Monthly Archives: January 2014

get to know CHLOE MCGREGOR

What do you do? 

I’m an illustrator!

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Describe your art. 

Loud, ironic, nostalgic.

What inspires you? 

Songs from the bands I creepily crush on, late 80s/90s everything, plastic objects, colour, bold patterns, crazy type, so many things.

Image featured in los angeles based online magazine greasymag.com © chloe mcgregor 2013

Image featured in los angeles based online magazine greasymag.com
© chloe mcgregor 2013

Do you have a favourite piece?

Tony Tempo – a commission I did for Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live for her comedian boyfriend Conner O’Malley’s birthday. The funnest of fun to draw, and I’m super proud of it.

Commissioned by Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live, for comedian Conner O'Malley and his comedy persona Tony Tempo.

When do you find yourself being most creative?

Always in the middle of the night when I am sleep deprived and should be in bed, ironically.

What puts you in the mood to create?

A Tumblr/Instagram bender, or some loud/good music.

At SALAD DAYS INC (41 gilbert place, adelaide) (august 2-31)

At SALAD DAYS INC (41 gilbert place, adelaide) (august 2-31)

What are you working on right now?

An illustration for the online mag I contribute to; Greasy.

Image featured in los angeles based online magazine greasymag.com © chloe mcgregor 2013

Image featured in los angeles based online magazine greasymag.com
© chloe mcgregor 2013

What do you think appeals to people about your work?

I think it’s lightheartedness and how I poke a bit of fun. Also the nostalgia. Nostalgia is, well, nostalgic!

At SALAD DAYS INC (41 gilbert place, adelaide) (august 2-31)

At SALAD DAYS INC (41 gilbert place, adelaide) (august 2-31)

How long will you sit with a piece until it’s finished?

It really depends on the job, but most of my pieces only take a couple hours.

Describe your creative process.

First I’ll write down some ideas of what my brain is thinking, and possibly draw some thumbnails. I’ll then find appropriate reference photos for the piece, or take reference photos myself, and pop them in a photoshop file to draw from. I then draw from that in pencil to get the image right, then pen/copic it; the best part by far.

Happy Ariel Pink Day

What was the inspiration/influence that directed you to this path?

Ever since I can remember I would spend most of my time drawing. Whether it be pictures of girls in cool outfits or 5000 different variations of my name in different type, I think I was born with illustrator blood. I’ve also always had 150% encouragement from my family and friends to keep drawing, too.

los angeles based online magazine greasymag.com © chloe mcgregor 2013

los angeles based online magazine greasymag.com
© chloe mcgregor 2013

What tools do you use? 

Artline pen, copic markers, pencil for drawing outline.

When did you find your style? The moment in which your work had your mark of recognition on it?

I found it just under two years ago when 3 of my friends and I started an illustration blog, Real Cool Time. For years I was illustrating just in lead pencil or painting, or doing typography work in pen separate to the pencil work/paintings. As much as I enjoyed illustrating in those mediums, I felt these mediums weren’t really portraying my subject matter in the way I visualised in my mind, yet it was a scary thought to try something new and if it was what I wanted it to come out like. It took me a long time to realise after doodling in my sketchbooks with type in pen and copic markers that using those mediums were bringing a whole new life to my work. We started the blog as more of an experimental outlet for us, which I was excited for, so I started doing pen/marker illustrations, but stuck with it for the entire life of the blog as I felt like I had actually found what I had been searching for in my work for a really long time.

real-cool-time.tumblr.com © chloe mcgregor 2012

real-cool-time.tumblr.com
© chloe mcgregor 2012

What do you want people to take from your work?

I want people to smirk and maybe think “hey, that’s pretty cool” . That’s enough for me!

Illustrations exhibited in Adelaide zine vaein's launch. Salad Days Inc Dec 6 - 24 2013

Illustrations exhibited in Adelaide zine vaein’s launch. Salad Days Inc Dec 6 – 24 2013

What do you hope happens in the next year?

Hoping to travel back to America to stuff myself full of inspiration and buffalo wings.

What’s one thing we should know about you?

When I was a kid I had a crush on Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yeah.

Where can we find your stuff? 

On all these sites on the webs:

http://www.chloemcgregor.com

http://www.instagram.com/chloe_mcgregor

http://www.theloop.com.au/chloemcgregor/portfolio

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chloemcgregor

http://www.chloemcgregor.tumblr.com

get to know EVELYN DARZANOS

What do you do?

I consider myself a visual artist; my work ranges from hand drawings to paintings. I also do graffiti art and tattoo commissioned art as well.

