-By Lauren Panepinto
I'm sorry guys, I have to put off the last few Deadly Art Sins for another week, because I have something really exciting to reveal. If you've been following my posts here on Muddy Colors, or if you've been to Spectrum or Illuxcon this past year, you'll know Marc Scheff & I have been putting our heads together, with a number of other Art Directors, and we've been brewing up some projects under the Drawn + Drafted banner. We've been doing Art Business Bootcamps, we're still working on the Make Art Work book, which will launch on kickstarter soon, and we've been secretly working on another project called Every Day Original.
Every Day Original is a virtual art gallery that specializes in original art that is both small in size, and small in budget. There is an untapped level of collector that appreciates the unique value of an original work, and wants to move up from prints, but doesn't have the budget to buy large scale paintings. Even those collectors that can afford to buy large works have usually already run out of room for large pieces on their walls. Beyond that, there are people like me, who adore seeing the process that shows through in sketches, color studies, and small experiments. We spend a lot of time at conventions, and we have noticed that there's been a growing popularity in small works, going back to the Society of Illustrators' MicroVisions Shows, and ArtOrder's Tiny Paintings series, and of course, Greg Manchess' wildly popular helmet series at the last two Spectrum cons. These smaller pieces are opportunities to own original work from artists you could not otherwise afford to collect, and they are dangerously tempting impulse buys, and they are also perfect gifts.
|Shadowy Deep II by Rob Rey|
|Monochrome Woman on Red #3, BWR Series, David Palumbo|
|Decoy, Kim Kincaid|
|Mystic Birth, Steven Russell Black (with podcast)|
We've been building this project in secret, ninja-style. We reached out to many artist friends who trusted us enough to go along with our crazy plans, and were trustworthy enough to keep it hush hush until we had enough pieces set up to launch properly. Now that we've launched we've been excited to hear from many artists who want to join in on the fun. We've also got some artists from the launch team that are still finishing their pieces in time for their roster day…some who will be very familiar to you Muddy Colors readers. We're still filling our monthly roster, and we'll be setting aside days to fit in new artists and surprise pieces. If you are interested in being a part of EDO, then send us an email with some examples of originals you've done.
|Mega Wat by Michael Marsicano|
|Wild by Wylie Beckert|
Thank you to all our launching artists, all our future artists, and apologies to everyone's wallet. I'm already doing great damage to my own.
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|Space Monkey, Greg Titus|