Artist Showcase: Meg Smitherman

Okay, so not only is today’s Artist Showcase a phenomenal artist, but she’s also one of my best friends and favorite people. I’ve known Meg for a little over eight years now and she’s stuck with me through thick and thin, regardless of all the hell I sometimes put my friends through (love!). And while dealing with me, she still has time to send into the world some truly amazing pieces of art.

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Meg resides in the beautiful realm of Missoula, Montana, where she dresses in fancy clothes, plays lots of MMORPGs, and lives with her extremely geeky, tousled-hair boyfriend (Hi Greg). I met her through her writing when we were in high school, but to me, it’s her art that really stands out. Her character “sketches” are amazing and really bring out the personality of each and every one of them. She has a talent for filling even the simplest postures with emotion. And she likes to draw geeky things like World of Warcraft characters and dressing her and her boyfriend up in Star Trek-esque outfits. This makes her full of win in my book.

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Go check out her art and her fashion blog (which she needs to revive!), and tell her how wonderful she is. Because she is. And pretty, as always. Yep.

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Find Meg at these other Places:

DeviantArt: Rethe
Tegaki-E: MissMeg
Fashion Blog: Meg Sue & You
Twitter: @Megsauce

Previous Artist Showcases:
Viet-My Bui
Danielle Corsetto
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Artist Showcase: Viet-My Bui!

First Artist Showcase of the New Year and the honor goes to the amazing Viet-My Bui! I have been an avid follower of hers on Deviantart for the past five years, and never once have I been let down by her brilliant work. Her pieces are simply stunning.

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Viet-My is Vietnamese by descent but was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently going to school for Commerce/Law, but hopes to peruse her dreams of Art & Design once she graduates. I think she’s doing a fabulous job of it right now. From her DA info (because she says it best): “She is often found having lunch, but has stayed the same weight for the past six years. She understands this is probably a good thing, but fears that her body is a cholesterol time-bomb and that in twenty years’ time, she’ll inflate in her sleep and drown in 40 years’ worth of fatty deposits. ” She’s intelligent, artistic, beautiful, and funny.

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Viet-My’s pieces are just incredible. The attention to detail and the textures she uses in her artwork are beautiful. Her primary focus is beautiful women and I cannot even count how many times I’ve used her artwork for my desktop (I have a weakness for beautiful girls). The expressions used, the light in the eyes, and personality of each piece shines. Her style is one of a kind, and I was hard-pressed to choose just three pictures to put in this showcase. Pretty sure I have almost all of her artwork Favorited somewhere. Go check out her DA gallery for more impressive and inspirational works of art.

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More places you can find Viet-My Bui:

Deviantart: ravenskar
Twitter: @vmbui
Tumblr: Viet-My Bui
CGHub: Ravenskar
Carbonmade: Ravenskar

Previous Artist Showcases:
Danielle Corsetto
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Artist Showcase: Danielle Corsetto

“Two girls, a bar, and a talking cactus.”

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With a tagline like that, how could you not want to read the webcomic Girls with Slingshots? I know I was hooked. I started reading GWS about a year and a half ago and I’m pretty sure I read the first 500 comics in one night. The rest of it was done the next morning. The author, Danielle Corsetto, has a flair for pushing boundaries, but all with a sense of dignity – okay, maybe not so much dignity per se, but you have to admit, each strip is like a shot of vodka. You can’t stop yourself from taking another one just to see how far you can go. Or something like that.

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Really, there’s just a lot of booze and sex, so dignity is probably not at all the word I’m looking for. Regardless, it’s an awesome comic drawn by an awesome artist. I got to meet Danielle for a very brief five minutes this weekend at Dragon’s Lair Comics for their webcomic weekend, and when I sadly lamented the fact that there was no McPedro button in the button pack I bought, she actually took the one off of her bag and gave it to me (and warned me not to smell it since her bag always comes into the bathroom with her – true GWS humor). So not only is she a great comic artist, but she’s a pretty freakin’ awesome person in general.

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Want more of Danielle Corsetto? You can find her here:

Comic: Girls with Slingshots
Twitter: @dcorsetto
MySpace: GirlswithSlingshots
Etsy Shop: DCorsetto
GWS Store: GWS Store

Previous Artist Showcases:
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Artist Showcase: Lois van Baarle

I realized I haven’t done an artist showcase in awhile, and I have a huge list of artists I want to feature. Maybe I should just make this an on-going Monday thing. Yeah, I’ve said that before… Ah well. Today’s artist showcase is the incredibly multi-talented Lois van Baarle of!

One of the things that drew me to Lois’s artwork is her attention to detail and the use of colors that is constantly exemplified in her digital paintings. While her primary subject appears to be cute girls (which I’m not complaining about in the slightest), it is her architectural illustrations – those that focus on tall buildings and different depths of perspective – that really blow me away.


Of course, my favorite image is still focused on a cute girl:


What can I say? I like cute girls. The fish are cute too.

Lois is a world-traveler. She’s lived in the US, Indonesia, France, Belgium, and was born in the Netherlands. She currently resides in Utrecht and went to school there for her Masters of Arts. She not only draws images, she also creates some beautiful animations as well (my favorite being a short film called Trichrome Blue). She says about herself: “I’m unemployed and my life has no structure whatsoever, but I’m as happy as I’ve ever been!” Not only is she a phenomenal artist, but she’s got a great outlook on life as well.

You can find more about Lois by clicking on the following links:

Twitter: @loishh
Tumblr: Loish Blog
Blog: Loish Sketchblog
Deviantart: Loish (best place for Lois Art!)
Vimeo: Loish
And just for fun: Disney Fanart

Check out Lois’s galleries and drop her a comment. Her artwork is amazing and I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.

Previous Artist Showcases:
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Artist Showcase: Erika Moen

Since this past weekend has revolved around comics, our artist showcase of this week is illustrated storyteller (aka comic artist) Erika Moen!

I have been a close follower of Erika’s popular comic series Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary since I was in high school (that makes it a total of 8 years). Basically, Dar is Erika’s autobiography in pictures. Each strip is a scene or event that actually happened at some point in her life; they range from serious to funny to the absolutely bizarre, but each one has a punch to it. On a personal note, when I was in high school and just starting college, I found solace in her words, especially when she spoke of her own experiences wrestling with her sexual identity. It helped me not only find myself, but her comics helped me to explain it to my family. My coming out letter to my mother contained two of Erika’s comics (one and two) that explained to her what I was going through better than I ever could (by the way, thanks for that Erika).


Besides Dar, Erika is a very talented illustrator, with artwork published in several different books and anthologies and a large number of gallery exhibits under her belt. She has been employed by the likes of LAIKA where her talents were put to work on the feature-length new movie Coraline. She lives and works in Portland, OR where she resides with her husband Matt.

You can more Erika Moen art and info here:
Portfolio Site: Erika Moen
Comic Series: DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary
Livejournal: erikamoen
Twitter: @erikamoen