less of a drive-by…even if it is a half-a-day later than I promised *is eeeeeevil*

Remember, this is all pre-coffee (it’s burble-burble-burbling in the background all siren-call-y *looooooooooooongs for it like a bungalow*), so if I’m not making sense (yet, ever, always), I apologize up-front.


*jazz hands*


So, I have all sorts of links that I’ve been reading from this week. Some of them are even art-related so that I’m not a complete hack!  But, I’ve also been thinking about fairy-tale reinterpretations (i.e., Alice, Tin Man, and Neverland <–I haven’t seen Neverland yet; it’s on the DVR patiently waiting for me. *loves the DVR with an unholy love*


To begin, Pikaland: The Illustrated Life had an interesting thinky-post recently about “Why artists & illustrators should get a job.” <–Not meant in a snotty-snarky way.  Basically, the old caveat that if we can’t make a living on our art yet, we need to subsidize it.


The only problem is how do we still find time to make art when there’s job things to do.  This is a question that I’ve been asking myself since my fellow art-conspirator ‘Lain is now gainfully employeed (and is too exhausted to do much more than drag herself into bed), and I have an interview next week for a job that I really want but will eat up a lot of time.


Now, for me, the answer is easy:  use my insomnia powers for evil good.  Plus, I’m actually more productive when I’m super-busy because I feel like I have to be productive in the short amount of time I have.


…it’s probably a left-over from undergrad.


I’d love to hear how y’all balance job-duties and art-production; it’d be nice to hear other methods of coping!


If y’all have been reading Hyperallergic, you should be.  It’s like the cool-kids version of ARTNews or ARTFORUM <–Let’s face it, ARTFORUM hasn’t been much more than pretty pictures since the 80s.*  Oh, for the days of Clement Greenberg and the like writing fantastically wild things about Modernist Painting and Minimalism! *is all woe*


*Please remember that this is my opinion and that your opinion is totally allowed to be different.  As always, you mileage may vary, yeah?  Also, the online ARTFORUM is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less annoying than the physical iteration; it’s all super-annoyingly awkward.  *gets off of soapbox*


But, back to my original point, Hyperallergic is really awesome and cool-kids counter-point to the more-stayed and stogie art publications.  (Think Hi-Fructose, but about art news.)  They have a segment called “Required Reading” that’s a news-round-up for all things art-y.  Super-awesome, and in one convenient little place.


In this week’s edition of “Required Reading,” there was Somer Sherwood‘s meditation of “The True Cost of Handmade,” which, as y’all know, if a favorite rant subject of mine, and Flavorwire‘s collection of “20 Artworks Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” <–If you’re not a supporter of Occupy Wall Street, that’s fine and dandy, dandy and fine, but this will not be the place to have that conversation.  This is an art/studio blog, not a political blog.


I like Some Sherwood’s hats.  They’re all anemone-barnacle-esque.


I’m also loving Who Killed Bambi?, but if y’all haven’t guessed by now, Neo-Pop-Surrealism is totally one of my favorite art forms.  And?  If it has a bit of the grotesque to it?  Mores-the-better! \o/


As usual, a lot of these sites were culled from the prodigious amounts of sites that my friend Susi posts.  I <3 her Facebook feed for this!  <3 <3 <3


Okay, I’m going to keep my other thoughts for next week (the total re-interpretation of fairy-tales as well as a meditation on Scrooge–yep, I said it, Scrooge.).



a link round-up

Since it’s Thanksgiving week and I have been being productive today instead of obsessing about the blog (okay, I’ve been obsessing about non-blog-y things and working to try to keep my little squid-brain from dwelling upon obsess-y things), we’re gonna have us a link round-up.


‘Cause I can.


And you can.


We all can together.


Everybody CAN-CAN! <–*is ashamed*


So, a few of sites that I frequent:



Oddly, this is not anywhere near a complete list of the sites that I stalk.


Though, y’all might also enjoy Pinterest; it’s a visual boarding site that connects everything you bookmark back to where you got it from.


And, here’s an article to read: “Can A Museum Rewrite Art History?”


So, yeah, this is what I’ve been doing today when I wasn’t in my studio working or quietly obsessing. You mileage may vary.



the continuing saga of squid-approved artists

Continuing my waxing rhapsodic about artists that I really, really enjoy, I give to you–Camilla d’Errico (and on Facebook)!


The first time I saw Camilla d’Errico’s work was in an issue of Hi Fructose (and on Facebook <–Can y’all tell that I’m all about pimping other people across the interwebs?), which, if you haven’t been reading Hi Fructose, you should be.  New Contemporary, Pop Art.  What isn’t there to luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve?  I totally need to actually just suck it up and get a subscription so I don’t miss anything.


No Ordinary Love

What I love about d’Errico is her use of creatures juxtaposed with anime girls.  There’s something incredibly rich about this juxtaposition.  Like the creatures are an extension of the anime girls’ personalities; like they’re part of the stories that the girls write for themselves.


Such as No Ordinary Love.


Due to the presence of both the black and white crows, there’s this connection to the story of the crow in Greek mythology and how Apollo initially changed crows from white to black for telling untruths and then, after discovering that the crow had been telling the truth all along, made crows sacred and in charge of foretelling important deaths. <–Please note that actually just turning the crow back to white wasn’t an option.


There is a love story in here somewhere, and while love stories of any sort kinda make me want to hork, there’s something epic to this one.  She is the child of Water and Sky, the product of a broken home;  she’s not supposed to exist, acknowledged by none.


Then, there are also d’Errico’s nostalgia illustrations.


Glow Friends

Seriously, who didn’t have a glow worm as kid?  It’s like the quintessential 80s kid toy.  I fondly remember mine–received for Christmas when I was about 8 years old.  For a kid who was always afraid of what was in the dark (not afraid of the dark; it’s a very important distinction), a glow worm was more that a great present; it was comforting.


And warm.  I remember that it was warm to sleep with.  All that glowing makes for warm sleeping.


The little girl’s dress also makes it look like she escaped from whomever was supposed to be watching her after church on a Sunday afternoon.  <–No, I have never in my life ruined my church clothes (when I still had to go to church) by playing outside in them.  Not me.



And what kinda anime/manga illustration artist would d’Errico be if she didn’t reference He-Man on occasion?





It’s such a beautiful interpretation of the Sorceress from He-Man.  All wonderful blue-orange complementary color cord but with that delicate sadness that permeated the Sorceress due to her inability to keep her daughter, Teela, because of her Grey Skull duties and the loss of the Adam’s sister Adora.


Okay, I’m a bit of a dork that I remember this from when I was a kid.


But, it’s really nice to see other artists that are connected to their cultural moments like Camilla d’Errico and Aya Kato (there are other, but these are the ones that I’ve done blog-y bits on so far) and easily, and comfortably, reference popular culture.


And cephalopods.


Tickle Monster