Artist Spotlight: Dmitry Samarov

Photo by Paul Germanos, courtesy of Dmitry Samarov

Dmitry Samarov's artwork often intersects with creative worlds from music to literature, whether he is sketching a live band or writing stories to go with his paintings and drawings. Most of all, his artwork reflects real life. Using traditional mediums from the driver’s seat of his taxi cab or inside familiar haunts like his favorite bars and coffee shops, Dmitry’s work offers personal insight into his life in Chicago.

He has called the city home for decades, its unique landscape and culture shaping his artwork along the way. For many years Dmitry spent up to sixteen hours a day behind the wheel of his Chicago cab, becoming intimately acquainted with the urban environment and its inhabitants. His artwork usually comes together on the fly, capturing the essence of specific people, places and moments in time.

His preference is to draw and paint from life, enjoying the challenges of shifting light in the environment and human subjects who constantly change and move. “Everything moves and everything changes all the time,” he said. “My job in the world is to watch and listen." He sees the artist as an observer, a role that feels comfortable and familiar after becoming a taxi driver to make money while pursuing his art. With his face turned away from his passengers, Dmitry felt himself becoming invisible, "a part of the furniture.” He discovered that when people were in his cab, many of them felt free to engage in unfiltered speech or behavior as if he wasn't there. Sometimes his art seems equally straightforward in the way he expresses every last detail, even painting a single, brightly-colored fast food sign far off in the distance of an otherwise-idyllic Chicago night scene.


The city serves as a favorite subject and muse for Dmitry, as well as his home. “I’ve lived in cities all my life,” he said, “so it’s really the only thing I truly understand or love.” These days Dmitry lives in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, which he describes as ever-changing and vibrant, with a diverse population of all ages. From his home in Bridgeport, Dmitry is steps away from his favorite coffee shop and the bar where he now works. He usually doesn’t need to walk more than a couple of blocks to get to where he wants to go, but even with a short commute he continues to find the city as compelling as ever. “It never ceases to show a new thing to me,” he said. “Almost every day I find something new here.”


Along with making the city a theme, part of Dmitry’s signature style comes from his color palette. When he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1990s, Dmitry started to use a simplified palette of only primary colors along with black and white. It's a practice he continues to this day. He thinks of the six colors he uses--red, yellow, black, white and two shades of blue--like the six strings on a guitar. Just as a guitarist writes a song using only six strings, Dmitry relies on his palette of six colors. It brings cohesiveness to his work, yet he is able to mix any color he wants. The result is distinctive and uniquely his own.

Dmitry’s work is exhibited in venues across Chicago. One recent show took place at Hume Gallery featuring his paintings of the three local bars he knows best: Rainbo Club, Skylark and Bernice’s Tavern. Chicago is rich with creative and artistic events like these, and Dmitry attends them frequently. He enjoys listening to live music, often painting or drawing the band on the spot. He also attends readings and other literary events, a fitting activity for an artist who is an accomplished writer as well. Dmitry is a contributor to Chicago’s alternative newspaper, the Chicago Reader, covering art shows, theater and cinema. He is also the author of two books, Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab and Where To?: A Hack Memoir.


His books are non-fiction based on his own experiences, often the same ones he encapsulates in his paintings and drawings. “I never took a writing class or had any ambitions for writing until I started driving a cab. What happened was people would just get in and launch into their stories or do something weird, and it would just keep gnawing at me," he explained. "I had to start writing it down.” His artwork illustrates the text of his books. From the story of his bumbling first fare when a disgruntled passenger had to give Dmitry directions to the airport, to late-night noir courtesy of drunken revelers spilling out of the bars as they closed, his stories and pictures are inseparable parts of the whole. Dmitry has pushed the boundaries of his work even further by incorporating his writing into music and video. He recorded a spoken word album of his stories over an improvised musical track featuring guitar, drums and bass. In a series of videos, he narrates as he paints or draws the subject matter at hand, the artwork seeming to pour out from him in an effortless way.

The road to book authorship seemed almost as easy as sketching a scene. A major publisher found Dmitry’s blog and Twitter account, where he frequently posted his art and observations, and saw the potential for a book. They approached him with the idea, and after two years of editing, Dmitry's first book was published. But these days he no longer uses any form of social media. Instead he prefers to work on his own expansive website and publish a weekly newsletter.


He also turned in his smartphone and exchanged it for a simple flip phone. “I love leaving the house and not having the internet following me around,” Dmitry said. “It’s like waking from a dream; it’s like here’s this whole world that I don’t have to filter through a tiny screen in my hand.” Dmitry would rather carry a sketchbook instead. “I always have a sketchbook, I feel naked without one. I don’t go anywhere without my sketchbook, so at any given moment I can draw something," he said.

Having a range of tools and supplies to work with also enhances Dmitry’s artistic output. He finds that switching mediums helps him when he needs inspiration. “That almost always works for me," he said, "because it just scratches a different kind of itch, it gets you out of whatever rut you’re in.” He thinks that a lot of his work does not meet his own standards, but by producing a large volume he ends up with a few favorite pieces that he likes. He has been selling prints of select works on INPRNT since 2013 and said it has worked out really well for him.

“Being an artist is just a nonstop hustle,” said Dmitry. “I have to make my living from a million different sources all the time.” That hustle has inspired much of his work, sketching from inside his cab or observing customers while tending bar. He has made his mark by sharing those experiences with the world as an author and artist.

Art Featuring City Life From Around the World

Filled with unique places and interesting people, city life is vibrant and fast-paced. These prints are all about the urban lifestyle with its awe-inspiring architecture and endless possibilities for adventure. They feature famous cities from around the world from New York City to Tokyo. Whether you already live in a big city, or perhaps you’re dreaming about moving to a special place that has captured your heart, these fine art prints will bring the city to you wherever you are!


