Dream, Vision, Reality

May 23

Dream, Vision, Reality

Diana Garrett recently caught up with rising fashion star, Raul Penaranda, who debuted his Fall/Winter 2012 ready to wear collection during  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this past February.

Penaranda totes an impressive career collaborating and  working with some of the biggest names in the fashion world including Liz Claiborne, DKNY, Kellwood, Tommy Hilfiger and Oscar de la Renta; and now he has been earning the admiration and recognition of critics for his independent venture to the runway.

Read on to hear how Raul has lived by his motto of  “Dream, Vision, Reality.”

Prismacolor Is Coming To A Town Near You

Apr 30

Prismacolor Is Coming To A Town Near You

That’s right!  I tell no tall tales– Prismacolor and our new friends at the Sketchbook Project are hitting the road for the 2012 Sketchbook World Tour and are heading to a city near you!

The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of original sketchbooks, bringing the work of thousands of creative professionals to art aficionados and enthusiasts in 15 cities around the world.  The 2012 World Tour, brought to you by Brooklyn-based Art House Co-Op and Prismacolor, invites art lovers to peruse these unique works from talented artists while experiencing Prismacolor’s new Brush Tip Markers!

Want to know more?

Feel The Rush With BRUSH!

Apr 17

Feel The Rush With BRUSH!

Get ready to feel the rush with our brand NEW Brush|Fine Art markers! We are THRILLED to introduce this newest gem to the Prismacolor family!

Two tips, 152 brilliant colors and unlimited possibilities lie ahead of you with these new markers from Prismacolor, just click here to find out more.

After School Matters to Prismacolor

Apr 05

After School Matters to Prismacolor

We are PASSIONATE about artists and helping the next generation develop their passion for the arts here at Prismacolor and after learning about the Chicago-based program,  After School Matters and Gallery 37 last year, Prismacolor has excitedly teamed up with the charitable organization and had the pleasure of attending their Citywide Showcase at the Chicago Theater last Wednesday!

More than 200 students showcased work and the team was amazed by the passion and talent these young artists continue to exhibit- check out some of the student work and hear more about ASM and the event, here.

Tech turns tradition on its head

Mar 30

Tech turns tradition on its head

The world of technology seems to change us every day. Artists know this. Even artists that use the most traditional formats know that they can now rely on some helpful hi-tech tools to do their work. And that often mean computers. Sure, there’s no real comparison to the pen-and-ink drawing we’ve known since childhood. It’s how we developed our technique and style. But we do turn to the Prismacolor blog for information on drawing and the art and artists that inspire us. And we do at least occasionally check out new digital drawing software. It’s an indication of the transformation the internet and the age of technology has brought us.

The “new” tradition

There are plenty of examples of how the internet age has transformed even the most traditional things. The things we once sought out through other media and venues, are now obtained on a computer screen. For information on the most common things such as traffic and weather reports, to the most serious things like buying a home or investing in the stock market, people now turn to the internet. Take a traditional pastime like playing the lottery. The lottery, or some form of it, has been around for centuries. The notion of drawing lots for revenue helped finance the Great Wall of China and the first colony at Jamestown. When the legal system deemed it an unacceptable form of gambling, the numbers game went underground and became the domain of organized crime. Of course now lottery games are almost everywhere, with sponsorship of states, provinces and nations across the globe.

The “I” effect

Just like many other facets of society, the internet came along to transform the lottery. Now playing the lottery is more than the simple matter of picking up a couple of tickets at the corner store and crossing your fingers. Millions of people go online every day to purchase tickets for their favorite games. The internet has created a whole new market and a whole new type of player. The new player is one who buys tickets in high volume, with game-play and money-management strategies to help them maximize their wins and taper their losses. The new market is one of centralized lottery websites to serve these players. Check out a site such as www.lotteryplanet.org to get an idea of how these sites work. As the name indicates, the site offers lists of the big jackpot lotteries around the world. Players have quick access to results and the times of the draws. The www.lotteryplanet.org site also has a quick-response customer support service for questions about the various games.

One of the questions that usually arises about this type of online international lottery play concerns eligibility. Since legislatures worldwide have not caught up with the popularity of online lottery play, there is no uniform law. Our governing officials have left players with a maze of vague and confusing laws on the subject. Some lotteries accept players only from their own jurisdictions. For instance, a lottery player in South Africa may not be able to play America’s Mega Millions game. In turn, some jurisdictions don’t allow players to play a lottery away from home. For players, it becomes a matter of seeing which lottery sites pop up from the easy links that sites such as www.lotteryplanet.org provide. And many of the sites simply explain the rules for each game. Confusion aside, The centralized lottery websites and the players who use them demonstrate how the world of technology has turned tradition on its head.

Take Note

Mar 15

Take Note

I recently had the amazing opportunity to hit the road and head to Austin, TX for the  interactive portion of the 2012 SXSW festival as the representive of my beloved brand and rub elbows with some blogging and interactive big shots. To put it mildly-and honestly-  I walked around beautiful Austin essentially starstruck and amazed for four days. My most exciting gem of this excursion though, was discovering ImageThink, a visual note taking company that took the lectures to an entirely new level.

ImageThink is the ultimate visual tool and takes what is being said and records it, in real time, with pictures. Hello!

Are you taking notes?

Watch your step!

Feb 23

Watch your step!

3-D street art has been around for ages but has recently begun to gain increasing notoriety outside of the sidewalks where they delight and amaze onlookers. Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web  this art form and the talented individuals who create it are now becoming internet and global sensations!

Recently, with the help of Reebok, the Guinness World record for largest 3D Painting was set by  artist, Joe Hill, to create this behemoth of a painting in London’s Canary Wharf.

Take a leap with us to hear more about his awe-inspiring feat of athletic artistry.

Markers Make Their Point

Jan 31

Markers Make Their Point

We have some pretty amazing and awe inspiring works created with our products, and even recently showcased a cool way to make colored pencils really stand out, but now it’s time to show some love for our markers!

We have shown you marker tutorials and majestic marker work but what about an artist that doesn’t draw with these creative tools but rather lets them make thier own point?

Curious? Well then you better keep reading!

Swing into Creativity with Artist, Ester Roi

Jan 23

Swing into Creativity with Artist, Ester Roi

Artist, Ester Roi, is known for her whimsical, ethereal work as well as the  inventor behind the Icarus Drawing Board®, a portable drawing board featuring two working zones, a warm zone and a cool zone designed specifically for wax-based work. Not only is she busy developing new artist tools, widening her ever-impressive portfolio and exhibiting her work across the country, Ester is responsible for the beautiful packaging for the newest edition to the Prismacolor portfolio, the 150-count Colored Pencil set!

Much to our delight, Ester agreed to take a moment out of her impressive and busy schedule to talk with us a bit about what inspires her and tricks on perfecting her amazing technique! Check out the complete interview now!

Blendable Magic

Jan 02

Blendable Magic

We all love the Prismacolor markers, they make our work come alive, but we may not know the BEST way to get the perfect shade or how to use the ultimate technique or tool to take our work to the next level… that’s why we have Diana! And what better way to start off the new year and start on that resolution to learn something new than a NEW tutorial on the Prismacolor Colorless Blender?!?

You know the answer is “right now!” so, don’t delay; check off a resolution and check it out!