Saturday, December 12, 2009

Feliz Navidad

I've been distracted with the holidays and everything else on my list wrapping up (ha, no pun intended!). With George Michael's "Last Christmas" filling my head and The Muppet Christmas Carol screening multiple times, I'm happy to share this sushi-inspired piece before family, friends, and fruitcake take over.

On a side note, I will be participating in a small Art Sale on December 16th at Waterplace Condos in Downtown Providence. The sale starts at 4:00.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Work.

New work! Always a joy to show new stuff (people like pictures better anyway). The top one is for a great Surface Design continuing education class I'm currently taking. This semester deals with hand painted work and then next semester utilizes using the computer. This means that I'm really trying to focus on designs and textures right now that can't be done on the computer with a simple "repeat" function. Luckily, I have enjoyed discovering many wonderful surface designers out there who make organic designs that don't have a particular repeat or pattern.

The second piece just took me a long time to scan (it was for the Summer RISD faculty show). I'll be showing it next week at West Side Arts Gallery in Providence.

In other news, Craftland in downtown Providence has sold two of my paintings as well as a bunch of prints and journals. It's a great feeling to get that check in the mail every month! Thanks to Craftland and the gang.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Princess Sticker Book for Galison/Mudpuppy.

I was pleasantly surprised the other day to see that Galison/Mudpuppy has my Princess Sticker book listed online at their site. This was a project I worked on January 2009 for their Fall line- it's full of quirky princesses, royal pets (you know animals always think they rule the house), dragons, castles, plus lots of accessories including tiaras, flowers, and shooting stars. I had a great experience making it and I'm so excited to see it in person. You can see the full listing on Galison's website.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Prints on

The truth is that I don't carry as many prints as I use to (sorry, sorry...I know). While a few are on etsy, I am happy to say that two more are available through Society6, an online community that now allows artists to sell high quality art prints through a professional third party. It's a real steal; a nice 17"x21" art print with trim is only about $32.00. Feel free to follow the link above and take a peek. All you have to do is scroll down until the two images show up and click on the orange "buy" icon.

Oh, and on another note: I will have a piece up in Soho this month! It is for a charity event and I'll be posting more information later.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ed2010: "Digital Age"

This was a piece for about editors transitioning into the digital age and abandoning the ways of print. Ironically, the topic also effects myself along with the entire illustration field as more magazines and publications are tying to move content online (for some it is a modern choice while for others a financial move). As I was working on this, I couldn't help but chuckle because my illustration students had recently worked on a very "businessy" illustration for an editorial assignment. You know, suits and ties...people in's hard to think of something not obvious and still very much artistically "you" when working with some of these topics. It was my turn! In the end I was very happy to have my editor out of the office and still very much in my world. I will say if there is one difference doing online illustration, it's that the images are usually TINY, although this one ended up looking good (and clear) in its small format. Love the color, and those are my cowboy boots.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Updates for Fall

Hello, hello. I'm happy to say that I am plugging away on new work and opportunities. Here is what is happening...

* Three shows coming up in Rhode Island, Florida, and New Hampshire. Details on those dates as they get closer.

* Another job for Ed2010 that will be posted soon. I'm rather happy with how it's coming out- I think it has mailer potential.

* The Fall RISD sale is October 10th and I'm working on small 5"x7" originals to sell. They are very quick and fun, and I usually get to experiment with some new things. You can see one below that turned out cute.

* My website is updated!

* Star Trek waffles rock. They are egos with a flat middle where illustrations are printed in edible ink. Currently I am eating Earth and Kirk, but I'm waiting for Spock one of these mornings. C'mon, Spock waffle!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Illustrator meeting

I. Have. So. Much. To. Do.

Well, maybe I exaggerate a bit...but I am busy. My mailers are in and I'm pouring over my client list to edit and update- so far I've weeded out several people that I realize I'm just wasting mailers (and stamps) on. I actually will try to be more heavy on the publishing side this round. However, not for picture books, just more juvenile covers for young adults and novelty items. I FINALLY got Dreamweaver back, which means that my poor website can be updated with a bunch of new work that has only appeared on my blog.

Oh, and did I mention I start teaching college again on Monday?

In other exciting news, I am meeting tonight with some local illustrators to have a drink, talk shop, and share some war stories. One is Allison Cole, who is an illustrator, Art Director at Providence Monthly, and also runs the awesome online store Bang Bang You're Thread that has everything from her illustrated stationary and comics to handmade bags and wallets. Along for the ride is also Jyll Ethier-Mullen who runs the West Side Arts Gallery in Providence. We hope to join forces, combine our illustrative power,, you get the point.