Transportation in NYC by Rebecca Mock


Lisbon by Sam Bosma


night market by F Choo


ARTCRANK Poster by Meredith Miotke


West Village New York City by Remko Gap Heemskerk


Omoide Yokocho by Kali Ciesemier

Artist Spotlight: Alice Yang

Alice Yang


Although Alice Yang did not always know she would become an artist, she had always loved to draw. “I wanted to go to art school,” she said. “My parents wanted me to consider something more practical.” Alice found a balance by attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her BSE degree in Digital Media Design. The major combined computer graphics coursework with fine arts classes through UPenn's art and design program.

Fresh out of college, Alice took a job as a software engineer at Electronic Arts in San Francisco. Continuing to draw in her free time as a hobby, she decided to try design work as a bridge between software engineering and illustrating. Alice started working as a freelancer for a start-up, which led to a full-time position as a product designer. Eventually, she realized she wanted to focus completely on her art.

Alice Yang


She began taking classes at the Animation Collaborative, where she was taught by working Pixar artists. One lesson led to a breakthrough that changed the way Alice understood her work. “When you design a character, what makes it appealing isn’t how pretty or attractive it looks. It’s how it makes you feel,” Alice said. “I was very preoccupied with the notion that art has to look good, that characters have to look pretty. It was kind of a limiting perspective. Once I took to heart the idea that it’s not how things look, it’s how they make you feel, I feel like my work kind of took off, it became a lot more free.”

Street Cat by Alice Yang via INPRNT


That’s when Alice created a piece called Street Cat. “This was the start of my style,” she said. “It seemed like it resonated with a lot of other people as well.” Encouraged by the response, Alice decided to offer the work as a print on INPRNT. "When I looked into it a little bit more, INPRNT was what the more professional artists chose as their print on-demand service. INPRNT had the best rate split,” Alice said. Around this time she was accepted to an art mentorship program where she worked with fellow INPRNT artist Meg Hunt. As the program wrapped up, Alice met a recruiter from Uber who was looking for illustrators to expand the company’s branding. Alice got the job and has been on staff at Uber as an illustrator since last year.

At Uber, Alice works as part of a three-woman team comprised of herself, a senior illustrator and a producer. “We kind of function as an agency within the larger company,” she explained. Other teams at the company come to them for a wide range of illustration projects. The producer schedules and prioritizes them, and the illustrators tackle them one by one. “The nice thing about working in this kind of format is the variety of projects we get,” Alice said. “More recently I’ve been working on Snapchat filters for Uber where when you’re on a ride, if you look into the app you’ll be able to unlock specific filters that are only available while you are on a ride.” The filters reflect everything from the Uber brand to holidays and sports events.

Alice Yang


Alice has found her background as a software engineer helpful as an artist in the field of technology. “One thing about computer science is that it forces you to break down problems into more atomic units, to solve them from the ground up, methodically,” she said. “I carried that over to how I approach illustration projects. I do illustration, but in the tech industry. I knew what mattered to project managers during interviews; my portfolio included artwork and data.” Alice has also been inspired by the blending of tech and creativity at events like Adobe MAX, which she attended as the guest of an Adobe Creative Resident. “There were a lot of lectures on different Adobe products and they featured a lot of software that was still kind of in development or cutting edge, so it was very exciting to see all the possible things we would be able to do in the near future.”

Technology also helps Alice connect with other artists. “One thing that I missed from not going to art school is the sense of camaraderie with your fellow students, like you all struggle, you all pull all-nighters, you all watch each other develop and grow artistically. Having that community online offers kind of a similar experience where you can see each other improve and cheer each other on, and it has definitely given me a lot more motivation to work on my own craft.” Alice’s friends organize events like art swaps, where groups of artists exchange artwork and other goodies in themed care packages. “Even if you’re not that entrenched in your local art scene, Twitter enables you to reach out and be connected to peers and other artists,” Alice shared. “It’s given me a sense of belonging when I, at one point, found that kind of lacking being in tech.”

Alice Yang


Today, Alice works on personal projects to continue learning and growing as an illustrator. “For a long time I had been drawing whatever came to mind,” Alice said. “Even though I was outputting a fair amount, I wasn’t really improving. I wasn’t taking the time to examine the areas I was lacking in and working on that. Once I started being more critical of my own work and started trying to get better at specific areas at a time, my style started to develop, my quality of work started to improve.” This summer, Alice will work with other artists to mutually sharpen their skills when she participates in Light Grey Art Lab’s Iceland art residency. “It’s going to be a week-long trip where we travel with several other working professionals in different fields of art, and the goal is to spend a week appreciating the beauty that is Iceland and exchanging life experiences and holding workshops on areas that we’re interested and proficient in.”


Alice Yang


After the trip she’ll return home to her San Francisco studio, which is decorated with potted plants and colorful books and toys. Much of her space features artwork by friends and fellow artists, including a painting of Alice’s cats which she received as part of an online art exchange. The two cats, named Mochi and Marshmallow, are ever-present in her studio and they inspire much of her work. “One thing that I’ve started to learn over the years is if you really love something, and you keep drawing that subject, it shows in your art and it sets you apart," she said, recalling a poem by Rupi Kaur that urges artists to keep their work honest.Alice Yang


These days, Alice’s work is more authentic than ever. “There was a period of time where I wanted to draw things that I thought other people would like, kind of like chasing trends or seeing what’s popular and trying to draw that,” she said, "but in more recent years I really internalized the idea that everyone views the world through the lens of their own experiences, so as an artist, the work that you create should reflect that.”

Alice YangPhotography by Ashley Heafy

By Artists, For Artists

Since our founding in 2006, INPRNT has worked to help artists spend more time doing what they love by producing the highest quality art prints from start to finish. Created by artists for artists, we meet the needs of creative professionals and their customers. INPRNT operates our own print shop in Orlando, handling every aspect of the printing and order fulfillment process with a meticulous attention to detail. The art prints you buy from our marketplace are made with archival paper and ink, which means they’d be at home in any gallery and are made to last a lifetime!


hallucinations, of anger and violence. by Anna Pan


Autumn Forest by C A-F


Mistaken Identity by Ken Wong


Support Living Artists by Samantha Mash

Artist Spotlight: Tristan Henry-Wilson

Tristan Henry-Wilson


Tristan Henry-Wilson grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire, where as a child he gravitated toward many of the same things other young boys love: comic books and cartoons. Along the way he decided to become a professional artist, transforming his passions for painting, design and animation into a successful career. In high school Tristan realized that while he loved drawing and art, he was not yet the skilled artist we know today. Instead of being discouraged, he doubled down.


“I wasn’t really that good at art. I didn’t really stand out at it,” Tristan said. That realization only made him work harder. “That’s when I started taking private art lessons and becoming obsessed with it. I was introduced to oil painting and decided at that early age that this is something that I wanted to be really good at.”


Tristan Henry-Wilson's Studio


His self-described obsession with art led him to apply to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, but he ended up going to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia because it was more affordable. His dream at the time was to become an animator for Disney, but reality would soon get in the way. “I’m from a very lower income family. Both of my parents are Jamaican and I’m first-generation,” said Tristan. “I didn’t have an understanding of money.”


It turned out that Tristan didn’t feel a strong connection to SCAD, so he transferred to Ringling. “My whole mentality as an artist is to be better than everyone else. I wanted a painful experience. I wanted everyone to be obsessed with art.” At Ringling he studied illustration, deciding to become adept at the technical aspects of draftsmanship so that he could later teach himself 3D and animation. Like many in his generation, Tristan graduated from college with a lot of debt and no clear path forward. After college, Tristan bounced around a lot of low-wage jobs in Florida and New York City while struggling to find a way to turn his talents into a career in the arts.


Tristan Henry-Wilson


“The story of my life has pretty much been looking around seeing how other people are doing it and imitating it on the fly,” Tristan said. “I started landing freelance graphic design jobs. I realized that if you act as if you’re something then you become that something.” This strategy worked and Tristan won a design job at Godiva Chocolatier. Within five years he had gone from a junior designer to an art director at the company. Always looking for a new challenge, Tristan decided to make the jump to an advertising agency where he could work with more creatives.


At that time, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had recently gone viral and was making the rounds online. Tristan loved the concept behind the videos and decided to participate. Wanting his video to stand out, he took inspiration from the opening sequence to the TV show 24 and used it as an opportunity to learn something new. So he taught himself video editing and motion graphics software like Adobe After Effects and Premiere. “I learned more about motion design and motion graphics and quickly became obsessed,” Tristan said. “I essentially became an animator within a year. I found a way to take my passion for design and make it move.”


Tristan Henry-Wilson Quote


People are often surprised when they hear that Tristan started with oil painting and illustration, then taught himself all the digital tools he needs to be a graphic designer and animator. “I show people my work and they wonder, you’ve been doing this for how long?” Tristan said. “Draftsmanship is so hard and requires so much discipline that it helps you pick up anything else. It can’t be harder than drawing. We’re so lucky to have so many resources available for free or next to free. The only thing stopping you is your own sweat equity.”


Tristan Henry-Wilson's 3D Art


But Tristan’s shift to digital hasn’t stopped him from working in oil paints. He’s currently creating a series called Nebula Dresses that combines his love of painting with his interest in the cosmos. “It marries my love of painting with this newfound obsession with space. I just wanted to paint this series,” Tristan said. “It’s a reset button on everything I’ve ever done to make this short body of work. In the last year as I’ve become obsessed with animation, I look at painting less as filling that artistic part of my soul. If something doesn’t move, I just want to make it move. I want to create an animation for the paintings, to bring them to life.”


Tristan hasn’t released the Nebula Dresses series for sale as prints yet, but when he does, they’ll be on INPRNT. Tristan has known INPRNT’s founder, Joshua Zika, since they both attended Ringling. They each had a different focus in school but respected each other’s creativity and feedback, staying in touch after leaving Sarasota. “After I moved away, Josh would always comment on my work, giving positive feedback or critiques,” Tristan said. For awhile, Tristan left oil painting behind to focus on working digitally. When Tristan returned to the traditional medium for a new piece, Joshua encouraged him to keep going. “He was like, this is what you should be doing. Then I did it and that was it. I hadn’t worked digitally for another 10 years. So when he started INPRNT, I will never even consider running prints from anything else for any reason.”


Tristan Henry-Wilson's Paintings


In addition to his interest in space, Tristan is inspired by the natural world here on earth. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter, where he has come to appreciate the state's beauty. “It’s not uncommon to see bald eagles outside in my backyard, or bears and deer,” Tristan said. “Those are things that I find really inspiring. Being alone with nature is an opportunity I get to have.”


But Tristan is also inspired by a darker force. “What pushes me the most is that a couple of years ago, I had an existential crisis,” Tristan said. “I gave up a lot of the belief systems from my upbringing and gained an appreciation for the finality of life. You only have so much time to get things done that you want to get done. If they were important to you, you need to do them now.”


Tristan Henry-Wilson Quote


To that end, Tristan can’t remember the last time he was creatively stuck. He’s always working on building his skill set or painting a new project. It’s what keeps him sharp and creatively engaged. “When it comes to painting, all art really, you do it and you keep doing it and you like what you’re doing because you’ve put your hand down and come up with something that at least some of the time pleases you,” Tristan said. “You gradually get better by just doing what you like doing every day. Practice becomes effortless. That’s why artists are so talented. They like practicing.”


Tristan Henry-Wilson's AnimationPhotos and images courtesy of Tristan Henry-Wilson


And while that can be enjoyable, it’s when things get hard that you really grow as an artist and person. “This is something that I want my daughter to learn: embrace the frustration,” Tristan said. “I enjoy the frustration. If I’m frustrated working on something, I love it. I know that I’m going to come out learning something at the end. It feels better when you get that payoff. It makes you want to try that much harder and figure out how to do it. It prevents you from backing off and closing doors that you just wouldn’t have gone down. And it’s applicable to other areas of your life.”

