Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MicroVisions: The Bidding is On!

Buy art and double your money!

The third annual MicroVisions auction is now open. Dan Dos Santos and I asked ten artists to create a 5x7 painting of their choosing. These minis are on exhibit at the Society of illustrators and, as of now, on auction on eBay. All proceeds go to the Society's student scholarship fund.

The SI Scholarships are among the industry's toughest awards. A little over 100 students are chosen to be in the exhibit from nearly 6,000 entries -- about half of them are given cash awards. Not only do these awards help subsidize students financially but they also go a long way to boost the confidence of young artists (and their nervous parents) by proving that their voice stands out amongst thousands of others. It's never long before you start seeing the winners out in the world and on their way to becoming the field's biggest names -- John Jude Palencar, James Jean, Tomer Hanuka and hundreds of others since the Scholarship's inception in 1981.

So! Bid often. Bid early. The reserve price is just $50.00. Bidding ends Monday, June 23rd, 9:00pm.

I've said it before, and I'll say it many more times: Huge thanks to the artists that have generously donated these works. (I owe you all many drinks.) A round of applause for:
Daren Bader
Jason Chan
Erik Gist
Joe Jusko
Nic Klein
Todd Lockwood
Glen Orbik
Yuko Shimizu
Shaun Tan
Sam Weber

Seen here are Sam Weber, Glen Orbik, and Nic Klein's offerings.


Arkady Roytman said...

wow! 2nd day in and the prices are already getting way up there. This may be the best year yet.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering what some of the mediums are for these. Most in the auctions say "mixed". Are any of these digital prints? Or did the digital artists use more traditional mediums for this since they are being auctioned as "original paintings"?

Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Irene Gallo said...

None of them are prints. I think most are oils. Some might be acrylics, but I'm not sure.

Tan's is pencil. Shimizu is ink and what looks like some kind of soft pencils. Todd's may have a digital underpainting, but it's certainly an oil painting finish. It looks like Klein's is a mix of transparent and a more chalky kind of paint - like guache.

If you have a question about a specific painting, I can find out for sure.

E.M. Gist said...

I know none of them are digital prints, they are all original paintings. I can take a guess at what medium

Orbik-Oil(maybe gouache)
Weber-Watercolor or Akrylic?

E.M. Gist said...

Ah Irene very quick Grasshopper

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