The new Thumbtack Press!

Thumbtack Press

Remember when we held a giveaway with Thumback Press? We mentioned then that TP has changed hands and TP’s new owner, Barry, has just given their website a new lease of life with total revamp!

We’re thrilled with what Barry has done so far (my favorite new feature is the Virtual Room, where you get to see the artist’s work hung up on a virtual wall!) Art is now available in many sizes as well, and on many papers too. New artists and their artworks are being added as we speak, and their prints are available on stretched canvas and framed/matted (over 200 frames & mats); all viewable in real time!

A quick chat with Barry revealed that their mission is to help artists thrive and to help navigate the choppy waters of where art and commerce meet. And while the site is a great place for people to discover really great art, it’s also a safe haven for artists, where they will not be exploited or taken advantage of in any way but rather promoted with enthusiasm, ethics and business principles.

We’re thrilled to welcome him to the community, and I personally can’t wait to see more artists over at Thumbtack Press!

For Pikaland readers, Barry is offering a 15% discount on your purchase from now till 20th October — just enter the coupon code PKA15 during checkout!

Above: La Noche print by Hernan Paganini

Invisible Hairsuit

Edgar R. McHerly

Edgar R. McHerly

Edgar R. McHerly

Edgar R. McHerly

Edgar R. McHerly is the guy behind the comics at Invisible Hairsuits. Knowing my penchant for weird comics and for finding the funny in what ever I see, I immediately took a liking to what he does. Although some of his comics are quite disgusting (props if you’re into these kinds of things), but sometimes if you stick around and go clicky on everything, you’ll be able to find gems like this.

Nonetheless, I dig his humor and he is one cool guy who also makes t-shirts, wallets and prints, so do hop on over to his shop for more fun treats!

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall

I love Sophie Blackall’s work – especially the expressions on her subject’s faces and the way she could illustrate emotions with their eyes and lips. I was reminded of her work when I was critiquing a student’s work (for our Making Your Mark class) and just discovered that she just came out with her first book for adults! Titled Missed Connections the book is about love and I’m sure it will be amazing, given the few samples that she already has up on her blog (you can also buy prints from the book via her Etsy shop).

From her publisher, Workman Publishing:
Missed Connections is a collection of illustrated love stories. There’s “We Shared a Bear Suit.” “If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine.” “Hairy Bearded Swimmer.” Each is told in the shorthand of a “missed connection,” and then illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor.

I look forward seeing the expression of her characters in the book, and hearing about all those missed connections. I have a silly little obsession about these things. (Here’s another book that I love.)

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