Dan Monteavaro around the world!

Aug 19, 2013

Our artist, Dan Montevaro, is being recognized world wide for his pop art. You can see his fun and colorful images plastered all over NYC, Paris, Rome, London, and Geneva!

 

   

 

  

  

To see his whole portfolio, click here

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Watch this painting of Santa come to life!

Aug 13, 2013

International artist, Steve Henderson, puts the oil painting sequences of his Christmas work, "These Gifts Are Better Than Toys," to the music of "Carol of the Bells" performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, featuring Metallica. Make sure to pay close attention to the details on the nativity figurines near the end! Take a look at this amazing video

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Staff in the spotlight- Week 3!

Aug 12, 2013

 

 

This is the third installment of our "Staff in the Spotlight" series so you can get to know all of us!  

 To learn more about our Licensing Associate, Syrena O'Neil, check out her uncensored answers to our questionnaire below.  

 

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire 

 

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Name:  Syrena O'Neil  

 

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Title at ALI:  Licensing Associate/ Social Media Liaison   

 

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What does your job require you to do?  I make sales, work with artists to develop art for my customers, update the social media sites, organize trade shows and plan travel accommodations.  

 

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What is your favorite type of art? My favorite type of art is Whimsical, but I am inspired by photography.   

 

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What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)?  My favorite show is the Atlanta Gift Show!  

 

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What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)? Color Bakery, Jennifer Nilsson, Fiona Stokes-Gilbert,  Karen Middleton.  

 

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Where did you grow up?  Whitehall, NY  

 

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What is your family like? Fun! 

 

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What do you do in your free time? I love spending time with my husband and 2 dogs (Marley and Bear) camping, kayaking, swimming, snowmobiling, etc.  

  

Marley         Syrena and Her Husband          Bear

                                     

 

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What is your favorite movie/TV show? Favorite movie= Clueless. Favorite TV show= The Middle or Modern Family 

 

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What is your favorite song? “Sugar Magnolia”- The Greateful Dead   

 

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What is your favorite book? Too many to choose just 1 

 

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What is your favorite food? Tacos 

 

 

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If you could visit 1 place on Earth for 24 hours, where would you go?  Greece 

 

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What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share? I love to laugh and have a good time. I am rarely serious- 90% of what I say is a line from a funny movie.   

  

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Staff in the spotlight- Week 2!

Aug 05, 2013

 

This is the second installment of our "Staff in the Spotlight" series so you can get to know all of us!  

 To learn more about our Licensing Director, Matt Appelman, check out his uncensored answers to our questionnaire below.  

 

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire 

 

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Name:  Matt “the closer” Appelman 

 

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Title at ALI:  Licensing Guru (a.k.a. Licensing Director)  

 

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What does your job require you to do?  I discover great artwork and expose it to the world, ultimately developing a brand.  

 

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What is your favorite type of art? Dean Russo  

 

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What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)? Surtex.  

 

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What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)? Dean Russo, Anderson Design, Dan Monteavaro, Moises Levy  

 

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Where did you grow up?  Vermont 

 

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What is your family like? My boss and the H.R. director!  

 

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What do you do in your free time? Garden, hike, and spend time with my family.  

 

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What is your favorite TV show? Arrested Development 

 

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What is your favorite band? DAFT PUNK 

 

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What is your favorite book? What is a book? 

 

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What is your favorite food? Sushi 

  

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If you could visit 1 place on Earth for 24 hours, where would you go?  That really big warehouse in the end of “Indiana Jones.” I would open those crates. I always wanted to know what was in there!   

 

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What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share? Boxers or briefs…neither! ;) 

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HUGE selection of Anderson Design wall decals available NOW!!

Aug 05, 2013

Wall decals are the newest fad for Interior decorators as well as Do-It-Yourselfers because they make decorating so easy and fun. Wall Decals can be used on windows, walls and tiles for decoration. They are a great way of adding color to an appartment, condo, or dorm room without having to paint or put holes in the walls! Decals even serve as a tool to inform people that there is a glass door or window.

   

We are excited to announce that our artist, Anderson Design, now has designs available as wall decals. These removable vinyl wall decals feature your favorite retro character and themes, and are easy to apply and reapply. You can add a unique decoration to any wall in a flash! Order your favorite Anderson Design image as a wall decal today! 

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The Evolution of a Painting

Jul 31, 2013

When people are purchasing items in the marketplace, they are looking at the finished goods. They will admire the art on the product, but never stop to think about where the art came from.  Licensing art is such a fascinating industry because we ALWAYS think about where the art came from.  It is our job to help the artists make images that will work for each manufacturer and eventually become a finished good!

