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She danced, whirled, turned round, on an old Purrsian carpet, carelessly spread on the pavement; and every time her radiant face passed before you as she turned, her large cat eyes flashed lightning.

Classicat #27: La Esmewralda, from the Hunchcat of Notre Dame by Victor Mewgo

Who is Esmewralda, the compassionate and independent Romeowni dancer? That depends on who you ask.

Pawsimodo worships her as angel; Clawed Frollo condems her as a demon or a witch; Furbus uses her like a thing (he was a decent dude in the Disney movie tho.) Pawsimodo sees her as superhuman; Clawed Frollo sees her as subhuman; Furbus hardly considers her human. She is seen as an object of worship, an object of lust and scorn, and just an object– but rarely as a human being.

And well, she is a cat. But that’s beside the point.

Debuting #TFWGucci (That Feel When Gucci). The House’s new collaborative art project in the digital space is a lineup of memes featuring the new Le Marché des Merveilles collection of watches. Kicking off the collection of original memes is LA-based artist Amanda Charchian’s collaboration together with textsfromyourexistentialist.

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SKETCHY BEHAVIORS | MEL KADEL (LA)

Los Angeles based artist Mel Kadel’s intricately detailed, carefully plotted, and insightfully drawn and watercolored works often feature her iconic female protagonist exploring, struggling, suffocating, and entangling as well as confronting, battling, and overcoming abstract obstacles and unlikely circumstances. From walls to furniture to customizing some sweet Vans Customs, Mel’s works has been featured in galleries all around the world.  Like her art, Mel is not only one thing–from running her own online shop, silk screening and hand coloring her own prints, to actively utilizing her art as a platform for her activism. In this latest Sketchy Behaviors, we find out more about Mel– from her first art show to what inspires her as well as what project she’s been the most proud of this year!  

We love Mel, so will you–Make the leap. 

Photographs courtesy of the artist | Additional photographs by Aaron Farley

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The work of LA-based artist Amanda Charchian is characterized by her uniquely female-focused approach to the Surrealist tradition. With mysterious, witchy characters—think a crystal-incrusted spider sculpture that trembles in the wind, or a circle of ginger women linked together by their braided hair—they’re impossible to forget. It’s no wonder that her career spans both the fine art and commercial fashion world, and has included both gallery shows and editorial commissions for Vogue Italia. Her collaborative memes for #TFWGucci with the hilarious textsfromyourexistentialist create a feminine duo: sensual, funny, and unapologetic, with an underlying darkness from the eponymous philosophy. - Text by Tatiana Berg.

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Google Live Cases

Jason Woodside. Petra Cortright

The Marina and Mission Districts in San Francisco, Ca

Today 3 posts of art and technology
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One could question if these two murals done for Google Pixel 2 are street art or just ads. We believe They are both since Each mural is done in the style of the artists.
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You can buy this art or make your own art for your phone cover on Google Live Cases. This is not uncommon. Many artist design cell phone covers. This is just more blatant and in a more corporate environment.
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NYC artist Jason Woodside was asked ad well to paint a mural on one of their pop-up stores.
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Petra Cortright is a LA based digital artist. —
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“Stay away” is one thing we refuse to do when it comes to this superb new tune from LA based artist Kyler Slater, who caught tastemakers’ attentions earlier this year with his song Through The Motions. He makes a welcome return with dark, slinky alt pop and bass wobbling electronica on Stay Away. The song seems to teeter and totter on an edge. You can’t keep away from that electrifying edge, despite the danger and trepidation it might involve. Kyler Slater says of the song: “Stay Away is a cautionary tale, about a situation where I gave too much of myself to someone, who wasn’t good for me and who didn’t care about my well being or how things ended for me. Be careful who you let get close.” Stay Away will be on Kyler Slater’s debut EP, Vacant. Stay tuned for release information. 

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LA based artist Mel Kadel recently did a nice interview with the folks at Havoc.tv in which she talks about her recent show at Slow Culture “Sky’s Eyes” to her favorite illustration of all time.  

Do you have a favorite illustration of all time?

I don’t have a favorite image, but Shel Silverstein remains one of my favorite artists. Quick, clever, humorous ideas that were thoughtful and spontaneous.

Read the Q&A with Mel Kadel

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Reverse Light Painting with Experimental Artist @frostjeff

To see more of Jeff’s experimental visual art, follow @frostjeff on Instagram.

“I call the technique ‘reverse light painting’,” says LA-based artist Jeff Frost (@frostjeff). “The concept is simple—instead of waving lights around in front of a camera, you wave a camera around in front of lights.” Jeff uses this approach to create stop-motion, time-lapse videos, in a process that he concedes is actually quite difficult to execute. In one video, Jeff compressed hundreds of thousands of photographs that he recorded over two and a half years, a time that he spent chasing forest fires, filming urban riots, and living in the desert painting the walls of an abandoned home. He describes a fascination with the cycles of destruction and creation, and suggests a possible explanation for his paranormal imagery and peripatetic lifestyle, saying, “I’ve long suspected my real home is another planet somewhere in the universe.”

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Chasing Pop Visions and Cartoon Dreams with @alia_pop

For more whimsical portraits and fantasy stylings, follow @alia_pop on Instagram.

“I want to create a fantastic world of hypnotic color and classic dreaminess,” says LA-based artist, Alia Penner (@alia_pop). “I have painted on people, horses, bouncy castles and even a school bus.”

Bold patterns and colors are everywhere in Alia’s work, which ranges from high-profile fashion shoots to giant, painted Starbucks cups in Hollywood. But her Instagram account feels more like a special curation of the art she makes at home—a bright mishmash of celebrity face collages and quirky magazine cutouts.

“Just for fun, I started coloring in the New York Times every Sunday, using it sort of like a sketchbook. I added color to the iconic black and white images of starlets, then put them on Instagram,” she says. “They really popped.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alia’s daily sources of inspiration are just as eclectic as her art: she lists balloons, polish movie posters, hand-tinted films and unopened paint cans, among others. At the end of the day, though, her job is about having fun.

“My favorite projects are the ones that feel like play from start to finish,” she says. “I’m a child at heart.”