How awesome are these plushies from Ninon? Tania is a full time plush toy maker based in Germany (but she’s Italian). Les monstrìs is her ongoing collection of monster plush toys. She started sewing clothes for herself and friends and found that she was also drawing a lot of monsters, and so decided to join her two loves. What’s fantastic is that there are never two plushies that are alike!

Keep up with her on her blog and her awesomely colorful flickr stream.

Gemma Latimer

Loving the works of Gemma Latimer who is based in Nottingham. Central to her works is an assortment of strange creatures and characters; images of which were collected at flea markets and charity shops lovingly put together and revealed with the aid of a photocopier.

Read up on her blog for her latest news & works, and also take a peek into her online portfolio while waiting for her website to be ready.

{Thanks for the intro, Amy!}

Did you study art? Does it matter? :: Good to Know #5 ::

I didn’t study art per se. I had a professional degree in landscape architecture, with a small portion of it devoted to fine art and graphics. I’ve always wondered how things would have turned out if I had studied fine art, or illustration instead. Would it be any different? Would I have loved it as much as I do now, and would I be better because of it? Or would I hate it, and would it change my course in life completely?

This my internal dilemma. I know that quite a few out there feel the same way, and so I thought that it would be a good question to throw to everyone out there for our next and fifth issue of Good to Know:


Do you think that artists need to have degrees/qualifications from art school in order to be one? Did you study art? Does it matter?


I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter:
1. Just reply to this e-mail with your response; and also
2. Add in your name + link to your blog/portfolio/shop

And if you’d like to send in images to go along with your entry, that would be awesome! Here is a quick guideline:
1. The image should be in black and white, (dark grey is acceptable as well) – colors won’t show up well, so you can tweak your image to make it B&W.
2. Image must be at least 200 dpi for clarity, and be at least 1000 pixels wide.

Please send in your answers by Friday, 11th September to be a part of the issue!

All participants will get a free download of the PDF of the issue.
Participants can also purchase the zine for keeps at just USD4 that will cover international shipping & handling (retail price is USD7 + shipping).

I can’t wait to see what you have to say about this topic, and if you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email anytime.

p/s — If you haven’t checked out our current issue that deals with Goals & Successes, here’s the link that will get you there!

Have a great Friday!


++ The Good to Know project is a monthly read available as a printed zine + PDF download that’s full of advice + inspiration from artists/illustrators/designers on creativity, business and life.