Jon currently resides in Cornwall, Truro in the UK. He has been on Etsy for about 6 months so we have a newbie here! New to etsy but certainly not to art. Jon was only little when he first starting drawing witches and illustrating their clothing.
Jon continued his art through school and had the wonderful opportunity to study at art college and university. Studying fashion, textiles and costume design.
"In 2008 I picked up my paintbrushes and I have never looked back"
Jon painted visionary works but has branched out into illustration. Jon’s genre is visionary, whimsical and fantasy in nature, very new age and completely inspiring. The one thing that really pops out is Jon’s use of colour, so vibrant and full of life.
"I am inspired by unusual things. I like bright happy colours and dark themes. I am greatly inspired by fantasy art of all types."
12th Dimension art & design is in my list of personal favorite Etsy stores as his work is really amazing and certainly gives you that ‘boost’ you need to start the day with some positive energy!
"I would like my fine art to make people feel happy and energised. I would like my illustrations to inspire others and fit into all types of publishing."
on is currently working on whimsical art and illustrating poetry, in a years time Jon hopes to be a successful full-time artist putting his stamp on the art world. Way to go Jon, I wish you much success, it’s about time the world looked at fantasy artists and illustrators more seriously.
What’s the advice that Jon has for other aspiring artists?
"My advice to other artists would be never give up. If you are struggling - take a break. Get out & see the world around you. never limit yourself and always dream. life is too short to put limits on the work your heart wants to produce and finally be yourself and enjoy living alongside your creations."
I would like to thank Jonathan for allowing us all to take a further look into the artist behind the art.
If you like his art and want more Jon can be found:
Back on track with another Illustr8ed Artist feature - Brittany Martin!
Brittany is the talent behind Etsy Store: InnovativeMom. She is from Flat Rock, Michigan (between Detroit and Monroe).
Brittany signed up on Etsy in 2009 but did not start her Etsy selling journey until late last year (2011).
Brittany has always been involved in some form of art, she expanded greatly in high school doing art competitions and was accepted into advanced art courses.
Brittany creates Illustrations for Children " I love drawing when the subject is fun and uplifting and makes you smile, and I feel my Little Green Guy does just that!"
I certainly agree with that, the cute little green guy is Brittany’s main character that can be seen all through her store ( I am a mother of 5 - 4 of which are boys and this is something they would just love!)
Like a lot of us, Brittany finds her ideas and inspiration from real life - that of her children, she translates each amusing event from her children to that of her characters, something that I personally love, it helps us all relate to the art in a personal way.
Brittany is currently working very hard to get more products and art completed:
"I currently am stocking some more Little Goth Guy plush dolls, the first two sold within 10 minutes of being listed, then onto a custom birthday Plush, and then onto a custom bathroom print order and more Mason Jar Monsters *whew I better get started*
With such a cute and loveable character - it’s not hard to see why Brittany’s art is so popular.
So in the next year - what’s in store for InnovativeMom? Expanding her product line, Brittany is always trying to put out new products so in a years time she hopes to have more to offer.
When asked if she had advice for other artists she replied with:
"Believe in yourself. You don’t need the approval of others. If you do something and find yourself truly happy then that is where you need to be!"
Sound advice I think - Many new artists are spending too much time trying to mimic other artists in the hopes for the same exposure - be who you are!
If you love monsters and want to laugh please do swing by InnovativeMom on Etsy. You can also find her at her website, blog etc: