Amanda Bartlett @burned_bruja firstname.lastname@example.org Chloe Lee @chloeleesays email@example.com Hannah Stasi @titaniumonmars firstname.lastname@example.org The Broy @thebroy email@example.com Ashley Elliott @ashhhhcatchem firstname.lastname@example.org DefectivePudding @defectivepudding email@example.com
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Amanda Bartlett Interview By Jenkins2d
An exceptionally beautiful soul with a gigantic heart.
Ever since I met Amanda back at one of the Sweet Peach Collective shows she curated I knew this chick got it. When I say that I mean she doesn’t fuck around when it comes to her work. She’s very traditional in the sense that there are no short cuts to her proccess. Amanda doesn’t waste her time with nonbelievers and there’s no getting around that, sorry nonbelievers. Always busy but the right kind of busy, Amanda runs around from San Antonio to San Marcos crushing the art scene with her dark and compelling illustrations that make you scream for more.
OPPOSITE: Faceplay Graphite, Acrylic, Glitter, Wood 2012
ABOVE: Littered With Arrows Graphite, Ink, Acrylic, Watercolor, Glitter, Wood 2014 OPPOSITE: The Doctor Is In Graphite, Acrylic, Watercolor, Nails, Thread, Wood 2012
It seems like you hit the ground running in the art world, not just being in shows but curating some very successful shows as well. What sparked all of this? Well, I wanted to make a name for myself. I wanted to put myself out there. My first "real" art showing was "Girl on Girl" held at Afterl1fe. I was blown away by how many people loved my work. Also, all the rad femmes that surrounded me were phenomenal. So, it pushed me to break barriers not only for myself, but in the community. I teamed up with a femme artist and held "Bleeding Clitz and Glitz" at Afterl1fe when I was 17. This was the beginning for Sweet Peach Collctive before I even knew it. I suppose the true thing that sparked all them Femme-centric shows was my experience as a women identified artist. That's a whole other story in itself, but I knew how I wanted to change the world. So, I set out on a mission. Your’e very cheerful in person, but your work has a dark tone to it. What is it you’re channeling that we aren’t seeing? Hahaha, the time old question. Well let's see, growing up I went through a lot. I've been there and done that. I have seen things and experienced things that changed me not always for the best. I try to stay cheerful and positive, because I can't beat myself up for decisions I have made. They have made me who I am today, ya' know? So I suppose these "dark" experiences come through my work? Not sure. Dark and odd things have always intrigued me since I was young. A sense of comfort, if you will. What are ideal working conditions for you? Things have changed since I have switched to the Metalsmithing realm. Loud noises, intense heat, chemicals, and hammers on metal make up my world now. So, when I work alone or when time is crunching, I am spread out everywhere. I put in my head-
phones and listen to my favorite band loud. When working with metals, I can work for 24 hours straight and it won’t phase me. It’s odd, ha. True love, I suppose. For drawing? Definitely enjoy being alone and loud music in my ear. I dance and draw at the same time, so ample amounts of space for these wicked moves. My work ethic varies greatly from metals, but I still get the job done. Currently you’re in Italy, what’s that about? Welp, I’m here! It’s amazing. I’m currently eating vegan pizza and drinking white wine across the Arno River. Firenze is absolutely amazing, and the fruit gelato is STELLAR! I’m currently here studying art history. It brings tears to my eyes to finally see all of this in person, and not just in a textbook. It’s like magic, words can’t explain it. I’m also studying design, so I’m making a book. I have already taken a calligraphy workshop. 7
Next Monday I will be taking a workshop on Ancient Florentine Paper Marbling. Extremely excited for that. Once my semester is over, my mum is flying over. We are going to backpack across Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and France. So, excited for all the art....and the Vegan food! Hehehehe. I also plan to go to school here for restoration of metals. So, checkin’ it out while I’m here.
I have a gallery show coming up, and three boxes of amazing materials to work with! So, back to work for me! Preparing for that and relaxing. Gotta rest my soul before the demand is over my head. Working in Sculpture as well, so I have to spread myself thin. So until then, it looks like takin’ it easy, metalsmithin’, and playin’ with chickens.
When you make your triumphant return home, what’s next? Haha! I hope you have a triumphal arch for me to ride through. I have been in the studio since the semester ended. I enjoy helping cast in the studio, so I take advantage when I can.
ABOVE: Love Us Graphite, Acrylic, Ink, Glitter, Wood 2012 OPPOSITE: Pixie Puke Graphite, Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic, Glitter, Wood 2012
OPPOSITE: Cosmic Copics, Microns, Gel Pen on Heavy Cardstock 2015
Chloe Lee Interview By SETH Portrait By Ty Cobb
Monstrously adorable, Chloe Edwards' art combines
a twisted imagination with an eye for pleasing forms. Her skillful, soft line work is a perfect match for the serpentine creatures and beautiful, beastly girls that characterize her pieces. Vivid but organic color will draw you to Edwards' work, but attention to detail will keep an observant viewer occupied for quite some time. She doesn't leave much blank space, but fills up the back ground, the hair, scales, and even the skin of her characters to keep the eye entranced. Her beautiful mastery of texture, seamless color blending, and precise attention to detail represent the strengths of traditional mediums like ink and marker and really cause them to shine.