Environmentalist Art to Commemorate Earth Day

On Earth Day, we celebrate our planet’s beauty and acknowledge the challenges we face protecting our home for the future. It’s a great day to research ways you can make a difference, from reducing, reusing and recycling to going vegan for the animals, people and planet! We’re all in this together, and each of us is a powerful force for positive change. Whether you share it on social media or hang it up on your wall, environmentalist art is an enduring reminder to go green and save the world.


Peace Naturalis by Fil Gouvea


NATURE by Gloria Sánchez


all you need by Maxim G


na zawsze być by Karolina Trojka


Gaia by Lenita Pepa


Violet frog on the light background by Inga Girvica

Fresh Art for Spring

Fresh florals and dreamy colors pave the way for springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a time of growth and renewal: the perfect time to expand your art collection, nurture your creative side and liven up your decor with uplifting works of art! Using media ranging from photography to colored pencils, these six artists capture the feeling of spring in their depictions of flowers and other natural beauty.


Spring by Tóth Zoltán


Spring Girl by Morgan Davidson


Flowers...For Spring by Alyssa Creagh


Spring Awakening by Hannah Maria


Naptime & Calm by Natalia Data


Flora by Maria Poliakova

Artist Spotlight: Megan Kott and Justin DeVine

Photo by Amber Renee, courtesy of Megan Kott


Work and life blend together as seamlessly as the watercolor paintings of husband-and-wife illustrators Justin DeVine and Megan Kott. They often parlay their shared interests, including painting and animals, into artistic collaborations. After falling in love while founding a popular Drink and Draw together, they've continued producing new creative projects and events as a married couple.


The pair met several years ago working in California’s Bay Area as graphic artists painting signs for Whole Foods. They were part of a team that traveled to help open new stores with colorful artwork and signage, and it was during one of these trips that their relationship—and artistic collaboration—took off. “We were talking about a Drink and Draw in Austin,” Justin said. They both thought that “would be a cool thing for us to do. [A few weeks later we] met up in a funky little bar in Oakland to drink some drinks and draw some stuff. At first a few friends would come. When we left the city last year, we had 50 people coming a week.”



Creating Oakland’s largest Drink and Draw is just one of the ways Megan and Justin have found to share their passion for art over the years. “That’s where we really built up our creative community and fell in love,” Justin said. “Probably the strongest example of work that we have done literally together is Chimera.” For this project, which you can view in Megan and Justin's INPRNT shops, one artist painted the head of an animal and the other painted the body of a different animal. It led to some mesmerizing combinations, like a praying mantis head on a fox’s body or the head of a goat on the body of a duck.



Megan and Justin have also collaborated on producing and curating art shows. “The biggest project we undertook was a David Bowie tribute show,” Megan said. “It started as a life celebration show tied to his album release on his birthday.” But while they were in the process of securing a venue, Bowie passed away. The show went on with 20 different artists participating, 400 people attending, and an all-female David Bowie cover band playing tunes all night.


Although Megan and Justin were part of a flourishing creative community in Oakland, the rising housing costs and long commutes there ultimately led them to Megan’s native Michigan. They now live in Detroit’s vibrant Corktown neighborhood. It's a historic residential area established in the 1800s that's famous for its colorful Victorian homes and annual St. Patrick's Day parade.


“We lived in a small apartment [in Oakland] and couldn’t afford a studio on top of that,” Megan said. “It was hard because we wanted more space. So we decided to try Detroit for a couple of years and it’s been a really good landing pad. We have a studio and we have a painting area in the basement, too.”


This studio is where Megan and Justin now work. Megan has done a lot in the area of children’s textiles and graphics, and she has two new projects coming out this fall from Chronicle Books. Previously, she partnered with the same publisher to create a collection of temporary "cattoos" featuring her signature humorous cat paintings.



“I also run my side gig of doing pet portraits and cat drawings. That’s been my big thing,” Megan said. “The cat thing, that’s just been the most successful. It’s so much of the zeitgeist right now. I really would just be happy if I could paint animals for the rest of my life.” Megan's custom pet portraits range from simple busts to complex renderings of elaborate fantasy worlds where companion animals can surf waves or explore outer space.


 


Megan KottPants! by Megan Kott


Megan primarily works in watercolors after having been introduced to them as a child by her aunt, a prolific watercolorist herself. “When I was seven or eight, we had a family reunion and I had the chickenpox,” Megan said. “She stayed at home with me and taught me really rudimentary watercolor techniques. I went to art school hoping to study that more, but was told that watercolor isn’t a serious painting medium. So I dropped it for a good ten years. I picked it up again around the time that we started Drink and Draw.”


Justin always liked to draw as a kid and studied painting in college. Prior to leaving Oakland for Detroit, Justin was working full-time as an illustrator at Amy’s Kitchen. He has kept them as a client and does work for them most weeks, along with his other clients in industries ranging from retail to arts and entertainment. On the side, Justin likes to stay fresh with daily drawing challenges. He primarily does pen and ink drawings that he colors digitally or with watercolors. Like his wife, Justin often makes animals his subjects, more often focusing on wild animals. In some of his other work, he invents parodic mash-ups and re-interpretations based in pop culture.


“I’ll do sort of regular projects to keep my hands busy,” Justin said. “For two years in a row in September or August I did 31 fictional characters in a row. On days when I don’t have commissioned work, I’ve been really enjoying going through some of my old sketches and figuring out which of those I can develop further.”


Justin DeVineBirds by Justin DeVine


Megan and Justin are both established in their artistic careers today, but they still remember what it was like when they were just starting out. To anyone in that stage, Megan has some advice. “There’s room for everyone. People get worried about not doing something that’s already been done before. No one is going to have your take on it. It’s going to be completely individual coming from you. I’m big on helping people and not keeping art secrets.”


