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November 26
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Six Pack ::: 11.26.14

 

This week's Six Pack features Mark Smith (above), Michael Waraksa, Lauren YS, Jessica Roux, Seaside Spirit and Ericka Lugo.

The Six Pack showcases the diversity in style, medium, concept and genre found on Society6. With an ever-growing community, we think it's important to create opporunities for artists to connect with one another. This is one of those methods and these are a handful of artists our team has collectively discovered through our own exploration.

It might go without saying, but we all play a role in promoting one another. If something really speaks to you, promote it. If you'd buy an artist a beer, follow them.

Per usual, please share your own artist discoveries in the comments below!

 

 

Check the last three Six Packs :::

Six Pack ::: 11.19.14

Six Pack ::: 11.12.14

Six Pack ::: 11.05.14

 

Six Pack

November 25
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Brandits // Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Adrian Macho is the 32 yr old graphic designer and illustrator behind the brand, Seaside Spirit. Hailing from the small Slovak town of Mocav, which translates to "Bear Village", he was raised "among the sketches and pastels." Turning early inclinations into a successful creative path, the S6 community has brought Adrian's work to the homepage several times since joining Society6 in October of this year. With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to talk to the man behind the brand and share some of his branded material for inspiration.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

How would you describe the personality of Seaside Spirit?

I think that we live in strange era with plenty of negative vibes around us. I try to express myself in a rather opposite way - creating likeable, peaceful things with a straightforward message that anybody can read and absorb at first sight. Of course, there is a bit of irony and dry humor imposed. For instance, this tattooed, well-proportioned, ginger sailor - him being ginger pre-determines him to be an outcast, living in his own world with a mild, dreaming gaze in his eyes - a character from fairytales for grown-ups.

I'm trying to avoid typical cliches like blue stripes, white yachts, etc.

Another important thing for me is the role that palette and textures play. My choice, in the end, was to emphasize a slightly melancholic, vintage atmosphere, yet in positive kind of sense.  

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

What originally inspired Seaside Spirit?

In my free time I read books, dream - if there is a chance, travel - wander to the places I've never been before. I love the murmur of the sea, Italy, summer time, old navy legends and old-school tattoos. 

Seaside Spirit was actually originally just a draft name for the whole concept, yet it fit where this project was heading. So, I decided to publish it under that name officially.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits // Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

It's been a way to let my creativity go really wild and do what I enjoy the most. Although the work I do for a living requires creativity - top to bottom - even I, as many people in the business, realized that I needed to start something of my own. Something that couldn't be pushed by never-satisfied clients or hastened by ever-pressing deadlines.

You joined S6 at the end of October and quickly made it to the homepage.

Uploading at the end of October was just an experiment. The positive feedback actually took me by surprise. I'm glad that people like what I'm doing and I'm really grateful for that.

If it was just an experiment, why open shop with S6?

I've known Society6 for a long time and I like the how it works. I think it's a great way to get known and good place to offer my work to the broad public with no substantial funding behind it.

Also, it's inspiring to browse through the work of other people and to always discover new things - already have some of the works in my favorites.

When you joined, did you have all your artwork ready to go or are you still creating?

All the work published on Society6 was created this past fall and with the brand in mind. Recently, I've experienced quite a lot of productive time. If I'm not actually working on something, I'm writing notes and developing ideas. In some cases, I work on multiple illustrations at the same time, depending on the time available or actual mood.

There aren't many pieces published on Society6. Yet, I think that sometimes less is more.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

How have you used social media to build Seaside Spirit?

My friends on Facebook have known the second creative me and are used to my regular Sunday posts - where I publish my latest creations regularly. My fanpage was something that had to come alive eventually so I could publish this manifest of mine to the public.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

I've been using Instagram for quite a long time as well. I started with posting illustrations in my personal profile. I think it's better than just having purely professional profile and spam other users with advertisement banners and photos of products only. Since it is a social network, which almost everyone with smart-phone has access to, and one among few that doesn't have paid advertisements, it's great to work with using the hash-tags. For example, if one shares pictures of hand carved wooden boats made of wood washed ashore it can only help to depict that it is done with sincere love and care and not just to strike a pose.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

How should an artist approach branding themselves?

My brand gives hints to what it's about at first sight. That helps me to stay within the lines that I've outlined. Also, I didn't want to publish my work under my name as I thought the brand might benefit from something else. Although, my family name sounds quite hot. Macho, hahaha.

Haha. Seems like a good spot to close. Any final words?

I'd like to thank the folks at Society6, on social networks and all around me for their support.

And thank you right back.

 

See more Seaside Spirit:

Society6 Shop

Instagram

Facebook

Brandits

November 24
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2015 Artist Calendar

By now I am sure many of you have seen the 2015 Artist Calendar that launched last Friday! I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all of the participating artists. I am extremely proud of all the work that the artists put in to make this a product I am SO excited to hang on my wall for all of 2015!

If you haven't checked it out yet, you can shop it here.