ABOVE: Happy Cappy Copics, Microns, Gel Pen on Heavy Cardstock 2015 OPPOSITE: Quietus (Collaboration w/ Jenkins2d) Ink and Acrylic on heavy Cardstock, Framed on Wood 2014
What supplies in your arsenal do you consider your most essential? I always always always have my micron pens on me at least. Copic markers are also my favorite at the moment, along with my pile of gel pens. Which part of the artistic process do you most enjoy? Which is the most difficult? The most difficult part of the drawing process for me is the sketching, I’m all over the place with pencil. I never draw in details until its time to ink, so that can kinda be a headache too. But coloring a piece is my favorite part, especially with blending and adding small details like freckles and tattoos. You can choose any artist, alive or dead, to teach you their ways. Who is your first pick? Well for awhile now I’ve really been admiring the work of Dave Tevenal. The way he blends with paints and markers is absolutely mesmerizing, and all the creatures and beasts he tattoos are always so damn good. Currently I purchased one of his prints and can’t stop starring at his fine details and shading. What do you listen to when you’re hard at (art) work? Oh man. Well I listen to a lot of music, it runs together sometimes haha. But at the moment I’ve been listening to a lot of Crystal Castles, Gregory and the Hawk, Drake, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Foreigner, just to name a handful. You draw a lot of tattooed ladies (and monsters); ever done any work on actual skin? If not, would that ever be something you’d want to branch into? I’ve never done work on anyones skin (yet), but it’s definitely something I’ve been interested in getting into for over a year now. I’ve done tattoo designs as commissions but it would be really sweet to learn how to tattoo as well.
What is the best thing to draw? The worst? I LOVE drawing plants, especially succulent plants and cacti that remind me of home back west. Also Chinese dragons are always fun to draw. As for the worst thing to draw, I’m not into drawing still life or realistic portraits of people’s babies and pets. Just no. Any advice for other up-and-coming artists? Network. Network as much as you can with the artists you admire and peers you are working with. It’s a good way to meet other talented people and have your work seen. Man, RoseArt sucks, am I right? Haha, hey now. That’s actually the brand I grew up with as a kid.
Chloeâ€™s workspace Photograph by Ty Cobb
ABOVE: Bunny Babe Copics, Microns, Gel Pen on Bristol 2015 OPPOSITE: Petey Copics, Microns, Gel Pen on Heavy Cardstock 2015
Hannah Stasi Interview By Jenkins2d
Overwhelmingly clever achromatic multimedia creator
dipping her feet gracefully in animation and visual art. Hannah keeps busy, and that makes us happy. From frame by frame she brings her work to life as an independent animator residing in Cornwall, England. The way she tells stories leaves room for the viewer to interpret their own imaginative meanings. When it comes to her paintings, youâ€™ll find yourself mesmerized by the abstract polygonal figures compiled in an elegantly dishevled manner. Be careful with this one.
OPPOSITE: The Early Bird Acrylic & Paper Collage on Canvas 2014
ABOVE: Symbol I Acrylic on Canvas 2014 OPPOSITE: Pink lady Acrylic on Canvas 2015
I was blown away upon discovering you’re an animator. Was that always the plan? I guess you could say that in a round-about way! Throughout my youth I was obsessed with Disney Films and when I wasn’t watching them, I was glued to Animated Television shows or playing video games. I loved those “behind the scenes” Documentaries revealing the secrets of how the Art Departments brought their characters to life. You know the traditional stereotype of an Animator working away on a light box, a pencil tucked behind their ear as they flip through their drawings? That’s what I wanted to be. There was never a doubt in mind. Unfortunately, by the time I was in my teens I was dealing with the grief of losing several close relatives and I had started to lose confidence in my abilities. This, and a lack of advice on how to pursue a career in Animation at college left me feeling like I would never be capable, so I focused on Fine Art and Freelance Illustration for a few years. It seemed like the safer option. Of course, I never stopped dreaming of becoming an Animator. At the beginning of 2014 I decided that I would never forgive myself if I didn’t at least try, so I spent a few months learning the basics and created my first short film. It was then that I realised that I had finally found my calling, and ever since then I’ve been working hard to change my skill-set from that of a 2D Artist to Filmmaker. 2d vs 3d? This is a tricky question. Personally, I love 2D animation; both watching it and creating it. Call me old-fashioned, but there’s something inherently magical about watching something move that you know was handdrawn, or crafted by hand if we’re talking about stop-motion. I don’t think this quality exists yet within 3D animated films, with a few minor exceptions. I actually think some Game Developers have managed to design
