All new paintings from our good pal Greg Craola Simkins opens this weekend at the very prestigious Merry Karnowsky Gallery in L.A.. If you are in the area, check it out. If not keep an eye on the gallery website for the new work. All the previews I have seen so far are amazing.
We are super excited about our new sketchbook project with tattoo artist and painter Gunnar. He has spent thousands of hours working in sketchbooks to develop his art and we have been able to troll through tons of stuff to put together a sketch greatest hist. His style is unique and brings a really great energy to the page. More details coming very soon - May street date.
De Nada, The Art of Jeral Tidwell is finally available from Presto Art. This all new hardbound edition features hundreds of works from Jeral. It covers everything from rock posters, to skate decks, radiators, to his limited edition prints, along with process pics, sketches, and drawings. This book is a real treasure trove of art for anyone who likes, hot rods, pin striping, tattoos, graffiti, rock and roll, comics, and pop art. Artist Frank Kozik wrote the foreword, and that my friends is a real deal endorsement. This book is well worth picking up coming in at 176 pages and 9" x 9", all for only $34.99, this book can't be missed! It was blast to work on and we know you are going to dig it. Your Welcome, Available Here.
If you are going to be in or around Louisville, Kentucky next Wednesday Feb. 29th, Jeral Tidwell will be releasing his new art book from Presto Art. He will be signing books, spanking butts and talking non stop so stop by and pick up one up. Jeral will also be touring this Spring and we will have dates as soon as they become available.
This is a title that could only be released on a day that doesn't usually exist. On February 29th this year we will be bringing forth the long awaited Jeral Tidwell art book -DeNada. This hardcover collection features hundreds of works from Jeral. His sold out sketchbook is one of our most popular titles and we are excited to be publishing his new book. Mark the calendar, this one is not to be missed.
Film maker Stephen Reedy, the maker of the great "Drawn From the Well" mini promo film has put together a behind the scene's videos that showcases how he does his special effects and how he made Greg's film. It is really cool to see how many creative ideas he cooks up. Clever dude that Stephen Reedy.
Our main amigo Carlos East of the Beast Brothers shot and edited this amazing video of Huck Gee's book release party and 11 of 10 show in L.A. The book we released on the opening night was an ultra rare super limited black cover edition. Muy Bien!
Once upon a time I got an amazing phone call. The Baroness called me and asked if I had an interest in exploring the idea of doing a book with custom toy artist Huck Gee. For years I have collected Kidrobot Dunnys so I have been a fan of Huck's work for years. A call, an e-mail, some jpegs and we were hooked on the idea.
This was one of those projects where ideas burned in my head for layouts and I couldn't wait to produce a volume of Huck's art. A year later and many untold hours and bang. We present The Art of Huck Gee!
We have packed this hard cover edition with 150 pages of Huck's greatest creations. His limited edition customs, production pieces, production art, prints, collaborations, projects that were scrapped, and every single thing in between.
The forward of the book is written by Kidrobot founder Paul Budnitz, who refers to Huck as "...the greatest toy customizer on the planet....". Now if that isn't a ringing endorsement I don't what is. Huck is one of the founders of this custom art toy movement. His work has been shown and is collected the world over, it even resides in the permanent collection of the MOMA. The book was a blast to design and the art is refreshing and important. This is one of the most interesting titles we have published to date and it was wonderful to work with such a talented guy.
The book is available now at www.prestoart.com for the amazing price of $28.00. For those who love art, toys, pop-culture and pure creativity. The Art of Huck Gee - that is how we kick off 2012.
Hello and Happy New Year, sorry for the lack of updates here at the blog. We have spent the fall knee deep in book projects from toy artist Huck Gee and poster / hot-rod / pop artist Jeral Tidwell, as well as many new projects for 2012. It can sometimes be a challenge to both work on books and report on the progress here on the blog, but we will make a run at doing a better blog job in 2012. We do promise that 2012 is going to be packed with amazing titles from Presto Art. That is also guaranteed by our mascot Quincy the wonder dog. Thanks for sticking around.
Fresh off the truck and ready for Summer reading @ the beach, is the brand new sketchbook from Jime Litwalk. This 4th and final installment of the series features "Hot Rodz & Tiki Gods". Jime's specialty is showcased and packed with cars, hula girls, tiki heads, sleds, rock-a-billys, finks and more.
This entires series of sketchbooks has been a blast to put together and we thank Jime for entrusting us with his project. It's great to finally see them all together as a set on the old bookshelf, it's been a minute. Sketchbook 4 is available now from all the usual suspects and you can pick it up from us direct right here- Jime Litwalk Sketchbook 4 "Hot Rodz & Tiki Gods"
Artist and Presto author Greg "Craola" Simkins has some new interviews available online. Mike Miller interviewed Greg on this cool split screen video interview show along with artist Lola Gil. It is very cool so check into it right here.
Greg also did a great interview over at LOP Radio, where they talked about everything from Greg's book with Presto Art, to the toys he has designed and his thought process. It's great to see artists getting interviewed and online press. Good stuff.
It's always nice to be recognized for your work, but when your work is rewarded by a magazine that you have read for years, well, that is awesome. Presto Art's "Three Sixty Five" by Martin LaCasse was recognized with an Editorial Merit from HOW magazine. HOW is a magazine for designers and graphic professionals that features the best and brightest in everything from advertising to video game design. It also feels good because the work judged was from all over the world. So thanks to HOW and thanks to everyone who bought the book.
Dave Fox's new book has hit the warehouse...and filled it up. Dave's new book is by far the most color packed book we have ever seen. I wonder if the print house thought they were going to use so much ink. I am talking about a serious saturation and a varnish flood to hold it all together. I think it's fair to say the book is over stimulating to say the least. When was the last time a book printed on paper made that claim? We are psyched with the final product and know that fan's of Dave are going to be thrilled and non-fans will become fast subscribers to the unique stylings. Available now from Presto Art -A Novel Idea? The Art of Dave Fox.