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Brian Kesinger is a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He’s also an author and illustrator of Walking Your Octopus. Kesinger masterfully blends the Disney world with the steampunk universe and imagines exciting adventures of a very unlikely friendship. The main characters of these wonderful adventures are Victoria and her per octopus, Otto. “Everyone can relate to having a pet,” Kesinger says. “What I wanted to do with Otto and Victoria is to ask the question ‘What if your pet was an octopus?’ As soon as you do that you start to raise humorous scenarios like how hard would it be to housebreak an octopus when they’re inking everywhere.”

He’s also getting a large following for his novel mash-ups of Star Wars, Dr. Who, Calvin & Hobbes and many others

Online lingerie retailer Yandy announced the launch of its latest “Fantasy Lingerie Line.” The collection features undergarments inspired by some of your favorite storybook characters, including Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts, Wonder Woman, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Aurora and Maleficent, Pocahontas, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty & The Beast, Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Elsa from Frozen, Jasmine from Aladin, and Hermione from Harry Potter.

Janine Van Moodel is a Freelance Artist and Illustrator from Scotland specialising in portrait art and storybook illustrations in both children’s books and graphic novels. She has done logo design work for several companies and has been commissioned to produce a number of portraits of both people and their pets. She is also keen to support and encourage new talent in those looking to enter this field by regularly reviewing comic books for The Big Glasgow Comic Page and by developing a trainee programme for young artists in the UK to help kickstart their entry into the world of independent comics.

All her prints are for sale here

Vincent’s arresting portraits are built on the assumption that society will always identify with rebels and the gritty underground world of urban subculture. For his latest work he has traveled around the UK visiting barber shops and events to gather material in a setting which transcends social class and makes everyone feel like ‘one of the boys’. These mesmerizing oil paintings evoke emotion, fascination and intrigue about both the backstory and the future of a character. He seeks out moments of tension, and explains: “My paintings are all quite dark, subtle and intense. I’m always imagining there’s something surreptitious going on in a perfectly innocent situation.”

He is heavily influenced by cinematography and its impact on storytelling, believing that by manipulating the composition, light and colour you can completely change the feel of scene.

Gerald Anthony Scarfe is an English illustrator, artist, political cartoonist and stage designer. Gerald Scarfe has enjoyed a career spanning over more than five decades. His style is immediately recognisable and work includes Pink Floyd to Walt Disney, The Sunday Times to The New Yorker and Winston Churchill to the politicians of the present day.

When Ash Soto was 12 years old, she noticed a small spot appear on her neck. It resembled a sun spot, so she ignored it until another one appeared a few months later. Soto was eventually diagnosed with vitiligo, a common condition that causes patches of skin to lose pigmentation. “I didn’t know how to react because I had no knowledge on what vitiligo was or what would happen to me. I remember my mom sitting there crying and I just sat there confused and scared. I didn’t know how much my life would change from that moment on.”

And things did change. In the past, she considered herself to be outgoing. She was a cheerleader and loved going to the beach in her Florida hometown. But as the vitiligo continued to spread, Soto started to feel differently about herself and her body. “I excluded myself from everything and everyone. I tried to be happy and smile, but over time I was filled with so much self-hatred for myself that I stopped doing the things I loved,” Soto said. “It was so bad, I couldn’t even look at people in the eye anymore and I just wanted to be inside all the time. I developed anxiety and depression.”

Like so many others struggling with the condition, Soto tried to cover it up because she didn’t want others to look at her differently. She constantly wore long sleeved T-shirts and jeans. “A lot of people don’t know this, but vitiligo also causes certain spots of your hair to grow in grey and that happened to me, so I faced the challenge of watching my physical appearance change. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.” she said. “I remember looking at girls in magazines or on social media and I would be so jealous because they had perfect skin and I didn’t.”

But now, at 21 years old, Soto has a completely different outlook on herself and her appearance, thanks to support from her family, the body positivity movement, and social media. “I remember I would write down on a paper everyday repeating to myself that I am beautiful, I am strong and I am enough,” she said. “I told myself I didn’t have to meet society’s standards to be beautiful and unique. I started challenging myself with doing things that I wouldn’t do, for example: going out without a sweater or wearing shorts. I let all those negative thoughts go and just started looking at life with a positive outlook.”

Instagram played a huge role in helping Soto feel comfortable in her own skin. She made an account to post selfies that showed off her impressive makeup skills, but hid her vitiligo. That is, until the day she decided to show her followers a photo that revealed her condition. “The thought of sharing my whole self on social media was a paralyzingly one. We have all experienced or seen how cruel people can be, especially behind the safety of a keyboard,” Soto said. “It took me a long time to share my true self. I decided to post when I felt like I was strong enough and mentally able to handle the reaction, which ever way I was meant to receive it.”

