If you have arrived here you most likely are a new owner of a "Penciled In" drawing...our collaborative series for Art-o-mat®.
UPDATE: Late Summer 2012This edition of Penciled In is a collaboration with William Hessian. William and Took met through Art-o-mat and enjoyed each other's art. William conducts Miniature Art Hunts across the US and Took knew she wanted to bring William and the Miniature Art Hunt to her hometown of Northville, MI. In 2012 Northville celebrated its 2nd Annual Miniature Art Hunt and William and Took decided to collaborate on 100 Penciled In portraits. William started out with Took's basic characters that were transferred to the blocks and then added color and his own unique touches, giving them a whole new personality. You can find out all about William HERE and HERE -- he is one dazzlingly brilliant guy! PLEASE-- leave us a comment, name your character, tell us how you got it...just look for your character's number on the back of the block, then find it in the Blog Archive on the right side of the blog...scroll down. We'd love to hear from YOU!
UPDATE: Summer 2011 This batch of Penciled In is a sort of "All-Stars" edition. Juana and I made 100 blocks with an assortment of 17 of our favorite Penciled In characters, as well as 3 *new* "Youngsters" -- a young cat, a young dog and a young rabbit. Each character has 5 variations. We hope you like them! PLEASE -- leave us a comment, name your character, tell us how you got it...just look for your character's number on the back of the block, then find it in the Blog Archive on the right side of the blog...scroll down. We'd love to hear from YOU!
UPDATE: 2010 "The Youngsters" is the all-new set of Penciled In characters. They will all be getting names and comments from us. If yours doesn't have a name yet, please check back periodically -- or tell us what YOU think it ought to be. Oh, and please disregard the instruction insert in your box...just look for character's number in the list in the Blog Archive on the right side of the blog.
We would LOVE to know how your teensy portrait came to you -- leave us a comment. Did you get it from a machine yourself? Was it a gift? Did we trade with you at the swap meet in Minneapolis? What machine was it in? Was this your first arto-experience?
Oh...and give the guitar on the right side of the blog a try, too!
Cap & Leo -- about us
Cap: aka Took Gallagher (a triple Capricorn)
Took is an arto-host and artist. She is living happily ever afterly in Northville, MI with her 4 cats. Took is very easily entertained and enjoys a semi-wide variety of activities such as: cutting magazine pictures for collages, doodling new characters, playing Magic: the Gathering with Juana, drinking waaaaaay too much coffee. She also loves cotton candy and finding ways to turn her tongue blue.
One day back in the 90's we were visiting an art gallery. In the lobby of the gallery there was a "cigarette" machine labeled "Art-o-mat®", dispensing original art for $5.
Intrigued, we immediately pooled our resources and began loading quarters into it. Of course, we were instantly and hopelessly addicted to the ker-plunking art pack and the mystery of what could be inside. (Took's overwhelming curiosity kicked in BIG TIME.)
From that day onward we found excuses to return to the machine, loaded with quarters as if we were going to the laundromat. (Took was seriously jonesin'.)
Maybe one day we could be Art-o-mat® artists. (Took was determined to host her own machine.)
Today Took has been an Art-o-mat® artist for over five years, and hosts TWO machines. Juana's debut as an Art-o-mat® artist is with "Penciled In". (Took sez: WISH BIG!)