Allison Cole


Jyll Ethier-Mullen

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


These paintings will be available at Craftland in Providence, RI. Going to be away until next week (my mom is in town and I'm looking forward to it!).




Friday, August 14, 2009

OTAD update

Self-Portrait, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

One Thing a Day (OTAD) is working well. I'm moving on to revamping my website and creating some new paintings that will go up as portfolio pieces ( they will also be for sale in Providence at Craftland).

Above is an image from...ooooh, 2004? It was my sophomore year final for my first oil painting class. A little different from my current work, isn't t?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Mailers

Here they are! I'm switching up things a bit this time around, but nothing crazy. The text in front does not have the huge LAUREN MINCO like before- just going with the email and website (both have my name, do I really need the large one? Probably not). I also have them not centered, and so far I think it looks a little more streamlined than before. The back is full color this time, and I really like my suitcase guy as a spot illustration (he was part of larger painting). I think these images are a nice balance, and whether I'm sending something to a teen publication or a more adult market, I should have something for everyone.




Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Look Ma, No Paint!

I finished my new mailers last night and sent them off to be printed. 

Meanwhile, I forgot to post this final I had to do for a Continuing Education Adobe Illustrator class I took. No Live Trace here! Mostly the pen tool and basic shapes. We had to recreate a vintage crate label.


Monday, August 10, 2009

One thing a day (aka Operation OTAD!!)

Now that I'm back from a whirlwind trip to both Philadelphia and New York City, I am looking forward to a week at home in my studio and at the computer. RISD pre-college has wrapped up (fun as always), and in August I have time to shift my attention towards freelance and galleries before Fall teaching springs back into action.

This August I'm trying something new. Obviously, I'm always working on teaching, freelance illustration, or gallery work, but the truth is that I do alternate between the three, sometimes days (or weeks) separating the "shifts". This Fall, I hope to do one thing each workday (Monday-Friday) focusing on my freelance work in order to really push that area of my life. This includes working on my new website, creating a portfolio piece, sending mailers, or just buying stamps. I'm calling it Operation One Thing A Day, or Operation OTAD for short. I don't have a particular goal, just to stick with this philosophy and hope that I see big pay off once Christmas rolls around (for the sake of the "experiment", let's say Mid December is when I'll look back and reflect on my progress).

I invite you, dear reader, to join me no matter what your objective is. You could even try one thing a week (OTAW??) if that fits your lifestyle better. Today my goal is to work on my new mailers. Stay tuned, because I hope to be posting regularly.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Goodbye July

Portrait of the Artist, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

Well, it's my day off and I've watched my episode of Hell's Kitchen on Hulu and managed to roll over my toe with my office chair. Hard to believe that August is right around the corner, especially since it felt like summer in a way passed us by. It's been so cool and rainy that you wonder if next month will fade willingly into Fall or if August will try to cram all the heat and sun it can.

I'm getting ready for two shows- one in August in Santa Monica based off of the theme "Toy", and one at 1301 Gallery in Omaha for September. Since teaching in the Summer takes a lot of time away from marketing, I look forward to getting new mailers out around this time of year. I've already decided on the images- one will be the Sonic Youth piece created for Plan B (which is for sale in my etsy store) while the other will be a masked guitarist for the tween/teen market. Hope to get those images up in the next couple of weeks as well as some new paintings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Goodbye Plan B


Can we talk about where I've been? It's been so hectic around here that I'm ashamed I've ignored my bloggity blog. Here's a quick update along with some notes.

* Goodbye to Plan B Magazine in the UK. Because of the economy, they made the hard (but noble) decision to end on a high note instead of sacrificing their quality and vision. I worked with Andrew, their Art Director, over the last year and admired all the artists who provided their art for free to help support the magazine when times got tough. I wish all the Plan B employees luck in starting a new chapter in their lives.

* I will have another piece in a group show in LA for August. You can see my work in Providence at West Side Arts this month.

* Working on another illo for Providence Monthly, this one about Providence Pin-up, a local studio that recreates custom photos for you with that pin-up feel.

* I am teaching Pre-College again this summer and that has taken up most of my time, but I love it!

* Goodbye to the King of Pop, a talented artist and entertainer. The first item of music I ever owned was when my mom bought me Dangerous as a cassette tape, and that was on anytime we were in the car. ANYTIME. I'm pretty sure I demanded it.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

To New York or Not to New York??

