Friday is here again! And with Friday comes my Friday Favorites. Imagekind is all over this week! The new edition of Art Calendar magazine is out and you can check out our exclusive ad. Also, discover Imagekind artists on the iPhone!
Imagekind in Art Calendar
The recent issue of Art Calendar magazine just hit the stands. And if you’re a subscriber, you might just notice a familiar face showing up within its pages! That’s right, Imagekind has a full page spot in the July 2009 issue. What’s best? The issue is focused on Social Media and “Marketing Art in the Digital Age;” exactly what Imagekind is all about!
The new iPhone 3G S hit the market just the other week. And with it came the on-rush to grab one. I know a few people who got one (don’t worry, I’m not giving into the craze just yet, I’m still keeping it real) and while they were showing off me all the unnecessary cool features, I noticed something truly cool:
At Imagekind, we like to have fun and rarely pass up the opportunity to celebrate. So we’re not wasting any time this Fourth of July! That’s why we’re kicking off the celebrations with Free Shipping* on orders over $15! Use promo code 4July09 at checkout.
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We here at Imagekind are all, like everyone I imagine, both shocked and saddened by the recent news of the death of Michael Jackson. It is like one of those days you never thought would actually happen, but when it does, it becomes almost too surreal to come to grips with. Though up and down in popularity and in and out of controversy and the public spotlight, his musical legacy was nearly unmatched. And for that he will always be remembered.
So, to commemorate his death we wanted to pay our respects with some of the posters and artwork of the King of Pop on Imagekind. Also, one of the greatest video musical feats ever, Thriller.
Wikipedia defines photo manipulation (#manip) as “the application of image editing techniques to photographs in order to create an illusion or deception (in contrast to mere enhancement or correction), through analog or digital means.” The Wikipedia entry continues on by saying, “Its uses, cultural impact, and ethical concerns have made it a subject of interest beyond the technical process and skills involved.”Most photo manipulation artists utilize various PhotoShop art techniques to create the varied and striking imagery.
It’s Friday! And with Friday comes my Friday Favorites. Check out Christoph Niemann’s illustrations that showed up all over this week’s edition of The New York Times Magazine. Also, we were lucky enough to score an exclusive interview with Imagekind illustrator Mario Zucca!
Christoph Niemann in The New York Times Magazine
The June 14th, 2009 edition of The New York Times Magazine titled Infrastructure! featured several of Imagekind member artist Christoph Niemann’s illustrations. The issue focuses on examining the different ways that we have built our cities and our very lives. Whether it’s the buildings, bridges, streets or as personal as the way we’ve routed our internet connection, understanding our infrastructure is foundational for improvement.
Infrastructure by Christoph Niemann
Niemann offers several poignant illustrations throughout the magazine to help demonstrate this pursuit of understanding. Best of all, you can purchase some of the illustrations featured in The New York Times Magazine directly from his Imagekind galleries! Hopefully he’ll add some more soon… hint, hint.
Several articles in the magazine are published online and make an interesting, and insightful, read!
Exclusive Interview with Mario Zucca
Speaking of Christoph Niemann, Mario Zucca, who cites Niemann as one of his favorite artists on Imagekind, was cool enough to chat for a bit and answer a few questions in our exclusive interview. Like Niemann, Zucca is one of the premier editorial and illustration artist whose work has been featured in dozens of the top print and online publications around the nation.
Mario Zucca is a well-established editorial and artistic illustrator and graphic designer. His works have been included in several major publications both print and online. His bold use of color and sharp lines gives his work an appeal to help tell a story and clearly spread ideas through images. Both thought-provoking and humorous (often at the same time) his work is definitely among some of my personal favorite.
Bio: Mario is a freelance Illustrator/Artist/Graphic Designer currently living in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a 2003 graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, with a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration. Mario is a multi-disciplined Illustrator whose work is suited to a variety of genres, from Editorial Illustration, Book Illustration, Packaging, and Advertising. His clients include ESPN: The Magazine, Crayola, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Jose Cuervo, The American Medical News, Klutz Books, Running Press, and Quirk Books. Mario has had work chosen for the American Illustration website for four years running (vols. 23–26), and he is also the recipient of a 2005 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award. In addition, Mario has shown work in a number of group gallery shows, most recently Small Talk in Orlando, FL.
1. What is your inspiration? What keeps you making art?
It’s Friday! And with Friday comes my Friday Favorites. There have been some very exciting things going on this week. Not only was Imagekind included in a local news story about one of our member artists, Imagekind frames were also included on national news! Additionally, some member artists are really stepping up to help fight cancer with their art. Lastly we have released some new features that are sure to help with member reporting.
Imagekind Frames on ABC’s Good Morning America
Look mom, we’re on TV! On June 6, ABC aired a segment on Good Morning America Weekend titled “Picture Perfect: Spring Clean Your Digital Life.” Becky Worley, a technology contributor for the show, walked viewers through a “day in the life” of the De Lauzon family as they struggled to keep their large (over 20,000!) collection of digital photos organized.
At the end of the segment, the host surprised the family by unveiling a wall full of Imagekind products including Story Frames, framed photos, and a canvas print, noting, “Snapfish helped us with all of this.”
Imagekind member Liz Moody is showcasing her work at the inaugural exhibit at the newly opened Shooting Gallery in Seattle. She got a great feature in the Seattle PI Blog about her upcoming gallery show. Her work utilizes a medley of collage and paint to create playful and highly decorative pieces.
4 Bottles by Liz Moody
One of the coolest things about this is that her Imagekind gallery is mentioned right in the post as well. Fellow artists should take note. Directing fans of your work to Imagekind where they can easily buy your prints with a simple click is sure to help increase the awareness of your art, which in turn will help increase sales.
What is especially cool about the Art for Cancer group is how they are utilizing YouTube and other social media sites to get their message – and it’s member’s artwork – out in front of more people!
New Features in Artist Reports
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the Imagekind service for both our shoppers and artists. Better sales reporting has been something many of our artists have requested for some time now. That’s why we are excited to announce that this week we launched even more features in the advanced reporting for our members. Now you can get the stats for each of your images and find out who favorited your work . You can see an example of just some of the new features below, but do make sure and check it out for yourself in your Imagekind admin.
We are sure these updates will provide a better sense of how people are viewing and interacting with your art prints for sale.
Practicing artists that build a brand for themselves stand out from the rest of the group. An artist’s brand is a unique way of marketing yourself as something different, exciting, and recognizable. No matter what your preferred medium is, the first step in building your brand is developing your own identifiable image making style. The goal is to make your work recognizable as your own, so when somebody sees it they think “Hey! I know who made that!” Everything that you can do to achieve this will help you!
The Villes by Camilo Bejarano
1. Where to Start
Not sure how to make your images more uniquely YOU? Take a look at the art that is being made right now. How do you fit in? How is your art different? Keep a list of what you like and don’t like, and be sure to reference it often when making new work. If you create work incorporating similar themes, you will start to see your style showing through.
Pinecone River by Dan Turner
2. Make it Come from You
Incorporate your personality and sensibilities into your style. If you are a meticulous, detail oriented person, let that quality work for you! Make very detailed images! If you are boisterous and spirited, your work should reflect that. If you are not sure where to start, ask a friend to describe your personality traits, and work from there. Sometimes just a small change can really make your work stand out. Developing a unique style starts with with discovering your own personal style.
Boxed by Ross Farrell
3. Practice Makes Perfect
Practice, and make as many images as you can to perfect your technique. Learn from your mistakes! Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t in your artwork. Make sure to keep a record of your successes so you can look to them for inspiration in the future. Trial and error is one of the best ways to discover your style. If you’re looking for a sign from the heavens to declare what your unique artistic style is, I am afraid you’ll probably be waiting a very long time. One of the best ways to discover your style is to continue refining it through trial and error; practice.
A Specious Origin by Jerry LoFaro
4. Invest in Classes
Enrolling in an art class can be very exciting! Even if you are an expert in your craft, enrolling in a class can give you alternate viewpoints on your work. Your classmates can offer opinions and critiques of your work to help you grow as an artist. Taking artistic classes are helpful because they can give you that perspective on your artwork that you don’t always see first hand. Having other people around you can really help shed light on your style.
Smart Suit by K Mitchell
5. Find your Niche
If your focus is on selling, pay attention to developing images that will fill a niche market. In other words, provide artwork for a group of people looking for your particular style. Discovering your niche is about the epitome of developing a unique style; they are closely related. To discover your niche, focus on what type of subject matter you find yourself drawn to. Your niche is a perfect place to help discover your unique style.