It features artwork by the ever-talented:

Ricardo Garcia, Keith Negley, Hannes Hummell (aka Panoply Plates), Rachel Peck, Mat Miller, Wilmer Murillo, Kimiaki Yaegashi (aka okimi), Jonathan Lax (aka Yonil), Alexandra Garant, Alex G. Griffiths, Pam Wishbow, & Dilka Bear.

These things went fast last year so make sure to grab your copy before it's gone.

If you do pick one up, tag a photo of it on social media with #2015s6calendar and @society6 for a chance to be featured!

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November 21
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New Feature: Collections

Hi Society6, I'm Matt and I'm Product Director here at S6. This means that I'm responsible for the actual Society6 website. I work behind the scenes with a team of talented designers and developers to bring great new features to you and our customers.

A few months back we asked a lot of you what we should focus on next and we received a ton of great feedback. The loudest support was for a way for you to organize your work into more specific groupings.

Today we are very excited to announce the release of our new Collection feature, available now for all members.

Let's get started:

- All product pages now have a new 'Add To Collection' button which will allow you to create a new collection or add to an existing one.

- Add any products, from your shop or any other, to the collection of your choice. You can add all the same type product, or mix and match product types as you choose. The contents and theme are entirely up to you.

- Once three products have been added to a collection it will become public and visible in your http://society6.com/username/collection page.

- Check out the collection you created and click 'Edit Collection' to be able to delete or sort the order of products as you see fit.

- Share your collections through our built in social bar, or by dropping the link directly wherever you want.

Those are the basics, but as you'll discover there is a lot more you can do with collections - from how you curate and organize them, to how you share them and why.

Here are some of our favorite new collections from the last 12 hours:

http://society6.com/andyfairhurst/collection/superhero-kids

http://society6.com/rickcrane/collection/time-pieces

http://society6.com/rorywood/collection/type

We're very excited to get this feature out to the S6 community and see the types of collections you put together - from artists grouping their art to fans sharing the work of their favorite artists. This is just the first step for Collections with new ideas in the works.

Speak up in the comments below and let us know what you'd like to see or share your new collections with us. We hear the feedback we get from you and we've got more great features coming in 2015!

Site Updates

November 19
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Six Pack ::: 11.19.14

 

This week, we feature Jonathan Lichtfeld (feature img), 712712, Jason Grube, MindkillerINK, Nicholas Stevenson and Alex Wucherer.

The Six Pack showcases the diversity in style, medium, concept and genre found on Society6. With an ever-growing community, we think it's important to create opporunities for artists to connect with one another. This is one of those methods and these are a handful of artists our team has collectively discovered through our own exploration.

It might go without saying, but we all play a role in promoting one another. If something really speaks to you, promote it. If you'd buy an artist a beer, follow them.

Per usual, please share your own artist discoveries in the comments below!

 

 

Check the last three Six Packs :::

Six Pack ::: 11.12.14

Six Pack ::: 11.05.14

Six Pack ::: 10.29.14

 

Six Pack

November 12
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Six Pack ::: 11.12.14

 

This week, we feature Georgiath, Citizon, Ryo Takemasa, Chris Sallquist, Andrea Dalla Barba (feature img) and Zsolt Vidak.

The Six Pack showcases the diversity in style, medium, concept and genre found on Society6. With an ever-growing community, we think it's important to create opporunities for artists to connect with one another. This is one of those methods and these are a handful of artists our team has collectively discovered through our own exploration.

It might go without saying, but we all play a role in promoting one another. If something really speaks to you, promote it. If you'd buy an artist a beer, follow them.

Per usual, please share your own artist discoveries in the comments below!

 

 

Check the last three Six Packs :::

Six Pack ::: 11.05.14

Six Pack ::: 10.29.14

Six Pack ::: 10.22.14

 

Six Pack

November 5
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Six Pack ::: 11.05.14

 

This week, we put a spotlight on Matt Dean, Karo Rigaud, Koning, Thom Easton, Evren Yilmaz and Raquel Garcia Macia.

The Six Pack showcases the diversity in style, medium, concept and genre found on Society6. With an ever-growing community, we think it's important to create opporunities for artists to connect with one another. This is one of those methods and these are a handful of artists our team has collectively discovered through our own exploration.

It might go without saying, but we all play a role in promoting one another. If something really speaks to you, promote it. If you'd buy an artist a beer, follow them.

Per usual, please share your own artist discoveries in the comments below!

 

 

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November 4
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Ezekiel x Society6 Limited Edition Wall Clocks are here!

A few months back we announced the contributing artists for the Ezekiel x Society6 'All We Have Is Now' collaboration. Five Society6 artists hustled to produce some amazing designs around the temporal nature of living and the fact we're guaranteed nothing but this moment.

Now we're proud to share that work with the rest of the community in the form of a limited edition series of wall clocks by artists:

Frank Moth

Anna Pietrzak

Vin Ganapathy

NGHBRS

David Cristobal

Each design is limited to an edition of 100 clocks and all include an exclusive gift print designed and produced by Ezekiel Clothing. They will be sold on Society6, Ezekiel's site and in select Active Ride Shops.

Check out the collection here.