 

We thought you might be interested in seeing how one of our painters, Karen Middleton, will transform her idea into a finished good!

 

Step 1: The artist comes up with an idea for a new piece.

 

Step 2: Rough Sketch.

 

You can see that Karen has sent a rough sketch of "firemen pets" (dogs and cats) to show the general idea of what she would like to paint. The agents provided her with feedback of ways to make the image more marketable.

 

 

Step 3: Revised Rough Sketch

 

 

You can see that Karen made the requested revisions. Then the agent gave the “thumbs up” to begin her color sketch.

 

 

Step 4: Review Color Sketch

 

 

The ALI team suggested a few more "tweaks" and then she will be "OK" to begin painting this image.

 

Stay tuned to see the final product!

 

If you are one of our artists and would like assistance with your creative process, contact the art director, Zoe Anderson. If you are not signed with us, but would like a portfolio review, click here to learn more!  

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Rescue Pitbull "Steals Your Heart"

Jul 30, 2013

At ALI, we love hearing stories with happy endings. This time the happy ending was close to home, which makes the story even better!

 

Meet Scarlet.

 

She is an adorable 2 year old Pitbull who was rescued right here in VT. You can see her looking good, rocking her stylish new "Steal Your Heart"  Dean Russo collar! You should order one of his fun and funky collars for your favorite pet!

 

 To learn more about Dean’s products, take a look at his website. To learn more about licensing Dean’s art, contact us

 

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Staff in the Spotlight- Week 1!

Jul 29, 2013

Have you ever been curious about who you are working with here at ALI? Do you want to match a face to the e-mail address? We know you do... 

This is the first installment of our "Staff in the Spotlight" series so you can get to know all of us!  

 Want to learn more about our CEO, Jack Appelman? Having been in "the business" for nearly 30 years he is well known in the art world and he has the best stories about the industry! Check out his uncensored answers to our questionnaire below.  

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire 

  

1.    Name: Jack Appelman 

 2.    Title at ALI:  CEO 

 3.    What does your job require you to do?  I coordinate “the troops,” recruit talent, and make sure we are very competitive.   

4.    What is your favorite genre of art/What kind of art inspires you? Photo Realism is my favorite. Abstract like Jackson Pollock inspires me. 

5.    What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)? Surtex is my favorite- it does really well for us. I would like to attend the licensing show in China because the market is going there!  

6.    What ALI artists do you think are artists to follow (choose 4)? Fiona Stokes-Gilbert, Color Bakery, Anderson Design, and Brian Rubenacker.   

7.    Where did you grow up?  Queens, NY 

8.    What is your family like? All grown up! I have 3 boys and 1 girl…1 grandchild and one on the way!  

 9.    What do you do in your free time? Garden, woodwork, play tennis, and read.

 10. What is your favorite movie/TV show? Favorite movie= Apocalypse Now. Favorite TV show= Duck Dynasty or Big Bang Theory  

 11. What is your favorite song? “Someone like you” by Adelle

 12. What is your favorite book? “Happy, Happy, Happy” by Phil Robertson

 13. What is your favorite food? Lobster 

14. If you could visit 1 place on Earth for 24 hours, where would you go? Tangier/Moraco 

  15. What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share? I am a very shy person and I prefer to be with my family/wife to just relax!

 

  

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Portfolio review service for new artists!

Jul 17, 2013

In order to be a successful licensed artist it is essential to have a complete understanding of how your art can fit into the commercial art world. Since many artists are not familiar with the ever-changing licensing world, we now offer a fabulous service to artists: a portfolio review! 

With an art critique, you will receive an unbiased interpretation of how the market place will view your artwork. Our knowledgeable team will review your portfolio and provide you with a detailed critique of your artwork including its relevance to the current market place, allowing you to find your niche. 

Despite the negative connotations with the word "criticism," our goal is to help you grow as an artist. We answer the question “what do they see,” rather than answering the question of “what do you see?” Allow our team of experts to help you understand what potential buyers may or may not be looking for.

To request a Portfolio Review, please send a check or money order (made out to Art Licensing) for $39.95 to the Artist Critique Committee. You can also make a credit card payment over the phone. Please allow a two-week lead-time for this review to be completed.

 

 

 

 

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Does your decor need an update?

Jul 16, 2013

Do you want to update your wall deocr? Well, now is the time! 

We are excited to announce that Moises Levy, Maciej Duczynski, Jon Rattenbury, Monte Nagler and many more now have a variety of canvases available to buy online. BeyondTheRack is offering an array of images at inexpensive prices. 

To see more images by our talented artists, take a look at their portfolios today!

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