If you were to shoot back to the early 90’s, the freelance illustration world would seem very different. Artists were dropping off portfolios around the clock only to turn around and pick them up at the end of the day or the follwoing week. New York City was the place to live and get in touch with Art Directors. Thankfully, the Internet decided to come along and things became a lot easier. Artists could set up a website for AD's to visit at their leisure, and the blessing of email made sending information and finished illos a breeze. Furthermore, artists no longer had to be in The Big Apple if they wanted to work for top companies. Whether you lived in Juno, Alaska, or right by Times Square, one could take a stab at doing freelance from any corner of the world. It’s 2009 now, and illustrators' bios put them all over the globe. Plenty are still in New York City, and I asked many of my illustration colleagues and friends what it’s like to be an illustrator in NYC today, and more importantly, do they think it’s necessary in this industry?

Please note that this article is about freelance illustration only (editorial, book, etc) and excludes artists who are interested in the gallery scene (that’s a whole ’nother ball game!).

I thought when I asked my New York friends about working in the city most would be more than happy to say that nothing could replace being so close to such an illustration hub. Imagine my surprise when quite a few said that they had never met any of the AD’s they’ve worked with in person, that direct mailers and a personal website were still their way to get their name (and artwork) out there. One cannot argue that the networking abilities in places like NYC are grand. The possibility of running into a friend, or a friend of a friend who knows a guy at so and so company who needs an illustrator will be greater when you’re sipping a $14 martini downtown rather than where my parents are at in Aledo, Texas. Of course, this means that you have to be a little outgoing and willing to seize those chances. New York can’t help you unless you leave the apartment, you know, or at least keep your ears open.

Things on my mind about taking the NYC plunge!

1) The illustrators I asked all said the same thing: they like The City. They love the energy. However, no one said that their location was about providing an increase in work- it was just about preference. One top illustrator said that you should really work wherever you are happy and inspired. For him it just happened to be Brooklyn, but for someone else it may be a small town in Montana. NYC and it's surrounding areas are perfect for some, Hell to others.

2) Remember that the pay is the same for freelance jobs no matter where you are based. A $1500 check for me in Providence lasts a lot longer than it would for my Park Slope friend. Of course, this goes back to the idea that living in NYC would result in more opportunities, but even if you were so lucky, are you breaking even with the increase of living cost?

Food for thought my illustrator friends- I would love to hear your opinions and feedback. Rest assure that many of my illustration buddies and acquaintances are happy to have NYC as their playground and wouldn’t trade it for anything. For those of us not lining up to move anytime soon, a computer, scanner, and Internet connection are all you need to poke an AD. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Slow Down!

I painted and painted until all 12 illustrations were done for GL magazine! I'm guessing these are suppose to be reprinted pretty small (The AD said simple illos, but not icons). My estimate is little 3"x3" or 4"x4" spots. I need to start painting for a show in CT, and Bitch Magazine has contacted me for another about nannies on TV. I haven't painted a nanny before! Sweet.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hello Summer

For anyone working in the tween/teen market, I feel like Girl's Life Magazine is one of those clients you should cross at least once. I was happy to speak with their AD today about a Back To School article they're doing on first day jitters and such. The assignment calls for 12 images dealing with the usual school drama (which hasn't really changed much) such as making friends, dealing with upperclassmen, and lordy lordy, WHAT to wear????? The assignment is due next week, so hopefully I'll have some sneak peek images up soon.


Meanwhile, in LA I just had a painting go up at The Hive Gallery. It's my first West Coast appearance!

Friday, May 22, 2009


I'm off to Disney World! Afterwards chilling with friends and family in Florida and then Texas. Pardon me if I'm gone for a few weeks...

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Bike, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

It's a quiet, cloudy Thursday- perfect for a sweatpants-kind-a-day of preparing for the Surtex stationary and licensing show in NYC this Sunday. I'm hoping to have three custom "packages" for Dark Horse, Chronicle, and Lilla Rogers Studio, and then I'll be making some simpler packets for other people I run into during the show (and by packets I mean let's put all my 4"x6" mailers in a clear envelope and hope art directors don't chuck them in the trash the first moment they get).

