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I’m Sarah Rosado, a New York based illustrator and photographer. I love anything that has to do with Art and I’m always challenging myself in creating different styles of art form. I love variety and as such you will find a reflection of that in my art work, from fashion illustrations to thought provoking photographic images.

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

My interest in art began at the age of five drawing sketches and doodling everything I could get my hands on.  Through the years I continued to draw and to this day I describe myself as an artist of the mind, body and soul. I consider my work a reflection into the world, the way I see it.  What I am creatively addicted to is creating images that has an effect on people, to make them think.

What’s your inspiration?

I’m inspired by many things such as current trends, social issues, nature, life, humor, spirituality, etc.  I love creating and experimenting with new ideas and challenging myself.  It’s a drive that pushes me to a different level each time which is very rewarding.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I’m still working on my dirt project and will continue until I reach my goal of 100 pieces. Afterwards I will be doing something new and creative but that is still in the early stages.

Where can people find your work?


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

I’m a perfectionist, which I consider somewhat of a flaw because no matter what I do I always feel it could be improved.




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 Charissa and I’m a mixed media artist that grew up crying in art class. Really. I only discovered my love for art about a year and a half ago. I use a lot of layers, collage, paint, paper and ink in my pages. I create inside journals, books and in loosely bound pages.

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

I am creatively addicted to processing trauma through art. It is important for me to be able to process all of my life’s events — both good and bad through art. As far as material I’m addicted to india ink and iridescent medium right now. Can’t get enough! I also LOVE glass bead medium — I made my own on my Youtube Channel at the beginning of April. I started creating in August of 2011, at what I affectionately refer to as a “low point” in my life. I was seeing a therapist and she told me I should pursue art if it made me happy. After years of telling myself I didn’t like art and didn’t want to “do art”, it was a hard change for me. I needed to learn that art means creating for yourself and not coloring inside someone else’s lines.

What’s your inspiration?

I’ve always been a creative person. I understand better when I can tangibly create/re-create/learn through touch. I’ve been able to process difficult things with more ease through the creation of art. Being able to abandon my critic and paint/create/splatter/drip etc for me and for no one else has been so incredibly therapeutic.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I consistently create in about 6 journals at a time. I do a mixed myriad of watercolor journals, loose papers, cards and bound books. I also occasionally do canvases. Just really depends on my mood! A lot of my creative fervor is really geared towards teaching. I teach e-courses every other month through my blog (www.thesmashbook.com) and love helping my students harness their creative juju! (E-courses are half off for Creative Addiction readers with the code “CreateAddict” through June 1st 2013!)

Where can people find your work?

The Smashbook is where you can find my art and all the other links to my stuff online!

Blog: www.thesmashbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesmashbook

Twitter: www.twitter.com/smashbook

Instagram: www.instagram.com/smashbook

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

I cried my eyes out in an art class when I was in third grade. Seriously. Because of that experience, I have absolutely no formal or classical training in art. A lot of people think that’s crazy, but it’s true! I’m a firm believer that you can be an artist without any sort of classical training or instruction. Creativity is something that’s natural, not taught. 🙂



After strolling through my blog (yup, I do that sometimes), I realized that I haven’t done many photography posts, which is quite strange since it is one of the many things that I’m interested in. There are so many photographers whose aesthetic I admire and the one I wanted to share with you this evening is the work of Tim McGurr aka 13th Witness. 13th Witness is a Native New Yorker whose photos are raw and intimate at the same time. I love his style of photography because he chooses to look at the “big picture” – literally. His love for architecture and landscapes is what initially drew me to his work.

Below are a just a few of my recent favorite photographs, as well as a short video courtesy of I Am Other on 13th Witness’ background.


Photographs via 13thwitness.com & video courtesy of I AM Other’s Youtube Channel


My first introduction to the corky, creative, Japanese illustrator Choco Moo was on Instagram. Her simple, but bold black and white illustrations are so eye-catching and of course full of coolness. I love how she visualizes classic cartoons. Who knew Alf could handle the mic?

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Today’s creative is graffiti artist, graphic designer and designer – Indie184. Born and raised in New York City, Indie exhibits a gritty, girly-girly flavor to her art.  I love her art because of the bold colors she chooses and the way her pieces make you feel like you’ve stepped into a cool a$$ time machine.

Below are a few of Indie’s mixed media art paintings. You can see more of Indie’s work on her blog. Check it out!


Images via Indie184.com


Let me start by saying that the people who I’ve met through this blog are THE BEST! Thanks to Nina for sharing this event information with me.

MoCada (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) will be hosting a DIY Festival on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. On display will be handcrafted items by local artists from the Brooklyn, NY area. Not only will there be items for sale, the artists will also hold workshops to demonstrate how they actually created their handcrafted items. There’s an opportunity  to support handmade artistry and learn something too!

This festival is a part of a series of exhibitions to be hosted by MoCada entitled, “Pixelating: Black in New Dimensions.” The series explores the identity of African-Americans in the 21st century through the arts.

For more information on this event check out MoCada’s website.