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Guest Artist prints are dead. Long live Guest Artist prints!

The Guest Artist program in the OOSA Print Shop is coming to an end this month... sort of. For the last couple of years, we've featured some truly amazing artists in the Print Shop on a monthly basis, and I couldn't be more grateful and appreciative to have worked with each and every one of them. I'm also grateful for all of you who purchased a print or helped spread the word. But, October's Guest Artist, Alison Sampson, will be the last of the era.

Starting in November, we will be doing something a little different. We will be opening up the OOSA Print Shop to a few select artists for them to use as an online storefront for their prints with no monthly rotations or time limits. I'll be handling all of the printing, order fulfillment and customer service for them. They'll have the opportunity to offer special edition prints, have choices of papers and sizes, or just print-on-demand open edition prints. It will be a unique opportunity for these artists to get their work out to the folks who want it and I'm excited to get to be a part in helping to make that happen.

The artists who will be offering prints through the OOSA Print Shop initially are as follows:

Jeffrey Alan Love

Jeffrey Alan Love

Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

Vanesa R. Del Rey

Vanesa R. Del Rey

Nicolas Nemiri

Nicolas Nemiri

Sail

Sail

Sail already has a print available in the Print Shop, and Jeffrey Alan Love and Brandon Graham will have theirs available starting in November 1st. Other prints and maybe some new artists will be added in time after that. Be sure you are following OOSA on social media and have signed up for our mailing list to get the latest news!

February's Featured Guest Artist: John Lee

John Lee (johnleedraws.com) is an illustrator and teacher from Memphis, TN who is currently working on his MFA in the School of Visual Arts’ Illustration as Visual Essay program. Coupled with his illustration career really starting to take off with some big clients and the recent Warby Parker book 50 Ways to Lose Your GlassesJohn is also becoming know for his discussions in regards to Asian diaspora artists and their experiences with racism, immigration, assimilation, cultural spaces, appropriation, and more. You can read about some of those topics here. In fact, John will be part of the panel discussing illustration’s role in the cultural conversation and the place of the illustrator within it in the Society of Illustrators' "Stories Matter" event later this month. (Moderated by Guest Artist alumnus Richie Pope)

In keeping with the theme, John's print "War Games" is part of an ongoing series about creating Asian American cultural mythology from family stories. This print is a limited timed, numbered release that will only be available for the month of February. The prints will be numbered based on the total number of prints sold during the month. Click below to find out more and to purchase the print.

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November's Featured Guest Artist: Jim Rugg

jim-rugg-street-angel-cover I really respect Jim Rugg, so it's a real treat that he's doing a print for us as a featured Guest Artist in the OOSA Print Shop. In case you didn't know, Jim Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include Street Angel, Afrodisiac, the PLAIN Janes, Rambo 3.5, Notebook Drawings, and Supermag. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include an Ignatz Award, The Pittsburgh Foundation's Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts and co-hosts BoingBoing.net's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. In short, Jim knows comics and illustration backwards and forwards AND he's a super nice fella' to boot.

Jim's print for the Print Shop is a full color giclee print on 11 x 14 inch archival 265 gsm 100% cotton paper and will be a timed and numbered edition. What does all of that mean? Well, 1) the print will be super nice, and 2) the print edition will only be open during the month of November. After the month ends and the edition closes, the prints will be numbered based on how many were purchased.

The print will be revealed on November 1st when its made available for sale in the OOSA Store, but here is an initial concept sketch (below) to give you an idea of what Jim whipped up. Be sure to follow OOSA on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook to get notified when the print goes live.

JR Street Angel sketch

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The Guest Artist feature has begun!

We've started something new here at Out of Step Arts. We are going to be featuring a variety of guest artists in the OOSA Print Shop! Each month, we'll invite a different artist to do a print with us for you all to buy. Some of the artists you might know, and some you might not. That's OK. Good art is good art. They'll be comic artists, illustrators, fine artists, photographers, etc. All of the prints will be first editions and only available in the OOSA shop for one month. So who will we be featuring? Well, folks like Richie Pope, Jim Rugg, Eric Bonhomme, Ron Wimberly, Conor Nolan, Tula Lotay, Sail, and starting everything off, Natalie Andrewson! You can get her print in the Print Shop during the month of September. You also be able to get it directly from the OOSA booth at the Cincy Comic Con (H9-10) and SPX (W44-45).

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Go check out more of Natalie's work at her website (www.natalie-andrewson.com) and then be sure to check back here every month to see which artist we'll be featuring next.