Sugar Skull 2012

Describe your art.

Dealing with the human body, in terms of beauty, in terms of darkness; I have a passion for anatomy and that shines through in a lot of my work.

2007 Lead pencils and pastel crayons on cardboard.

Lead pencils and pastel crayons on cardboard.

What inspires you?

Everything inspires me. It could be a spider crawling up a tree. It could be the music I’m listening to. An image in a book. The costumes that I wear, because I do Greek folkloric dancing, the details of the costumes… everything, everything.

Cretan: canvas and acrylic paint

Cretan: acrylic on canvas

Vovousa

Vovousa: acrylic on canvas. *Note: Vovousa is name of the costumes worn in the image and is also a region of Greece situated in Eastern Epirus.

Vovousa: acrylic on canvas
*Note: Vovousa is name of the costumes worn in the image and is also a region of Greece situated in Eastern Epirus

Do you have a favourite piece?  

This is hard…I’d have to say the anatomy head just there. Yeeah, I worked hard on that one. I used oil pastels so the layering of that was a bit of a work out [laughs]. Because I had to start with the base layers, then I had to add on the different colours, and then scratch out the finer fibres in the muscles and tissues. I just love the way it turned out. You can see the intricacy and detail of that. So, that’s what I love about it, just the human body baring it all.

Lead pencil and pastel crayons on paper

Lead pencil and pastel crayons on paper

When do you find yourself being most creative?

You know a lot of times when I walk outside and it’s a beautiful day, I can just get my spray cans or something and spray away. For me it’s about the mood,  I have to be in a good mood to work. I work better when I’m happier. If I’m down I’d rather just sit down and chill. The light affects me as well. Have you ever heard of “winter depression”? You don’t get enough sunlight it sort of depresses you, and artists work with a lot of light, so sunlight helps a lot.

Lead pencil and water colour pencil

Lead pencil and water colour pencil

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished a tattoo job. That was a big piece. The final product looks amazing. I’ve also just been commissioned for another tattoo job, so this one is adding to an existing piece, and we’re just working together to see what we can come up with.

For your tattoo art commissions, are you given images to simply replicate or are you given ideas to then materialise into an image?

It works both ways actually; some people give me free creative reign. They give me an idea, so say if they want something religious, I do extensive research to make sure that it’s correct; because the last thing you want is for a person to have an image tattooed permanently to their body that is just completely wrong. Other people give me images to collate together just to work out a piece for them.

Grid Girl

Do you ever feel that you’re more passionate about the image and the history of it than the person you are drawing it for?

[laughs] Yeah sometimes, sometimes. I ask them a lot of questions too, really badger them about it, because sometimes a person doesn’t realise what the image they want actually represents and signifies. ‘Are you sure you actually want this? But are you sure?’

What do you think appeals to people about your work?

The one thing that I’ve noticed with a lot of people is that they love the detail, that’s the one thing that people always comment on. The harder a piece is, the more I get out of it, I find.

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Mural Process

Mural 2013: Artline marker on painted cafe wall. Café Le Classique, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne Vic.

Mural 2013: Artline marker on painted cafe wall. Café Le Classique, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne Vic.

Drawing Portafilter 22-05-2013 5 20 44 pm      Drawing Coffee Machine 22-05-2013 5 21 27 pm

How long will you sit with a piece until it’s finished?

Oh I’ll sit there for as long as it takes. For example for this tattoo piece I worked on recently, it was on an A2 size sheet and it was of the Egyptian god Anubis, god of the underworld and it was for an entire back tattoo. I worked for over 60 hours, and one day I worked for 10 hours straight. So, as long as it takes to finish a job, yeah. Especially if it’s commissioned, then the sooner it’s done, the better, because I don’t like to keep people waiting.

Anubis 1

Anubis 13

Anubis 10

Tattoo Details: Tattoo and adjustments to the design, done by Shep. The Body Art Shop 1/53 Grange Rd. Welland South Australia Australia

Tattoo Details: Tattoo and adjustments to the design, done by Shep.
The Body Art Shop
1/53 Grange Rd.
Welland
South Australia
Australia

Describe your creative process.

It varies. If it’s just for me, my own personal project, then I just wake up and do it. I’ll sleep on it and I wake up the next day, I can picture it, and it’s done. That was something that annoyed all my teachers through uni and high school, because it was compulsory to keep journals of our work and I could never, never do it. All my ideas are stored in my brain and that’s how I work. They were always asking me how I’m doing it and I was like ‘look I’d sleep on it, and it was there, that’s it, you know?’ and they would be like ‘but surely you’ve seen it somewhere’ ‘yeah, somewhere, in the back of my brain’ [laughs]. But if the piece is for someone else, that’s when the research comes in.

