Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Something Original for the Season

Welcome to my blog for the beginning of holiday shopping season (in my mind at least!). Bravo to you, if you've been an early shopper, but let me show you my work for the season thus far. Melasdesign guarantees unique art gifts, because I stick to my guns with originality. In my admittedly idealistic mind, the purpose of art is to convey the notions of the artist himself, and not what is determined by marketing trends. Keep reading if you value an original artistic vision. 

Gifty, Gifty, Nifty, Nifty

As it's the holiday season, the sites I sell through as Melasdesign (Society6 and RedBubble) will be having sales too numerous to mention. Trust me on this one! :) I encourage you to click through, because *something* with this artwork on it *will* be on sale through most of the end of November through early January. This includes art prints, home decor, fashion, tech, and Notebooks / Stickers. A lot of times, every single product will be on sale, with free worldwide shipping at times! Please click the links. The sales are announced at the top of each product linked page, or by the product price, as a rule. Be sure to check out the savings.

Dream Series,

(Because You Should Know About the Dream Series)

Original #1: A piece about childhood. A piece about moms. A piece about dreams that are goals, and dreams that are a part of sleep. From a series of illustrations including very personal subjects that folks seem to relate to, so I'm adding it to the "would make a great gift" roster. This drawing is available on many items in my shops, some with text, some without. 

Look! IT'S ME!!!!!!!! :) As selfie-shy as I am, I have depicted myself in various works from the Dream Series. Here I am at a tender age, at the playground in the field where buttercups grew en masse. I always wanted to climb high and show how strong I was. Unfortunately in this case, getting down was a terrifying, much more difficult process!! Mom was not amused. Read here for other Dream Series posts.

Sneaky Art for the Holidays

This is as close as I am getting to Christmas-specific art this year. Look close, and you'll see it's the perfect art for folks who want seasonal colors, but unusual art. Mandalas are said to be a thing this season. I made this before the announcement came out! I was trendy without knowing it. The t-shirts are brand new posts. Attend that holiday party and stay in the "spirit," while doing something completely different. Tricky!

Shhhhhhhh.... this mandala is also available in other colors through the Pattern Collection

Calendars on RedBubble

Calendars are another popular gift item. Melasdesign on RedBubble offers four calendars with four completely different themes, all updated with the freshest artwork. The customer gets to specify the start date of the 12-month calendar, so it's flexible for folks who don't want the traditional year.

The first is a collection of pet portraiture, with my best cat illustrations. These are very special kitties from the US, all the way to Hong Kong, whose owners trusted me with their likeness. The calendar features kits of all shapes, colors and sizes, in varied settings - all adorable!

This calendar is drawn highly from my work of Octobers past. Although not limited to Halloween, the graphics are dark and magical in theme. From patterns, to abstract, to illustration, this calendar makes a great gift for fans of the Dark Arts.

So much of my work is abstract! I gathered my favorite abstracts into this very expressive calendar. Graphics vary from paintings to computer work. The pieces are full of movement and emotion. This is a great way to get "real" art into someone's life. 

Last, but not least, in the calendar feature is my collection of flower art. These range from patterns to illustrations - both hand drawn and photo-montages. This is as close as I come to having a green thumb! Give this to someone who does. :) 

Now back to general art, which happens to be posted new for holiday shopping.

To the Sun

I've been seeing a *lot* of work with triangular mountains making abstract art. I liked the geometry, but wasn't about to directly copy the style so many people are using. I traded distressed texture for gradients, blank sky for sun, and plain triangles for outlined shapes. So, yes, I took a theme and ran with it. It's a celebration of nature, of the outdoors, of sunlight (which is in short supply this time of year). With the exception of shower curtains and duffle bags (S6), all of the items shown are available in both shops. RedBubble offers both iPhone and Samsung Galaxy cases.

Retro - New 80's Fun.... 

Which brings me to more fun with geometric design: Because early MTV and New Wave was a shaping factor in my life and now folks are revisiting the genre, both visual and musical. 

The first design is taking jumbled geometric elements in pastel-to-neon jumbled style a la Memphis School, but adding a distinct op-art twist in the background, in black and white. Movement over fun movement! This design has gotten a lot of attention, so I hope you like it too.

Eighty Sixty

Color Forms

Taking the shape idea further, I was reminded of a game I had as a child called Color Forms. Once again, setting off the bright pastels, I chose a neutral background to fit many homes and outfits.

Just a Small Town Boy

Finally an ode to my favorite 80's art, inspired by album art from the band Bronski Beat. Simple, but  bold. The first two pics are from RB, the second two from S6. Get your retro on.

Salt Shaker Armageddon

What Was More 80's Than the Cold War?..... which supposedly ended for all time at the close of the decade? Yesssss, I went there. I call this political satire for your favorite foodie. This is a remake of a drawing I did in college, while daydreaming in the dining hall over a spilt salt shaker. The RedBubble versions are the simple drawing. S6 has merch with the black blocks of color on top of the white.

But this might be a comfort:

Back into pure modern day, these colors might soothe from that last concept..... Color Joy Village.

It's Chaos - Be Kind

This fiery typographic design inspired by wise words from journalist Michelle McNamara, the first wife (deceased) of comedian extraordinaire Patton Oswalt. As the story goes, per an Oswalt comedy special, this is what she would say when people wondered aloud if "[bad] things happen for a reason." This was her take as a true crime author who had reported on a few too many bad things happening to good people. She said to reign in the chaos, be kind. I'm including this in the holiday section, because kindness is of the utmost importance during the holiday season. In my mind, it's what makes the world go round.

Real is Beautiful

If you've made it this far, you've figured out I tackle issues in my own way. The following is for every girl who has taken a selfie and been insecure about her looks, or if she's acting cool, or even considered plastic surgery, because she feels what she has is not good enough. With holiday advertising going crazy with over-idealized images of air-brushed beauty and unrealistic materialism, it's a healthy reminder.....

Never Miss Out

That's it for now! I should have another post in early Decemeber with some great pattern and abstract releases. Subscribe to my blog to get updates on my artwork about once a month. It's the best way to not miss any "new releases" while also not having to be a slave to social media to catch my latest. The link is on the left. My style and topic varies greatly from work to work, so see it all here. I'd appreciate it!

Have a happy holiday season, whatever you celebrate.