This weeks Top 5 comes from Ben Foot aka B7, who’s illustrations and weird characters have featured on posters, cd covers, in recipe books and Chopper t-shirts. Ben put together a small guide of resources for buying, selling and finding inspired. Lovely!
Threadless is an amazing T-shirt design website, where you can get incredible art tees, hoodies and a variety of other products with fresh and awesome work by amazing designers from all over the world. The best part of Threadless is that the designs are created and voted on by the community and these scores helps the staff decide which tees will be printed next. They gave me a huge start online by picking my work for tees and also I made some great friends through Threadless. As far as the internet goes it feels like home to me.
Society6 is another great site where you can explore and discover a whole world of incredible artists working in a million different styles and mediums and buy prints, iphone cases and other products featuring their work. You can also post and sell your own art in a store by uploading it there.
Tilteed is another t-shirt site which promotes and prints great art designed by the community which you can then buy on great quality tees and hoodies. They have also been cool enough to print my designs and given me great chances to get my work out there when they ran their Limited section.
Juxtapoz is an arts magazine featuring some of the best artists and designers working today as well as emerging new talent. I’ve been very inspired by this magazine over the years. I still like to read an analog copy because the internet is obviously one day going to absorb our very souls until we forget what the sky look like, and I’d like to postpone that as long as possible…although you can also get a digital copy via their website.
The Real World
Forget the internet for a week, or even just a day. Turn off all your screens and get out there to an art gallery to see works in the flesh. Go to a library, to the art on the streets and the walls of cities and towns or just out into a field and look at the stars. Because one day all that will be all nothing but silicon and black and white profile photos taken from flattering angles, and all art will be censored by a hideous, malformed, artificially intelligent mass of circuit boards with wire hair and chip-teeth, and we will be forced draw his image a thousand times over till there are no pencils left.
Don’t forget to tell everyone what you did on your Facebook status!
Have a look at Ben’s illustrations here