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Tiny Gallery | Week of March 12 | Natalie

The Art Swap club

Natalie | 2015

Two friends, Natalie & Molly, stumbled upon the Art Garage one night and asked about the art in the window. When I explained the ArtSwap Project, they were instantly on board. Since they seemed so pumped on the project, I suggested that we do something different… like, what if the photoshoot involved food? Natalie was the first to voice her opinion that cheeseburgers were pretty great. No arguments from me. The night of the shoot, we went and got $15 worth of In-N-Out and had a really fun and messy photoshoot.

Everyone has a personal relationship with food. It’s fuel, friend, enemy. Too much or too little, Bad and good, I wanted to make a few sketches about food relationships, something we’re married to, ‘til death do us part.

If her Xacto knife was a wand, Natalie would be Harry Potter.

Look closer and you’ll notice that these are not prints, but actual stencil cutouts. I was so amazed when I saw these delicate patterns intricately carved out of colored paper.

Can you imagine the amount of patience it would take to cut out all those small details? Love and care show in the finished pieces.

I’m so stoked that Natalie submitted her work to the ArtSwap. She really came through. I hope she liked my portrait as much I admire her work.

Check more of Natalie’s awesome work at Natlew.com

Next week: Molly’s Adventure with Cocoa

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Tiny Gallery | Week of February 9 | Denis

The Art Swap club

Denis | 2015

Working in the Art Garage, I get a lot of walk-ins. Some who are curious about the studio space. Some who are locals, just saying hi.  Some chasing in after their dogs, who find the corners of the studio most curious.

One sunny Monday, Denis walked up to the studio asking about head shots. I thought he was lost, and pointed him towards my neighbor, who has a photo studio set up in his garage. Denis works in marketing with international companies, but he young, he’s in LA, why not try something exciting, like modeling.

Headshots are not really my thing, but he was perfect for ArtSwap, since he had a good angular face I wanted to draw. We photographed him in business attire and sporty ones to show his versatility. I kept asking him for Blue Steel, but the Zoolander reference was lost on him, and with his thick Russian accent,  he would reply, “Vhaut?”

As the ArtSwap goes, Denis bought me a cup of Starbucks  and a delicious banana.

 

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Tiny Gallery | Week of February 2 | Ernest

The Art Swap club

Ernest | 2015

Ernest religiously walks twice a day. Once at 5am and the second around noon. Before we officially met, I would see him eyeing the studio from across the street. I could tell he was curious, but respectful of my privacy. One day, I waved him over, we started talking, and became instant friends. Ernest has a hair trigger laugh, that’s set off by almost anything. With these illustrations, I wanted to capture his lighthearted spirit and his infectious smile.

 

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Tiny Gallery | Week of January 26 | Al

The Art Swap club

Al | 2015

Al is a serial entrepreneur building a startup based out of San Jose. The Art Garage designed the new space and spent two exhausting days bringing the plans to fruition. On the return trip home, driving down a very foggy I-5, Al discloses his secret to success – ”Everyone is their own worst enemy and their own best friend. It’s the people who choose the latter that get further in life.”

 

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Tiny Gallery | Week of January 19 | Jenna

The Art Swap Club

Jenna | 2015

My sister, Jenna, dropped by the studio one day and sat for me. She’s generally happy and smiling, but there was one photo that made her look distant and pensive, which isn’t what I think of when I think of her, but it made for a moody piece.

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