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Fun Illustrations for Designing any Kids Room

We rounded up our favorite FineArtAmerica.com illustrations for decorating any kids room! When choosing a print there are a few things to consider. To start, find a theme and color scheme that you and your child can both love. This also may include their favorite animal, hobby, movie etc. Don’t forget decorating on a budget is always something to think about — no one wants to spend thousands of dollars on a room that will be changed within a couple of years. Find something that can be hung forever. Now, check out our favorite kids illustrations below:

Artist Kate Cosgrove

Kate Cosgrove was a 2011 Individual Artist Grant Recipient, ACGL. She has exhibited in galleries and online, with collectors across the United States, Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, France, Switzerland and Ukraine.

You've Been Pirated by Artist Kate Cosgrove

You’ve Been Pirated by Kate Cosgrove

Walk With me by Artist Kate Cosgrove

Walk With Me by Kate Cosgrove

 

 

Artist Christy Beckwith

Christy was always a kid in elementary school that finished her test early just so she could cover it in doodles. Christy pursued a BFA at Grand Valley and graduated with a portfolio bursting at the seams with whimsical paintings. She quickly got a contract with Recycled Paper Greetings and have worked with them ever since. She has also worked with many other wonderful companies such as NPR, My Favorite Things Rubber Stamps, Iguana Magazine and Winter Promise Publishing just to name a few. She currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her hope is that her art work will create marketable products, brighten peoples day and just plain make people smile.

Cute Penguin Art by artist Christy Beckwith

Cute Penguin Art by Christy Beckwith

Rain Boots by Christy Beckwith

Rain Boots by Christy Beckwith

 

Artist Taylan Soyturk

Taylan is a mixed media and graphic designer from Milano Italy.

Bird Study by Taylan Soyturk

Bird Study by Taylan Soyturk

Deer Study by Taylan Soyturk

Deer Study by Taylan Soyturk

 

Artist Eric Fan

Eric is a Toronto based artist with a passion for the whimsical and unexpected, a love of vintage art, clockwork contraptions, and pop culture collisions.

Big Chew by Eric Fan

Big Chew by Eric Fan

Meet The Beetles by Eric Fan

Meet The Beetles by Eric Fan

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Photographer Spotlight – Parker Cunningham

This month’s photography spotlight includes one of our youngest members, 15 year old photographer Parker Cunningham. Originally from Australia, Parker and his family moved in 2012 to Helena, Alabama where he found a passion for landscape and animal photography. His photography skills go way beyond his years! Parker is a great example for young photographers just starting out who have a passion for photography and want to build their career. Parker now uses Fine Art America as his website portfolio and fulfillment partner. He currently has 330 followers and 95,898 views. We interviewed Parker to learn more about his story:

1443204013-landscapeofautumn-2When did you start photography and why? I discovered photography for the first time in 2012. I had just moved from Australia to Alabama and didn’t know too many people or have much to do! One day I picked up my mom’s camera and began to play around with it. It was as simple as walking around the neighborhood taking snapshots, but I was immediately hooked.  From the sound of the shutter to the journey of getting the shot, I loved capturing unique and natural beauty. A year into photography I saved up for a camera of my own!

What was your first camera and what do you currently use? I began with an old Nikon D40. As I fell more in love with photography, I started shooting more and more with the it. After a year of using my mom’s D40, an unexpected change came about! I had just gotten back from a photographic expedition around the neighborhood. I placed my camera on a desk and prepared to download the images. As I turned around to look for the cord, I heard the camera fall to the ground. I quickly picked it up to find that the lens was broken! Fortunately, the incident was the perfect motivation for me to save up for a camera I could call my own! After doing various odd jobs to raise money, I bought the Nikon D5200, which I still use today. My mom still jokes around that I owe her a new camera!1443204013-landscapeofautumn-1-9

What is your favorite subject to shoot? Tough question! There are so many things I love to shoot. If I had to choose, I think it would come down to autumn lakes and waterfalls. I love capturing the movement of water. Reflections on a lake are so unique and fun to work with! I think autumn is a very special  time of year. The weather is just about perfect and the foliage is breathtakingly beautiful. I really enjoy using long exposure photography to give a smooth feel to a waterfall. It is a great way of portraying the power but also the tranquility of cascading water. I also love capturing any moment that will not last forever. I think that is what makes photography so unique. I can go out and capture a scene in a single frame and allow others to experience that moment with me. Whether it is a chance encounter with wildlife or a vibrant sunset, I want to share that scene with others!

