Blog Hop, Yo!

I was asked by the lovely and talented Barbara Chotiner to participate in an artist blog hop, and in response I'm happy to show two artists that I find very inspiring: Tracy Mattocks and Eloise Narrigan!

First of all, I had the good fortune of meeting Barbara at this year's Surtex convention in New York City. She and I have been in the Make Art That Sells e-courses from the beginning, and it's always been a pleasure to see her work.

 © Barbara  Chotiner

 © Barbara  Chotiner

I absolutely LOVE her sense of color and loose line work. Plus, Barb handles both abstract and representational subject matter so well, all while staying comfortably under her "style umbrella". Her stuff is fresh, and I can't wait to hear about some upcoming projects she's been hinting about! Check out her website for more great work.

As part of the blog hop, I get to share two people that I find inspiring and really enjoy. First up is Eloise Narrigan, a friend and fellow RISD graduate. Like me, Eloise has an illustration background, but fell in love with pattern and surface design several years ago. She has done work for clients such as Hasbro and Colette & Blue, plus several pieces for home decor, apparel, and magazines.

© Eloise Narrigan

© Eloise Narrigan

© Eloise Narrigan

© Eloise Narrigan

Eloise's work can be digital, watercolor, or a combination of both traditional media and computer magic. No matter what she does, her whimsical characters are definitely the stars of the show (my favorite is that raccoon above who is flying around grabbing marshmallows! Agh, so cute!). Go visit her website to see more cute critters.

© Eloise Narrigan

© Eloise Narrigan

© Eloise Narrigan

© Eloise Narrigan

Next up is Tracy Mattocks, another MATS graduate. I met Tracy while working at C.R. Gibson. We started about a month apart and ended up leaving about the same time to prepare for Surtex this year (her booth was right across from mine if you were there). Tracy has worked with some great clients including Crayola, Highlights Magazine, and Scholatic (just to name a few off of her impressive list!). She is also a regular on the blog They Draw & Cook. In fact, she recently came in third place for their recent Kale contest held with Glad Company! 

© Tracy Mattocks

© Tracy Mattocks

© Tracy Mattocks

© Tracy Mattocks

Tracy is another example of an illustrator who fell into surface design and pattern. She has a great sense of line work that she combines with killer color combinations and graphic vectors. I  think her work is a wonderful example of how you can do vector art and still have it feel hand done with tons of character! Hop over to Tracy's website to see more illustration and pattern.

© Tracy Mattocks

© Tracy Mattocks

© Tracy Mattocks

© Tracy Mattocks

Thanks for reading! I hope you discovered some new art and artists today that get you inspired. Cheers!