New Jointed Vintage Inspired Snowman Cutout Available to Help Cure the Winter Blues & a Quick Winter Update
This past Christmas season was hugely successful, very stressful and pretty chaotic. I am thankful to have been gifted a Cricut machine to help my manufacturing process time get cut down tremendously. The biggest frustration in the last month and a half has been dealing with printing companies. I think I have finally found 'the good place' in terms of where to place orders at to make sure they are properly printed, on the correct paper with the right sizing. It seems like such a simple issue to have, but I can't ship things out to customers that have bad quality. Halloween and Christmas both had their challenges and the biggest overall was hand cutting each and every item. It was the most time consuming element to my process but I am relieved it is one that will hopefully be behind me. I've been looking into what these machines do and so far it's been exciting to see I can create wooden ornaments, wooden centerpieces, complex silhouette designs, some vintage inspired vellum & board stock Halloween lanterns & luminaries & so much more. 2020 is looking to be an exciting year for lots of new items I'll be testing out.
Now that things are back to normal after the Christmas holidays, I've been thinking about creating some new vintage inspired pieces of generic non-Christmas looking snow people. This is the first addition in the new seasonal option added with a cutout set and banner to be added in the next day both here and on my Etsy shop.
I have a lot of exciting things planned so stay tuned! I've been working on lots of Valentines day items for both my online shops and in store that I'm very excited to reveal soon. My challenge to myself in 2020 is to really think outside the box more on these seasonal illustrations and so far I have sketched out some disco Halloween cutouts, jointed animals from space, some new fun pin designs, an out of this world Valentines Day cutout set and some fun dancing Irish folk for March.
I'm excited to showcase my new work this Spring not just on seasonal items but many other non-seasonal items as well. This past December I hit 350+ sales in my Etsy shop, 175+ sales on my main website shop on this domain & 500+ sales in person sales on items at Markets & in local shops. My work has now reached nearly every continent as well. Somehow, I'll figure out a way to make a delivery to Antartica. In 2020, I've been reaching out to more stores both local and abroad and I'm very excited to see what new adventures come my way.
Thank you for following my work and I wish you all the happiest of New Years,
New for 2019, here is my night glow Halloween decorations & pin collection. The designs in this collection vary between a witch, cat, Frankenstein monster, jack-o-lantern, skull & a ghost. These are all available in a variety of ways from a vintage style cutout print set, a 6.5' long hanging banner or enamel finish pins! Supplies are limited.
Here is a sneak peek of my new Halloween 2019 line of pins, apparel, cutouts, stickers, posters & more! I've had such a great time designing these and can't wait to share them with you. Last year's collection was good, but this is more along what I wanted to create last year with better line weights, bolder colors and better materials.
My Halloween 2018 collection is still available while supplies last here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RyanDowellArt
This year for Pride I wanted to create a set of positive, fun & casual designs for people to wear or display. The collection this year includes shirts, pins, stickers & posters. Most designs I created for this year utilized the modern LGBTQ flag colors representing POC & Trans individuals. Two items also feature a digital rendering I made of the Stonewall Inn to celebrate fifty years of the modern LGBTQ rights movement that began in 1969. Overall my goal for this project was to have fun, simple & positive images. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating them!
My new Christmas card collection has gone live! Check out the selection at the link below and feel free to message me for some custom printing options if needed.
Hi everyone! I now have all my items up after the soft release with many more Halloween items. Here is a quick look at what I have created and there's even more than what is shown in my store. I'm also running a promotion from now until October 1st for 15% off any order of $15 or more. I am trying to convert all my art products to the Etsy storefront instead of my art website because it has a better interface and is easier for consumers to use. It also gives you several different payment options. I hope you enjoy the aesthetic of these items and have a great Halloween season :D Feel free to check out the links below or share this post if you would like to.
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It's astounding and incredibly noteworthy that an African-American Gay artist painted the official Presidential Portrait (the first to do so) of the first African-American President for the Smithsonian. I've seen divisiveness on the piece itself but this has easily become one of my favorite pieces I've seen in the last decade. From the connections to each of the plants (representing Hawaii, Chicago, etc) to the chair and stance playing homage to Lincoln's portrait but flipped horizontally, his figure is seated in an inquisitive and easily approachable position. It's such an amazing contrast especially seen next to the past few official portraits - a tieless casual George Bush, and a standing Bill Clinton (with a shadow reflection of Monica Lewinsky that people didn't find out until years later) which are more by the book standard realism portraits. I could go on and on but I'll attach an article that points out a lot of great references and information on this piece and of the former first lady's portrait. If you get a chance look at the rest of the work by Kehinde Wiley too. I remember seeing some of his pieces in the mid 2000's and was blown away at how he constructed portraits and patterns with historical references and twisting that to be a commentary on race in the present. It's amazing to see him chosen as the artist for the official portrait.
It's been a while here on the blog. Three years in fact! I've been busy working and doing a lot of commercial work for businesses but I have been creating various smaller work here and there when time permits. I've begun the process of creating various items to list on my store on this website and an Etsy page that will be linked once I get the ball rolling on that. Expect prints, pins, clothing and more.
It's been an incredible journey the last few years and I'm getting together images of some work I had yet to show off. Be sure to stay tuned because there are a lot of surprises coming that is for sure.
For the second post in my series for Photographic Narratives, Im exploring an article by David Rosenberg for Slate titled, A Photographer's Version of the Great American Novel. The article uses a neutral voice with the work and presents the work supported by facts and a bit of biographical tidbits.
The work, Taxonomy of a Landscape by Victoria Sambunaris has become one of favorites from the way she holds the camera and creates shots in order to convey her feeling and tone with imagery. The work is vivid and strong and help creates a visual language to showcase the different aspects of the American landscape. The article supplements that but you don't get a real sense of the feeling the writer has for the work other than what seems to sound like respect and a tad bit of admiration.
I post all the articles on this blog myself. I will post updates on artwork, new showcases of my work, magazines where I'm showcased and more. Be sure to check back often for new updates. Like my Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter to be kept up to date about new posts.
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