Sunday, March 21, 2010

March is Women's History Month

The above image is my Sketch Before Sleep entry (March 20, 2010) of Jackie Ormes, first female African American cartoonist.

Since March is Women's History Month, I want to know what female artists people are inspired by. On Twitter, my personal Facebook page, and the Curls Studio Facebook Fan Page I posted:

"March is Women's History Month - What female artists/comic artists are some of YOUR inspirations?" (Some female illustrators I enjoy are Elizabeth Watasin, Amanda Conner, Lauren Faust, and Raina Telgemeier.)

Some of the responses I have received included:

- "Jill Thompson and Amanda Conner."

- "Georgia O'Keeffe is the first artist I can remember "knowing": her history her art her life. But to this day when I need inspiration I turn to Cassatt's (japanese-esq) prints....."

- "Always loved Julie Doucet-very eye opening for a teen in the sticks."

- "Wendy Pini. Back in the 70's and early 80's her strips for Elfquest were awesome. She was the first female comic artist I knew of."

- "Kiki Smith, Annette Messager, Eva Hesse and the Louises Nevelson and Bourgeois!"

- "julie klausner, linda barry, cristy road just to name a few!"

Please comment below if you have any female artists you are influenced by and spread the word of Women's History Month.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Results: Curls Twitter Contest

We announced the winner of the first ever Curls Twitter Contest is @rosscott. When I asked him what type of sketch he'd like he replied:

"@curlsstudio Hey thanks for the Twitter Contest! How about a sketch for a fellow graphic designer? Nerdy as you can!"

Well, I did some thinking about it and decided to do a full-on comic strip instead of a sketch. The nerdiest thing I could think of was having Curls throw a Designer's Halloween Party. As you can see, she is a Photoshop Wizard bossing, oh, I mean "art directing" Pitter Patter the penguin as he adjusts the banner to her liking. Some of the guests came as CMYK and a "bleeding" man. Maybe that's Steve Jobs in the background? Yeah, think it would be pretty dorky to dress up in honor of design for Halloween, but designers are dorky anyway, so it's all good.

@rosscott wins the original inked art (which I photographed for you all above) and a print of the color version of the comic. I hope he enjoys his win! Thanks and congrats!