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Mixed media on A0 Litho paper

Mixed media on A0 Litho paper

What tools do you use?

Felt tip pen; water colour pencils; oil pastel crayons; spray paints; ink; collected cards; different media; paper; paint; conte crayons; conte chalks; graphite, and more!

Homage to Duchamp: Spray paint, Artline permanent marker acrylic paint and bicycle wheel

Homage to Duchamp:
Spray paint, Artline permanent marker acrylic paint and bicycle wheel

What constitutes as your first piece?

Actually, I was quite proud of a line drawing I had done back in uni, it was a portrait of my sister. In saying that, a fellow student at uni liked it so much that she really wanted it and she actually asked me for the piece, and I gave it to her. She actually loved it as much as I did, but I found it okay to part with. In the beginning I wasn’t able to part with my work, but you know, as years sort of drag on you’re sort of able to let things go.

How has your technique changed over time?

I’ve grown up in a family, in a place where perfection is everything. Colour inside of the lines, draw perfect pretty little pictures etc. and that continued all through high school. As soon as I got to uni they threw all that out the window. Back to basics, right? So to do a line drawing, that means you have to look at the picture, without looking at the page. And I was like ‘but don’t you want perfect pictures?’ and they’re like ‘no, you are going to find your own style through this process’ and I did. It helped me to look at things better, take in the detail.

What do you want people to take from your work?

I don’t know…..I really don’t know….it’s a hard question, I guess, I hope that it just makes them happy.

Spray paint and charcoal on canvas

Spray paint and charcoal on canvas

What do you hope happens in the next year?

I’ve wanted to put together an exhibition and hopefully 2014 is the year.

Where can we find your stuff?

You can’t [laughs] I don’t have a website or a facebook page or anything. People have always commissioned me through word of mouth.

To check out more of Evelyn Darzanos’ work, you can contact her via

Email: edarzanos@live.com.au

get to know DANIELLA CARUSO

What do you do?

I’m an illustrator. I guess I would call myself a fashion illustrator.

Nailpolish theme

Describe your art.

It’s very traditional, I guess, because I use pencil and ink. They’re kind of candid images, sort of caught in the moment.

What inspires you? Do you think it comes through in your work?

Uuh, fashion magazines: Foam, Vogue, Ellle, Frankie, Rush; even just a lot of street press, I find really inspiring, City Mag. Things that are captured beautifully, captured photographic moments. I think it definitely comes through in my work. It’s not any one thing; it’s just the whole vibe. I think you can certainly tell what kind of person I am through my illustrations. What I want people to see me as…

Do you find that the characters you draw represent you i.e. your shyness and your modesty?

I think I draw people who are more stylish and better looking than me [laughs]. They’re so different from me, it’s like I’m drawing someone from another world. Beautiful, glamorous, socialite.

Do you have a favourite piece?

Um, noo. I think every piece I’ve done, after I finish it, is my favourite and then I’ll hate it like a week later [laughs].

What kinds of comments do you get from audiences and family and friends?

Uh, I get positive comments, but then sometimes I think, are they just saying that because they’re my friends? [laughs] Sometimes I do miss that critique that you get when you’re at uni; but then again, I’m pretty hard on myself. I’ll re-do something a few times if I’m not happy with it, and my mum or a friend would be like, “it was fine in the first place, why did you bother?” but I have to think it’s okay. That’s the good thing about anxiety [laughs] you can rely on yourself for an honest and harsh critique.

What do you think appeals to people about your work?

I think people can relate to it because it’s quite modern; it kind of compliments street style photography, but with illustration. And the clothes in the images are street wear so people can find themselves in the pictures.

Do you have a type of piece that seems to get more attention than others?

Yeah, it’s always pieces that aren’t actually my favourites. Sometimes someone will contact me about something they’ve seen on my blog, and be like ‘I want it like this one’, and I’m like ‘really? That one?’ which makes me sometimes question my own…but I think you need to stay true to what you think is right, because they’re coming to your vision.

Do you have a favourite place to create?

At my kitchen table; it’s actually really ergonomically bad buut it’s just really bright, because we have a hexagonal room with all glass, and the TVs there, and it’s near the fridge so… I’ve actually got a proper desk and chair in the shed, but it gets really dark in there, so I just prefer sitting at the table.

Describe your creative process.

