Inspiration Station: Julia Kay self portraits

It’s been said “Pride goeth before the fall,” and I am the first one to admit that pride is one of the seven deadly sins I am most likely to commit.  I am proud of lots of things — that I am paying my way through my master’s degree, that I balance a very hectic schedule, that I’ve completed a project 365 and nearly finished with another one.

Julia Kay puts my measly 365 projects to shame. Etsy has done it again in linking to a fantastic inspirational artist.  Not only has she completed a massive THREE YEAR project of drawing a self portrait every single day.  I don’t have nearly that much commitment!

The other great thing about Julia is that she is experimenting with moving from traditional media to digital media.  She wrote this ‘how to’ article on how she’s transforming her approach to creating art.

As another artist working in digital iPad media, it is difficult to find subject matter experts on working with the new challenges this media presents.  I teach a digital art on the iPad class, and so far designing my course syllabus and projects has involved using traditional media projects and transposing them into the digital realm.  It’s always refreshing to see how someone is using this unique tool, and immeasurably more wonderful to see someone take such a painstaking approach to it.

Inspiration Station: Hong Yi coffee-stain portrait

I am a huge fan of Etsy, and follow them on Facebook, particularly because their updates often bring me stories of artists that inspire me.

Today’s art comes from Hong Yi, a Malaysian artist who uses normal, mundane objects to create art that exemplifies “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Coffee stains.  Seriously.  This portrait was created with coffee stains. Talk about getting inspired by the little things.

If you’d like to watch a time-lapse video of this project, click here.  I also recommend visiting Hong Yi’s blog and see her other great creations.

Inspiration Station – James Hance, Relentlessly Cheerful Art.

Anyone who has been in existance since 1980-something and has had visual awareness of the world around them needs to go to this site: James Hance, Relentlessly Cheerful Art.

You will find your chlidhood, slightly modified and kept with artistic integrity.  You will find wonderfully crafted sketches and doodles.  You will be filled with squee’s of artistic glee.

I recently stumbled upon James Hance on Facebook via another friend, and I am SO GLAD I did!  WOW — talk about modern art that is wonderfully on point, technically crisp, beautifully colored with tongue-in-cheek wit and hue.

His Wookie-the-Chew series is a delightful romp through pop culture… the pormonteau’d results of A. A. Milne and George Lucas’ love child.  Images such as this tickle your funny bone and also allow you to give an inner “Dawwwwwww…”  (And really, who couldn’t use more of that?)

Image Copyright James Hance:


I would challenge anyone to go to his archive linked above and NOT find something you remember.

Go forth, artistic adventurers! Find James.  Find your own inner, relentlessly cheerful doodler artist, and start a sketch quest.  May the force be with Chew.