How did you discover Fine Art America and what is your favorite tool? About a year into developing an interest in photography, I saw many other artists using Fine Art America. After asking a few about it, I received positive recommendations about the site, so I decided to join. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made! The high quality prints and fantastic customer service have given me an outlet for my work in ways I never had before. At my age, there is no way I would be able to handle all of the printing, monetary transactions, and shipping. With the help of Fine Art America, I can do all that and so much more. My favorite tool on Fine Art America would have to be the Artist Website. It is such a powerful tool that is so easy to work with. Also, I would say the discussion forum on Fine Art America has had a large impact in shaping me as a photographer. There are so many experienced artists ready to give advice or a helping hand. I have learned a lot about marketing and how to better my photography through the discussion forum.

Do you have a favorite photographer or where do you find your inspiration? When I am out exploring nature, I can’t help but be inspired. In a photograph, I want to capture what I am experiencing. If it is a warm sunset, I want to convey that warmth in the image I take. If it is an autumn landscape, I want to highlight the colors of the season. I love sharing my perspective, whether it is in small details of a flower or a mountain landscape.1443204013-landscapeofautumn-3

What is the biggest thing you have learned since selling your photography? Is age an issue? The biggest thing I have learned is to create for me. I find when I am creating for others, the images turn out flat, uninspired. When I am thinking of how others will like this or that idea, it takes the joy of a moment away, and it shows in the images. Whenever I photograph a scene, I remind myself to shoot for me, to enjoy the moment. Hopefully my perspective of a scene will resonate with someone else, but that should come naturally. Being 15, the biggest limitation for me is not being able to go to as many places as I would like! If I want to go explore somewhere new, I am always relying on other people to get me there. However, limitations can also force me to become more creative with a scene. Since I’m around the same places, I am constantly thinking of new ideas to portray the scene in a different light!

Starting young has also given me opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. I feel like I have a different perspective that I can show others. My age is a great way to connect to new people as well. At local festivals, I enjoy talking to others about my story. I think being young has helped me truly enjoy the whole process. When I am shooting, I am admiring the beauty and interacting with the scene. For me, a piece of art should create an emotion or memory. When others see my work, I want it to transport them to another place. It is all about enjoying our surroundings, and I hope that shows in my images!

Tropical Sunset

Tropical Sunset

Abuelita

Abuelita

Sunrise Abstract On Calm Waters

Sunrise Abstract On Calm Waters

In The Eyes

In The Eyes

To view Parker Cunningham’s portfolio, go to: http://parker-cunningham.artistwebsites.com/

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Modern Master – Aaron Blaise

Aaron with an Elephant

Aaron with an Elephant

Recently we had the opportunity to speak with Aaron Blaise a former Disney animator and Fine Art America member. Aaron Blaise has worked on many memorable Disney movies including, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King among others. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film, Brother Bear. We of course wanted to find out about his experience with Disney and his upcoming projects. Here is what Aaron had to say:

1. What originally got you into digital art/graphic design?

It was the public, really, that got me into digital work. My background is traditional drawing and painting and in animation it’s traditional hand drawn animation. It was when the hand drawn animation medium went away (Because the public wasn’t going to see it any more) that I was forced to start working digitally…because the films we were creating were digital. I started doing all of my character design and concept work in Photoshop. I really got hooked on the medium and let it spill into my personal work. That was 10 years ago. I haven’t looked back since.