I sort of composite images, so I’ll do the drawing and do the ink separately, and then composite them on my computer. But it’s mainly all by hand, because I’m pretty terrible with computers. I just don’t like sitting in front of the computer for ages. I remember my illustration teacher telling me “you’ve got to feel the paper to the pencil” and I do think that stuff’s important. And I’m faster by hand than with a computer any way. I like it; I think people are going back to crafty, handmade things because everything nowadays is so modern, so it’s refreshing, sometimes, to see something more natural. That said – if I could do something on a computer I would, but it’s hard [laughs]. It’s so cool when you think of the classic masterpieces and think that they did that all by hand. Just think of the mental anguish they would put themselves through! And if they made a mistake, they had to start again!

Daniella Caruso’s illustration featured in Company magazine

What constitutes as your first piece?

I don’t know, I’ve been drawing my whole life, so I couldn’t really tell you… um, I think when I was in year 10 and I did art; I did a few pieces. And I did this one drawing with flowers, and I did it with colour pencil, which I don’t even use now, because coloured pencil is quite difficult. I’ve still got it, and I look at it still now and I’m like “that’s pretty good”. I’ve always been told that I’m a good drawer but I needed to feel good in myself and I think that picture made me feel like, okay, yeah, I’m okay at this. The first picture I sold? I don’t think I would’ve been very happy with it [laughs]. A lot of stuff I did at uni I wasn’t very happy with, because you want to be the best you can be but you’re kind of still learning.

How does your last piece compare to your most recent piece?

I think earlier on I was very focused on things looking exactly as they did in real life whereas now I’m like, they don’t have to…sometimes it’s better if they don’t. If you put your own spin on it, it can actually be more effective. You know like splash ink across it and make it more your own.

What do you want people to take from your work?

Well, I look at the work of a lot of other illustrators and it inspires me, I guess I’d like for other illustrators or people who want to do illustrating to be inspired by my work, even in like a mood board sense. That would be cool. ‘Cos I guess I kind of create more pretty pictures, I’m not really talking about any issues.

What do you hope happens in the next year?

I just want to be working more regularly in illustration. I think I could get more work if I just pushed myself. By being shy and not putting myself out there, I’m only harming myself.

Where can we find your stuff?

http://daniella-caruso.blogspot.com.au

instagram: daniella_draws

You can also contact Daniella via

email: caruso.daniella@hotmail.com

Foolsandtrolls Design and Print Your Own T-Shirt Workshop Fringe Event

“Come to the Glenelg foreshore Saturday afternoons during Fringe and print your own T-shirt design. Bring along a simple drawing or sketch one on the day and paint a screen to print on a T-shirt. Bring along your own light coloured shirt or plain shirts will be available to purchase.

Dave Court is an Adelaide based artist – ‘I paint, illustrate and screen print tshirts’ Browse my shirts and such at http://www.foolsandtrolls.bigcartel.com

foolsandtrolls is a small, Adelaide based label. All tees are printed on ethically manufactured shirts made in Melbourne, all designs are created by Dave and screenprinted with water based inks. Pocket tees are hand painted with screenprinting ink and hand sewn.

Dave strives to make top quality garments in a way that is environmentally and ethically responsible as is possible. Each printed tee is numbered to its edition and pocket tees are one of a kind.”

Follow the link for more details:

http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/design-and-print-your-own-t-shirt-workshop/c0000ef7-a8d8-4ddf-b746-9acb0d5a84fc

Splash Adelaide presents Adelaide Art Walk 2014

“Lovers of art, music and atmosphere won’t want to miss this one! Walk from West to East of the Adelaide CBD and enjoy local artwork of all media types in various trendy venues. Experience exclusive access to meet and greet local artists whilst enjoying a few bevvies. Make your way to the Art Walk After Party at the East End of the city. Get excited for a mystery host, music, entertainment and live artwork!”

When: January 24 2014

If you’re an artists and would like the opportunity to showcase some of your work as part of the event click the link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10_Hdq5n2QG3Myhi9B3J5EHi5fRwcN6PbN3IkMk4ntTo/viewform

For more details, and to sign up, follow the link:

http://splashadelaide.com.au/project/adelaide-art-walk-2014/

Support your Adelaide Artists!

get to know DAVE COURT

What do you do?

I paint and screen print mainly; and I do t-shirts as well. ‘Fools and Trolls’ is the name of the (T-shirt) brand, and I’ll be, yeah, hopefully devoting more time to that next year, but working on both still.

What inspires you?

I think, on that sort of thing, I like the Chuck Close quote you know the “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” I think inspiration is rare and not very sustainable

Do you have a favourite piece?