The reaction she got was overwhelmingly positive. Many people reached out to share their own experiences with vitiligo or their struggle with body image issues in general. The supportive response was enough to encourage Soto to share more photos that showed her vitiligo. Now, Soto hopes to influence others to find self-acceptance and promote self-love. “I want to continue to bring awareness to vitiligo and the importance of body positivity. I hope to continue doing what I’m doing now which is inspiring others to accept themselves for who they are,” she said. “Each of us get one life to live and the things that make us different from one another are those that us special. The only person that has to accept you and love you is you. The standards of beauty in our society are unattainable to most of us. These standards should not be your goal, but instead the acceptance of the things that make you imperfect should be your main focus. Self love is the best love always remember that.”

Do you love everything Disney? Then get ready for Enchanted Bikinis, a swimwear line inspired by your fave magical princesses. The line consists of six royal bikinis that come in sizes all shapes and sizes. You can swim with all the colors of the wind as Pocahontas. Be part of their world as Ariel. Let down your hair like Rapunzel. Sing “Tale As Old As Time” rocking this Belle look. Enter a whole new world as Jasmine. And be the *fairest* of them all as Snow White. Aurora and Cinderella looks are also currently in the works.

Take. My. Money.

Pop Culture Postage is part of Clark Orr’s design portfolio. In 2001, Orr’s guidance counselor asked what he was going to do with his life. He didn’t know, so he started toying with the idea of making designs on the computer. Later that week, he started. Rock n’ Roll as his influence, he jumped head-first into design: “Since I couldn’t play guitar, I figured I could be a part of the punk rock scene by making show posters and band shirt designs”

Soon after, a chance spotting of a show poster Orr designed, brought an up and coming clothing designer to his door. This chance meeting turned into a nearly decade-long partnership with the clothing brand Johnny Cupcakes, where he was head designer: “Since I have been a designer, I have created more t-shirt designs than I can count. It’s in my blood, and what I wake up everyday to do. My name is Clark Orr, and I’m an artist”.

I’ve drawn, created, and invented ever since I was young. My dad is a sign painter from the old school, so I’ve been around his artwork since I can remember. At a young age, I was way into toy packaging/graphics: TMNT, Transformers, Madballs, and most of all, The Real Ghostbusters. In middle school I collected comic books, skated, and spent hours every month looking at cd covers in record stores. It became more evident that I was more interested in trying to replicate comic art and eyeing the newest deck designs than I was in reading, or landing the next hardest trick. I distinctly remember in sixth grade, my homeroom teacher asking us what we wanted to do as a grown up. I said a skateboard designer. In high school, I started proper graphic design.

As far as what drew me into art goes, I guess being creative is a very human-connective, spiritual thing for me, it resonates when I’m on point with it. I just ended up with the visual arts side of creativity as my passion. I’m very attracted to art and graphic design, probably in a similar way that a musician is attracted to rhythm and harmonization or a writer is to words and storytelling. I had a knack for art and composition, so I went for it and haven’t looked back since.

​Kazuaki Horitomo – a California-based Japanese artist has two great passions in life – cats and tattoos. The artist decided to combine the two and great new project was born – Monmon Cats.

Monmon Cats is Horitomo’s tattooed cat art brand, and it’s absolutely amazing. The artist often uses tebori (Japanese hand tattooing) to apply the ink on people and also makes prints, apparel and other merchandise to enjoy. 

Update: More pictures!

Mackenzie Thorpe (born 1956 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire) is a British artist. Born as the first of seven children into the post-war industrial town, Thorpe initially took on work in the shipyards, such were his familial origins. A suggestion from a friend, however, encouraged him to try to pursue his first love, drawing and painting, at art school.

Thorpe applied in 1977 to study at the local Cleveland College of Art and Design, where he studied under Tom Wall, leaving two years later for the Byam Shaw College of Art in London, and a fine arts degree. After graduation in 1982, Thorpe remained in the capital to aid disadvantaged children. However, motivated by a desire to provide a better environment for his children to grow up in, Thorpe returned with his family to the North East in 1989. There, he set up Arthaus, a gallery in Richmond, North Yorkshire, which remains to this day.

His works are associated with a principle of “Art from the heart” – combining tenderness with fervency through his abstract depictions of animals and children. His work is wide ranging from the accessible ‘square sheep’ and duffle coat boys to more challenging work focusing on isolation and man’s struggle. Much of his work depicts his childhood growing up in Middlesbrough.