Tom Moglu

Tom Moglu has been pretty pro­lific in his col­lage mak­ing. Each day he cre­ates col­lages out of bills, books, among other things, using a vari­ety of col­ors and papers.

Tom’s Flickr set includes more than 130 col­lages, often arrang­ing them into small groups of five or six smaller col­lages. They look great as a set, which you can view here.

I look at these and think “land­scape”. What about you?



Valencay #4 (detail)

Daily £15 - May 4th-10th

Big Sur

Luciano Scherer

Luciano Scherer has two descrip­tors in his Flickr pro­file that I think sum up his work: post-naive and gothic. Themes in his work are a bit dark, with crea­tures loom­ing over the land­scape. They are in con­trast to an oth­er­wise idyl­lic land­scape, only adding to the feel­ing of uneasiness.

In addi­tion, Luciano does paint in a flat, almost naive man­ner, remind­ing me of Henri Rousseau, a promi­nent folk painter. The con­trast between the endear­ing for­est and the evil lurk­ing within is a com­pelling part of Luciano’s work.

All images via Flickr.


Post Mortem Vision

Experiencia ExtraCorporea



Joakim Ojanen

I first fea­tured Joakim Oja­nen last year. A stu­dent liv­ing in Stock­holm, Joakim shot me a link to his web­site with new work on it. I am a big fan of his draw­ings, with their vis­ceral qual­ity. I also and really enjoy­ing the tac­tile qual­ity of his paint­ings. I love these char­ac­ters! I think I would really enjoy a mask with a duck bill attached.

All images via his web­site.






Shelby DiMarco

Yes­ter­day, Kelly of Lit­tle Paper Planes sug­gested that I look at their cur­rent fea­tured artist, Shelby DiMarco. Kelly told me that she was only 19, and mak­ing great work already. I’d have to agree with her!

A col­lage artist, Shelby depicts dreamy land­scapes, hazy in their col­or­ing and float­ing in space. Lit­tle Paper Planes fea­tures an inter­view with the artist and def­i­nitely worth the read.

All images are via her blog. Her blog is a good to look at. She clearly has an aes­thetic she is attracted to (one that I also love).






Niky Roehreke

There is so much good stuff on Niky Roehreke’s web­site that it’s hard to pick what to fea­ture on Brown Paper Bag.

Niky is very tal­ented and lends her skills to a myr­iad of projects. This includes ani­ma­tion, draw­ing, paint­ing, illus­tra­tions, and design. Although she uti­lizes the com­puter for a lot of her work, Niky always pro­vides a hand-drawn touch to what­ever she is doing.

All images via her web­site.

LOVE WILL GUIDE YOU FULL VERSION from Niky Roehreke on Vimeo.






Kathy Bouthier

I tweeted last week about the work of Katty Bouthier. She is an artist work­ing in col­lage, using pho­tographs and accent color to make her work pop.

The con­tent of Katty’s work tends to be fan­tas­ti­cal and almost mys­tic. There is the explo­ration of the unknown and a empha­sis on con­scious­ness, espe­cially in the crop­ping of her pieces — they feel like vignettes, small and inti­mate, as if we are tak­ing a glimpse into the inner thoughts of some­one else.

All images via her website/blog.






Chelsea Brown

Here is some beau­ti­ful work by Chelsea Brown. An artist based in San Fran­cisco, her draw­ings and paint­ings are based around the super­nat­ural, Native Amer­i­can and animals.

I asked Chelsea to tell me about her work, which she hap­pily obliged:

Most of my work deals with super­nat­ural themes inspired by myths, leg­ends, spir­its, cos­mol­ogy and rit­u­als. I am espe­cially amazed by Native Amer­i­can spir­i­tual cul­ture and a lot of the research that informs my work begins there. There are so many inter­est­ing intri­ca­cies to their cul­ture. For one thing, there is no sep­a­ra­tion between humans, ani­mals and the earth. In some Native Amer­i­can lan­guages, there is no word to dif­fer­en­ti­ate ‘humans’ and ‘ani­mals’ because they are in essence the very same thing. I find it fas­ci­nat­ing that in many cos­mol­ogy myths, it is an ani­mal or a non-human phe­nom­ena that is respon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the uni­verse for all beings, instead of in many other ‘reli­gions’ the cre­ator is a man or some image of man cre­at­ing the uni­verse specif­i­cally for man.