On top of the limited run, all artists received prominent ad placement in the 2014 Monster Children Photo Annual and were loaded up with gear from the Ezekiel Clothing catalogue.

Ezekiel x Society6 Limited Edition Wall Clocks are here!

Help us congratulate all the contributing artists in helping us kill time with some seriously badass clocks!

More collaborations on the way! Stay tuned.

Ezekiel's Statement:

The All We Have is Now Artist Collaboration series represents a collaboration between Ezekiel and artists looking to express the temporal nature of living. The program in its simplest form is an enabler and amplifier for individuals and collectives to reach a broader audience with their work, through our motto "All We Have Is Now".

More Ezekiel Clothing

Ezekiel's S6 Shop

Active Ride Shop

Monster Children 

Ezekiel x Society6 Limited Edition Wall Clocks are here!

Ezekiel x Society6 Limited Edition Wall Clocks are here!

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October 29
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Six Pack ::: 10.29.14

 

This week, we put a spotlight on ArtandGhosts, Victoria Borges, Los ilustrados, Arron Croasdell, Super Future Kid and Kristen Liu-Wong.

The Six Pack showcases the diversity in style, medium, concept and genre found on Society6. With an ever-growing community, we think it's important to create opporunities for artists to connect with one another. This is one of those methods and these are a handful of artists our team has collectively discovered through our own exploration.

It might go without saying, but we all play a role in promoting one another. If something really speaks to you, promote it. If you'd buy an artist a beer, follow them.

Per usual, please share your own artist discoveries in the comments below!

 

 

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October 28
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Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

We talk to master manipulator and S6 artist, Josh Dykgraaf about his artwork. Amidst a highly creative blend of photocollage, illustration and 3d stylings, he manages to bring his own photos to life in ways most can't imagine. With a growing fanbase and clients like the Australian government, this dude stays busy. And when he's not illustrating with Photoshop, he's writing tutorials to educate the masses. I caught Josh just before a London trip to see his work on display in the Underground (aka the Tube). Here's the quick exchange with this Aussie living in Amsterdam.

Ben: Why the move to Amsterdam?

Josh: I studied in Germany and visited here a couple of times during that period and pretty much fell in love with the place. I moved here in 2013 and, for the moment, it's base camp.

What's the quick n dirty of how you photo manipulate/illustrate?

Short version? I'll cut 20-30 items out of photos as a starting point. I'll warp and distort to create a basic shape - playing around until I have a basic structure. From there I add more detail pieces progressively and build a scene around my subject. Towards the end of the project I use adjustment layers and layer masks to shade each object individually. Lastly, I sprinkle some envirmental effects like water, smoke or earth to help blend it together or perhaps add a sense of locomotion.

The pen tool, transform and puppet warp are my best friends. 

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

Dragon Airways

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

My Siberia 

You photograph just about everything you use. How do you know what angles to shoot?

Angles can be tough. For example, in the "My Siberia" image, the face is actually a manipulation from an eye level shot of the engine. Sometimes I'll model it in 3D if I need an unusual angle of a key piece - like facial elements.

Very often I'll get an idea of what I want to do while I'm walking around experiencing a city, and get relevant angles of the content. More often though, it's more of a case of getting a good variety of angles and generating the idea later. Sometimes I won't have a concept until I start mixing and matching.

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

Planned Evolution 2010

 How did you discover this blend of 3D, illustration, photography and collage was your "thing"?

I basically developed this style while procrastinating. Not doing the uni work I was supposed to be doing in my final year. I eventually managed to turn it into my thesis project.

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

The Great Reef Serpent

 How long are you spending on these?

My work takes anywhere from 40 to 100 hours to complete an image. At the end of the process, it's always supremely gratifying to actually finish an image.

What are some big clients you've worked for or collab'd with?

I do a fair bit of advertising work but my biggest and by far favourite job, so far, was actually for the Australian government in my home city, the capital of Canberra. They commissioned me to illustrate the outsides of a fleet of buses to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the city last year. It's hard to top the satisfaction of watching your work go by on the side of a bus on a daily basis.

Dream collab or client?

Dream collab would be fellow Australian Justin Maller. His work got me interested in Photoshop years ago and he still impresses me. My dream client would be producing artwork for a major music festival - the considerable creative freedom of music work with a budget. There are numerous cities on my "to-do" list to remix too in the Americas like Rio and New York. If someone wants to pay me to do that, that'd be ok too.

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

Sasquatch Reborn (Seattle, United States)

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

Mechanical Phoenix (Toronto, Canada)

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

Hamburg Behemoth (Hamburg, Germany)

Any advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Work hard and don't give up.  

Any cool personal projects? Gallery showings? Upcoming events? Etc?

My work is on show at the moment on billboards in a few London Tube stations as part of "Art Below London" and at a show at "The Framer's Gallery" nearby. You can see it at Regent's Park and Pimilco stations. I have some London themed work on Society6 as of now!

More Josh Dykgraaf // society6 shopwebsiteFacebook

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

Josh beside "Old Reliable" for his participation in ArtBelow

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

Old Reliable (London, England)

Quickie with Josh Dykgraaf

The Towers of London (London, England)

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