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Today’s post is showcasing the art of Nigerian born artist, Toyin Odutola. I first learned of Odutola in last year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 feature and I’ve been loving her work ever since.

What impresses me the most about her work is that she uses ball pens as her main painting tool!

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Photos courtesy of Toyin Odutola website




My name is Tessa McSorley, and I am an artist and crafter working under the name How to Make Art.  I work for myself full-time, and besides selling art, I also sell antiques and collectibles.  I live with my dog, Ruby Roo, in Florida, and I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, and watching artsy movies.

What are you creatively addicted to? When did you start?

I am creatively addicted to screen printing, drawing, and painting.  I have always drawn and painted, but I got introduced to screen printing in high school and have been obsessed with it ever since.  I even got my college degree in Printmaking so that I could explore screen printing even further!  Even years later, I am still discovering new things about the process.

What’s your inspiration?

I create because I don’t feel like myself if I don’t get to do at least one creative thing a day.  I love making things, and creativity is second nature to me.  I don’t know what I’d do without a creative outlet – making art keeps me sane!

Where can people find your work?

My website is TessaMcSorley.com, and my blog is at HowToMakeArt.com.  I have an etsy shop here: HowtoUseArt.esty.com.

Name one thing you would like people to know about you.

I love sending my work out into the world and knowing that people enjoy the images I make! 🙂


Hey you guys!!!!! (I watched The Goonies recently and I can’t stop saying that) I am off my blogging break and although it was a much-needed break, I missed blogging. So I’m jumping right back in.

For my first official Fall 2011 post, I’m going with artist, Natalie Irish. In order to understand the level of her creativity you must check out her site and read her bio. She does ceramics, she even designs cute clutches and clothes, but I discovered her through her paintings and the unique way that she creates them – she uses her lips. Nope, you didn’t read wrong.

Here are a couple of videos of Natalie in action. I like how she does a little skit before she gets down to business. You gotta appreciate people who don’t take themselves too seriously. You’re not going to believe the final visuals!

The videos are courtesy of Workshop Media’s YouTube page.

I wanted to have a little fun, so I tried Natalie’s technique to see if I could do it. Here’s my attempt. Props to Natalie because this is hard to do. Can you guess what I tried to make? There’s a subliminal hint in the picture.


Here’s this month’s edition of The Dose with studying cartoonist, Jose Molestina. Enjoy!


My name is José Molestina and I am an art student. I’m from Ecuador and I’m 33 years old. This is actually my second career since I got my BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) back in the year 2000. I’m sad to say that although I’m from a beautiful country, which I love dearly, art is not considered as a career. Of course there are artists who produce stunning pieces of art (mainly paintings in oil or acrylic) but there are not enough, especially if we consider other careers, tendencies, or mediums, such as mine. My story is kind of hectic since I had my epiphany just recently in February 2010. As I said before, I studied business and in the year 2000 I went back home to work in my family business. We had farms and I was making a good name in the industry. The only problem with this is that I didn’t love what I did. I think I hated it but I couldn’t tell myself that, so I
convinced myself that I was happy and that that was my destiny. My future became stagnated and as I grew older I became more miserable each day. Luckily I decided to follow my dreams and be a comic book artist even though everybody thought I went crazy to pursuit a career that wasn’t considered worthy over there. I decided to go to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts.

What are you creatively addicted to? When did you start?

I’m a potential comic book artist (cartoonist) and a frustrated writer. In other words, I’m addicted to drawing and writing. I’ve drawn since I can remember. You can see the proof of this in the newest entry of my blog (I will provide the website later on) in which I uploaded a drawing from when I was a child and also a picture of myself creating a valuable piece that may not exist anymore. Even in high school my Math classes were studio classes for me because I was always drawing my teachers or my classmates. In a way, it was figure modeling. Then again, I never had any instruction on drawing, so what I learned was simply a matter of inventing. The rules were my own and of course, totally wrong. In the case of writing, I have always enjoyed it. I remember when I was a teen boy and wrote love letters to my girlfriends. Some of them thought they were cheesy and
corny, but others (the more intelligent ones) really fell in love with them back then.  Ironically, when I graduated from high school and needed to get a college degree, I didn’t even consider art or literature. Like I said before, Ecuador was not a good place to be if you wanted to be an artist. Even teachers told us that an artist is a starving artist. Luckily all changed, a little bit late, but now I’m happier than ever creating. I love to draw human figures, creating characters and plotting comics.

Why do you create?

Well, it is a very broad question. I could give an easy answer on why I DIDN’T create for ten years. What I’m trying to say is that an artist is born an artist; you just have to accept it and not think on banal stuff such as money or a false sense of security. Happiness and perseverance is what makes you succeed in this world. Like sir Ken Robinson once said: “If you are afraid to be wrong, you’ll never have anything original.” I couldn’t agree more! It’s a fact that everybody makes mistakes, but when you make them in the path of your dreams, you learn from them to become a better person. My inspiration comes from within me. I think it is encoded in my DNA. Now more than ever I’m exposed to art everywhere, and that inspires me further. I want to share my thoughts with letters and pictures.

Where can people find your work?

Since I’m a student right now I’m making lots of work but they are mainly homework projects. There is a lot of stuff that I want to create, projects of my own, and I guess I’ll have more time when I get my degree. Still, I not only upload my work on my blog, but I also comment about my experiences in studying art at my age. My blog is www.masterartskill.blogspot.com and my twitter account is @bielero if anyone wants to follow me. The interesting thing about my blog is that I’m counting the hours I spent either drawing or painting. You see, there is this theory that people have to spend 10,000 hours in order to master a skill. It’s not an exact science but I intend to do just that. Now I’ve spent 609 hours so 9391 to go. It’ will take around 10 years, maybe more, but I will be writing and drawing, hopefully.

Name one thing you would like people to know about you.

Just that I’m a dreamer lost in time. It is never too late though so I’ll make the best out of this ride, and hopefully touch a little bit of heaven when I reach my goals.


When I came upon the work of Danish artist, Gugger Petter I was simply amazed.  The above works were made using recycled newspaper. Can you believe it? Newspaper has been a staple in Petter’s work since 1986.  She has made beautiful two and three-dimensional images by molding newspaper.  My personal favorite is the candy image, it’s so colorful. Her work has been featured and sold in galleries all over the World. I even saw a piece that was a little over $13,000.  Wowzers?!

To find out more about Petter and her work check out her website www.guggerpetter.com.


Mustafa Maluka is a South African born artist who is known for his beautiful, colorful and detailed portraits.  His art has been displayed in several galleries throughout the World.  The portraits below instantly caught my eye.  You can see more of Maluka’s work on his website www.mustafamaluka.com.


Here’s some Andy Warhol (1928-1987) to get your week started.  I’m actually going to check out his Motion Picture Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art sometime next year. Enjoy!

Heaven and Hell Are Just One Breath Away! 1985-1986

Diamond Dust Shoes 1980

Dollar Sign 1981

All images are courtesy of www.warhol.org