I went last year and it definitely was a crazy time. First of all- it's HUGE. I've never seen a more concentrated grouping of patchwork snowmen, beach landscapes, and cute critters trying to teach me my ABC's. I'm crossing my fingers and wearing walking shoes. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sonic Youth for Plan B Magazine

Sonic Youth, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

Hey look, a band you've actually HEARD of! Is Sonic Youth still kickin' it? Good for them. I remember them back in the 90's when I was still in elementary school playing four square and wearing stirrup pants.
This will be a spread for Plan B, so of course I'm very excited to see it published. The process was a little weird, because the Art Director and I had no mp3's or article to go off of. In fact, the only phrase I got was "heavy ass weirdo hooks". Fortunately, I was able to get a track list forwarded in order to give me some inspiration. The songs I borrowed from were "Calming the Snake" and "Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso)".

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bacon is the new Black

bacon, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

Wow. What a weekend. May 2nd was my birthday, and this weekend my boyfriend surprised me THREE TIMES with special guests in Providence to celebrate with me! Friends from New York came up and totally took me by surprise Friday night when we came back from Star Trek (it was really good), where at first I thought burglars were in our apartment. However, these would have to be stupid burglars to leave every frikkin' light in the apartment on, so my next conclusion was that there was something wrong like a gas leak and our landlord had let himself in. I flung myself out of the truck and realized my friend's car was parked outside and finally caught on. Sure enough, people were inside drinking pabst and enjoying wii golf.

So I must say, good job! It truly was the best birthday ever.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Beauty Counter for Providence Monthly

Beauty Counter, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

Yikes, I haven't been around much! Thanks to AD Allison Cole for another whack at illustrating for Providence Monthly (it's so nice to see my artwork locally since it's sometimes published far far away from my stomping grounds). This time around it was for an article about shopping at department store cosmetic counters. I'm pretty happy with the with it turned out because:

a) I wanted to try a horizontal composition in a pulled out "scene" with an environment- this was a perfect opportunity.

b) Wanted to try this bluish palette!

c) I have done a lot of different markets so far, but beauty & fashion is something newish that I would like to try with my fun characters. My portfolio needed a piece like this if I ever want to get hired for those jobs in the future. Mexican wrestlers and beheaded girls don't scream COSMO, ya' know.

FYI, May 2nd is not only my birthday (the big 25 that brings in the Quarter Life Crisis I've been told-all the rage), but also the Spring RISD Alumni Sale. I'll be there ALL DAY for once, a rare sight since I'm usually teaching. If you're in Providence that day please swing by Benefit Street!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Das Wanderlust for Plan B magazine

My latest illustration was another for the UK's Plan B Magazine about the band Das Wanderlust. The article was going to focus on them "fighting the good fight" and remaining strong while being a small indie band in a scary corporate world. I concentrated on this phrase for two of the sketches, one that led to the final. As for the last one (a sort of deity or patron saint of indie bands), both the Art Director and I thought it was really cool but figured it was less appropriate for the article. Maybe next time!





Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Notebooks!

For drawings, grocery lists, and history notes, I now have my new notebooks in the store! They have a 100 blank pages and measure 5.5'' wide x 8.5'' tall. Best of all, they're only $10.



 Today is BEAUTIFUL, and I'm planning to take a walk around the neighborhood before I have to chain myself to my desk and work on an illustration for Plan B magazine. I will post those sketches and the final soon.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Holy Birdhouse, Batman!

It seems like artists everywhere are painting SOMETHING in the name of creating a theme. Whether it was the painted cows that sprang up across the country or one NYC show that called for a series of small taxies to be painted, painting "things" is all the rage right now. So it's no surprise that the show "Home Tweet Home" in NY features custom painted birdhouses. I was surprised how cheap these suckers are to buy on craft sites, and some friends have mentioned that maybe I should put a couple up on Etsy. They make fun art objects I must say. Will mine sell at the show?? Have no idea, but I hope so! If not it will definitely be on Etsy to find a home (tweet home).




Sunday, March 29, 2009

Minco/ alamode Collaboration

My friend Linda from alamode made these cute necklaces with my art in them! There are only a few, and hopefully in April they'll be in my shop (unless they sell before that time at an April 4th show). We have wanted to work on something for a while, but at first I was a little stumped with how to use the circle. At first it was just small icons, but in the end I think the faces worked out in a fun and clever way.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Myself on Avie Designs Blog

A little interview with me up on Avie Designs. Thanks again, Avis!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Guitar Bandit

Guitar Bandit, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

Guitar Bandit is a new original painting on my etsy store. I'm glad I had fun with him, because now I'm cramming for two different gallery shows- one in St. Louis and the other in New York. With my new teaching schedule, I realize that Thursday and Fridays have to be super productive from now on. Long ago are the days where I'd sit in front of the computer getting lost in the etsy forums or catching up with my favorite TV shows on Hulu. Of course, busy and making money is the preferred way to spend my time! It's just funny that the end of 2008 was so PAINFULLY quiet and 2009 is proving to be a very VERY busy year. Let's just hope it keeps going!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Penelope, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

Had a small block of time this past Thursday, so I whipped out a 5"x7" painting. I think for the next RISD sale I would like to create some more complex pieces this size rather than just the ole' character-with-a-flat-color-background-thing. You can find Penelope in my etsy shop.

