The great thing about the book community, is that if you get really involved like a lot of us bloggers do, you get to meet some really awesome people. It was probably about four or five months ago that I was added to author Karina Halle’s street team. When I did, I kept seeing these paintings done by one of the other members of the street team for her books. I love street/urban style art. And I obviously loved these. They are handmade, she draws, cuts stencils and then layers them using spray paint. (and it’s so much more complicated than that) It’s so cool.
Ellie from the Artist Trilogy
My favorite however, was her Come Alive (Experiment in Terror book #7) paintings: PS these are still available on her etsy shop, but hands off. I want one!!
You join (get added) to enough street teams you are going to get to know other people in the community, and that’s what happened with Emily, the artist of these spray paint masterpieces. It wasn’t until we were both in a smaller street team that we even shared words, and mutual fondness for tattoos, and male models with tattoos. Just looking at her work makes me want to paint. In fact it inspired me to try my hand at painting and crafting again, after a few years hiatus. I had forgotten how calming it was to create something.
Hi Emily, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey Lori! Thanks for having me! I currently live in southern California but I’m a bit of a gypsy and have only been here a few years. I’m a bit nerdy on occasion as my art can testify. I grew up going to museums and worked at one for many years. I’m a big fan of the bold look in graphic/urban art. It’s available to the masses and the artists’ statement is there for all to see. I can often be found wasting too much time on Pinterest looking at new possible DIY projects to try. Seriously, how many glass jars do I need with tiny toys glued and painted to the tops? I’m an avid reader and once upon a time I was a blogger but just don’t have the time for that anymore. My time is limited lately and my TBR pile is suffering.
What inspired you to use spray paint as a medium to work with?
I’ve used different mediums before but never felt like they “clicked” with how I wanted my art to look. When I started stenciling, it coincided with spray paint and is an instant gratification way for me to see how a the stencil looks. I can control the pressure giving me different flow for the paint and a different look each time I use it.
You’re a reader, what are your favorite types of books to read? Any favorite authors?
Genres include PNR, UF and some Horror. I have too many favorites to list but I’ll mention Karina Halle, Stacia Kane, Jeaniene Frost and Karen Marie Moning to name a few.
When did you first connect your art with books?
My first book piece was the cover model on Sins & Needles by Karina Halle.
It was one of the first multiple layer pieces I did and I loved the results. It was around 7 plus the background and that many layers leaves room for error but it layered beautifully. I was hooked ever since. What makes a cover, or character, or really anything a good candidate to be turned into a stencil? A good candidate for me has to have a big personality. Something that makes me want to cut it to jump off the paper with a vivid story to tell. It’s a fun challenge deciding how many layers and what colors to use.
Do you listen to music while you are working? Does the genre/band change depending on what you are working on?
Most definitely. Music is a must for me and pumps up my motivation. I rotate a good variety but the Deftones are on frequent repeat. DJ Shadow, Radiohead, and Tricky are also some of my faves.
Any words of advice for people who might be starting out working with painting, or just entering the arts and crafts world? Have fun with it and don’t worry about “messing up”. It’s whatever you want to make of it and can be a very spontaneous process. Just try it and sample til you find your niche. Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Thanks Lori!
It’s so cool seeing visual art, in conjunction with books. I think that’s why so many of us are cover snobs. Because our favorite medium isn’t visual, it’s a very internal thing. So we look for something to appeal to that part of us that wants and craves ‘pretty’. And to me Emily’s work just has that, “Oh my gosh! NEED!” Aspect too it.
Rachel did a “Dishing Junk” segment on cover snobbery last Wednesday. This series is a perfect example of judging a book by its cover:
When I saw the cover for The Hunt, I thought “eh, probably not my thing – doesn’t look like there’s any romance there”, but I hopped over to St. Martins’ website to check it out anyway, and then I saw the cover quotes at the top of the page: Andrea Cremer, Richelle Mead, and Becca Fitzpatrick? I love Andrea Cremer and Richelle Mead‘s books!!! (I haven’t read Becca Fitzpatrick yet but my 11yo loves her books). Obviously, if two of my favorite authors love this book, I’m going to love it too, right? Maybe, maybe not. BUT, it got me to look a little closer at the rest of the blurb and I realized that yes, this does look like something I’d enjoy.
Decide for yourself:
Title: The Hunt (The Hunt #1) Author: Andrew Fukuda Type: Young Adult Paranormal Published: May 8, 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
Title: Prey (The Hunt #2) Author: Andrew Fukuda Type: Young Adult Paranormal Published: January 29, 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast… and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.
When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other… if they can only stay alive.
There’s enough of a hint of romance and definitely looks like a good paranormal world. What do you think???
PJV Quickie: Entice was a nice mix of action and YA romance. Interesting characters and a stronger plotline make this a fabulous follow-up to the first book in the series.
Title: Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2) Author: Jessica Shirvington Type: YA Paranormal Published: September 4, 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire Source: Publisher
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PJV Quickie: I’d like to thank Ms. Reisz for putting my Catholic guilt into full effect – I feel guilty for loving this series as much as I do. With excellent writing and intense subject matter, The Angel is not for the delicate reader!!
Title: The Angel (The Original Sinners #2) Author: Tiffany Reisz Type: Erotic Romance Published: September 25, 2012 by Harlequin MIRA Source: Publisher
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The Angel picks up about a year after The Siren: Wes has gone back to Kentucky, Zach has gone back to his wife, and Nora has gone back to Soren. Soren is up for a major promotion, and when a reporter gets an anonymous tip about a “conflict of interest” and starts digging, Soren becomes concerned and sends Nora away until the trouble passes. He sends her to their friend Griffin’s place in the country, and he also sends young Michael to start his training as a submissive.
If you are a fan of the House of Night series there is some hot news coming out of St. Martin’s Press today…first let’s check out the trailer.
To celebrate today’s new book trailer and the release of ‘AWAKENED’, P.C and Kristin Cast’s latest novel in the House of Night series, St. Martin’s Press is offering a fantastic once in a lifetime chance for afan and their guest to fly to Tulsa to tour the sites from the books and have lunch with the authors!
The lucky winner will receive a 3-day, 2-night trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for two people which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, a tour of Tulsa and lunch on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at the Chalkboard Restaurant with the authors.
Want to win the books, as in the entire series? St. Martin’s is also holding a contest via the House of Night Facebook fan page. Fans can enter for a chance to win 1 of 30 complete sets of House of Night books.
The New York Times-bestselling mother-daughter writing team of P.C. and Kristin Cast again prove why they have become a major force in teen fiction. With over 3 million copies of their books in print, a well-publicized film option, an updated interactive website and a daily-growing fan base, the Cast duo will command your attention with every page turn.