Justin echoes that sentiment, addressing a concern that is common among beginner artists. “It’s important not to compare yourself to other people’s skill levels. There are lots of people who look at people who are incredibly talented and think, ‘I won’t be able to do it like that, so it’s like why bother to do it at all.’ That’s counterproductive and hurts all of us creative types.”


One of the ways Megan and Justin spread the word about their art is by attending conventions; they’ll be at a different event every month for the rest of the year. It’s all this convention-going that got them started with INPRNT, where the couple has been selling work since 2013. “We wanted something where we could buy our own prints,” Megan said. “It’s a really great resource for artists to bring nice prints to conventions. It’s the best quality, least expensive option. I recommend it to people.” Justin agrees, “Before when I would pay to have my own prints, I could never afford nice prints and the qualities would vary wildly. The first time I tried INPRNT I thought the quality is so great and it’s so consistently great.”


Their most recent convention was Cat Camp NYC, where Megan displayed her cat-themed wares including prints, pins, and pillows. Next month, their itinerary includes events in Chicago, Los Angeles and Cincinnati. For this artistic couple, part of their relationship is being creative and collaborative, often inspired by their love for animals. When they're not attending conventions, they will continue their work together under the watchful eyes of their three cats: Griffin, Thessaly and Davos.

Artist Spotlight: Lily Padula of Artists for the People

Lily PadullaPhoto by Steve Shilling, courtesy of Lily Padula


Like most kids, Lily Padula loved to draw while growing up in a beach town outside of New York City. She excelled in school and imagined she’d take a pretty traditional career path until an art teacher encouraged her to pursue art professionally. Her parents were also very supportive of the idea.


So Lily went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City to pursue a degree in illustration. One sought-after career path when she was starting out was being an editorial illustrator for newspapers or magazines. But shrinking budgets at many of these organizations have led to staff cuts in those positions. Lily didn’t let that discourage her. Instead of trying to land a staff job, she went the freelance route.


“To be a freelancer, to be an illustrator, you have to be multi-faceted and wear a bunch of hats,” Lily said.


These days Lily does a lot of editorial work for major newspapers like The New York Times and The Boston Globe. But she also works online in the world of native advertising and sponsored posts. Lily has a diverse client roster, which includes companies like Universal Pictures, Spotify and Converse. She encourages young artists to carve out their own careers. This could mean drawing comics or zines, as Lily and many of her friends do either for clients or themselves. “Find what makes you happy drawing-wise,” Lily said. “More likely than not there’s a way to make money at it.”


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Lily knows this firsthand. She said that in college she wasn’t the best draftsperson, but over time it became clear to her that you don’t have to draw a human figure perfectly to be a successful illustrator. It’s more important to be able to work with color and have good composition. Lily positions herself as an ideas-oriented artist.


That helps a lot when she’s working with clients. When Lily starts on a project she comes up with word lists and associations for the idea she’s trying to convey in the image. Then she creates lots of small thumbnails to nail down the major elements of the composition and takes it to the sketch phase. She used to do this with paper and ink, but now Lily does all of her work digitally.


“I tend to take more time in the sketch phase in client work and less in personal work,” Lily said, “My personal work tends not to be so much about quickly communicating a specific idea. It tends to be more about mood and narrative. I’m trying to figure out a way to do that more in my professional work.”


Lily’s professional and personal work have different styles, which is important to her. In her client projects, she tends to use brighter colors and more complex compositions, while her personal art focuses more on darker, more eerie themes, like a zine she did about UFOs and the paranormal.


Pursuing her own work on the side is critical for Lily. “It’s really important to help your professional work grow," she explained. "You have to keep yourself interested.”


Like many freelance artists, Lily works out of her home, which is in Brooklyn. She lives with her boyfriend, who is also an illustrator. Lily finds both support and inspiration in the New York City artist community.


Phenomena by Lily Padula


“A good portion of my friends are illustrators and we refer each other for jobs,” Lily said. “I go to them with struggles, to get some extra eyes on [my work]. In general there’s a lot of other illustrators here and it’s inspiring to be around that energy.”


Illustration tends to go through trends and styles that go in and out of popularity. So while Lily does draw inspiration from her fellow contemporary artists, she also looks to other time periods and mediums to get the creativity flowing. “The museums here are incredible,” Lily said of living in New York. “You can go to the Met for free and look at beautiful paintings to get inspired.” Even when inspiration isn’t at hand, though, sometimes you just have to keep going. “There’s a myth going around that you can only work when you’re feeling inspired,” Lily said. “But you just have to power through no matter what and keep making work.”


Sometimes creative hurdles need a little more breathing room. Then it’s time to walk away for a bit to let the project breathe. “Being in nature is helpful, if you’re feeling overwhelmed,” Lily said. “My parents live in a small town near the city. I go out there and clear my head, to get away from the usual grind.”


It also helps to have hobbies outside of making art. When the weather is nice, Lily enjoys walking and riding her bike around Brooklyn. She also loves cooking and reading science fiction, dystopian and true crime books, and recently finished The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Travel is also important to her, whether she’s jetting off to London, Los Angeles or Toronto for work or play. And when Lily is really stuck, she relies on some advice she received in college. Someone told her to “make lists of things you like to draw. Go to that and make some doodles. You’ll have an ever-expanding vocabulary of things you can draw.”


This helps a lot when Lily is between projects; a freelance career comes with a lot of work that has nothing to do with making art. “The running the business aspect of it, doing promotion, being productive. It’s striking a balancing act between creating and managing,” said Lily. “You gotta keep at it and not be discouraged by the nature of freelancing.” This is what attracted Lily to INPRNT, where she’s been selling art prints since 2013.


Rungs by Alice Rutherford and Rise and Resist by Charis Loke


“I had seen other illustrators and artists selling prints there,” Lily said. “For a while I was trying to make and ship prints myself, but it was a huge time-suck for not that much money.” Lily also appreciated that INPRNT was curated, leading to a higher level of work across the site. “It also had a better rate between artist and supplier. I was impressed with the printing and how easy it is. It’s totally worth the fee that they take.”


