinctive and characterful, evoking a sense of nostalgic charm and whimsy, appealing to both young and old. It can be seen featured on book jackets, in newspapers and magazines, greetings cards and larger campaigns.

Website: www.carriemay.co.uk
Also posting on: Facebook, Tumblr & Instagram
Selling on: Lagom
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Artist Word, Painting

Sofia Rondelli

Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week we give the word to Sofia Rondelli; an art student from Italy who at her young age has already created an amazing collection of paintings. 

My name is Sofia Rondelli and I was born on September 23rd, 1991 in Pietrasanta, a small Italian town with a charming old city and famous galleries. I enjoyed a peaceful childhood. When I was six I discovered a passion for drawing and visual arts. I devoted every available moment of my youth to painting and long meditation on the forms. I also attended ArtSchool in Carrara. It was soon clear to me that after high school I would attend the academy to study the power of art and I chose the course of painting.

I had my first exhibition in Milan (SpaziArti Ungallery) in October 2010, before starting university. I also worked with another gallery and the Open Art Fair in Milan. At the end of my studies, I had become very interested in the painting medium and did my thesis on research of beauty into hidden things.

While attending that art school I worked under Claudio Cargiolli and sculptor Fabrizio Mismas. The different influences of these two artists made it clear to me that art was an incredibly complicated field and that I still had a lot to learn. During this period, painter Cargiolli had the most profound influence on my work. Thanks to him I realized that life and painting are one thing. In 2010, I entered the Academy of Fine Arts. However, it has been clear to me from the beginning that after graduating I will move to another university, leaving my parents’ house. Then, my choice will be the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin because this city is one of the most attractive ones for an artistic development.

I attempt to infuse my drawings and paintings with a certain beauty and quality as well as an inner need to identify the images with my internal desires. I recently started with oil on wood painting and I love the effects of it. As an illustrator, my artwork has appeared on Pastiche Rivista, Players Magazine, LaRecherche.it and on hardcover & paperback books.

Blog: sofiarondelli.blogspot.it
Also posting on: Facebook 

 

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