May’s Feed Your Soul: the free art project downloads: week 2

 There are four new Feed Your Soul downloads from three different artists available today.

Plus, don’t forget to join the Feed Your Soul Flickr Group and share how you use the free downloads. You could win a prize pack from Chronicle Books in the Feed Your Soul and Boycott the Recession Chronicle Books contest.

Now to the free art!

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Abigail Halpin – Abigail Halpin is an illustrator and life-long New Englander. She works with both traditional and digital media to create colorful, whimsical pieces. Her illustrations have appeared in assorted publications, a children’s book being released Spring 2009 and in her Etsy shop, Miss Avocado.

1. How do you describe your work?

Quirky, colorful and whimsical

2. What are your inspirations in your art and life?

Artistically, I’m inspired by Aubrey Beardsley, Tasha Tudor, Carl Larsson and Jim Henson. Song lyrics, unusual faces in a crowd, anything retro and strong coffee also factor into the equation.

3. What do you do to help feed your soul?

Trips to the library, coffee shop sketching sessions, violin, reading picture books with my nieces and riding my clunky 50’s bicycle give me new perspectives and a shot of energy.

Download Abigail Halpin’s Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!

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Denise Ann HolmesDenise Ann Holmes is a 27 year old illustrator living in Chicago. She spends much of her day researching, drawing, reading books, drinking tea with friends, knitting and taking pictures. She is inspired by vintage children’s books, photographs of people she doesn’t know, apartment gardens, derelict thrift stores and her husbands crazy ideas. You can see more of her work on her blog, in her Etsy Shop and on her flickr page.

1. How do you describe your work?

I draw animals, flowers and little girls. But, I’m not limited to those three things.

2. What are your inspirations in your art and life?

Old treasures, books, artists, and photography.

3. What do you do to help feed your soul?

Daydream, fall in love, ride bikes endlessly, drink too much coffee, explore often, make friends and keep in touch.

Download Denise Ann Holmes’ Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!

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About Jennifer Rae Atkins – Jennifer Rae Atkins is a Texan-New Mexican who designs museum exhibits for a living. She’s been a writer, an editor, a bookstore clerk, and a high school English teacher, too, and both of her grandfathers were cowboys. Jennifer lives in Bernalillo, New Mexico, where she tries to draw every single day. You can see her work at her website.

1. How do you describe your work?

A couple of years ago, I decided to take on a pretty huge project: drawing every known mammal species. There are about 5,000, so I figured that if I drew one a day, it would take about 14 years, which didn’t seem too daunting. Of course, I don’t really manage one a day exactly, but I’m trying. I love color and I try to bring out colors in the animals that may not have been obvious to begin with. By that, I mean I’ll use, for instance, magenta and blue to try to create a feeling of tan. I work with markers and colored pencils on vellum, and I begin each drawing with some kind of research. Learning about the mammal is as important as drawing it, it turns out, and since I began this project, I’ve definitely turned into an amateur biologist.

2. What are your inspirations in your art and life?

I’m kind of an inspiration sponge. I collect images—of fashion, of art deco prints, of 19th-century naturalist illustrations, etc. I’m not sure how directly any of that comes through in my artwork, but in life, I love being surrounded by a visual feast. Music is big, too. I like to sing along while I draw.

3. What do you do to help feed your soul?

Hanging out with my two dogs, Marty and Minnie, feeds my soul the most. They’re just pure love wrapped in fur. I love making my husband laugh, and I love afternoon naps on the couch, preferably while Law & Order is on.

Download Jennifer Rae Atkins Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!

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