Although each tribe has its own unique cul­ture, there are some inter­est­ing ways in which tribes across North Amer­ica are sim­i­lar in their spir­i­tual cul­ture. Most tribes have some vari­a­tion of a Vision Quest, which is a process wherein an indi­vid­ual seeks out their con­nec­tion to the spir­i­tual world. This process would yield a ‘spirit ani­mal,’ or some kind of phe­nom­ena that became very per­sonal, and would give that per­son strength and pur­pose through their lives.

Chelsea’s work is clearly informed, and shows with­out her expla­na­tion. The com­plex, mul­ti­fac­eted imagery has a beau­ti­ful sor­row to it.

All images via her web­site.






Piccolo Print Project: Interview with Michael C. Hsiung

Lisa Per­rin and I con­ducted another inter­view with an illus­tra­tor of our Píc­colo Print Project, a cam­paign we are also run­ning on Kick­starter. This inter­view first appeared on our Tum­blr.

Through the Print Project, Píc­colo has had the oppor­tu­nity to work with 4 tal­ented illus­tra­tors. But, who are the peo­ple behind the images? We inter­viewed them in our series, Píc­colo Por­traits!

If you love Michael’s work, be sure to sup­port our Kick­starter and pur­chase one of his prints!

Píc­colo: Can you tell us a lit­tle bit about your background?

Michael C. Hsi­ung: My name is Michael C. Hsi­ung and I was born in Chi­na­town, Los Ange­les.  I wasn’t always mak­ing art for a liv­ing – I actu­ally grad­u­ated with an Eng­lish Degree and was work­ing in schools, muse­ums, and even at a back­ground inves­ti­ga­tion com­pany before even think­ing of mak­ing art.  I’ve been really lucky to have had such a nice run so far, and I attribute it to my facial hair.  

P: What was the inspi­ra­tion behind your piece for the Píc­colo Print Project?

MCHMy love of the cir­cus and per­form­ers (clowns/muscle men/stiltwalkers) was the inspi­ra­tion behind the Pic­colo piece.  


P: What are your favorite techniques/mediums to use when you cre­ate your work?

MCH: My favorite medium would prob­a­bly be ink, micron pens, and rapi­do­graphs, and my favorite tech­nique is pat­tern­ing with semi circles.

P: Do you think the field of illus­tra­tion is chang­ing? And if so, how?

MCHI think the field of illus­tra­tion is chang­ing as far as I can tell, though not really being an illus­tra­tor in the tra­di­tional sense, but I think that its eas­ier for artists to get his or her stuff out there now with the var­i­ous social sites, forums, and com­mu­nity groups. 

P: What are your favorite small things in life?

MCHMy favorite small things  are prob­a­bly dice, like 20 sided dice because I’m a lover of all things fan­tasy and Dun­geons & Drag­ons related. [Sara’s note — This made me very happy because I too am a D&D player.]

P: What’s on the hori­zon for you — any excit­ing projects you’re work­ing on?

MCHI’ll be hav­ing a two-week solo show called So Far, So Good, So What! Feb­ru­ary 8th at THIS, LA gallery in High­land Park. I’m really excited because it’ll be my first time in a long while show­ing works, and I plan to have lots of draw­ings, a print, and a reprint of a zine that recently sold out called Booze, Dudes, & Bears.  Also, I’m be doing a print with Poster Child Prints some­time this year which I’m very excited about, as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing in a group show Out of Town­ers which opens some­time in April at the See­ing Things Gallery in San Jose.    

Thanks, Michael!