Interview with Danny Ivan

On the heels of releasing his new collection, Explorer, we sat down with Lisbon-based artist/graphic designer Danny Ivan to hear his story about growing up in Portugal, discovering his identity as an artist, and his thoughts on the beauty of digital art.

Read the article on Medium.

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Danny Ivan’s Explorer

This time we’re trying something new.  Lisbon-based digital artist Danny Ivan used photography as his inspiration for his collection, Explorer, that takes us from mountain to desert to ocean and more.  

Oh, and one more thing.  There’s a little explorer is in all the photos.  Can you spot him? 

 Go check out Explorer.

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Rick Murphy’s Europa

A flag may symbolize a nation, but it cannot describe it.  Rick Murphy continues his ground-breaking adaptation of the flags of the world with his second collection, Europa.  Mixing the traditional structure and color of a flag with splashes of landmark and landscape, Rick imagines what flags could be if they attempted to better paint a nation.

 

In Europa, Rick digs into the flags of Europe.  Europe houses the largest thermal cave system (Hungary), produces over 50% of the world’s supply of cork (Portugal), and one of its nations has more Olympians than any other nation (the United Kingdom). In addition to being home of some of the great civilizations in history, Europe contains countless breath-taking wonders, including the Eiffel Tower (France), the canals of Venice (Italy), the Athenian Acropolis (Greece), and Saint Basil’s Cathedral (Russia).

Each country has something that makes it unique. But you have to look behind its flag in order to see it.  Come on down and start collecting Europa (or check out his prior collection, Américas).
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Somber by Karla Castaneda

Karla Castaneda honors the many moods of girls in her collection entitled Somber.  Not all of the girls are somber though!  Explore the mischievous, contemplative, loving, and myriad other emotions of Karla’s girls in Somber.  

Discover Somber here.

And read our interview with Karla here.

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Blue Bears by Sirron Norris

We’re delighted to release Blue Bears, a spirited new collection released by iconic San Francisco muralist Sirron Norris!

An Ode to Blue Bears Everywhere

The Bear who is blue is a kindhearted friend, who creates a wonderful glow;
He might make mistakes, and sometimes is late, but his kindness just goes to show;
That he can have fun, out under the sun, smiling wherever he goes;
So come join the Blue Bear, and see all his friends, living in San Francisco! 

 
You can go here to start collecting your own Blue Bears!
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Mat Miller, Master of Animal Illustrations

Yesterday Mat Miller released his gorgeous collection of animal illustrations entitled Bestial Spirits. We spoke to him about how growing up in the English countryside influenced him as an artist, how he works through self-criticism, and how the future greats of the art world will be embracing digital art.

Go learn more about Mat in his interview here.

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Bestial Spirits by Mat Miller

We are thrilled to release Bestial Spirits, a gorgeous collection released by the artist Mat Miller of Bristol, UK.  Stay tuned for our interview with Mat…

In the old days, before man, before dinosaurs, even before the blue-green ball we call Earth had fully developed its corporeal self, there were Bestial Spirits. Bestial Spirits lived in a country called Aludra, in a time when animals ruled the Earth. Animals still rule, to some extent, but a large portion of their old ways have been forgotten, and thus, most of the Bestial Spirits have been tamed. There are a few, however, who remember the old days and the old ways …


Aludra is separated into ten groups, or clans, of Bestial Spirits, who are constantly at war with one another. Bestial Spirits are conscious, self aware beings who create and inhabit their own bodies and live in the physical world. Specifically, Bestial Spirits are very powerful, and although their power resembles what humans call “magic,” it is something different entirely. Bestial Spirits rely on chi, or “life energy,” to generate their power, which is most often used in battle. Certain clans are stronger than others, but power fluctuates constantly, and in this world of bitter rivalries and virtually unlimited energy, anything is possible.

