Portrait of Frida Sofia: Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage on iPad

Through the Lava Lamp

Frida Sofia For JKPP

A portrait of Frida Sofia for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party.

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13 Fantastic Female Comics Creators of 2011

Edited to Add: Jezebel has picked up this post and republished – check it out!

Last year I did two massive posts about the 20 best female comics creators of 2010.  I thought about revisiting that list this year, but I felt a lot of those ladies still belong on that list and I wanted to make sure to feature new creators.  So instead I decided to add to it, with 13 new ladies who did great work in 2011 that I’d like to recognize.  So, without further ado, here are 13 fantastic female creators in comics that you should be watching, reading, and supporting.

Please, before filling up the comments with women you think are missing, make sure to check out 2010’s list which includes: Kate Beaton, Rebekah Isaacs, Becky Cloonan, Amy Reeder, Jill Thompson, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Kathryn Immonen, Emily Carrol, Amanda Connner, Hope Larson…

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Sadly, Helen has left us

Another Thousand Words

Helen Frankenthaler, US abstract expressionist, dies

US abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler has died aged 83 after a long illness, her nephew has said.

Clifford Ross told the Associated Press that his aunt passed away on Tuesday at her home in Darien, in the US state of Connecticut.

She burst on to the art scene in 1952 with Mountains and Sea, a large-scale canvas.

The postwar colourist, whose career spanned six decades, was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2002.

Born in 1928 to a wealthy Manhattan family, her father was a New York State Supreme Court judge and her mother a German immigrant.


Frankenthaler was a leading light of the “soak-stain” technique that involves applying thinned oil paint to unprimed canvas, creating a watercolour effect.

Her style is credited with having helped American art make the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting.

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A Synesthesists Delight

Art Murmurs

I’m loving this Chromatic Typewriter created by artist Tyree Callahan! He modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter by replacing the ink pads with color paint pads, and swapped out letters for coinciding color markings. Pure genius! He has entered this piece into the 2012 West Prize competition (Vote) where anyone can go and vote for their favorite.



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It’s a pleasant change from the previous typewriter art of old where letters, numbers, and punctuation lend themselves isn’t it? Quite honestly, whether it functioned or not, he had me at color… beautiful in execution, composition, and function. You can’t go wrong with color or vintage.



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fearing success

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It’s my worst skill, selling my art work.  I have complained for twenty some-odd years that my work never sells, but it will never sell if I never get it out there.  I’ve tried craft stores and have met with decent success.  I’ve tried some art shows with similar results.  There is interest, people ask, people want.  So, what’s the problem?  The problem is, I have a profound fear of failing to succeed.  Whenever my work begins to catch on and demand rises I shrivel away from it and create the very failure that I fear.  Why?  I know, I know.   I can blame the parents for perpetually warning me not to be upset if I failed whenever I attempted some new venture(first girl on the local baseball league, brownies, trying out for sports, submitting to art shows, getting into college, etc).  They had low expectations of their kids with…

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Sculpting from Iron Nuts – Manuel Marti Moreno

Unique Design Obsession

Take a peek at these amazing figurative sculptures made from iron nuts! For years, Spanish sculpture Manuel Martí Moreno has used his art to create forms meant to remind us of our mortality. As time passes, so do we. The intricate portraits all slowly fade into the distance, dissolving until there is seemingly nothing left.

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Escape: My First Canvas Painting


First time painted on big canvas. I definitely enjoyed it! The picture above is the painting that I have made, which is named as Escape. Do continue to read to know more about how I came out with this.

This is a post of my first canvas painting that I have completed in November, but I decided to post this late because I wanted to find a better time to write this in details. Never had I done canvas painting until lately. I do hope this is not going to be the last one! Since little, like most people, the biggest painting I have done was only on A3 paper. When we were told we get to paint on canvas of size 60cm x 80cm. The first thing that came into my mind was: YES! This is going to be a great experience. Forgive me for being over-excited…

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