All, Inspiration

Canadian Artists, why you so cool?

The power of the internet surges and tumbles, tweets, pins, and posts. Across the bandwidth waves, I float and discover artists who are new or have been around forever and I am a total noooob. Is Canada overtaking my interwebs and filling my posts with cool artists who I am now following, pinning, and pleasantly stalking?

HEY! Canada! Hey! You listening? I’ve only ever been to Toronto – and that place was full of badass bilingual ladies with cool hair and beautiful tattoos. I figured I got lucky and Toronto was a little Oasis of Awesome in a giant, snowy wilderness I knew nothing about. Other than you having the highest population of wolverines, which only goes to further your badassity because they are one of the coolest carnivores EVER. Also your maple syrup and food there was bonkers good. Now you are showing me your shmancy artists and I have to say: Dang. What is UP with CANADA?!?

So, here is my list so far – please feel free to add in the comments. I probably follow more artists that are Canadian but had no idea since I wasn’t there when they mentioned it in a post. Yes, yes, tons of amazing artists from all around the world, just giving some of the love back right now to those who have been dressing up my tumblr and twitter feeds these past few weeks!

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Renee Nault – Illustrator, comic artist – check our her work. Just BEAUTIMUS. Her comic Witchling will be at the Toronto Comic Festival, which sounds glorious because its so far from me and I’ve never been (On their homepage they feature Taiyō Matsumoto whose work I lurrrrrve….gahh… Reign it in Brain….stop diverging. You are talking about Renee right now.) You can also buy some of her arts at her shop or follow her on twitter!

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Genevieve F. T. – I’m telling you, Candadians be poppin’ up on mah tumblr, twitter, or featured in comic blogs. Blushing, stylized pinups as well as adorable character art with a great sensitivity to silhouette and color. Just delicious. Yes, also on twitter and facebook!

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Jeff Simpson – concept artist at Ubisoft with incredible textures, moody palettes, and makes fantastical structures on humans look possible and mystical. He worked on Snow White and the Huntsman, – just LOOKIT some o’ dis concept art. He’s also doing a live painting tutorial with…

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Keita Morimoto – isn’t this Canada thing bonkers?!? ITS STILL GOING! A fine artist from Japan, but moved to Toronto. On his website you will see some works that have been filling tumblr with quiet scenes that are rich with energy. People might be sitting still, or gazing off canvas, but the colors and composition he chooses make them vibrate, like they are anticipating something. Follow him on Twitter or Google+. And hes doing that live painting thing with Jeff Simpson. You in Canada? Go to it, then tell me about it so I can sulk behind my computer screen.

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Tim Skinner – gifted sculptor and a brilliant twitter conversationalist, I think due to the fact that he’s also writer. Dem peeps whoo eez gud wid der werds! Technically, I have been following him for a while, but we’re talking about Canadians and he was my first clue that the frozen North was up to something  beyond the wall. YOU KNOW NOTHING JOHN SNOW! I digress. He posts great process photos and beautiful finished works at his blog

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Karl Kerschl – overall badass accomplished artist who I have been stalking for a while. I discovered him through the art and story he makes for his comic The Abominable Charles Christopher, the most adorable snowman you will ever meet. Had to include him. Yes, facebook and twitter.

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Chris Hadfield – Slightly diverged, but still on point in my mind because he’s an artist of mind, music, and the stars. He’s the astronaut who sang Bowie in space. Let us take a moment and enjoy his music video again. <swooooon> He has his own youtube channel. SUBSCRIBE TO SPACE MAGIC!

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In my surprise of all this Canadian beauty, I did a websearch for “Canadian Comic Artists” and whobam! Lookit this post by the the Joe Shuster Awards. Time for me to dive in and take this from odd accident to figuring out: What is this magic in the frozen north?

Canada. They make wolverines, artists, and astronauts there.

I like that so much I did a quick sketch. Hmm – maybe I should do a little illo whenever I post. Meh, more work. I’ll do it sometimes.

Canada Is The Frozen North


Artist Anxiety

I think most of us are an artist in some way.  Was going to type this out but made a picture instead. and art + tip =  artip (hehehehehe)



All, Good World, Muertitas

How Share Art and not be Naughty

SYNOPSIS: It was brought to my attention by a kind supporter that a facebook page called TerrorArtists uploaded my art and didn’t credit me. I went to their site, and they have been doing this with countless artists!  Note – when you are sharing someone else’s art, make it easy for the artist to contact you. It’s important. Furthermore, do NOT put your brand/site/or logo on their art without their permission. This is illegal, and super, DUPER rude. BustyGirl comics breaks it down nicely. I had no way of contacting the admin other than leaving a comment on my own image. Then I asked my Supporters to “like” my comment to give it a better chance of being noticed by the page admin. Thank you to EVERYONE that liked, shared, and understood this as an important issue. Your actions are all greatly appreciated!

I gave the admins the weekend to parse through likes and comments, however I have heard nothing yet and they keep posting new art without crediting artists. This is my next move and open letter to TerrorArtists:

Dear TerrorArtists,

It is a joy to see the art found by people like you, and see it shared with the world. It shows an appreciation and enjoyment of expression that is much needed in the world. However, it is very important that you credit the artist. It is also rude and illegal to put your own brand/logo/identity on another’s work of art without their consent. This gets a little sticky when you make it difficult for artists to contact you.

I woud rather not report your page. I hope you credit all the artists on your page, and remove your watermark off their image soon. You have a great community there, with people who comment on the images you share and re-share them. You have the power to encourage artists to make more, and to share more freely. Right now you are hurting the thing you seem to enjoy: new art. It is sites like yours that make artists think they HAVE TO WATERMARK every single image they put on their OWN SITE, or that is shared by an approved source.

Please contact me soon so that I won’t be reporting your page at the end of this week. You can comment on this blog post, contact me through my facebook page, or email me at bringontheart (at)




I present the following guide!

The internt is ours. Let’s show each-other we can make it awesome.


And Now, for the how NOT TO SHARE ART
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• Encourage content makers to make more by giving credit

 • Celebrate those who share fairly by following and thanking

• If someone isn’t sharing correctly, please communicate kindly and educate them


(TANGENT DISCLAIMER: Animated gifs, like those attached, are a completely different discussion that I am still learning about because they deal with perceived common knowledge, layers of re-appropriation through sharing and discussion, etc. While this post focuses specifically on finished art, the 1st gif of awesome is Carl Sagan from COSMOS, second is Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie, third is Bob Ross in Painting With Bob Ross PBS)



The issue of my specific image is resolving!

I posted this blog post on the TerrorArtist page as they recently made it possible to post on their wall. They responded quickly and kindly. I will be not be reporting the page on this issue. Here is a screen-cap of our recent conversation:



Meet MJ Lindo


I am pleased to introduce you to a Bay artist named MJ Lindo. She contacted me and shared some of her art. I found it strong and personal, so I would like to share her work, as well as her answers to some of my questions. Feel free to check out the links, and connect!

When did you start this style of art?

I started this style about four or five years ago.

What are your go-to’s for inspiration?

I actually really love going to the library and looking through books of animals and insects. I usually get inspired through those.

If you could meet any one artist, living or dead, for afternoon tea, who would it be?

I would love to meet up with Frida Kahlo. She seemed like such a strong and inspiring person.

Do you foresee having a show in Los Angeles any time soon?

I would love to have a show in LA. I recently had a group show there but I would love to do more in that area.

What are some ways to follow your work?