Carrie Schmitt was recently featured in a short documentary about her work!

Apr 20, 2018

Our artist, Carrie Schmitt, was recently featured in a short documentary about her work!  

The short film was created and posted by artistsnetwork.com, an online community for visual artists with nearly 390,000 subscribers. In the video, Carrie explains how in 2009 she was diagnosed with a life threatening affliction.  When she was at her lowest, it was small acts of kindness and patience that helped to gather her creativity again. She goes on to say that her love for painting has blossomed into something more- something that Carrie has chosen to share with others through “Art Retreats” that she puts on.  

To see the full video please click the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ6tkGsDfS4

            If you are interested in licensing some of Carrie’s beautiful designs please browse her portfolio by clicking the following link, http://artlicensing.com/content/carrie-schmitt

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Josh Byer's "The Cat Who Stole the Sun" goes viral!

Apr 18, 2018

            Our wonderful artist, Josh Byer had an image which recently went viral on the popular social networking site Reddit; gathering more than 100,000 views!  

As a result, Josh was interviewed by A UK News Wire and the story was shared among a variety of publications.  The image that went viral is called “The Cat Who Stole the Sun” and it is inspired by a dream that Josh had.

He described the dream in the interview, “I had taken my shirt off because I was sweating. There was a lot of noise. The sky was overcast and shimmered like gasoline.That’s where the cat appeared, between clouds. He stole the sun while I watched, smiling with tiny little eyes. There was nothing I could do to stop him”.  Josh went on to say that he draws much of his inspiration from his dreams or “visions” as he put it.

            To read the interview first hand see any of the links below.  If you would like to license work from Josh Byer please feel free to check out his portfolio here: http://artlicensing.com/content/josh-byer or follow him on Instagram at @vancityjoshb .

 

 

The Independent: https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sunthieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-36709303.html

The Evening Express: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Breaking News: https://www.breakingnews.ie/discover/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-832767.html

The Irish News: https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2018/03/15/news/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-1279791/

The Bailiwick Express: https://www.bailiwickexpress.com/jsy/life/fun/bizarre-dream-about-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-wondrous-work-art/

The Belfast Telegraph: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/Viral/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sunthieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-36709310.html

The Shropshire Star: https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/lifestyle/2018/03/15/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Europe Breaking News: https://www.europebreakingnews.net/2018/03/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Express & Star: https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/lifestyle/2018/03/15/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

Two Eggz (China): http://www.twoeggz.com/int/7667757.html

European News: http://www.europe.easybranches.com/ireland/This-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art-280842

Online Information Hub: http://onlineinformationhub.com/this-bizarre-dream-about-a-sun-thieving-cat-has-been-turned-into-a-wondrous-work-of-art/

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Who is CB Studios?

Apr 10, 2018

 

CB Studios is one of Art Licensing’s most adored whimsical artists. Although trained in graphic design, she is now a full-time illustrator with a passion for drawing animals and fairies. Much of CB Studios' drawing experience comes from observation and exploration rather than formal education. From a young age, she regularly immersed herself in the classic works of Beatrix Potter and Margaret Mary Tempest, among others.

“They had a sweetness about them, which partly came through their soft execution. The stories were based around goodness and being together, and that was a world I wanted to be part of, which I found through drawing.”

Throughout her childhood, CB Studios' drawing skills brought considerable attention, convincing her that she wanted nothing more than to pursue a career in the arts. Although also somewhat interested in becoming a veterinarian, she ultimately decided that she would attend an art college rather than aim for a more traditional education experience.

After completing her foundation year at art school and working for a while in graphic design, CB Studios was greeted with an opportunity to create images for worldwide licensing purposes, including home décor, greetings, crafts, stationery, educational, needlecrafts, book illustrations and private commissions.

“It was my whimsical fairy and animal work which became not only the work I most enjoyed, but also proved to be my most commercially popular.”

