We’re kicking off a new series on Pikaland, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for the longest time.

I’m very lucky to have known many bloggers who have helped Pikaland grow, and the more I think about it, it’s because of the common bond and interest that we share that makes our ties special. With the help of my blogger friends, we’re going to let you in on what makes each their blog tick — so that everyone can understand a little more about spreading the news out on their work, and also finding the right niche from where you can build a common ground.

They’re all very, very nice people and for our first guest, I’d like you to welcome Ez of Creature Comforts!

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Name: Ez
Blog: Creature Comforts
Contact: creaturecomfortsblog{AT}gmail.com

Who are some of your favourite artists, and is there a particular reason why are they your favorites?
A few of my favorite artists are:
Audrey Kawasaki
Julie Morstad (her site isn’t working for some reason)
Caitlin Shearer
Eveline Tarunadjaja
Julianna Swaney

I find that I’m attracted to art that has a sad or unsettling undercurrent to it. Something that seems sweet and serene at first glance but that you soon realize has a sightly off-kilter or foreboding quality to it will be right up my alley. I really like to see this executed subtly though. I feel like all of the artists listed above have that as a common theme. I find myself drawn back to their work again and again.

How would you describe CC’s blog style?
Creature Comforts is really a place for me to collect my inspirations and store them all in one place. In a lot of ways that makes it very much like my stream of consciousness… with my taste changing and evolving over time. It’s difficult for me to describe Creature Comforts as fitting a particular “style.” But I hope that it is constantly evolving and changing in good ways.

What catches your eye, and what would make you decide to blog about an artist’s work? Is there a certain style you’re looking for?
I love color… especially when it has been thoughtfully used. I also love works in graphite and other sketchy goodness.

And are there specific genres that you think might not be a good fit with your blog?
I don’t feature a lot of work that is specific to babies and kids because it doesn’t fit with what the majority of my readers like. I also don’t tend to be drawn to sci-fi related pieces. It’s just not my thing.

We know that some bloggers prefer to get submission emails in a certain way — are there any preference to how they should send in submissions to your blog?
Personality is huge. As someone who receives many product submissions a day, it is always really wonderful when I receive an email from an artist or designer who is genuine and truly passionate about what they do. Don’t forget to include a live link (a lot of people forget this) and a smallish sample image of your work is always a great way to pique my interest.

Are there any other tips you’d like to pass on to Pikaland’s readers about selling/marketing their work?
As a blogger I have to say that blogs are a great way to market and present yourself to a global market. Spend some time connecting with blogs that seem to mesh well with your artistic style. Leave genuine comments (not spam) on their posts, link to your work when appropriate, and above all else… always do what you love.

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{Thank you so very much Ez!}

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27 comments

  1. ahh, i love ez, and i LOVE your new feature, amy! congrats!

  2. Ez says:

    Oh yay!
    Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful new series Amy! I can’t wait to see what other bloggers you will be featuring in the future!
    Thanks again!
    xox
    Ez

  3. I love this- pretty awesome pick!

  4. shay says:

    Great interview, love CC blog. I am new to Pikaland.How fun.

  5. How wonderful! I love both blogs, and look forward to discovering more, thanks to your new feature.
    Thanks so much.

  6. Alex. says:

    How have I not been here before? A blog about the illustrated life? Perfect!

    This series looks like it’s going to be great. I’ll most definately be back :)

  7. karuski says:

    Interesting read, thanks for sharing!

    I just came across your blog but have a feeling I want to return soon :)

    -minna

  8. rebecca says:

    Fantastic new feature Amy! I can see that I’m really going to get into these – what a good choice for the first one too. I am a keen subscriber to Creature Comforts and it’s so nice to hear a bit about Ez’s background and what fuels her blog. Lovely ;D

  9. Sarah says:

    Great interview! And a fantastic new feature – am looking forward to more :)

  10. What a wonderful new feature and the loveliest person in the world to start with! Thank you so much, this is great!
    xo
    Melissa

  11. Michelle says:

    I think this is a great idea! Nice interview, looking forward to more in the future. Cheers!

  12. ellie says:

    interesting interview, and such a great idea for a new feature. can’t wait to see more!

  13. Jacqueline says:

    Amy, i LOVE your new feature! Congrats! Great feature and i enjoyed the interview and Ez’s blog! Have a merry lovely day!

  14. Amy says:

    Ooooh YAY! I’m so glad you all like it — Ez is a doll!

  15. rachael says:

    i love creature comforts!..and some of the artists ez has listed, i’ve never heard of before, i think she has great taste…wonderful feature, i’m looking forward to more!

  16. Vita says:

    What a great idea and such a wonderful start! I never saw Creature Comforts, but will be definitly visiting again!

  17. nancy says:

    congratulations amy! great new feature and awesome person to start with.

  18. sara c says:

    Nice! I can’t get enough inspiration so this is a wonderful addition. I really appreciate having my favorite style illustrators and artists in one convenient spot! Thank you.

  19. Wonderful interview – very nice!

  20. stephanie says:

    great tips and fantastic site. Thanks!

  21. this is a fantastic idea! really helpful and interesting info. thanks amy and ez :)

  22. QUiD says:

    Ez has such a lovely blog! I’m always inspired…

  23. Thanks for the invite!!!! Great ideas and tips. Thanks again Amy :)

    Kimberly

  24. Marichelle says:

    Great idea Amy!! And just the perfect blogger to kick it off with.

  25. Jenipher says:

    This was a great interview! Thanks for having it on here! :)

  26. susy says:

    Wow. It’s so great to see an interview with this hard working, creative lady. I love the idea of turning the tables and interviewing the bloggers— they are kind enough to interview us designers, and it is great to read more about their work and ideas!

  27. Foley says:

    Great interview! I love Creature Comfort, it’s the fisrt blog i read in the morning every day :)

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