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Apr 11, 2014 / 1 note

Eco-conscious Artist Heather Clements is cutting millions of tiny shapes out of paper and making a name for herself down in Panama City. She is a master at the art of cut paper illustrations, and her style is certainly a cut above the rest (pun intended). Her language of visual and conceptual elements in nature, as well as her tight technical abilities gives her art a breath of life. Slow your roll, slip on some flip flops, and get into the mindset of this talented Floridian.

- Shanon Weltman

Apr 4, 2014 / 9 notes

Illustrator Michael Hoeweler specializes in realistic sumi ink portraits he sometimes digitally colors, but that’s only a fraction of his talent. Whether it’s the skin of a celebrity or mango, he masterfully conveys the surface and weight of anything he renders. It’s no shock his list of clients seems to never end and is full of some of the biggest names out there. Although Michael is a very down to earth guy, his eye/hand coordination is on another planet. Keep reading to learn about his how his career took off in the city that never sleeps. Click here to read the interview.

Mar 28, 2014 / 10 notes

This week’s artist Rich Tu has too many roles to be classified as just one type of creative. He is his own built in design team, which you can see and admire in his smartly art directed, visually bold illustrations and designs. His style often shifts, embracing the true nature of a Scorpio’s mantra of “transformation”. Whether his artwork is hot pink or floating in a pool, it’s distinctly his artistic voice. Read on to see what he had to say to Ray Jones about life and urban pole dancing.

Mar 21, 2014 / 3 notes

Dana Veraldi, creator and artist behind DEER DANA, is a poster-child for John Lennon’s famous quote “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” She started off as a photographer and now celebrities like the Biebs and HOV are wearing her screen printed drawings of other celebrities. Her brand is popping up all over the retail world, and it looks like this is only the beginning. Enjoy my chat with this T-shirt designing superstar.

- Shanon Weltman

Mar 14, 2014 / 51 notes

Illustrator Alex Fine is divine, and like Divine the drag superstar, a staple in the Baltimore Arts. He’s our second interviewed artist to be obsessed with drawing hair. Whether it’s Lorde’s long locks or the purple sheen of a Raven’s feathers, it’s such a treat for the eyes. His clean and retro-inspired style is perfect for his hundreds of spot-on accurate portraits that have graced the covers of websites, magazines, and weekly papers across the US. Check out his website for the full client list. Grab yourself a cold Natty Boh and read on to see what Ray Jones had to ask the Rockabilly illustrator that never sleeps.

- Shanon Weltman

ARTIST INTERVIEW: ALEX FINE

This week CLAW CLAW features fine artist, illustrator and designer John MacConnell! 
This week’s Artist John MacConnell is living and loving life in NYC. He’s working full-time while also finding time to create a constant stream of beautifully mastered, no matter the medium, portraits of lean athletic men. His love of classical styles of working, mixed with his eye for design makes his work fresh. In its context his artwork is both just as much a nicely rendered figure study, as well as personally and socially relevant to John. It was great having him over at CLAW CLAW headquarters to catch up – read on to enjoy our interview.
 - Shanon Weltman
Mar 7, 2014 / 5 notes

This week CLAW CLAW features fine artist, illustrator and designer John MacConnell!

This week’s Artist John MacConnell is living and loving life in NYC. He’s working full-time while also finding time to create a constant stream of beautifully mastered, no matter the medium, portraits of lean athletic men. His love of classical styles of working, mixed with his eye for design makes his work fresh. In its context his artwork is both just as much a nicely rendered figure study, as well as personally and socially relevant to John. It was great having him over at CLAW CLAW headquarters to catch up – read on to enjoy our interview.

- Shanon Weltman

Feb 28, 2014 / 4 notes

On this last day of Mercury Retrograde (until June) we present UK born Illustrator and Professor, Rebecca Bradley. She’s currently living in Baltimore with her Artist husband Sam, teaching Illustration full-time at MICA, while raising two kids and still find time in the studio. You can see her loves of everything rainbow and Americana iconography unquestionably influence her colorful illustrations. Her style is somewhere between a more sophisticated folk art and vintage inspired — it’s fabulous. We had a great time catching up with Rebecca via Skype, seeing her beautifully organized wall of watercolor dyes and other fun materials art nerds would drool over. Click here to read the interview.

- Shanon Weltman

Zach Osif is currently in the midst of earning his MFA at NYU, hopefully we will see his retrospective at the Guggenheim one day. His huge paintings feel like they belong in that room in the Met with the enormous Chuck Close, Alex Katz, and Andy Warhol paintings. He is part of the new wave of photorealist painters that showcase more subtly weird imagery than previous generations — like a less random James Rosenquist. Zach’s style is very streamline, which is obvious in his art and all the minimalist architecture and landscapes he posts on his Tumblr OSIFLANDIA. I met up with Zach this week in his NYU studio (that has an UH-mazing view) to discuss his ideas and aesthetics. Click here to read the interview.
- Shanon Weltman
Feb 21, 2014 / 1 note

Zach Osif is currently in the midst of earning his MFA at NYU, hopefully we will see his retrospective at the Guggenheim one day. His huge paintings feel like they belong in that room in the Met with the enormous Chuck Close, Alex Katz, and Andy Warhol paintings. He is part of the new wave of photorealist painters that showcase more subtly weird imagery than previous generations — like a less random James Rosenquist. Zach’s style is very streamline, which is obvious in his art and all the minimalist architecture and landscapes he posts on his Tumblr OSIFLANDIA. I met up with Zach this week in his NYU studio (that has an UH-mazing view) to discuss his ideas and aesthetics. Click here to read the interview.

- Shanon Weltman

Feb 14, 2014 / 18 notes

Happy Valentine’s Day readers, we hope you fall in love with this week’s artist like we did. The artwork of Brooklyn Illustrator Dadu Shin is quiet and powerful, like the quote by Teddy Roosevelt “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” His color palette tends to be subdued and earthy with a few intentional bold choices that evoke a retro feeling. He perfectly blends geometric shapes with a pencil line quality that looks like it was drawn by a pleasant summer breeze. There always seems to be a hidden storyline or concept occurring in Dadu’s drawings, even in his fashion illustrations on idontlikeclothes.tumblr.com. Keep reading to see what Ray Jones had to ask this RISD graduate.

- Shanon Weltman

Feb 7, 2014 / 11 notes

This week’s Artist, Christi Johnson, is the personification of where the beauty of life’s chaos and structure meet. She has a tamed wildness (more like a knight’s horse or uncut gem, than say, a child on a leash) to her that she channels into her art and designs. In it’s simplest explanation, her artwork is aesthetic mathematics — sacred geometry. Along with a metaphysical message, the basic shapes, materials, vintage color palettes and rawness to her designs are just really hip looking. Read my interview with one of my favorite L.A. Designers.

-Shanon Weltman