2. How did you start working with Disney? Did they reach out to you first?

I went to the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida. I majored in Illustration. It was my dream to one day be an illustrator for National Geographic Magazine. I then found out in my second year at school that Nat. Geo. freelanced their work. I wanted a studio job. So I started looking at other options. Luck would have it that Disney and Hallmark were coming to Ringling to recruit. Lucky for me, Disney was first. I put together a portfolio and set up an interview hoping to possibly be a background painter. After my interview I was accepted into a 6 week internship where I was trained in animation concepts. I fell in love with the medium. After the 6 weeks were over they liked my work enough to hire me full time after I graduated from school a year later. That was 26 years ago and I’ve never looked back. I never was a background painter.

3. What was your favorite Disney movie that you worked on? And why?

I have several. Beauty and the Beast was a big one for me. I was one of the Beast animators and got to work with my mentor, Glen Keane who was the supervisor of the character. He was very generous with handing out work and he gave me a very juicy acting scene where Beast is getting bandaged by Belle in front of the fireplace. The work I was able to do on that sequence really paved the way for me going into the rest of my career. I became a supervisor after that.
Lion King was huge for me simply because of my love of wildlife and animating animals. I was the supervisor of Young Nala and had a lot of fun animating that little lion cub.
Finally, Brother Bear. This film was my biggest break ever. I was co-director of Brother Bear and it was the biggest challenge of my career up to that point. It took 6 years and I grew an incredible amount not just as an artist but also as a story teller. We were also nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film. It was a huge honor for me.

4. Overall what did you learn from working at Disney and how did that translate into your animation company and also your most recent work?

I was with Disney for over 21 years. I started as a 21 year old. I literally spent half my life there. My life as an artist was defined there through my interactions with so many incredible artists and the making of so many great projects over the years. I would say that close to everything that defines me now as an artist was developed there so to answer your question of what I learned at Disney…I’d have to say everything.
What I’m doing now is simply me carrying over all of my life’s experience in the animation and art industries. It’s the next logical step for me.

5. How did you discover Fine Art America?

I discovered Fine Art America simply through the internet. I was at a point in my career where I was ready to start creating and selling prints. I starting going to a local guy to have actual prints made that I would then sell on line…it was old thinking. I didn’t like his quality and I was stuck with prints I didn’t like. So I started researching other options. That’s when I found Fine Art America. The rest is history.

"Threatened" by Aaron Blaise

“Threatened” by Aaron Blaise

6. What are you currently working on?

I’ve currently got several projects I’m working on. The first being a film that I am developing called “Art Story”. It’s something I’ve been involved with for a couple of years now. It’s a story of a boy and his grandfather that have the ability to actually step through the frame and into the painted world. They get stuck there and must journey together through the world of art in order to find their way out. Over the course of the journey they travel through incredible worlds where they take on the looks of those worlds. They travel through Monet’s, Van Gogh’s, Picasso’s and Dali’s. It’s an incredible journey where the two of them get to know each other on a new level. They come to love each other. We are currently raising funds to further this project.

I’m also working with Warner Brothers Pictures on “Jungle Book: Origins” directed by Andy Serkis. The film will be live action with computer animated animals much in the same way that “The Life of Pi” was created. I’m designing the animals. It’s an incredible amount of fun for me.
I’m always doing my own work as well. My business partner, Nick Burch and myself have created the website: “the Art of Aaron Blaise” the url is: http://creatureartteacher.com/   On this site you can see my latest fine art and also download tutorials in art instruction.  Also check out my YouTube channel of the same name where I have a weekly show call “Aaron’s Art Tips” where I give short little lessons on various artistic advice.

7. Do you have any advise for digital artists starting out?

The advice I give to young artists starting out whether they’re digital or traditional is the same. Draw from life!! Do it every day or at least whenever you can. It will build you mental library! Also if you’re a digital artist then do some traditional work. If you’re a traditional artist then learn how to work digitally! We live in an incredible time artistically. All the mediums available to us each can help us grow. My traditional work grew when I started working digitally and I had a head start when I started working digitally because of my years of traditional work. Each informs the other.

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