June’s Feed Your Soul: the free art project Monday downloads: week 3


Three new Feed Your Soul downloads for you today…one of which is by the 1st guy contributor! Yay! I am trying to get more guys to contribute, so if you are a guy artist and want to participate, drop me a line. Also, please feel free to share your favorite guy artists and I will see what I can do about getting them to participate. 🙂


Ryan Berkley – Ryan Berkley is the artist behind Berkley Illustration (which he runs along with his wife, Lucy). He is a self-described comics inspired gentleman. He likes to draw sharks and animals and creatures and mustaches and superheroes. Sometimes he combines all of them and sometimes they are on their own. You can see more in the Berkley Ilustration Shop, Blog and on flickr.

1. How do you describe your work?

Definitely animals, the sea, and mother nature in general. If I see any wild animal, I get into this little zone where 100% of my attention is watching it, wondering what its thinking, why its doing what its doing, etc.

Ill watch it until it goes away. Ill think about it’s personality, and how much it knows. Perhaps that is why I have tied them into the human world with my art.

2. How did you come up with this concept? Tell us about Kenny.

Kenny is a mute superhero of the Portland area. He’s very kind, unintentionally funny, and strong. And he’s got a mysterious prism/rainbow power.

In this picture, I wanted to capture his generosity. Perhaps he gathered this bouquet for a female friend? And he is more than willing to get dirty and trudge through the swamp to deliver it. He’s that kind of guy.

3. What do you do to feed your soul?

Drawing for sure. It keeps me on my toes. Spending time with my amazing wife, Lucy. I guess appreciating everything that is around me. Friends and family feed my soul.

And vegan corn dogs and tater tots at the Hungry Tiger Too.

Download Ryan Berkley’s Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!


Marjorie Ann Velez – Marjorie Ann Velez was born and is currently living in a Caribbean island, Puerto Rico in 1975. She works as a freelance illustrator and her whimsical characters come to life in their magical world. You can visit her blog and see more of her work on her Flickr page.

1. How do you describe your work?

Most of my characters are cute, whimsical with a little bit of quirkiness. Many are surrounded by nature and magical scenarios. I really love the spontaneity of a doodle because there is not too much thinking. Many of my best sketches arrive during the fresh morning or at a calm night. I usually create soft textures with my favorite mediums: watercolor, acrylic and digital.

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

I am constantly inspired by children, dolls, starry nights, retro-vintage designs, circus, magic and nature.

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

I really enjoy the sound of silence, rain drops and the sea. Depending on my mood I like to drink a cup of strong coffee, and tea or wine. I could have a blast in a fair, or even have a good time dancing and listening to great music with friends. Having an interesting or silly conversation will feed enough my soul.

Download Marjorie Ann Velezs Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!


Victoria Usova – Victoria Usova’s art is mostly watercolors and occasional collages. She also sculpts from time to time. Her dream is to illustrate fairy tale books. You can see her work on her website, in her Etsy Shop and on her blog.

1. How do you describe your work?

 My work is whimsical and fairy tale like . I like spontaneous and fun creatures of the mind.

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

Inspiration comes from Russian and Ukrainian folk tales, music, my kids, my cat and random things I happen to see.

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

To feed my soul I visit bookstores in far away places. I love unusual illustrations and am in awe of the middle age illuminations.

Download Victoria Usovas Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!


  1. I love Ryan Berkeley. One of the best Christmas present I’ve ever given was a dapper print of a squirrel by him to a man that I know who lives in the woods, talking to the squirrels.

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