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Interview: Artist Lola Dupré Discusses Change, Technology, and the Financial Pressures of Creative Work

May 19, 2020

Grace Ebert

“Keith,” 16.5 x 11.5 inches. All images © Lola Dupré, shared with permission

Artist Lola Dupré (previously) is devoted to the tangible, a dedication that anchors her practice of physically cutting and pasting paper and photographs into surreal collages.

I think people become so fixated on a rigid belief that they refuse to discuss other ideas. It makes them angry. I think one of the best things you can do, one of the most powerful things you can do, is change your mind about something. Let go of your belief in being correct and accept that everything can be done better, said better.

She recently discussed her earliest influences, how she’s coping in the current moment, and her fascination with algorithms and data in the latest interview for Colossal Members.

“Lunna” for Le Mile Magazine #21

 

 



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Skillshare Classes to Engage Your Creativity through Watercolor Flora, Striking Posters, and Houseplant Care

April 13, 2020

Grace Ebert

Considering many of you found our previous Skillshare picks useful, we thought we’d share another selection of courses from the popular online platform that we’re loving here at Colossal. This next round encompasses art, design, and even the basics of home gardening in simple, multi-lesson units. If you need some completely offline entertainment, check out these modern puzzles and DIY kits, too.

Designed for novices, this watercolor course by illustrator Rosalie Haizlett teaches the basics of rendering natural features. She’ll walk through taking reference photos, sketching, layering paint, and adding texture to create vibrant mushrooms and ferns.

 

Based in East Sussex, artist Seb Lester (previously) guides students through essential calligraphy techniques in his 15-lesson course. You’ll learn to write your name with elegant flourishes and even get a printable workbook for an extra dose of instruction.

 

Designers Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips offer a basic graphic design course that explains the principles of scale, framing, grids, and hierarchy. Previous students have designed a variety of spreads like the one above, and the instructors say the main takeaway is this: “Graphic design is all about relationships — the relationships between one design element and another, that element and the page, and that element and yourself.”

 

Learn to adorn hand-drawn letters with beautiful florals in Gemma O’Brien’s 12 lessons. The Australian artist utilizes drawing techniques with digital collage, creating a dramatic combination of the two.

 

Based on his own poster-a-day project, digital artist and photographer Temi Coker is offering a course focused on merging type and images into striking posters. He leads students through capturing the right images and Photoshop basics and even provides a guide for sharing work on social media.

 

While this pick has a slightly different focus, it’ll still get your hands just as dirty as learning to use watercolor or hand-lettering with ink. Botanist Chris Satch from The Sill teaches potting techniques, basic care, troubleshooting, and ways to ensure that your houseplants thrive.

 

Alanna Cartier knows that capturing high-quality and effective photographs of artwork can be difficult. In her 11-lesson course for all skill levels, the Toronto-based artist and illustrator teaches how to take effective images for social media and online shops without spending an entire day.

 

 



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Interview: A Conversation with Artist Nicolas V. Sanchez Explores His Relationship to Family, Memory, and Identity

April 6, 2020

Grace Ebert

“Toro Patina (Blanco)” (2019), colored ballpoint pen, 10 x 15 inches. All images © Nicolas V. Sanchez, shared with permission

Known for his unbelievably realistic drawings rendered in ballpoint pen, New York City-based artist Nicolas V. Sanchez discusses his technique and subject matter, which ranges from domestic scenes to farm animals. In the latest interview for Colossal Members, Sanchez draws connections between his family, memories of his childhood, and how those have shaped his identity.

Left: “El Colorado” (2020), colored ballpoint pen, 10 x 14 inches. Right: “El Giro de Oro” (2020), colored ballpoint pen, 10 x 14 inches

 

 



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Interview: Tiffanie Turner Discusses Her Evolving Understanding of Beauty and How the Climate Crisis Impacts Her Realistic Florals

March 23, 2020

Grace Ebert

Photo by Shaun Roberts, courtesy of Eleanor Harwood Gallery

San Francisco-based artist Tiffanie Turner is known for creating large-scale paper flowers that embody themes of beauty and aging. In the latest interview for Colossal Members, Turner spoke with our managing editor, Grace Ebert, about her relationship to botany, how she manages her time, and the role teaching plays in her work.

 

 



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Skillshare Classes to Keep You Busy—and Give You a Break from the News—While Social Distancing

March 17, 2020

Grace Ebert

As many of us are stuck at home the next few weeks due to the ongoing threat of coronavirus, Colossal aims to help fill the hours both productively—and unproductively—with some fun lists of activities: think art podcasts, animated shorts, online classes, our favorite art documentaries streaming now, and a few great new books. So log off Twitter, block the news for a few hours, and distract yourself from the ebb and flow of global anxiety. Today we start with Skillshare, an innovative online platform offering creative courses ranging from illustration and design to creative writing and marketing. Here are some of our favorite courses available now, many taught by artists and designers previously mentioned here on Colossal.

Take a drawing class with New York-based artist Shantell Martin (previously). She offers two courses designed for all levels using what she terms “low-maintenance” materials, like simple pens and drawing apps.

 

Learn to letter with Jessia Hische. The San Francisco-based illustrator, who has an impressive client list, has released three classes, including one designing book covers and two others focusing on text-based projects.

 

Detroit-born designer Aaron Draplin offers a course designed to “celebrate your grandma and all the weird sh*t your dad says by designing your family crest.” In other words, he teaches attendees the basics of logo design.

 

Sara Boccaccini Meadows combines watercolor and gouache in a class that teaches students to create a lush, botanical garden. The Brooklyn-based illustrator talks through sketching, mixing colors, layering paints, and adding detail.

 

For those hoping to build a brand, photographer and creative consultant Gareth Pon (previously) provides a staggering statistic: there are more than 300 million Instagram accounts. Pon’s course teaches best practices for getting noticed, from perfecting your profile to consistency to cross-posting.

 

A simple program based on daily practice, Brent Eviston’s The Art & Science of Drawing is created for beginners hoping to learn the fundamentals of shape, proportion, and shading.

 

Eviston offers a similar class focused on anatomical forms and bodies, although The Art & Science of Figure Drawing is geared toward those who already have a solid understanding of drawing basics.

 

Create a short clip with American director and stop-motion animator PES (previously), who shares insights behind developing concepts, determining narratives, getting the film, and editing a stop-motion project in his course.

 

 



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Membership Update: Colossal is Now Ad-Free for Members

March 3, 2020

Grace Ebert

“A Moment of Self Reflection” by Romain Laurent

In the four months since we launched our membership program, hundreds have joined Colossal’s global community of readers who are passionate about visual culture and independent publishing. Since November, we’ve offered our members insight into the creative lives of some of the most interesting voices in contemporary arts, like Susanna Bauer, Brooke DiDonato, and Rob Woodcox.

We’re on track to meet our goal of 1,000 members by the end of 2020, which is also our 10th year publishing. Because of this support, we’re able to offer a new perk: Colossal Members will no longer see banner ads—meaning the site will load faster and with less distraction, letting readers focus on what matters most.

Colossal Members also receive a special monthly newsletter and occasional discounts and early access to events, in addition to perks from our partners at 20×2000, Super Superficial, Create! Magazine, and the Booooooom Shop. Plus, memberships are available as gifts and at a discounted rate for students and educators. Join today to support Colossal and become part of this burgeoning arts community.