As an art collector I both love and hate Inktober or Drawlloween or whatever it’s being called at the moment. Basically, the premise is that artists drawn/paint/create one item each day in October. Some people host challenges (the most famous is Mab’s Drawlloween Club) and others make up their own, but at some point everyone sells their pieces in some form. Theoretically these are supposed to be affordable pieces so that someone can support your art, it encourages both new and old collectors of an artist, and it also gives artists a nice income bump, essentially starting the holiday season a month early for them.
As a collector this should have me over the moon, but it doesn’t because Drawlloween/Inktober is almost always a mess from a collector’s standpoint. I mean, it even has multiple names; the disorganization is real (I swear, if someone start using Artober I’m done). I’ve changed my art collection in the last few years, I’ve moved away from prints and toward original art, and a lot of the time that means supporting up-and-coming artists who aren’t ‘big’ yet. In any given year I can anticipate buying from a minimum of half a dozen artists, but the average number of Inktober drawings I buy is one. Why? The twin pillars of competition and disorganization.
Competition is a real issue, lots of artists are participating in October art challenges, and almost all of them sell the work. People only have limited amounts of disposable income to spend on art, and so they are forced to pick and choose what to buy. The second issue is disorganization, art and meticulous organization of a business are not going to be on the same sides of the brain. However, thanks to the internet, a lot of artists represent themselves. That means that many artistic types need to step it up when it comes to running a business, even if they are just casually selling art online.
To be honest, the annual coaster show at La Luz de Jesus gallery caught on in a way I never thought it would. As a collector it seems like it just wouldn’t work: flimsy medium, relatively high price point, coaster stigma (“Look at my sweet art coaster collection” said no one), but I was wrong. The show draws a huge crowd, and it’s a great way to get small pieces from up-and-coming artists.
That being said, the big names are not around anymore because the show has been changing. In short: instead by being by invitation, it’s open submission. However, the big names always sell out opening night anyway (if not before) and all most of us can do it pout about it, so it’s not the end of the world. Here are a few of my favorites from the show. All of the pieces from the 5th Annual Coaster Show can be found online; I assume you email to purchase since there’s no direct checkout option at the moment, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be.
Warning! If you click through (direct links to art existed briefly, but have been removed), a lot of the coasters are extremely sexual/graphic, which I don’t really want to see (maybe you do, idk), so fair warning.
Jack O’Lantern Demon by Ally Burke sold out opening night or before, and I can easily see why. This wonderfully terrifying piece packs a tremendous amount into a 4″ circle, and I am especially enjoying the detailed ghost background. Burke is pretty much the art queen of Halloween though, so no surprise that this piece is awesome.
Junko Mizuno’s newest show, “Ravina the Witch?” at Gallery Nucleus, includes artwork used to make her book of the same name. It runs from August 5th to August 20th 2017 and features both paintings and graphite drawings, as well as a limited edition print and signed copies of the book. Below are some of my favorite pieces from the show and my thoughts on them.
Above is a cover study for “Ravina the Witch?” I almost bought the drawing of this piece before ultimately deciding on the one I got, but this piece is really fun. The original painting and graphite studies have all sold.
Camilla d’Errico has announced a huge and really exciting release for August 4th 2017 at 9 AM PST in collaboration with the Planet Bee Foundation. The Bee Release will feature prints, clothing, original artwork, and one of a kind printed plates. The plates are custom printed and are quite lovely, I’ve chosen some favorites that you can see below with a full gallery at the bottom of the page.
One of the most striking plates from this release features d’Errico’s painting “The Beekeeper” which will also be a signed, limited edition print for the event. The plate chosen for it is perfect, and I love the use of blues in the piece.
Another lovely plate is “Lemon Drop” which I’m seriously considering making a move for. The lemon flower with the bumbling bee atop it is too cute to resist, and the plate, again, is just perfect.