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Saturday Roundup by Píccolo: Illustrated Products We’ve Seen Lately and Liked

picture_party_final So… I was too busy on Thursday/Friday for a proper round up. Saturday it is, then! Let’s focus on illustrated products. Not just ones hat I’ve seen lately and liked, but ones that are selected by Píccolo.

I’m one half of Píccolo, the other being my pal Lisa. We love illustrated products and twice a week produce Picture Party on our blog,  where we feature different artists making illustrated products. So, here are some things we’ve seen lately and liked. Be sure to check out Picture Party every Monday and Thursday.

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Rifle Paper Co. Read our post about it here.

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La Petite Jungle. Read our post about it here.

La Petite Jungle. Read our post about it here.

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Have a great weekend! Be sure to follow Píccolo’s Picture Party on Tumblr and take a look at our  Etsy shop! We’re really jazzed about our tote bags.

 

 

Píccolo

Píccolo shop up and running! Save 10%!

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As I am sure you are aware by now, I am one half of Píccolo, a small business that produces illustrated products that are affordable, accessible, and fun. We ran a Kickstarter earlier this year, and launched our online shop earlier this week! Here, you can purchase our wares. Our newest project was the “To Market” tote bags, which include designs by illustrators Tuesday Bassen, Karolin Schnoor, Lesley Barnes, Jessica HJ Lee, and Caleb Luke Lin.

Right now, we are offering 10% off anything in the shop when you use the promo code HOOPLA! So, please take a look! I use my Karolin bag nearly everyday. I love it!

 

Miscellany

This Saturday: Paper Fun for Everyone! Hosted by Píccolo

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Hey! If you live in Baltimore, you should mosey on over to MICA’s Studio Center in the Station North neighborhood this Saturday (March 30) between 2 and 4PM. I will be there with my pal Lisa hosting a workshop, Paper Fun for Everyone!

Together, Lisa and I form Píccolo, a collaborative illustration project. In January/February we launched a Kickstarter which got FUNDED thanks to so many of you wonderful people. So,  Paper Fun for Everyone doubles as a bash for all of our local Baltimore backers, where they can pick up their rewards.

At the workshop, you’ll learn how to make a thaumatrope, a Victorian-era paper toy that mimics animation. You’ll get to make your own. Everyone who participates in the workshop will get their picture taken and be apart of our installation.

So, come to MICA’s Studio Center, located at 131 W. North Ave on Saturday, March 30 between 2 and 4PM for some paper fun and sweet treats!

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Illustration, Interview

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?

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

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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?

MCH: I 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?

MCH: My 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?

MCH: I’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!