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BoomBoom Prints Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Emily Mercedes

photo-thumbThis week’s featured artist is Emily Mercedes, an amazing illustrator currently living in Austin, Texas. Read below to learn about her passion for art that led to the website theBERRY, her favorite story about her childhood, and more!

 

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Emily: Whimsical, effervescent, colorful, nostalgic, and detailed

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Emily: My son, Ryland, is a huge reason I created a nursery line of art. I made most of the paintings in his room while I was pregnant with him.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Emily: I went to Indiana University and studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Studio Art. I practically lived at the art building. LOVED it there!

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Emily: Art has always been a huge passion of mine. It started in high school and heightened in college. I moved to Chicago after University and painted during the winters to cure cabin fever. During my stint in the Windy City, I started a website called theBERRY, the sister site to theCHIVE. Over the years I would feature artists on the site and each of their images motivated me to keep creating my own.

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Emily: A lot of the pieces I created early on were for school projects. Now that I have the flexibility to paint what I want, I am constantly trying new techniques. I am always evolving, practicing and getting better.

BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Emily: Prague, Czech Republic. It’s magical there.

BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Emily: My husband got me the coolest antique drafting table. It’s where I complete a lot of my work.

BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?

Emily: We have a son named Ryland. He turns two in February.

 

BBP: How is his room decorated? 

Emily: Above his crib there are four of my original acrylic paintings of animals with two patterned paintings in between. There is simple white wainscoting around the bottom half of the room and gray paint fills in the rest.

BBP: What is he into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?

Emily: He loves being outside! He stays entertained by collecting rocks and sticks. He’s such a little dude.

BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Emily: I taught my mom how to paint when she was in her 50s. She had no idea that she had a random talent locked up for so long. She’s an amazing artist!"In the Woods" Tote bag by Emily Mercedes on BoomBoom Prints

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?

Emily: I loved putting on ridiculously long plays with my neighbor. We had wardrobe changes and everything.

BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Emily: My older brother, Leo, got his wisdom teeth out years ago and my dad got out the old VHS camcorder. Leo said some funny things but my sister and I weren’t too far behind on that goofball train. We were doting on him and helping him out in our cute geeky way. It’s just the funniest video ever!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up? 

Emily: Pink wallpaper everywhere! When I got to High School, I made one entire wall a picture collage. It was like a giant scrapbook. I saved everything.

BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Emily: My husband, Brian!

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Emily: Take a photography class.

BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

Emily: Milk chocolate (with hazelnuts!)

BBP: Sunglasses or hats?

Emily: I live in Texas, so both.

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Emily: Sweet.

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BoomBoom Prints Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Sam Nagel

SamanthaNagel_picThis week’s featured artist is Sam Nagel, an illustrator from South Florida. She enjoys creating lush, beautiful watercolor paintings of marine life and various animals. Read below to learn more about her favorite childhood story, the coolest place she’s ever visited, and more.

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Sam: Colorful, splashy, quick, lively, fun!

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Sam: I can’t pick only one, so here are my top three favorite artists right now… Audrey Kawasaki, Jenny Saville, and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. They’re all female artists who are successful in their own styles and subject matter.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Sam: I studied Illustration at Ringling College of Art & Design, graduated in ’09 with my BFA. But I didn’t start painting in watercolor until after I graduated, so I consider myself self-taught in that aspect. Really, every artist is self-taught. School is just a special environment where you are encouraged to practice, practice, practice! It was like a four-year boot camp with little sleep, hours of critiques, always surrounded by a ton of talent, and a pile of assignments to build your artistic muscles.

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Sam: I was always drawing as a kid. There was one particular art assignment I had in first grade where we made a crayon drawing of an animal in space. I drew the planets and stars, and I thought the coolest thing ever was a frog in a space helmet. My teacher then painted a wash of black watercolor over top of the crayon to show us how wax repelled water. She hung all of the paintings on the wall and everyone especially loved mine… it might sound silly, but that was the first time I realized I had a knack for art.

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Sam: Immensely. In high school I drew a lot of super detailed, anal-retentive graphite drawings. I didn’t like paints back then, so I tried chalky pastels to begin learning how to use color. It turned out to be the best thing because I honed my drawing skills before I ever attempted to paint. While in college I mostly painted with oils in a completely different style than how I paint now. For a while after I graduated I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so my style was all over the place. But one thing always remained the same… I love using color, and I mean, every single color. I saw how watercolors could produce pure vivid colors and decided to try it. I purchased a set of Dr. Martin liquid watercolors, and tested them out with a couple of simple sea creature paintings, then a mermaid and here I am!

 

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BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Sam: I just took a trip to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. I am from South Florida, so the mountains of Vermont is a complete change for me, it was absolutely beautiful! I might become a mountain girl someday!

BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Sam: I have my own studio inside my home. I create everything there.

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BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?

Sam: No children yet, maybe someday

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Sam: No, pets are not allowed where I live, but when I move I’m getting a cat!

BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Sam: My mom is an artist. Today she works primarily as a stained glass artist, but when I was younger she mostly did graphic art. Back then that included a lot of hand drawn ink, and marker illustrations, so I grew up ogling at her marker set … all those amazing colors!

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid? 

Sam: Drawing and swimming. I was on a swim team for many years.

BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Sam: The time I watched my dad walk into a huge spider web. He stumbled back and I saw a ginormous banana spider hanging from a piece of web attached to his mustache. He screamed and rolled on the ground like he was on fire! I was also on the ground laughing hysterically!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up? 

Sam: I shared a room with my little brother until I was in third grade. We had bunk beds and my bed sheets were Care Bear themed when I was really little. My mom sponge painted a colorful pattern all over the wall. She kept it fairly gender neutral because we were a boy and girl. Then I got my own room and chose a sunflower theme with blues and yellows… it was really springy and girly.

BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?

Sam: Landscape design… I love gardening. I want to create a secret garden of my own.

BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?

Sam: Pool. It reminds me of my swim team days.

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Sam: Skiing! I’m a Florida girl, so any snow sport is foreign to me… I’ve barely ever seen snow!

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Sam: Savory

BBP: Dogs or cats?

Sam: Cats! Cats are the coolest! :3

 

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Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Joanna Pasek

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This week’s featured artist is Joanna Pasek, an illustrator from Poland that loves to create visual fairy tales. Read below to learn about the coolest place she’s ever visited, favorite story from her childhood, and more!

 

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Joanna: Fairytales in ink and watercolor.

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Joanna: Oh, so many wonderful illustrators… J.M.Szancer, E. H. Shepard, John Patience, Maria Orlowska-Gabrys,  Tove Jansson and more.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Joanna: More self-taught then not. I took two years of university course in architectural drawing.

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Joanna: My childhood was all about crayons and books, then I was doing other things for a time – studying, working for a publishing house, taking care of my sons… and then my boys grew up and I discovered I had some free time again. So I returned to crayons and paints. This second beginning happened when I was nearly 40, but there was no particular event to trigger it.

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Joanna: I get more and more interested in textures, and I use less contours now. Less bold lines.

BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Joanna: I live in a cool place! We have moved to Jura Upland with my family. Imagine miniature mountains built of white rock. Rocks, caves and ruined castles everywhere. It’s a favourite place of fantasy convents and historical reconstruction events, so when you go for a walk you can meet Gandalf. Or a knight. Knights are common here.

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BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Joanna: Home.

BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?                

Joanna: Christopher, aged 26 and Jacob, aged 24.

BBP: If you asked them to describe your art, what would they say about it?

Joanna: They would say it’s great I have something to do! We all have our passions. It’s nice to live in the country, but winters are long here. And not many entertainments available when tourist season is over.

BBP: How are their rooms decorated?

Joanna: My elder son is a minimalist and keeps walls empty, in Jacob’s room there are  some photoghraphs he has taken.

BBP: What are they into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?

Joanna: Chris: math and music, Jacob: motorcycles.

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Joanna: Two dogs and an old mare. 25 years old by now. She’s been our family horse for 15 years. As long as we’ve been living here in Jura.

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BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Joanna: No, but my Grannie was painting landscapes after she had retired.

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?

Joanna: Inventing stories and then making big and detailed drawings.  It was a cross between a map and a storyboard.

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BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Joanna: Well, my mom swears I was reading telephone book one day on the beach. I had borrowed it from the camping owner and it took me two hours to get from “A” to “D”.  Then I had to return the book. I can’t remember, but it’s very likely. I remember it was dull holiday and no library around.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Joanna: Messy! Books and papers.

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BBP: Who is your favorite famous person (current or historical) and why?

Joanna: A the moment Thomas Cromwell, because of “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel.

BBP: Favorite song?

Joanna: “The Answer”, lyrics by Herbert, music by Gintrowski. It’s more then one song, it’s a longplay.

BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Joanna: My husband. He always knows what to do.

BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?

Joanna: Gardener. I like to be outside and I rather like to work alone, so I guess this would be ideal.

BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?

Joanna: Lake.

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Joanna: Diving.

BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

Joanna: Dark.

BBP: Sunglasses or hats?

Joanna: I seldom need any. Sun is precious here.

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Joanna: Sweet.

BBP: Dogs or cats?

Joanna: Dogs.

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BoomBoom Prints Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Tina Schulte

TinaSchulteThis week’s featured artist is Tina Schulte, a German artist who creates beautiful nursery pieces. Each work she fashions brings a splash of color and liveliness into the room it is in. Read below to learn about her history as an artist, her daughter Lotta, and more!

