The Atlanta Gift Show 2019

Jan 22, 2019

If you were wondering how many steps it takes a Licensing Agent to get through 2 days at the Atlanta Gift Show… the answer is more than 30,000! Thanks to our handy iPhones we tracked our “foot print” at the Gift Show this year. 

After a whirl wind of appointments, browsing new products, meeting new customers, a little fun and LOTS of new deals in the works our sales team was glad to head back to Vermont (even if the temperatures were super cold). We saw so many amazing products this year and were so excited with the amount of Art Licensing Artists we saw blasted throughout the show. 

The market was raving about new trends including, but not limited to: sloths, llamas, mermaids, camping and clean farm house. We were excited to hear this news as we already had so much great art to offer to suit these needs.  

The Atlanta Gift Show is always so exhilarating- so much to see under 1 roof (well, 3 roofs… but you know what mean)! We are looking forward to finalizing our follow up from the meetings and watching our meetings turn into contracts. 

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ALI to Visit Stave Puzzles

Oct 26, 2018

Russell and Syrena just had the pleasure of making the trip from Manchester, VT up to White River Junction, VT to tour the Stave Puzzles building. They had an amazing time meeting the Stave team and watching the hand cut puzzles being made. It was incredible to see the talented staff cutting such precise puzzle pieces.After explaining the entire process of how their puzzles are made, the staff at Stave was even kind enough let Russ and Syrena take a stab at cutting their own puzzle pieces. Russ and Syrena confirmed this is not as easy as the Stave team makes it look!!

In addition to seeing the craftersin action, the ALI team was able to see lots of Art Licensing Art displayed throughout their beautiful building. The buildingtour was followed by a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and then a beautiful, colorful drive home. 

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Art Licensing is super grateful for the warm welcome they received from the Staff at Stave and for the amazing experience they had while learning about the puzzle process.  

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Moises Levy featured in a COLOSSAL way!

Sep 06, 2018

We are super excited for our photographer, Moises Levy, as he will be featured in one of the largest visual art, design, and culture blogs on the web: Colossal! They are best known for celebrating the work of both established and emerging artists across a vast field of creative endeavors. 

Moises Levy will be featured so they can celebrate how he captures unique moments of human and animal interaction in his street photography, most often centered around activities at the beach. You can check his amazing photographs on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moises_levy_street/

If you are interested in licensing his images, check out his licensing portfolio.

Update (October 26, 2018): the blog has been posted!! Check it out today by clicking here.

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Abril Andrade's Ridiculous Cake!

Aug 17, 2018

We’re excited to announce that ALI artist, Abril Andrade, was featured last month on Food Network’s Ridiculous Cakes. What an amazing way to have her work showcased and presented to a national audience!

Friend and fellow Ohioan, cake maker Timbo Sullivan (Cakes by Timbo), was the man behind recreating Abril’s Goth-style imagery in the form of a dazzling edible delight. Being his first appearance on the acclaimed reality TV show, Timbo arose to the challenge and constructed a stunning cake portraying one of Abril’s fantastic characters atop a delectable looking mushroom. If his “ridiculous” cake tastes as incredible as it looks, Timbo has a very promising future in the cake industry!

                 

If you would like to see more of Abril’s amazing art, take a look at her portfolio by clicking here

If you would like to license her art, contact us today!

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Anthony Paladino's photo was chosen as one of “Peter’s Picks”.

Apr 30, 2018

Art Licensing artist, Anthony Paladino, was recently featured in the Image City Photography Gallery exhibit, ‘Through the Student Lens 2018’, where his photo was chosen as one of “Peter’s Picks”.

Anthony’s photo, titled ‘Light and Water on Colorful Sandstones’, was selected for the exhibit after winning an award in one of the monthly competitions established by Camera Rochester, a photography group in the greater Rochester, NY area.

The exhibit’s main attraction was a selection of photographs from local high school students, representing 18 different schools in the Rochester area. Also featured were works from Wilson Foundation Academy’s Studio 678, The Rochester Area Nature Photography Meetup Group and other members of the Camera Rochester group.

Peter Marr has served as a judge, in both local and International photographic competitions, for the past 20 years and is a former President of the Kodak Camera Club, as well as a past Chairman of numerous Kodak Camera Club organizations. His photography has won him numerous awards throughout Kodak and in International Salons, including 5 George Eastman Medals, which is the top honor awarded to the most outstanding picture in the Annual Kodak International Salon.

