Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Winterland Wrap-Up

A big thanks for those who came down to the CarriageWorks and visited our stall over the weekend. We met some really friendly peeps and had a great time. Did anyone check it out over the weekend, would love to know your thoughts? Here are some pics...

Our stall, we LOVED the blue and white wintery stands - super cute!

The amazing installation piece hanging from the ceiling in the CarriageWorks.

The ice-skating rink. This was very popular and looked like stacks of fun!

Us, prior to the sniffles setting in! :(

IMOK Badges, Mini Canvases and brand new Greeting Cards.

Stuart and Vinh from Quantum Compass having fun with our toys, Q-bert and Eddy, thanks for coming down guys!

Winterland is on for one more week this weekend, if you plan on going rug up!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Some Daily Motivation

Sandra created this for me about 4 years ago. It was a time when we both really needed some hope & motivation to keep following our dreams and trusting our intuition, even when many other people thought we were crazy. I have had this on my bedroom wall ever since. Every morning when I wake up I see it and it really has inspired and comforted me in many moments. Hope it can do the same for you!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"How do you guys paint together?"

This is a question we have been asked many times by a variety of people and something that definitely sparks a great deal of curiosity. So we thought why not share the moment when we decided to combine powers and actually work on the same piece at the same time.

Living in different states we had grown accustom to scanning in sketches to use in various Photoshop graphics or photographing our individual artworks and asking each other for the all important critique over email.

After developing our characters together over time, our style has become very similar and the perfect compliment to each other.

So finally when we were in Melbourne and had a spare weekend we grabbed a blank canvas and thought, why the hell haven't we done this sooner?

Flicking through my sketch book we picked out a picture, something which began as some line work and a character added later. This formed the basis of the canvas.

First step was to prime the canvas and then begin with a lead pencil drawing outline - we both draw in the characters, swirls and other elements...then the fun begins, colouring in!

We used watercolours, acrylic and inks for this work, I concentrated on the black line work at this point and Sandra worked her magic on the blue watercolour washes.

This definitely is the most exciting point in a work, we just grabbed the paint brushes and went with it. We didn't discuss it, just let it happen.

Working on this was one of those heightened moments, we could just feel that something special was happening, something that we wanted to try and do as often as we could. We named the piece "The Time is Now" because we really felt like it was!

Looking back at the process and people's fascination with how we do what we do, we realised it was the mutual respect we have for each others creative talents that allowed the process to happen so naturally. To this day it is one of our favourite works.

An amazing artist and now friend, Luke Jurevicius is the lucky owner of this work, ah Luke, perhaps the subject of an upcoming post me thinks!

So there you have it, the story of our first work together. Thanks for reading :)

The Time is Now - 2008

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Warming up for Winterland...

With only 9 days till we set up our stall at the CarriageWorks for the Winterland Festival, preparations are well underway. Being a new event it's always hard to know what to expect and how much stock to prepare but having the girls from Finders Keepers curating the markets is definitely an amazing start! Each event we have had with them always runs smoothly and is advertised well.

Aside from building this blog, finally, this week has been filled with painting. Inspired by the Winter theme here is one of our works...

It is quite a different style from usual, using all acrylics instead of watercolours and inks, it's been fun! Check out some other works below...

Another exciting development in IMOK land is our new greeting cards which will be launched at Winterland, they each come with their own envelope, keep for yourself or give to your family and friends.

We hope to see you there Thursday 22 till Saturday 24 July.

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