more memorable characters and locations over the past 20 years than filmmakers have. But within the film industry, 3D animation is still a very new medium. Over the next several years I’m sure more Animators will find ways to utilise CG technology to make 3D films with as much flair as those made the “old-fashioned way” during the past 80 years. I just obviously have a preference for the type of entertainment I watched growing up. I guess I view Traditional Animation is an art form that needs to be preserved as we move forward into the Digital era. So I’d like to continue working in 2D while using technological advancements to facilitate things, rather than to create. How do you approach a new project? My projects usually start as a random image, a silly doodle of a character or maybe a really rough composition of an imaginary location. If a particular idea excites me at this point, I’ll build on that initial drawing 21
by freewriting some lore in my journals until enough content comes together to form something worth translating into an Animation. From there, I tend to plan out rough storyboards for the whole film and then worry about how exactly I’m going to make each scene. This leads to a lot of creative freedom in terms of writing the narrative, followed by some practical problem-solving later on. It’s probably not the most efficient way of working, but it suits my style while I’m still learning different techniques. Who did you emulate when you first started? Yuri Norstein was a huge source of inspiration when I was just starting out last year. He is a Soviet and Russian Animator known for creating elaborate animations using stop-motion techniques with paper cutouts. His wife, Francheska Yarbusova, creates the artwork and Yuri brings them to life by positioning the paper on multiple sheets of glass to create a 3-dimensional effect. I obviously didn’t have the funds or technical know-how to emulate this technique (despite trying at first with sheets of plastic and failing miserably). But it was his work that led me into using paper cutouts myself on ‘Commute of the Crow’. Animation is such a process, what sort of atmosphere do you have to be in to really be immersed into your process? This usually depends on what stage of the project I’m at. When I’m in the planning phase I like instrumental music. Video game soundtracks are great for this, because the composers tend to create “themes” to set an atmosphere for the player in the game’s world, rather than melodic songs with structure.
For whatever reason, I’ve just found that they help me to imagine scenes and to get them out of my head and down on paper quickly. But when I’m actually drawing the frames or filming cutouts? Concentration is paramount! So I prefer silence. When I’m into editing and/or scanning in all of my work into the computer I like happy, peppy music to keep me going, because it can be a very laborious process to do on your own. RadioSEGA and Hideki Naganuma deserve a shout-out for keeping me smiling! If it were entirely up to you, where would you be in your career? I’d like to produce a collection of animated shorts involving different artistic methods, themes, styles, etc to hone my skills and gain some experience. If I had the opportunity in the future, I’d love to gather a small group of likeminded creative individuals together and attempt to set up a small studio based in Cornwall. It would be amazing to try making an animated series, or perhaps a feature film. I’d even like to take a stab at entering video game industry if I have an idea one day that would suit some kind of interactivity. So long as I can keep making what I want to make, then I will be satisfied with whatever direction my career takes. If people happen to watch and enjoy my work, then that would be the icing on the cake.
Doppleganger Acrylic on Canvas 2015
Escape From The City Acrylic Ink & Paper Collage 2014
ABOVE: You Know Who Know You Now Watercolor on Paper 2013 OPPOSITE: Broy Beat Down Watercolor on Paper 2015
TheBroy Interview By Jenkins2d
Super chill, skateboarding enthusiest, Indonesian. TheBroy
is a talented illustrator who really nails the spaced out skate kid theme all too well. This dude has an impressive use of subtle texture and detail that really seem to shape the space around his world in an agreeable manor. Sure, maybe thereâ€™s some trippy nightmare scents wafting from the pieces he creates but he makes it belivable enough to want to dive into this world of his and investigate whatever is lurking out there.
Who do you look up to in the art world? I see anyone. I often see strange things in my life, about me with my mom, my friends, skateboarding, injuries adan tired, things funny, silly me, pressure from the public, and many others. Whatâ€™s a typical day in the life of thebroy? I am just an ordinary person who likes drawing, friends, skateboarding, dumb things, and I tried funny in the dumps, hehe Your work is very skate culture friendly, any merch plans? I hope so, weâ€™ll see.
How long have you been slaying pen and ink? Is there any medium you see your work translating well in? I use pen and ink ever since I graduated from junior high school. really fun. and I like black and white . maybe in my tumblr : thebroy. tumblr.com Whatâ€™s next for thebroy? Simple, I hope thebroy have many good friends, and we can do something fun, collaboration, drawing, and other fun things.