Uuh, I don’t know; they’re like children, they’re all special in their own way; but not a single favourite.

When do you find yourself being most creative?

I try to work even if I don’t feel creative. But I guess I have different phases of working. Like I’ll do a lot of screen printing work, which is you know very precise and clean, and very time consuming, and tidy. And then I’ll be sick of that and want to do some messy painting and make a mess; and then I’ll be painting for months and months and then be sick of that and do like a pencil drawing. Yeah, I just go through cycles I guess.

What are you working on right now?

The screen printing a lot and I’ve just finished all of the honours stuff which is pretty exhausting. So just screen printing at the moment, mainly. And I’m hoping to start painting regularly next year again, even though I don’t have anything in particular that I’m working towards, like I don’t have a show coming up or anything, but I’ll keep working on stuff.

What kinds of comments do you get from audiences and family and friends?

It’s all really different. I talked about this in my exegesis as well, I had a thing, it was for SALA. I got given this shipping container at Mosley  Square to have an exhibition in. And the comments from that were interesting… A lot of people have always said about my work “ooh my kids would love that” because I guess I have that kind of look, even though I’m not trying to produce ‘kids arts’, I guess that’s what people see it as [laughs]. Well, parents say that. But then there are people like me, who aren’t parents, and are like “I love that” and it’s good. But yeah, the most interesting comment is, yeah “my kids will love that”.

What do you think appeals to people about your work?

I try not to focus on what other people like about it because then I’ll get stuck making for other people, which is a bad place to be. So I try making things that I like and I want to see. So, I guess I draw it from all kinds of different places and things that I find interesting. And a balance of different things, like a balance of the detail and the messiness, and flatness, and texture, and all that.

How long will you sit with a piece until it’s finished?

Depends, really. The two pieces that were in the (SASA gallery graduate) exhibition, I worked on bits and pieces all year; but some others I would do in like an afternoon or a week or something, it really varies a lot. That’s the tricky thing, deciding when to stop, and I think that affects my work more because of the way that I work. There’s a lot of layering. I guess I would just keep going, and that’s what decides the stop, the fact that it’s due. I just keep going as far as I can, keep trying to make it better and better.

Do you think that’s going to inhibit you when you stop studying?

I hope not. I would do it in different ways, I’ll have some that are like long term pieces; then others that I’ll do until I like the look of them, and then not look at them again.

Describe your creative process.

I guess it’s the same process for all of the pieces. I’ll read stuff and look at stuff and absorb everything that I think is interesting or that I like the look of or that grabs me, and I’ll kind of vomit it back onto the canvas and then play with it and pull it around, mess with it until it looks good.

Do the images that you combine together relate to each other in some sense or is it more the aesthetic collation that appeals to you?

A bit of both. They’ll generally be from something that I’m interested in in that moment, or if I’m researching in a particular area. Like, these ones here were influenced by propaganda posters and books that was a phase I went through. Sometimes they’re related, sometimes they’re contrasting.

Do you have a piece/type of piece that seems to get more attention than others?

I guess the ones that are colourful and have pretty girl faces [laughs]. That old chestnut.

Do you think that that aesthetic appeal, “colour, and pretty girl faces” delivers the same appeal over all the various media you use?

Yeah, I guess that was kind of my idea with the skateboards. Will it get the same reaction? That was a thing as well because a lot of people would come to the exhibition I had on and would be like “yeah skateboards!” and that’s what drew the person in, so I guess it’s like a different  entry point to looking at art.

What tools do you use?

Everything. All sorts: paintbrushes; scrapers; knives; I’ll set fire to stuff.

Where can we find your stuff?

foolsandtrolls.bigcartel.com/

facebook.com/davecourt.foolsandtrolls

facebook.com/foolsandtrollstees

instagram: @dave_foolsandtrolls

You can contact Dave Court via:

email: davecourtfoolsandtrolls@gmail.com

Dave Court has also been selected to showcase his work at the Helpmann graduate exhibition, so be sure to check out his work there; and the work of many other talented South Australian artists. February 14 to March 9 2014.

http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/helpmann-academy-graduate-exhibition-2014/621cf586-19a0-4b6b-ae9a-c65cbf97742b

Dave Court is also hosting a ‘Design and Print Your Own T-Shirt’ workshop Saturday afternoons during Fringe. Make sure you mosey on down and get creative.

http://m.adelaidefringe.com.au/event/design-and-print-your-own-t-shirt-workshop/c0000ef7-a8d8-4ddf-b746-9acb0d5a84fc

Support your Adelaide artists!