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The Cardboard Bernini

I am a total nerd because I love to watch PBS, I love their animal shows to news programs. A couple of months ago I watched a very inspiring and intriguing show about the artist, James Grashow. You would probably recognize his artwork from the cover of The New York Times. He designed many of their covers and art for articles with wood block prints over the years. Along with his wood block prints he has work with paper in all kinds of ways, from giant paper mache statues to a jungle full of cardboard monkeys. He is obsessed with the fact that paper and cardboard are throw way items. Not thought of as materials for great works of art.

Most of his newest artwork is making everything out of cardboard. He was invited to Italy to give a class in sculpture. He wanted to make a grand fountain inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.  Although, he was not able to make the trip to Italy he did design and build a Baroque water fountain that any city would be proud to have in its city square. It took Grashow 3 years to complete the fountain. It was amazing to watch him work in what looked like a bad packing scene to create cardboard that curves into nymphs riding sea horses in a spray of ocean water.

After creating thousands of pieces of artwork, Grashow is also interested in the idea of how long is art art? Is there a limit to the time it should exist? After displaying his fountain for several months he set it outside to see how long the weather and nature would take to reclaim it.

I was amazed how he could take something as flat as a piece of a cardboard and turn it into a living creature. A little hot glue, tape and cardboard made a thing of beauty. His patience and skill level are amazing. It encouraged me to think about making more art myself and not worry about my materials.

~Lonie Weaver-Hudgins


Inspiration from history

I have been very influenced by Meggs’ History of Graphic Design. It is very well written and includes a comprehensive history from the invention of writing through to the present. I was lucky to read it early in the start of my graphic design degree. Though it is good to read at any time I think it is important to know the history before getting too far into your own work. I learned about the creation of alphabets and writing tools, many printing processes. history of fonts, history of poster design and so much more. The book is nicknamed the “graphic design bible.” Even though sometimes I would like the digital version to quickly look things up I appreciate the hard cover print version.

I loved the illuminated manuscripts chapter. “Illuminated manuscript-handwritten book that has been decorated with gold or silver, brilliant colours, or elaborate designs or miniature pictures. Though various Islamic societies also practiced this art, Europe had the longest and probably the most highly developed tradition of illuminating manuscripts.” –


I also enjoyed Art Nouveau. “Art Nouveau was a movement in the visual arts popular from the early 1890s up to the First World War. It is viewed by some as the first self-conscious attempt to create a modern style. Its influence can be found in painting, sculpture, jewellery, metalwork, glass and ceramics. The drawings of Aubrey Beardsley, the architecture of Victor Horta and Paul Hankar and the poster designs of Alphonse Mucha are some of the most familiar examples of the Art Nouveau style.” – Victoria and Albert Museum


I love Saul Bass. He did really great movie titles which is something I would like to do. He also did clever film and non-film posters.



These printer’s marks were very early logos.

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Alice Greene

The Australian Hyperrealist Sculptor

Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck ‘s art is one of the most fascinating and ugly style of art I have ever seen. His sculptures show so much emotion un unreal forms. Because his art is so graphic and real it becomes something sort of abstract. I just thought I would share Ron Mueck’s sculptures because they defiantly help me to think outside of the box.

Click here to see his work


Shelby Johnston

Artistic Influence


One of my influences is the mangaka Hirohiko Araki. He started drawing manga in 1980 and still works to this day. His most well-known manga, and one of my favorites, is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which started in 1986 and is still currently ongoing. He’s had an exhibition in the Louvre as well as collaborating with Gucci. It’s really interesting to have read that from beginning to present and seeing an artist’s progression over 30 years.


I enjoy many aspects of his work. In terms of art I like his linework, designs and paneling. His colored pieces usually feature non-local colors, making them very interesting to look at.

Here’s a spread from 1988

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And here’s a spread from 2014


Artistic Inspiration

When it comes to inspiration for my art, I find myself drawn to the paintings of Holly Sierra. Her illustrations are bright and her content is related to spiritual and magical topics. She illustrates the cover of Sage Woman, a magazine for New Age spirituality. Her art is greatly involved with detail, bright colors, and patterns. While our styles are different, much of the content is very similar. She has a large body of illustrated work and is well known for her beautiful work in the Chrysalis Tarot. She greatly inspires me due to the creation of this deck and the work she has done in the New Age spiritual community. Because this is the kind of work I plan on doing in the future and I have plans for my own tarot and oracle deck, I find her to be a motivation. Her art and creative process is also featured in the Chrysalis Tarot companion book. She describes that she is driven by nature, spiritual lore, and cultures around the world. These are some of the very same things that inspire my process. Another big inspiration of mine is dance, which is also a strong element in her work.-Mary McAnulty

More of her art can be found at her website:

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Art Inspiration


A lot of my artwork tends to focus on simplified illustrations rather than digital paintings, but recently I have become more interested in expanding my digital art and illustration skills. One artist that I have always looked to for inspiration in those aspects is loish. I have been a fan of hers for quite some time and I keep up with her work on DeviantArt. Her artwork is just beautiful and I especially love her unique use of color. I tend to look to her art if I am trying to think of ways to combine colors to help communicate my message more effectively. The different combinations of colors that she uses in all of her pieces really help to convey certain moods.


I also really appreciate the way loish can create unique looking characters while still staying true to her art style. When drawing, I frequently look to her artwork in order to understand how to do more than just create characters with the same face and different hairstyles. She has a solid understanding of anatomy along with a wonderful sense of style and composition, not to mention a very creative mind that any artist can take inspiration from.



Michelle Smith


Inspirational websites and quotes


Unfortunately, I can not really think of anyone at the moment who currently inspires me.

Although… Inspiration is everywhere.

Inspiration can be drawn from anything, anyone, anytime. I would say most of my inspiration comes from experiencing things. By action, by doing, by possibly observing from afar. Inspiration can come from your favorite music (mine often does), or from an emotional experience of the past or even by delving deeper into the future.

Talking to like-minded peers can be inspiring. I often find teachers to be inspiring. I seek towards professionals in the industry for inspiration.

Some websites I draw inspiration from are:






That’s enough inspiration. I was told to leave some wisdom.

So here are some quotes or mottos that I strive to live by each and err’y day.

  • Remain teachable 
  • Stay humble
  • Time is money
  • Work as much as possible, whenever possible
  • Failure is great, it allows you to grow and learn something new
  • Mistakes will be made quite often, so allow 2-3 revisions to get something write right
  • Act now, think later
  • The first attempt is always the most difficult
  • If you are scared about doing something you never did before, then do it. That feeling is not so great, but the reward will usually outweigh the first feeling you had when you started the project. 
  • Trust the system even though you are blind
  • Faith in something is necessary 
  • If you don’t ask, you won’t be heard


Feel free to hit me up about anything. I am happy to help in the ways I can, and will leverage my network of resources at your dispense.

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Martin Djobadze



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