CYBER WEEKEND SALE AT DAVID MILLER ARTWORK ETSY:
From NOW until 10pm local AZ time on Monday night…
all 8×12 prints have FREE SHIPPING in the US…
AND FREE U.S. SHIPPING ON ALL MASKS. These babies are $13 each for me to ship!
If my Etsy stats (and sales) have taught me anything, it’s that people adore Futurama. Luckily for me, they adore it enough to buy primitive mask stylings I do of the characters. These guys were recent additions to my Etsy shop.
A lot of the business advice to indie creators is “know your audience,” and the Simpsons/ Futurama/ Matt Groening audience I know very well, since my house is littered with those products. I have figures, a wind-up tin Bender, a painting of Zoidberg in Australian Aboriginal art style, large tin wall advertisements, etc.
The SXSW of art photography, Photolucida, is having portfolio reviews in Portland April 2015, and I was lucky enough to make it through the lottery process they have for registration. The next hurdle is registration costs- roughly $1000 due Oct. 7, 2014, one week. Photolucida is a big enough deal that I am ready to sell my car to pay the registration, but since I do have an Etsy shop full of art, anyone who buys from me this week Sept 29-Oct. 5th will get something extra in their order, to be determined depending on what anyone orders!
I frequently make masks inspired by the Simpsons and Futurama. At their respective peaks they are my favorite shows and have probably shaped my brain more than anything else- more than Star Wars, Star Trek, the Muppets, the Beatles, any other slice of pop culture you could name. It’s a joy to do these masks even if they come out as very primitive renditions of the characters. Too bad one can’t make a whole art career doing Zoidbergs! These and other sculptural masks are available on my Etsy.
The Phoenix Art Museum is hosting several interesting exhibits this summer, but there are two that are truly inspirational.
“The Process and the Page” features photographer books and original prints from Richard Avedon, W. Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams and others. Among these well-known names were two women photographers who I had never heard of, Rosalind Solomon and Barbara Crane. The work of these women spoke so clearly to my art photography aesthetic tastes, and I have to attribute my ignorance to the usual over emphasis in photo history on the white male perspective.
Also showing is a collection of Japanese Noh Masks, “Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail”. I’m a fan of all Japanese Art, there’s equal parts elegance and goofiness wrapped in an exotic sushi roll. Since I also make sculptural masks of the same approximate size, I got a lot of ideas to incorporate in my own pieces; the forehead bits, ways to work with cheeks, strange expressions, demon men and the outer shape of the masks.
2013 was a revival of making ceramic masks for me, and in 2014 I’ve been able to get a better workflow of creating around 30-40 masks in a 2 month period and getting them glazed/ fired/ photographed in the 3rd month. This batch was a pretty even split between Nobodies (weirdos I make up in my head), Pop Culture characters, cultural guys that reference things like Noh Masks and mythology, and animal faces that give alternatives to hanging innocent dead creatures in your house. I had quite a few requests too, and I can’t make a batch of masks without Futurama or Simpsons guys showing up. Here’s 18 of the latest characters, most of which are available on my Etsy and Ebay.
I’ve added 10 new prints to my Etsy store, 7 of the 10 being from 2014 shoots (somewhat censored here but uncensored on the Etsy page). So far I haven’t been making editions of images, which keeps the cost down and makes the prints available to anyone who wants to buy them. Models are Lauren Ashley, Mosh, Ammalynn, Aurora O’Brien, and Victoria Lee.