Here is what Peter had to say about Anthony’s photograph: This lyrical waterscape, superbly seen and artistically captured by the author, is an impressive example of an image that is both timeless and magical. From the title, one knows that the photograph is about the playful interaction of light and water over colorful sandstones, which could be interpreted as the enchantment of moving water with the vitality of inert rocks. For myself, I am fascinated by the rhythmic interplays of colors in the water, which range from deep blues which gently merge into lighter shades of aqua blues and turquoise. Below the surface, the orange and yellow-gold hues could easily be imagined as from goldfish gently swimming over the sandstone rocks. Every viewer should take the time to look beyond the quiet beauty of this memorable print, relax the mind and try an emotional response, which could be a reflection of their own dreams. My own visual commentary is twofold. Firstly, it is easy to imagine that one is looking at an impressionism era painting, and secondly, the gentle flow of the water is musically reminiscent of a quiet passage from Claude Debussy’s La Mer. Photographically, Anthony has captured this image creatively, particularly by using a shutter speed that is exactly right in order to capture the profound serenity and emotional impact of this image.

To License some of Anthony's images, click here

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

Apr 19, 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

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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/

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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.

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“All Under One Roof” – 2018 Global Pet Expo

Mar 26, 2018

ALI Artists were recently showcased at the "All Under One Roof" Global Pet Expo.

Presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), Global Pet Expo is the pet industry's largest annual trade show, highlighting the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today.

This past weekend marked the 14th Annual GPE, hosted by the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The massive tradeshow featured over 3,000 new pet products, presented by nearly 1,200 exhibitors, and showcased the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses.

ALI artist Dean Russo, with Tim Smith of SJT Enterprises.

 

The show is open only to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals, the exhibition offered attendees a multitude of networking opportunities, as well as an impressive number of educational seminars covering social media, marketing, merchandising, management, customer service, human resources, management and more. We are honored that our artsits could be part of this exciting show!

SJT offers a variety of pet-featured products, including plaques, magnets, keychains, coasters, greeting cards and more, all produced in the USA! You can see some of the lovely products in the photo above.

To see Dean Russo's licesning portoflio, click here.

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ALI Heads Across the Pond!

Feb 07, 2018

            Recently, Syrena and Russ went across the pond, as they say, to attend the 2018 Spring Fair in Birmingham, England.  

  

 

 

This is the first time Art Licensing has sent representation to attended this show and what an amazing experience it was! Syrena and Russ were so excited to go into uncharted territory in effort to meet new clients!  

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) – Birmingham is the largest exhibition center in the UK.  It is set on grounds of 611 acres and is made up of 20 interconnected halls.  Syrena and Russ walked all 20 halls, made countless contacts, and saw a plethora of new trends for 2018 & 2019.

            Some of the trending animals Russ and Syrena identified were unicorns, flamingos, and llamas.  Llamas were everywhere, on wall décor, blankets, greeting cards, flags, puzzles and so on.  Another hot topic that Russ and Syrena identified was something they are calling “blinged-out-rustic” or rustic with flare.  In other words, rough textures like burlap or birch wood with pops of gold, silver, or bronze; metallic colors in a variety of forms are still as popular as they were in 2017.  Although the show is called Spring Fair, Syrena and Russ saw quite a bit of products with Christmas designs on them because Christmas is always trending it just varies in style.

  

One of the top Christmas artists that we represent, The Macneil Studio, was also in attendance at the show.  We had the wonderful opportunity of walking the show with Dan Macneil, son and manager to Richard Macneil the artist behind The Macneil Studio.  In addition to being a great tour guide to first time attendees Russ and Syrena, Dan also helped make introductions to new customers.  Upon their return to the US, Russ and Syrena raved about the show, the amazing turnout, and the potential for new business.

As things return to normal after the trip and the deals begin to unfold, it is clear that this new customer base will be a great new marketplace for ALI to explore.  Spring Fair 2018 has proven a huge success for ALI, and we are excited to attend this show as well as other tradeshows in the near future.  If you have inquiries about licensing opportunities please visit our “Contact Us” page and reach out to one of our licensing agents.

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