Providence weather is finally bouncing between the 30's and 40's rather than the 20's and 30's which is nice. I'm already thinking of future warm plans like going to Newport or just taking a nice walk without looking like the little brother from A Christmas Story (ya know..."wait up Ralphie, wait up guys!"). Sigh...

Friday, March 13, 2009


My new eco-friendly prints are now at my etsy shop ( They were made by iolabs, who has done work for KidRobot, Tiny Showcase, and MOMA. The paper is also made out of bamboo fibers, which is more green than tree-based products. There are only 5 of each image: "Heartbreak" (below), "The Right to Bear Arms", and "oh Yeah". If anything feel free to stop by and visit!


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Fat Cat

Fat Cat, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

The awesome UK culture mag Plan B contacted me recently to do an article for Icelandic band Storsveit Nix Noltes (Fat Cat), which takes traditional songs and warps them with their indie folk influence. Very fun image, and I enjoy the fact that Andrew, the Art Director, lets me just have fun with the imagery without being so direct.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Imago Fem show at West Side Arts gallery

Unfortunately I was not able to hit up opening night at West Side Arts in Providence. 3 paintings of mine were up, and joy oh joy, one even sold a couple of hours into the night. As you can see, it was packed! A good shot of my work is below.




(hmmmm...I want her purse.)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tree Top Gang

Tree Top Gang, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

This paining I actually did right after I got back from my Christmas vacation, but soon enough I started having so many "real" projects start stacking up that I didn't get around to scanning it until yesterday. Just a fun group of friends, hopefully all with their own fun quirks.

I definitely got my wish when I asked for 2009 to be busy with artistic action. On top of all the shows and recent illustration assignments, I took on another editorial job for UK's Plan B Magazine again. I really like doing work for them because I get to make illustrations of bands and singers that I have never heard of. The one I'm working on now covers this Icelandic folk band that has some funky aspects to it. Sketches will be up next week.

Annnnnnd I'm happy to say that I visited ioLabs and ordered the new prints that will be in my Etsy shop soon. There will be 3 different ones, and I'm very excited about finally getting some high-end, professional prints done of my work. Not only that, but they are printed on an eco-friendly bamboo paper (the process is more green than making paper out of trees apparently). Awesome art AND eco-conscious? Man, you'll be super awesome if you own one of these. I mean, move over Bradgelina. :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

oh Yeah, OR Top Chef Finale!

oh Yeah, originally uploaded by lauren minco.

This is a painting for an upcoming show at Machines With Magnets Gallery in Pawtucket, RI. I might try to do one more, piece, but I'm not sure! There's so much to do...


On another note, I was super angry to see Casey sabotage Carla's chances of winning Top Chef season 5. No, Carla! She lost for a reason! So of course, the first dishes that were 100% Carla were well received by the judges, but anything that Casey touched fell flat (or bubbled if it was the souffle). I was hoping Carla would "hold onto the love child!", but in the end she was swayed by Casey and made some bad decisions.

Hosea was my second choice to win, mainly because I dislike Stefan. My friends and I agree that Stefan is uber talented, but we just didn't like him as much due to his cocky attitude (and it oddly mirrored Kenley's lasting negative presence on the most recent Project Runway. Bad attitudes just turn us off I guess). So in the end I tip off my hat to Hosea, but I hope Carla wins the $10,000 "Fan Favorite" prize.

In the words of Carla: "and he wants PEEEEAS!".

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Future Products (give me your awesome opinion)

Even though my Etsy store has all originals right now, I have been inspired by other friends/artists to try making professional prints through iolabs here in Rhode Island. I was printing them myself in 2008, but after a while the operation was too much to fit into my daily life. Sooo, I am making a small run of a few prints and deciding which images should be used for journals! Yup, wonderful spiral bound notebooks will hopefully be in the shop soon as well.

I would love to get some opinions on which images you are attracted to- either as prints, journals, or both. This is just a sampling of imagery, and feel free to visit if you would like to nominate one off my website! Thanks so much for the help everyone.