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Other links for Mat:
https://www.facebook.com/mat1t
http://society6.com/MatMiller
http://matmillerillustration.com/

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A message about freebies and referrals

We’ve decided to put a new spin on the way collectors get freebies to make it… a whole lot  simpler!  From now on, everyone on NeonMob gets 4 freebies, plus another freebie if you connect your account to Facebook. What that means is that anybody who was earning 2 or 3 freebies before will now earn 4, and if you are also connected to Facebook you will earn 5.  Consider this a late Christmas or Hannukah or non-denominational gift-day present! 

Because we still want you to invite your friends, the rewards structure for that process is a little different too.  For now,  every person you invite who signs up will get you THREE packs of our exclusive prequel sets (not available any other way!).  Pretty cool, huh? 

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Infinite Totem by Graham Eriwn

Everything has an essence, something that resides in the figurative center of the thing, which is it’s soul. Totems are the symbolic representation of that essence. The essence is real, the Totem is not. The Totem is like a photograph, an idea of the essence, which is rarely visual.

Totems exist for all things, such as the archaic elements, like water, fire, earth, and wind, and concepts, such as eternity. Totems exist for modern phenomena as well, such as the internet, and weaponry. There are Totems for love and for hate, for gold and for death, for everything. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then a Totem is the soul’s photograph.

Go collect Infinite Totem by Graham Erwin on NeonMob!

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The Story of Kellmark, aka Kellen Markewicz

Last week’s Unicorn Empire contest tasked our NeonMobsters with finding out the true story of the Unicorn Formerly Known As Kellmark (UFKAK). UFKAK’s original story, shown below, was discovered to be a fraud:

There was once a vampire bat who somehow successfully sucked the blood of a Unicorn. The bat died immediately, but the Unicorn (previous name unknown) reacted to the bat bite, and transformed into Kellmark, a blood-sucking animal that shares very little with vampires like Pyre. Kellmark is not immortal, and can easily sustain himself with goat’s blood. Some humans call him “La Chupacabra.”

We have uncovered the true story of UFKAK, thanks to the help of our winner, Daniel Dyrda.  Daniel’s investigation revealed that “Kellmark” is actually named Kellen Markewicz, and his story is as follows:

The unicorn formerly known as Kellmark was actually born Kellen Markewicz to a middle-class family in the suburbs of the Unicorn Empire. Seeking a creative outlet for his teenage angst, young Kellen turned to music. Having found success in the underground music scene, he developed the Kellmark persona as a gimmick to help him sell his goth rock albums.

Kellen Markewicz’s lore will be updated accordingly, and for his efforts Daniel will be rewarded with three unicorn variants of his chioce!

We have selected three honorable mentions for Lenk, Jimmy Wilson, and Zachary Nicoll, who will each win one unicorn variant of their choice. 

Lenk’s entry for “Kramllek”:

Kramllek was once the hidden stray ruler of The Factions. When Isaac and The Factions banded together they erased him and his memory out of the land. After stealing a #2 pencil and re-drawing himself; Kramllek is looking to plot his revenge by taking over the Unicorn Empire. Will Isaac Montemayor and these likely unicorns be able to win this time? Who knows? We shall see.

Jimmy Wilson’s entry for “Cornelius”:

Cornelius (aka Kellmark) is not the victim of a vampire bat’s bite, but was rather created by Veritum during one of his experiments. Realizing his blood thirsty creation would get him exiled, Veritum abandoned Cornelius in the black forest where he was found and raised by Offlen. To protect her, Cornelius uses the alias Kellmark and scares away local farmers by feasting on their goats.

Zachary Nicoll’s entry for “Elsinth”:

Elsinth, sired by Inisnth, was nature’s price for the dark magic his father practiced and the horrors he wrought. He was forced into hiding when Insinth changed his name, ordered his history rewritten, and cursed him to remember nothing of his past. After the great war began, Insinth fled the Inner Order to find Elsinth, in search of redemption.

Thank you to all our other participants in this search for the true history of the Unicorn Empire – we were delighted by the humor and creativity of the entries submitted!

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