Using INPRNT helped inspire Lily to create Artists for the People, a community of artists selling affordable prints to raise money for organizations doing important work in the US. Each month, a new group is chosen to receive all of the profits from the prints sold through Artists for the People, plus a 10% match through INPRNT's charity donation program.



“I was horrified on Election Day. I woke up feeling sick and wondering, what can I do? I’ve been using INPRNT for awhile for my own personal shop, so I’m going to contact them and see if I can get people together to raise money this way,” said Lily.


Artists for the People has already had a great response from artists who want to contribute their work to raise money for important causes, listing dozens of prints for sale in a variety of styles and themes. Some of the prints are political, but many are not. All of the prints will help the work of groups like the ACLU, which was the project's first beneficiary.


“Art can have an impact on the world,” said Lily, “and I wanted to help raise some money and stand up for what I believe in.”

What We're Loving Lately

What We're Loving Lately

With a diverse community of artists producing art in a variety of styles, themes and subjects, there’s truly something for everyone available on INPRNT. This week we're featuring a few of our favorite prints by Annie Wu, Ashley Mackenzie, Huebucket and Aster Hung. Click through and discover thousands of new artists by browsing the site. We promise you'll find something you love! Every shop owner on INPRNT was selected for membership by our community of artists. Having a curated gallery empowers our members and makes our print collection totally unique!

Experiment: Mermaid





Fall In Love With Autumn Art

There’s a chill in the air here at INPRNT, so we’ve gathered up some of our favorite autumn artwork for you to fall in love with. Celebrate the changing seasons with images as beautiful as the changing leaves. You’ll still be enjoying these timelessly beautiful prints in the months and years to come. If it’s fall where you are too, we hope you stay cozy and warm as the days slip into winter.

Little Autumn

Autumn Forest

The Perfect Mirror

Vintage Cameras

Autumn

Birches

Artist Spotlight: Jimmy Bryant of Atomic Child

Jimmy Bryant
There’s a seemingly endless supply of inspiration for artists online, whether it’s on Instagram or Tumblr, or even through podcasts. But all that browsing can have a negative effect too, especially for young artists looking to find their footing in a competitive, creative space.

“The hardest thing when you’re just beginning is that it’s not going to happen right away,” said Jimmy Bryant. “Being creative is a struggle, that’s part of what makes you a good creative. The biggest thing is you’ve got to work really hard. It’s going to take a while and as long as you’re putting in the work, it’s going to work out.”

Jimmy, a member of the INPRNT artist community, has spent the last several years working as an art director at AMB3R, a Denver apparel company. Jimmy also does personal and freelance design work under the name Atomic Child, which he’s used since 2007 after being inspired by Keith Haring’s iconic work Radiant Child.

Growing up in Sturgis, South Dakota, Jimmy loved drawing and was encouraged both at school and at home to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional artist. He devoured comic books and after high school, Jimmy moved to Denver to study illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He used his degree to do freelance illustration work for nearly a decade while holding down a “regular job.”

Jimmy Bryant
“I turned 29 and thought, what am I doing with my life?” Jimmy said. “I’m not going to be 30 and not doing what I love.”

So Jimmy quit his job and started freelancing full time, focusing his work mostly on music merchandise, like T-shirts and hats. At the time, Jimmy’s style featured a lot of gore and monsters, which were popular in the mid- to late 2000s.

“T-shirts and music merchandise are based off trends,” Jimmy said. “Now it’s evolved into one-color, simple, clean designs. You’re only going to get paid for what you get approved. So I slowly moved my art toward that direction.”

Today Jimmy’s art has a more graphic look with simple shapes and colors that evoke stained glass. Living in Colorado Jimmy is inspired by the outdoors and adventure, themes that occur often in his work.

Jimmy Bryant
“When I get to do my own thing, I like to draw nature or do graphics from nature,” Jimmy said. “I really love the beach. I’ve always been drawn to that, since I grew up in the middle of the US with no beach.”

Jimmy doesn’t have easy access to a beach in Denver either, so he heads up to the nearby Rocky Mountains instead to go camping. “I love getting out of the city, hopefully somewhere where cell phone service is a little rough,” Jimmy said.

And while he still finds inspiration in nature, Jimmy’s work continues to evolve. “Recently, I really love to draw food. It’s my new thing, doing detailed illustrations of food.”

That’s all part of a challenge he set for himself this year: to grow his Instagram account. Jimmy spends most of his days at AMB3R, where he parlayed his experience designing T-shirts into a job as an art director a few years ago. Then he comes home from work to pursue his freelance career, which he’s recently put more of a focus on.

“I still really want to work for myself,” Jimmy said. “I want to be my own boss, to be in control of my own freedom.”

Jimmy Bryant
After he’s met any pending deadlines, Jimmy puts on one his favorite podcasts, like Adventures in Design, and spends a few hours working on his personal projects. He’s set a goal to create one new piece of art every day this year. To do that, Jimmy created a system that allows him to find simple shapes and apply different landscapes to them.

“I just like to open that new file in Photoshop and just create from there,” Jimmy said of his process for creating personal work. “I find some color palette inspirations and create without a sketch.”

Jimmy’s years of work as a freelancer and art director, and time spent creating his own work have paid off. He now has freelance clients that range from professional sports teams like the Orlando City Soccer Club to musicians like The Grateful Dead. Even though Jimmy has found success, he hasn’t lost the excitement that made him want to become a professional artist in the first place.

“In the beginning, the most surprising part was that I was actually creating things out of my own mind and people were paying me to create those things,” Jimmy said. “My art actually has value. When those people come to you asking you to work for them you feel like you belong in that system. It’s still kind of surprising to this day. Now it’s just bigger clients, like national sports teams. Now I’m into creating my own products. I put it out there and get orders in and it’s the best thing in the world.”