CB Studios' love of animals – particularly cats and kittens – allows her to bring out the character and mood of her subjects through her work. Whilst striving for detail, in both her fairy and her animal work, CB Studios aims to create designs that encompass a sentimental, timeless and enchanting quality – and always with a touch of cute.

We recently reached out to CB Studios, to learn more about how Karen approaches her illustrations – and she was kind enough to provide a wonderful overview of her artistic process.

Ideas for paintings are frequent, and often just pop into my head at any time or situation. I will send these ideas either as a descriptive text, or a very rough thumbnail, to Syrena [AL Licensing Director]. As soon as an idea is chosen, I go straight into a full-size sketch.

 

I create the sketch by hand on 2 A4 (10 ins x 8 ins) sheets of thin paper, using a 5 x 7 format in either portrait or landscape. This is very detailed and neat, despite being just a sketch. It is vital that all of the painting’s content and details are seen at this stage, in order to establish the final result and achieve the best image to sell, and also because it is easier to make changes at this stage.

 

Any necessary amendments to the sketch are made through discussions with the team at AL and then I create a “colour rough” using the sketch. This is such a vital part of the process, as it can often highlight possible colour clashes we don’t want and also helps determine good colour balance across the scene.

 

 

Once any amendments on the colour rough are finalised, I then draw the scene out neatly and lightly, onto a good quality paper around 11 ins x 16 ins, using a lightbox and my rough sketch. I then “stretch” this sheet of paper onto a board. Stretching paper allows me to use wet media to do the painting, without the paper buckling and involves soaking the paper in water, taping it down onto a board and allowing it to dry overnight. Some artists draw on the paper after stretching, but I like the clean lines I get by drawing it prior to stretching.

 

 

If the paper dries with buckles – often because I haven’t taped it down fully and air has snuck in, then I have to re-draw the neat piece on a fresh sheet and stretch again. Fortunately, this rarely happens as I’ve got this part down to a tee now. The rest of the process is to simply paint the scene using watercolour and pencils, using as many bright and uplifting colours as possible.

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No Sleep Till Brooklyn!

Dec 01, 2017

Once again, members of the Art Licensing team recently ventured out of the quiet countryside of the Green Mountains, on a special road trip assignment. ALI President, Matt Appelman, along with photographers Joe Mozer and Justin Ordway, departed Vermont in the early hours of a cold November morning to meet the pop-art mastermind, Dean Russo, in his colorful Brooklyn, NY studio.

Once the crew had checked into their hotel, they headed over to Dean’s place at Industry City Studios – Brooklyn’s newest creative hub, located in a complex of former warehouses on the waterfront in Sunset Park – to get to work. After a brief tour of the studio space, the first order of business was to set-up their equipment and capture some highly detailed digital files of Dean’s newest paintings. The guys quickly devised an efficient system of operation and managed to turn out over 75 new, high-resolution files for our licensing archives! After a long and successful day, the team retreated to their hotel, enjoyed some dinner and rested up for day two.

 

Their second day at the studio gave the ALI guys a glimpse into Dean’s brilliant and unique approach to painting; Not only did they get to witness the artist in action on his traditional medium of choice, canvas, they also observed Dean putting his creative touch on a commissioned Buddha sculpture! Throughout the day, the team worked with Russo to produce some “thank you” videos, for customers of companies that work with Art Licensing International and feature Dean’s work on a variety of awesome products.

The group relaxed and enjoyed a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, accompanied by Dean, to conclude their second day in the city and celebrate a job well done. The next day, the ALI team hopped in the car and headed back to Vermont. They were excited to get out of the office for a couple days, but ready to go home and get back to work!

To learn how you can license Dean’s images, contact us today.

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Get Unreal with Sheena Pike!

Sep 25, 2017

For Canadian illustrator Sheena Pike, there was just something rather uninspiring about drawing realism and, after years of chasing perfection with her pencils, she eventually lost interest in drawing altogether.

