An Interview with the RUFFIAN Boys; Claude and Brian

Sep 05

An Interview with the RUFFIAN Boys; Claude and Brian

We recently announced our very exciting partnership with NY-based fashion label, Ruffian and as we count down to the main event this weekend, we sat down with the men behind the label to hear how they are inspired and how Prismacolor helps them take their designs from sketches in a sketchbook to runway ready.

Get the scoop here!

Jared Paul Wilson

May 15

Jared Paul Wilson

Colored pencil artist Jared Paul Wilson is a well-respected wildlife artist and Art Instructor at Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas. With a well-rounded art background in drawing, ceramics and photography, Jared has developed a vast portfolio any aspiring artist would dream to emulate. His photorealistic rendering technique breathes life into his subjects, going beyond just imitating life. Already a published children’s book author, Jared offers some tips to success!

More from Jared…

An Innovative Inspiration: Lauren Boulden

Apr 11

An Innovative Inspiration: Lauren Boulden

20-year-old art student, Lauren Boulden has built a broad portfolio including a plethora of Prismacolor products like the Premier Colored Pencils and Charcoal Pencils to name a few. Growing up  in Midlothian (about 20 minutes from Chicago), her art imbibes a certain urban influence as she hones her skill to one day become a tattoo artist. Tapping into the digital Prismacolor Gallery and community, she hoped to receive a well-rounded critique of her art, as well as build a strong network of fellow artists, but she hadn’t planned on catching our attention.

Meet the artist…

Jaime Ames Navarro

Feb 28

Jaime Ames Navarro

I’ve been on the hunt for a skilled charcoal artist to feature for about a month now, and luckily for me, I met Jaime Ames Navarro, Chicag0-based tattoo artist at Code of Conduct Tatttoo. Before I met him, I was doodling in a fold out chair while a friend of mine was getting a tattoo at the shop, and I saw a small sketch pad with some Prismacolor Charcoal Pencils beside it. The book belonged to the artist inking someone else, but that didn’t stop me from asking him about his work. A man of few words, Navarro shares a little bit of his life with us.

Care to see more?

Joseph Crone: Photorealism

Feb 11

Joseph Crone: Photorealism
31 year old Indianapolis resident, Joseph Crone has mastered photorealism with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. With a BFA in illustraton and studio drawing from Herron School of Art and Design, Crone depicts scenes inspired by “film noir.”  Creating a narrative, he “mimicks the idea of a still frame within a movie.” Previously inspired by David Lynch films, capturing both the physiological and psychotic, he now focuses on creating subject matter that is more situational, such as suspense.

Who is “TheBoyWhoDraws”?

Jan 24

Who is “TheBoyWhoDraws”?

As I, myself, began trying to grow a presence in the social media world, I stumbled upon 20-year old artist TheBoyWhoDraws, an alias that instantly attracted me on Instagram. As a sophomore at Wayne State University in Michigan, he has already gained 23 thousand followers, and he only follows 40! Thus, this lead to me realize, this kid knows a thing or two about marketing his art. I felt compelled to reach out and see if I could pick his brain for some helpful tips.

Reveal the Secret…

Art isn’t dead! (Or is it?): Illustrator Alexandria Ortiz

Jan 16

Art isn’t dead! (Or is it?): Illustrator Alexandria Ortiz

Recent graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, zombie-loving illustrator Alexandria Ortiz takes her art very seriously with a “tough love” attitude on life and work ethic. Grown up in Chicago, Ortiz’s illustration breathes “urban punk,” while she maintains a graceful hand with her media. While many illustrators are leaning towards digital art, Ortiz embraces traditional media and has some brutally honest advice to share.

Read on…

A Modern Age Master: Marco Mazzoni

Jan 10

A Modern Age Master: Marco Mazzoni

For years I’ve followed Italian colored-pencil artist, Marco Mazzoni, illustrator of pouty-lipped, slightless woman enveloped in blossoms, butterflies, and birds. Embedded with symbolism, Mazzoni’s art describes the relationship between humans and nature so illustratively you might wonder about the story of each subject portrayed. We are lucky to have the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his work.

Read on my friends…

A Serious Man: Interview with Ryan Tippery

Aug 06

A Serious Man: Interview with Ryan Tippery

Recently Prismacolor intern, Samantha DeCarlo, touched based with up-and-coming artist Ryan Tippery. Check out her interview with this colored pencil artist from Chicago!

As a graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago with a BFA in Illustration, Ryan Tippery possesses a specific skill set in drawing, specifically with Prismacolor colored pencils. His subject matter focuses on elements of the human condition and nature, often depicting the figure struggling with an inner conflict, or detailing an aspect of the Earth most people overlook.

He’s Quite the Character

Aug 03

He’s Quite the Character

Prismacolor intern, Samantha is back! This time with an interview with character artist, Mac Garcia!

Growing up in Houston, Texas, artist Mac Garcia always loved to draw-perhaps too much for it landed him in detention quite often. Luckily for him, however, his mother suggested he put his knack for drawing to good use and work as a caricature artist at Six Flags during high school summer break. Mac considers this some of the best advice he ever received. Since then, he now does custom & event caricatures on a full time basis & is a memberof the ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists).

Often finding inspiration from music, Mac explains that some faces he draws relate to a specific genre,which helps capture the mood of the caricature. Then again, sometimes his crying children “add some spice to it.” He’s a true believer that art is everywhere, and disagrees with the old saying, “You either have it or you don’t.” Mac explains, “even the business man has to match a tie every morning, the soccer mom paints with her make-up and don’t forget the little ones with their food sculptures.” Let’s get to know Mac a little better, shall we?