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Tina: intuitive, playful, modern, characterized by Scandinavian influence.

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Tina: I’m a great fan of Ingela P. Arrhenius.  I like the way she combines timeless shapes and vibrant colors, continuously probing designs of the 50ies and 60ies.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Tina: I majored in Visual Communications at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, focussing on illustrations of children’s books. First, I mainly worked with acrylic- and water colors. Later, I taught myself digital illustrating, an incredible enrichment for me.

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Tina: I began painting and drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil. However, there was no early recognition of a special talent. It happened later, in school. We had good instruction in Art and we were given a lot of freedom to experiment. The opportunity gave me an incentive and stimulated my enthusiasm.

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Tina: My style is a work in progress, quite intuitively. It is essential for me to preserve my personal style, something rather unique. When I compare my present work one to when I began, my style has developed into something clearer, more poster-like and more minimalist.

BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Tina: The Cuban Valle de Vinales – a private dream landscape.

BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Tina: I mostly work at my desk at home, with a view of my garden. I do sometimes work in a group studio, together with 20 other creative people. I especially enjoy the networking there.

BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?

Tina: My daughter Lotta is 4 years old.

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BBP: If you asked her to describe your art, what would they say about it?

Tina: “Mama likes to paint animals best” she’d probably say when asked about my artwork (and she would be right).

BBP: How is her room decorated?

Tina: We furnished her room quite simply, with white wooden furniture. There are colorfully vivid chairs, pillows for accents, also a green wall on which I painted clouds.

BBP: What are they into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?

Tina: Lotta loves her trampoline in the garden, she and her friends jump on it for hours.

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Tina: Not at this time.

BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Tina: Both my parents were interested in art, they often took me and my brother to art exhibits. My father also was a collector of art, mainly prints of contemporary artists.

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?

Tina: Horseback riding, competitive cherry pit spitting, setting up a tent in my garden.

BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Tina: Once, my great uncle built a “real” volcano in our sandbox, with newspapers, and there was fire and smoke. It made a big impression on us children.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Tina: My room was decorated with animal posters (mostly of horses), and it was full of cuddly animals and playthings of all sorts.

BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?

Tina: I prefer to swim in a lake…with a view of the mountains!

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Tina: I would like to try indoor skydiving.

BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

Tina: Dark chocolate!

BBP: Sunglasses or hats?

Tina: Sunglasses, I have a pretty collection :-)

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Tina: Sweet!

 

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Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Fercute

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This week’s featured artist is Fercute, a Minnesota native, who creates beautiful prints that inspire all little ones. Read below to learn about her favorite artists, her daughter’s artistic inspirations, and more!

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Fercute: Colorful, whimsical, woodsy.

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Fercute: Two artists that inspire me are Carson Ellis and Mary Engelbreit. Both produce the most amazing illustrations in very different ways. I honestly bought Wildwood for the beautiful Illustrations, but ended up loving the story. Mary’s work has always been around since I was a kid, so I feel like it has always influenced me. Now I always buy children’s book with her illustrations for my daughter, she is always so amazed by the illustrations.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Fercute: I took art classes at a local art center since I was 6 and then I continued to an art college.

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Fercute: I guess I’ve always been designing or creating.

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Fercute: I think my style is constantly changing to and evolving, I’m always trying to improve my work.

BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Fercute: The place I enjoyed visiting most was Florida.

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Fercute: Typically anywhere in my home whether it’s in my office, the kitchen table, or on the couch watching TV.

BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?

Fercute: Yes, Trysten soon to be 9.

BBP: If you asked them to describe your art, what would they say about it?

Fercute: That it’s soooooooooo cute.

BBP: How are their rooms decorated? 

Fercute: Pink and chalkboard walls, so she can draw everywhere! But she says drawing is my thing.

BBP: What are they into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?

Fercute: Dance and soccer.

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Fercute: Yes, Alex the Golden Retriever and Pumpkin the cat.

BBP:: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid? 

Fercute: Any sort of drawing, painting, and ceramics. Also lots of time was spent exploring and building forts in the woods behind my house.

BBP: Favorite song?

Fercute: “Let it Be” The Beatles. But lately I can’t get enough of “Are You With Me” Dash Berlin Remix

BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Fercute: My husband, daughter and our pets.

BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?

Fercute: Well I’m actually a Graphic Designer, I consider my art to be more of a hobby that I wish was my full time job.

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Fercute: Ocean, but since I’m in Minnesota, I have to settle for the lake.

BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

Fercute: Neither, I prefer gummies or taffy.

BBP: Sunglasses or hats?

Fercute: Sunglasses

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Fercute: Savory

BBP: Dogs or cats?

Fercute: Both please!

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