Jimmy Bryant
But making a living in a creative field hasn’t always been easy. As any freelancer knows, there’s a lot more that goes into having a successful career than just creating your work.

“The most challenging part of being a professional artist is realizing that you have to spend a lot of time not doing art,” Jimmy said. “You have to try to be a business person so you can be an artist.”

That’s one reason that Jimmy started selling his Atomic Child prints through INPRNT this summer. “I was trying to create different streams of revenue and I really wanted to do prints. Now I have another avenue to sell a different type of product to people who are following. It makes it so much easier.”

That’s a very good thing for someone who says his whole life is centered around his art.

“I really spend a ton of time creating artwork,” Jimmy said. “It’s my hobby, it’s my passion, it’s my job, I don’t want to do anything else.”

Jimmy BryantPhotography by Ashley Heafy

What’s New in the INPRNT Custom Shop

Oliver Barrett
Here’s some of what we’ve been up to lately in the INPRNT Custom Shop. The third-annual MondoCon just wrapped up in Austin, Texas, and we had a great time preparing these custom prints for exhibitors Oliver Barrett and Scott Campbell.

Scott Campbell
Meanwhile, across the pond: Kevin Wada’s custom prints will appear in Leeds next month for Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest annual comics event, now in its seventh year. All of their work perfectly captures the fun spirit of these gatherings celebrating art, comics, movies and more. Contact us about your next convention or show!

Kevin Wada

Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Aaron Moore

Jeremy Aaron Moore
The foundations of Jeremy Aaron Moore’s professional art career were laid way back when he was a child growing up in Cortez, Colorado. But his path from being a kid who loved to draw to becoming a full-time artist with a roster of clients wasn’t a straight one.

After participating in a competition for young artists in high school, Jeremy attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design to study illustration. But he became disillusioned when he realized that most of his peers weren’t finding work in their fields after graduation.

“I have nothing against art school as long as you have the money. I went and learned a lot in art school. But there’s a lot of really great alternatives available now,” Jeremy said. He would encourage young artists today to take workshops or even reach out directly to their favorite artists to learn right at the source.

Jeremy said that the best thing for a young artist to do is to “get a sketchbook and fill it up, get another sketchbook and fill it up until you have 50 of them.”

Jeremy Aaron Moore
But at the time, Jeremy wasn’t sure what he really wanted to do. So he left school and became a cave guide.

“I’m really into outdoor stuff,” Jeremy said. “I grew up where it was pretty much required to go rock climbing, hiking and rafting. Being in Colorado is awesome for that.”

While Jeremy didn’t make any art during this time, he wasn’t done with creative pursuits. In 2005, he went back to school at Fort Lewis College to pursue a degree in art education with an eye to being a teacher. But Jeremy yearned to make his own art.

“I tried to get away from it, but I can’t. I tried to teach, but I just couldn’t do that. I can’t really do anything but this,” Jeremy said of becoming a professional artist.

Jeremy Aaron Moore
In the past, Jeremy had mostly focused on painting, working in acrylics and oil. But it was around this time that digital art was really taking off and once Jeremy got hooked on it, he couldn’t get enough. One of the first digital artists that really inspired Jeremy was Jason Chan. That was also how Jeremy found INPRNT, where he now sells prints of his own work.

Eventually Jeremy switched to doing digital art full time. And while he sometimes misses the tactile nature of painting, he doesn’t miss cleaning brushes.

Over the years, Jeremy continued to build his portfolio and started freelancing for various clients. He learned the stuff they don’t teach you in art school, mostly about the business of art.

“When I started out, I didn’t know the difference between what was popular and what was being bought, what’s marketable and what will sell. I had to find a target market,” Jeremy said.

Now Jeremy works mostly with clients in the publishing industry and pursues his own art on the side when he has time. And when Jeremy needs a break from the studio, he heads outside to work on his vintage cars. A few years ago, he bought an old Volkswagen bus that broke down on him almost immediately. He learned to fix it himself, which turned out to be a sort of zen experience.

“The confidence that I got from learning how to take apart and put the engine back together was huge,” Jeremy said. “I thought, ‘Maybe if I can do that, I can figure out how to make this career work.’”

Jeremy Aaron Moore
Jeremy is heavily involved in the local art scene in Denver, where he now lives after having resided in Portland, Oregon. He recently moved into an art studio in the RiNo district, an up-and-coming area with lots of galleries, breweries and other craft businesses.

“In Portland, the music and art scene is so cool. It’s saturated with artistic types,” Jeremy said. “With Denver, I’ve kind of been waiting on it. Out of nowhere this last summer there was this growth of murals and artwork. There’s a really cool scene happening here.”

And Jeremy has been a part of that growth. He runs a group called the Denver Illustration Salon, which began three years ago with a few illustrators and now has 2,000 members who are artists of all types. The group meets regularly to sketch together, often at some of the local galleries.

The community Jeremy has found in the Denver Illustration Salon has been invaluable. And so has the one he’s created at his new shared art studio. For years Jeremy worked alone out of his home, often in the basement. But having a space to go to has been a real game-changer.

“Having a studio is really nice. I have some studio mates that are really cool, friends in town who are also illustrators to bounce ideas off of and get feedback,” Jeremy said. “As an artist, working from home can be a struggle. All of those years, I always thought that would be the best part.”

Jeremy Aaron Moore
It turns out what Jeremy really loves is being able to work for himself, especially the flexible hours and control over which projects he takes on. But being a freelancer has its challenges too.

“It’s a little different than I thought it would be. It’s more of a job,” Jeremy said. “It was always kind of a false summit. There’s always so much work to do to go higher.”

To stay on top of his game, Jeremy is always looking for inspiration. He finds it in all sorts of places, like the podcasts One Fantastic Week and Your Dreams My Nightmares by one of his favorite artists, Sam Weber. Jeremy also finds inspiration scrolling through digital portfolios of fellow artists or attending trade shows like Spectrum Fantastic Art Live or Comic Con.

And when the muse just isn’t coming? “I bang my head into the wall. I just keep working,” Jeremy said.

Jeremy Aaron MoorePhotography by Ashley Heafy

Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Art

Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Art

Whatʼs even more wickedly good than Halloween candy? Spooky art prints you can enjoy year round! Celebrate with ghosts, ghouls, goblins and witches that perfectly capture the "spirit" of the holiday. And don't forget to pick up some art cards for your friends and family—the sugar-coated sentiments you write inside will satisfy their sweet tooth and leave them spellbound! Plus, you'll enjoy scary-awesome savings when you get multiple cards. No tricks here, just the chance to stock up on archival art cards that will still look hauntingly beautiful for decades to come... with vibrant colors that wonʼt fade, even when you're in your grave! Featured art by Lane Brown, Greg Abbott and Kali Ciesemier

Communion Art Print
Halloween Spooktacular Art Print
Bat Babe Art Card

Energize Your Home With Art and Color

Energize Your Home With Art and Color

Decorate your home with art prints using these traditional concepts. They assign power colors to each room to maximize health and happiness, so you’ll get a boost from enjoying your favorite artwork, along with the benefits associated with the colors you love! Freshen up your home with lively colors, lift your mood and energize your space today.

Yellow is a powerful color for your kitchen. It’s sunny, cheerful, and can even fire up your metabolism! Prints related to food will encourage appetite and inspire you to create beautifully artistic meals. With a vibrant Art Deco style and Food and Drink motif, Roaring 20s by Kali Ciesemier adds the perfect pop of yellow to your kitchen.

Roaring 20's Art Print

The color red is a sophisticated choice for your dining room—it also stimulates hunger, making mealtimes even more satisfying. Look for interesting artwork to transform your dining area into a relaxing yet cultured space. Chez Boris Red, a patterned illustration by Edward Kwong, will make your dining room feel as welcoming as your favorite café.

Chez Boris Red Art Print

Bring some blue tones into your office or art studio to make it a more productive place to work. The color blue calms and focuses the mind, helping you stay serene through tough days and deadlines. Photography brings the outside world into your work space, like the surreal landscape seen in Free Breakers by Erik Johansson.

Free Breakers Art Print

Fresh, tranquil green will make your bedroom a sanctuary of rest and relaxation. A longstanding symbol of health and vitality, green’s soothing properties make it the ideal color for restorative sleep. Include green in your bedroom, and enjoy increased energy and rejuvenation, with foliage prints like Rubber Plant by Erin Lux.

Rubber Plant Art Print

Purple is a positive color for living rooms. Whether you’re having friends over or settling in for a cozy night on your own, decorating your living space with shades of purple can encourage activity and socialization. Dramatic portraits like Prey by Anna Dittmann are the perfect conversation piece and instantly liven up your living room.

Prey Art Print

For every other room in your home, look for neutral colors like white to round out your personal aesthetic. Select artwork that showcases your personality, makes you think or simply brings a smile to your face. In The Woods by Dadu Shin has a charming minimalist style, telling an compelling story over a clean white background.

In The Woods Art Print

These principles are based on scientific studies and beliefs from ancient cultures. We have presented them here in the spirit of playfulness and inspiration to give you some great ideas for decorating and energizing your home! At INPRNT we have thousands of artists whose work is ready for you to discover and enjoy.

Art Cards: Art Handmade for Sharing!

Art Cards: Art Handmade for Sharing!

Today we’re thrilled to introduce a brand new product for artist shops! Art cards are custom-printed folded stationery cards crafted to meet the same standard of excellence we already bring to our fine art prints. Using archival-rated paper and ink, we produce each card in-house at our print shop with the same level of care and attention. The paper’s natural white tone and smooth matte finish provide the perfect blank canvas for any work of art, capturing vivid colors and fine details in cards that feel soft and luxurious to the touch.

From the image you select on the front of the card to your handwritten message inside, each art card is a deeply personal communication. They’re the perfect way to say happy birthday, thanks, I love you or just a simple hello. Your friends and family will love receiving one, especially when they see the piece of art you’ve picked out to have printed just for them. Or choose the artwork that says something about who you are—expressing yourself with a unique handcrafted card that makes all of your correspondence feel special.

Your cards will come with envelopes so that they’re ready to drop in the mail or hand to a loved one. Stock up on art cards today and save when you order multiple cards. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!

Featured artwork by Natalie Andrewson

Summer-Themed Art Prints to Keep You Warm All Year

Summer-Themed Art Prints to Keep You Warm All Year

We’re well into the dog days of summer here in the US, so it seems like the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite summer-themed art from the INPRNT marketplace. Among the many incredible summer-inspired pieces on the site, we looked for ones that evoked the feeling of summer—long days, hot weather, freedom, joy, nostalgia. Our hope is that you’ll love these pieces as much as we do!

You can check out the prints below and follow the artists in your Activity Stream so you can keep up with their latest contributions. And of course, we encourage you to pick up your favorite pieces so you can enjoy them all year round!

Welcome to INPRNT!

Welcome to INPRNT!

Welcome to the INPRNT blog! We’re really excited to have a new place to share our story and enthusiasm for the arts with you.

Since our founding in 2006, INPRNT has worked to help artists spend more time doing what they love by producing the highest quality art prints from start to finish. We handle the printing, packaging, shipping and customer service with a meticulous attention to detail, treating each piece as if it was our own.

At INPRNT, we are committed to helping artists flourish by combining their creativity with our craft to create works of art you’ll love adding to your collection. We look forward to sharing new and exclusive content on this page, from artist spotlights to special features and the latest INPRNT news. Thanks for joining us and be sure to check back soon!

Featured artwork by: Gian Galang | Jeffrey Smith | Lisa Hanawalt | Remko Heemskerk | Patrick Leger

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