Turning to graphic design as an alternative creative outlet, Sheena switched gears and took a hiatus from drawing. However, the universe had other plans for her future as an artist and there eventually came a day when Sheena once again found a pencil in her hand.

With a fresh perspective and a dream of achieving commercial success, Sheena began to rediscover and reinterpret her imagination, experiencing her creativity in new and exciting ways.

“When I began envisioning my drawings as products, the possibilities, the ideas, and my ambitions were endless. I began enjoying my work significantly more, and it greatly reflected in my creativity.”

Inspired by many things, Sheena enjoys exploring the beautiful, imaginative world of pop surrealism by combining realistic and illustrative styles. Whimsy and otherworldly, her work often evokes an intensity, giving you a glimpse into her creative mind and the way she sees the world.

Sheena Pike was featured in Colored Pencil Magazine’s Winter 2015 issue, as well as a 2016 article highlighting her mixed media techniques. Check out the latest issue of Colored Pencil Magazine to read more about Sheena and her journey to becoming the stunningly talented artist she is today!

 

 

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Anne Cote gets interviewed by Maker Mentors

Jun 26, 2017

Anne Cote is one of our many talented artists. We are proud to say she was recently interviewed by Maker Mentors, an online community geared towards design and business building.

In the interview, Anne discusses her relationship with her art style as well as her lifelong passion for illustration and creativity. Anne further mentions some of the steps of her creative process and what subjects she likes to focus on. The full interview is available by clicking the link here.

Check out her licensing portoflio here.

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Jennie Cooley on the cover of El Dorado Living!

Jun 07, 2017

Jennie Cooley is one of our most eclectic artists here at ALI; she draws inspiration from a variety of mediums and subjects.  Jennie has created and is currently creating sculptures, paintings, jewelry and much more.  Much of which has been featured in galleries domestic and foreign.

She is featured in the May 2017 issue of a local magazine out of Santa Fe, NM called Eldorado Living.  There is a fascinating spread of Jennie’s work included in the article. 

Jennie’s work is available for license simply by clicking the link below to browse her portfolio: http://artlicensing.com/content/jennie-cooley

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Yachal Design joins the Art Licensing Team!

Nov 16, 2016

Beautiful images from Yachal Design are now available on our website! 

  

Rebecca Canale is a wonderful new addition to the Art licensing International team of artists.  Rebecca creates magnificent floral patterns and wreaths, bird scenes with whimsical sayings,  holiday imagery; a whole variety of unique concepts! 

If you are interested in licensing images from Yachal Designs, please contact your agent and review Rebecca’s images by clicking the link to her portfolio: http://www.artlicensing.com/content/yachal-design

Likewise, if you would like to stay up to date with the latest news and newest images from Yachal Design then consider subscribing to their newsletter.  Simply click the link below, scroll to the bottom and add your email address.

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Judy Mastrangelo tutorial on YouTube!

Oct 20, 2016

Judy Mastrangelo is sharing some her techniques on line!  We are excited to share with everyone that Judy is now featuring her work on Youtube in new tutorial videos.  Check out her Youtube page by clicking here.

 

Judy is demonstrating her creative process by walking us through one of her latest paintings, “Moon Fairy Goddess”. 

 

 

 

Moon Fairy Goddess by Judy Mastrangelo

 

Another amazing piece to add to the plethora of outstanding designs that Judy has to offer.  If you are interested in licensing Judy’s work please see her entire portfolio by clicking here.

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Moises Levy wins International Photography Awards

Oct 19, 2016


The International Photography Awards is an annual prestigious event that allows photographers from all over the globe to compete in a variety of categories.  This year, our artist Moises Levy entered the competition and won the gold in the Professional: Nature, Sunset category with his image Home At Sea; pictured below!  He also earned 21 honorable mentions.

Home at Sea by Moises Levy

 

We want to extend our sincerest congratulations to Moises on this wonderful accomplishment. 

The winning image is just one of many gorgeous photographs that Moises has to offer.  

You can see his entire portfolio by clicking here

 

 

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