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Sponsor // Create a Stunning Website or Portfolio with Squarespace


Squarespace makes it easy to create stunning websites, portfolios, blogs, and online stores without having to touch a line of code. Showcase your work beautifully with full-screen presentations and dynamic slideshows that look spectacular on every device. Set up a functioning website in minutes using Squarespace’s intuitive and easy-to-use tools.

Check out these websites powered by Squarespace of artists whose work was recently featured on Colossal: Haejin Lee, Vanessa Mckeown, and Richard Silver.

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Sponsor // Artist Katie Rodgers Illustrates Beautifully Abstract Styles for the World’s Largest Fashion Brands

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Born and raised along with a trio of brothers in a small country town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, illustrator Katie Rodgers frequently escaped into sketchbooks and canvases where she found joy painting colorful watercolor fashions and expressions of beauty through the female form. Her depictions of luxurious dresses and flowing hairstyles were a far cry from the reality of her rural surroundings, but it was this outsider’s perspective that ended up being her greatest asset.

Completely undeterred from the chance to experience the fashion runways of New York, London, Milan, or Paris first-hand, Rodgers instead turned to magazines and her dynamic imagination to create her own styles.

After she graduated with a degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon, Rodgers found her attention continually drawn back to fashion illustration despite the demands of her new design career. As an outlet for her illustration hobby she launched Paper Fashion in 2009, a website where she shared her mixed-media designs that incorporate everything from paper, paint, sequins, textiles, egg shells, watercolor, marker, pencil, and any material necessary to give her illustrations texture and depth.

The response from the fashion community was immediate and it wasn’t long before she was selling work and original prints, and soon the brands came knocking. Within two years of sharing her work online Rodgers was working for Cartier, Swarovski, Glamour Magazine, Elle, Lacoste, Coach, and a host of other fashion outlets looking for her fresh visual perspective on an industry where illustration techniques can often blend together.

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

For this post, Colossal partnered with Winsor & Newton to bring you a series of illustrations by Rodgers rendered with a new line of Pigment Markers. Based on pigments instead of dyes, the non-fade markers promise to remain vivid under normal gallery conditions for a century. “I love that the pigment markers feel and work like paint,” Rodgers shares. “It’s amazing how you can rework the markers over and over as you go, even after they’ve dried.”

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Katie’s work is being exhibited on 13th October at the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York and then in London and Paris as part of the Winsor and Newton launch campaign: Colour Your City, showcasing artwork from artists and illustrators all over the world, using the first ever Pigment Marker.

Perfect for illustrators, designers and fine artists, Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers deliver beautiful pigmented colors that are guaranteed to be lightfast for 100 years. For more information visit winsornewton.com or follow @pigmentmarker.

This post is sponsored by Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers.

Sponsor // quip Electric Toothbrush: Perfect Brushing Simplified

quip was born out of the idea that oral care should be more simple, honest, and accessible. By combining thoughtfully designed, travel ready oral care products with honest, expert tips and a subscription delivery service, quip makes those daily habits automated and enjoyable.

The quip line consists of Manual and Electric toothbrush handles, soft bristle brush heads and home and travel sized anti-cavity toothpaste. The brush handles are available in a variety of finishes including brushed Aluminum or colorful matte plastic and each comes with a suction based wall mount that doubles as a travel cover. The vibrating electric brush includes a 2 minute timer with guide pulses to help correct technique.

With fresh brush heads delivered automatically every 3 months, your teeth (and your dentist!) will be pleased you won’t be using worn-out, un-hygienic and ineffective bristles ever again! Order your quip toothbrush using code VIPQUIP and get your first Brush Head Refill FREE ($5 value).

Sponsor // Discover Your Creative Side at New York’s 92Y Art Center

Developing your creative side can take a lifetime. Luckily, there’s a place to expedite the process. The 92Y Art Center.

The Art Center is comprised of three world-class programs: Fine Art & Design, the Ceramics Center, and the Jewelry Center, which is the largest of its kind in the nation. It’s where artists of every age and skill level discover their inspiration, fuel their imaginations, and chart their personal paths as creators. Classes start soon and run throughout the fall. Register now to receive 20% off with code Col20.

Join us for “Free Fall into the Arts Open House,” an evening of free workshops, demos and open studios giving all in attendance an opportunity to meet with program directors, faculty and existing students. Come early, stay late—mix & mingle with fellow NYers in the Art Center. Thursday, September 17, 6—9pm. Learn more at 92Y.org/Fallarts.

Sponsor // Free Font Bundle Featuring 17 Typefaces from Web Designer News


Web Designer News features the breaking news stories of the day, sourced by designers for designers. Handpicked by industry experts from hundreds of blog, social media, and news posts; the site features tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration, videos, and more. Sign up to their newsletter for daily updates, or create an account and archive your favorite posts.

Web Designer News is currently offering a free set of 17 high quality typefaces to use in your design projects. This bundle includes a variety of useful fonts, from highly geometric designs to elegant cursive scripts, from modern minimalism to traditional text faces. To download all 17 fonts, visit webdesignernews.com.

Sponsor // The Paseo Brings Light and Sound Installations to the Streets of Historic Taos

Youth workshop projection piece on the Luna Chapel in Taos, August 2015. Instructor-artist Nettrice Gaskins, Boston MA.

On September 25 and 26, 2015, the historic district of Taos, New Mexico will be transformed with 30 works by over 70 artists.  The 100% free “un-hangable” art that The Paseo will present is experimental, ephemeral, and participatory.

Artists include CHiKA, a Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist, and video pioneers Steina and Woody Vasulka, now based in Santa Fe. Other installations revolve around literary and culinary arts. Some pieces reference the centuries-old Spanish and Native American history of the community and the natural wilderness area that encircles Taos. All are interactive. The event also features 11 STEAM workshops in Taos schools, part of the STEMarts Lab@The Paseo youth program, created by Taos artist, Agnes Chavez.

The Paseo
Friday-Saturday, September 25-26, 1 to 10pm
Sunday September 27, 7pm Pecha Kucha presentations by artists

Sponsored by New Mexico Tourism Department, New Mexico Arts, Town of Taos, Taos County, the Healy Foundation and many private supporters.

Sponsor // Get 50% Off the Craftsy Online-Video Class ‘Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday’

Sketch like a pro, even on the go! Gain the skills you need to become a better artist when you join Paul Heaston in the online Craftsy class, Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday, for 50% off today — a special offer for Colossal readers. In these online-video lessons, you’ll learn an inspiring range of ways to use pencil, ink and watercolor to capture the world around you.

In these online-video lessons, you’ll begin by discovering an array of texture-building ink techniques to express light and shadow. Then, infuse your work with color and character using Paul’s pro tips for painting smooth watercolor washes, and combine what you’ve learned to create eye-catching compositions. Whether you want to depict people, architecture or nature, you’ll gain the confidence and creative skills to fill up your sketchbook with pieces you’ll want to show off!

Visit Craftsy.com now to get 50% off lifetime access to the online class, Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday, and watch it anytime, anywhere. Offer expires August 24, 2015 at 11:59pm MT.

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