ABOVE: I Have Something For You Kid Watercolor on Paper 2013 OPPOSITE: You Must Play Skateboarding Watercolor on Paper 2013
Comfort Zone Digital Illustration and Photography 2014
Ashley Elliott Interview By Jenkins2d
Capturing human emotion in a jar and spreading it on fresh surfaces just for us. How lucky are we? Warhol inspired Ashley keeps it real no matter what the medium is. You can read through the expressions of her portraits and really immerse yourself in projections of love, misery, steamy lust, and desire. She absorbs from the world around her and delivers raw interpretation of what it is to be human, and to feel.
When did you really start working on portraits? I’ve always drawn faces from a very young age but really started working on and painting expressive portrait style art in 2013 when my dad got sick. That’s when I really dove into my art and started taking it full on. I’ve been rapidly growing as an artist and evolving my work ever since. Do you know any of any of your subjects? No. My subjects usually come from a collaboration of different inspirations. I.e. an idea I have, a photo I’ve seen, something I’ve read or heard, and so on. My subjects, however, do sometimes end up resembling people that I know or have seen in real life. I’m guessing this is a magical thing that the subconscious mind does. There’s a common distress in a lot of your subjects expressions. Is that intentional? The intention of my paintings is to depict emotion, whatsoever emotion that may be, without using any words. So yes, I’d say it’s very intentional. Any plans to tackle some walls? I just can’t get the idea of your work on a wall out of my head I’d LOVE to! It has been a wish of mine for quite some time now. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to present itself. Got any walls?
I’ll definitely let you know, I’m working on getting a bunch this year and next. You’re welcome to chill. How do you tackle a new piece? Tackling a new piece usually starts with an idea; a feeling or state of being that I’d really like to portray. A super quick pencil sketch on canvas and a ton of acrylic paint later, maybe some spray paint and other mixed medias in there, and I have something. Usually it ends up being nothing like what it had started as. All for the better though, because that is usually how I learn about all of the things that are inside of me.
ABOVE: Keplar Acrylics on Canvas 2015
OPPOSITE: Caraphernelia Acrylics and Spray Paint on Canvas 2015
Cotton Candy Quartz Acrylics and Spray Paint on Canvas 2015
DefectivePudding Interview By Jenkins2d
I’m drooling prefusley and I can’t figure out what’s to blame
either the sinfully delicious foods, the hungry creature babes, or the insane subtle details in Christa’s line and color work. Or maybe since they’re drooling pretty hardcore my mirrior nuerons are firing. At the end of the day, all of these things prove to be true. She’s got a way of provoking feeling with her work, no matter how silly the feeling, you’ll ooze whatever Christa’s pens tell you to.
ABOVE: Ice Cream Love Micro pen, Copics, Prismacolor markers 2015 OPPOSITE: Hamburger Love Micro pen, Copics, Prismacolor markers 2015
Christa. Moment of silence for your colors. *That moment of silence I mentioned* Okay. Now what’s your ideal medium to use? More often then not I tend to use watercolor as my main medium with the outline done in ink; however on these fine ladies I used copic and prismacolor markers! I think you’ve mentioned comics before. Is that a thing? If not can it be? I have started to do some short comics for fun and by commission, although I am still new to the process but what I have done so far has been supa fun! What did you absorb from the cartoon world as a kid? I loved cartoons as a kid, pssh what am I saying I still love them even now! I would love to see characters develop, and amazing stories unfold right before my eyes! Of course I always enjoyed a cartoon that had an “innocent” look but the story always made you think, with extra lil’ nuggets of darkness or clever twists! Dream collabs, name 5! GO! Ohh this is hard, hmm there are just so many great artist. It’s deciding who to travel with in Pokémon all over again!!! •__•, So I would like to do collabs with, Chloe Lee, Sally Gomez, Toni Salazar, Johnny Duncan, and Mab Graves! Okay I’m leaving the Pokémon center now!! Word on the street or the subspace highways of the internet, you’ve also got a zine out. Tell us more about that I am putting together a zine titled “Listen to Your Third Eye” in the zine your eyes will find awesome art and three eyed ladies! I plan on having copies available in my Etsy shop later in the fall!
ABOVE: Donut Love Micro pen, Copics, Prismacolor markers 2015 OPPOSITE: Lolipop Love Micro pen, Copics, Prismacolor markers 2015
Pizza Love Micro pen, Copics, Prismacolor markers 2015
vol: III Produced by Johnny Duncan AKA Jenkins2d of the creative lifestyle brand formally known as Outlandish Apparel. Sometimes I dream too big and take on huge projects that aren’t even within my reach. Truthfully, I’m just trying to keep my head above water, like everyone else. From working a bunch of day jobs and pursuing my own art career, myself and my crew weren’t ready for the audaciousness of what Outlandish Apparel was setting out to be. With that said, here’s volume III of our zine which if you were around for I and II you probably noticed hella changes have been made. I’d like to continue this platform as a way to communicate and share. Let’s give this a try shall we? A big thanks to all the supporters we’ve had, this isn’t the end.
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