Carrie Schmitt was recently featured in a short documentary about her work!

Apr 20, 2018

Our artist, Carrie Schmitt, was recently featured in a short documentary about her work!  

The short film was created and posted by artistsnetwork.com, an online community for visual artists with nearly 390,000 subscribers. In the video, Carrie explains how in 2009 she was diagnosed with a life threatening affliction.  When she was at her lowest, it was small acts of kindness and patience that helped to gather her creativity again. She goes on to say that her love for painting has blossomed into something more- something that Carrie has chosen to share with others through “Art Retreats” that she puts on.  

To see the full video please click the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ6tkGsDfS4

            If you are interested in licensing some of Carrie’s beautiful designs please browse her portfolio by clicking the following link, http://artlicensing.com/content/carrie-schmitt

Posted by: syrenam

Josh Byer's "The Cat Who Stole the Sun" goes viral!

Apr 18, 2018

            Our wonderful artist, Josh Byer had an image which recently went viral on the popular social networking site Reddit; gathering more than 100,000 views!  

As a result, Josh was interviewed by A UK News Wire and the story was shared among a variety of publications.  The image that went viral is called “The Cat Who Stole the Sun” and it is inspired by a dream that Josh had.

He described the dream in the interview, “I had taken my shirt off because I was sweating. There was a lot of noise. The sky was overcast and shimmered like gasoline.That’s where the cat appeared, between clouds. He stole the sun while I watched, smiling with tiny little eyes. There was nothing I could do to stop him”.  Josh went on to say that he draws much of his inspiration from his dreams or “visions” as he put it.

            To read the interview first hand see any of the links below.  If you would like to license work from Josh Byer please feel free to check out his portfolio here: http://artlicensing.com/content/josh-byer or follow him on Instagram at @vancityjoshb .

 

 

The Independent: https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sunthieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-36709303.html

The Evening Express: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Breaking News: https://www.breakingnews.ie/discover/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-832767.html

The Irish News: https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2018/03/15/news/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-1279791/

The Bailiwick Express: https://www.bailiwickexpress.com/jsy/life/fun/bizarre-dream-about-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-wondrous-work-art/

The Belfast Telegraph: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/Viral/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sunthieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-36709310.html

The Shropshire Star: https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/lifestyle/2018/03/15/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Europe Breaking News: https://www.europebreakingnews.net/2018/03/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Express & Star: https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/lifestyle/2018/03/15/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Two Eggz (China): http://www.twoeggz.com/int/7667757.html

European News: http://www.europe.easybranches.com/ireland/This-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-280842

Online Information Hub: http://onlineinformationhub.com/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Posted by: syrenam

Who is CB Studios?

Apr 10, 2018

 

CB Studios is one of Art Licensing’s most adored whimsical artists. Although trained in graphic design, she is now a full-time illustrator with a passion for drawing animals and fairies. Much of CB Studios' drawing experience comes from observation and exploration rather than formal education. From a young age, she regularly immersed herself in the classic works of Beatrix Potter and Margaret Mary Tempest, among others.

“They had a sweetness about them, which partly came through their soft execution. The stories were based around goodness and being together, and that was a world I wanted to be part of, which I found through drawing.”

Throughout her childhood, CB Studios' drawing skills brought considerable attention, convincing her that she wanted nothing more than to pursue a career in the arts. Although also somewhat interested in becoming a veterinarian, she ultimately decided that she would attend an art college rather than aim for a more traditional education experience.

After completing her foundation year at art school and working for a while in graphic design, CB Studios was greeted with an opportunity to create images for worldwide licensing purposes, including home décor, greetings, crafts, stationery, educational, needlecrafts, book illustrations and private commissions.

“It was my whimsical fairy and animal work which became not only the work I most enjoyed, but also proved to be my most commercially popular.”

CB Studios' love of animals – particularly cats and kittens – allows her to bring out the character and mood of her subjects through her work. Whilst striving for detail, in both her fairy and her animal work, CB Studios aims to create designs that encompass a sentimental, timeless and enchanting quality – and always with a touch of cute.

We recently reached out to CB Studios, to learn more about how Karen approaches her illustrations – and she was kind enough to provide a wonderful overview of her artistic process.

Ideas for paintings are frequent, and often just pop into my head at any time or situation. I will send these ideas either as a descriptive text, or a very rough thumbnail, to Syrena [AL Licensing Director]. As soon as an idea is chosen, I go straight into a full-size sketch.

 

I create the sketch by hand on 2 A4 (10 ins x 8 ins) sheets of thin paper, using a 5 x 7 format in either portrait or landscape. This is very detailed and neat, despite being just a sketch. It is vital that all of the painting’s content and details are seen at this stage, in order to establish the final result and achieve the best image to sell, and also because it is easier to make changes at this stage.

 

Any necessary amendments to the sketch are made through discussions with the team at AL and then I create a “colour rough” using the sketch. This is such a vital part of the process, as it can often highlight possible colour clashes we don’t want and also helps determine good colour balance across the scene.

 

 

Once any amendments on the colour rough are finalised, I then draw the scene out neatly and lightly, onto a good quality paper around 11 ins x 16 ins, using a lightbox and my rough sketch. I then “stretch” this sheet of paper onto a board. Stretching paper allows me to use wet media to do the painting, without the paper buckling and involves soaking the paper in water, taping it down onto a board and allowing it to dry overnight. Some artists draw on the paper after stretching, but I like the clean lines I get by drawing it prior to stretching.

 

 

If the paper dries with buckles – often because I haven’t taped it down fully and air has snuck in, then I have to re-draw the neat piece on a fresh sheet and stretch again. Fortunately, this rarely happens as I’ve got this part down to a tee now. The rest of the process is to simply paint the scene using watercolour and pencils, using as many bright and uplifting colours as possible.

Posted by: syrenam

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