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Featured Artist ||| Lurk aka Russ Morland (Nanaimo, BC)

Lurk, aka Russ Morland, is a entrepreneur extraordinaire. On top of his traditional and digital paintings of Lurks, Russ owns and operates The Electric Umbrella Tattoo and Art Gallery in Nanaimo, BC. Russ is very much involved in his community, and has become a major role in the Nanaimo art scene.

Future projects include the release of my LURFOOT toy to the public, hopefully a shoe is coming out with Etnies footwear, I’m talking to a hot sauce company about doing a limited edition hot sauce, underwear coming out with MyPakage, Art show in Seattle in March. Working on an art show called spoiler alert which will involve me seeing blockbuster movies and then spoiling the end by releasing lurk creatures with speech bubbles spilling the beans the same day as the movie comes out. To follow more upcoming events visit Lurk’s website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Inspiration List: Good people, bad people, okay people, fairy tales, and urban legends

Featured Artist ||| Paul Lewin (Oakland, CA)

Paul Lewin was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973 and moved to the U.S. with my family in 1977. He spent most of my years growing up in Miami FL and is now living in Oakland, CA . He recalls his father’s passion for woodworking and his drive to practice and create; he was Paul’s first artistic inspiration. He also loved collecting art. Paul’s childhood home was filled with paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of many different cultures from around the world. These works, along with his love of sci-fi and fantasy art inspired a lot of Paul Lewis early creative years.

Some words from Paul Lewin, “My art over the years has also been influenced by indigenous folklore,tribal cultures, world religion,and ancient societies. I am currently working on a series of paintings entitled ‘Roots of the Cotton Tree’, inspired by the folklore of the Caribbean Islands and Africa. Folktales,legends,artistry,rituals and religious beliefs that have been handed down from generation to generation through the oral tradition and art of storytelling. This work has become a personal journey through the roots of my culture. The connection to nature,the gods/goddesses,and the spirits of our ancestors gave strength to the early Afro-Caribbean communities.

In my work there are bits and pieces of different ceremonies,fables,legends of the supernatural and religious rites that are blended together much like the actual make up of the Afro-Caribbean culture itself. African, European, Indian, Chinese,Taino, and Arawak are just a few in the melting pot that is the West Indies. With each new piece in this series I strive to bring forth the mystical roots of caribbean culture fused with my love of sci-fi and ancient worlds.” 

You can check out Paul Lewin’s work, in person, at Last Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Opening October 18th. You can also read more and see more on his website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr

Inspiration list: music, art, sci-fi movies, indigenous folklore, art, nature, science and ancient societies

Send in your Halloween-related artwork for our annual Halloween Reader Art Contest! All mediums accepted. All artwork will be posted to a Facebook album on Oct 15th. We will also be sharing select entries throughout the month on our Facebook and Instagram page. The images with the most votes (“likes”) on the Facebook album wins an imaginary trophy and infinite bragging rights. Top four winners will be announced in some fancy way AND the 1st place winner will receive a Paint Pens Collective mystery box - a $75 value.  A 2nd winner will be RANDOMLY selected from the top 10 images. TO ENTER - 1. Email your images to by Oct 15th. Please include your name, as you would like to be credited, Instagram handle, and a link to your website. You may also tag @paintpenscollective on Instagram to enter that image into the contest. We will leave a comment so you know it was received. Three entries maximum. 2. All entries will be posted to an album on Friday, October 17th (8pm PST). Voting will end Oct 29th (8pm PST). Oct 31st - Winners will be announced! View Larger


Send in your Halloween-related artwork for our annual Halloween Reader Art Contest! All mediums accepted. 

All artwork will be posted to a Facebook album on Oct 15th. We will also be sharing select entries throughout the month on our Facebook and Instagram page. 

The images with the most votes (“likes”) on the Facebook album wins an imaginary trophy and infinite bragging rights. Top four winners will be announced in some fancy way AND the 1st place winner will receive a Paint Pens Collective mystery box - a $75 value.  A 2nd winner will be RANDOMLY selected from the top 10 images. 

TO ENTER - 1. Email your images to by Oct 15th. Please include your name, as you would like to be credited, Instagram handle, and a link to your website. You may also tag @paintpenscollective on Instagram to enter that image into the contest. We will leave a comment so you know it was received. Three entries maximum. 

2. All entries will be posted to an album on Friday, October 17th (8pm PST). Voting will end Oct 29th (8pm PST). Oct 31st - Winners will be announced!

EVENT PICKS!!! Sept 25Good afternoon PPC homies!
Don’t scroll on or else you will miss all these kick ass events we have united together for you! (any Aretha Franklin fans out there?)

SF || Tomorrow at 5pm something HUGE is beginning! And by HUGE I mean three days of awesome art and performances. ART BEATS has partnered with Adobe Books, Lequivive Gallery, Loakal Gallery, Root Division, ArtSpan, Performing Arts Workshop, Zero Friends, Luna Rienne Gallery, Modern Eden, SCRAP, the Midway Project, and much much more… Plus there will be tons of music during the night. Peir 70 doesnt know whats coming, and neither do you, so if your ready to have your mind blown then RSVP on their page to get in for FREE »> ARTBEATS : AN ART & PERFORMANCE SPECTACLE presented by THE MIDWAY. || Fri (26th) - Sunday (28th)

SF || APAture 2014 Comics & Illustration Showcase at Cartoon Art Museum, Feat. Ben Seto begins tomorrow at 11am. Kearny Street Workshop is the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, they are bringing together over 80 emerging bay area artists at the Cartoon Art Museum. Check out their page for pre-sale tickets ($5), worshop times and other event details. || Sat (26th)

SF || Mission: Comics & Art is having their 5th anniversary party 2 days from now. Don’t miss out on the 30% OFF All Superhero Collections & Back-issues. what more is there to say, see you at the 5th Anniversary Party! || Sat (26th)

Boston || Studio Miners has curated a show that brings friendly little monsters together for a Monster Party. Boston Children’s Museum will be transformed into a fun interactive art zone for 11 days! There will be an interactive mural, smelly monster sculptures, a monster bean mag toss and much more. || Sat (27th)- Tue (7th)

LA || La Luz De Jesus Gallery never disappoints. Next Friday the painter Tom Neely will be having his open reception for Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever exhibition and book launch. Check out his love story starring Henry and Glen, two notorious muscle-bound punk/metal dudes. || Friday Oct (3rd)
Okay see you there, or you can just be a square.

Featured Artist ||| Jacob Romeo (Orange County, CA)

This week’s featured artist is Southern California artist, Jacob Romeo. He is currently hard at work on his web-comic, “Everyone Does Their Chores in Polyuna” which you can view at He also lectures on topics related to animation, illustration, concept design and visual development to students in Orange County, where he currently resides in with his wife, Renee, and two Cornish Rexes, DJ Magi-cat and MC Licorica.  

Inspiration List: nature, good story telling, and good designs.

You can donate and support Jacob’s current web comic on Patreon, a website which enables fans to support and engage with artists and creators they love. To read more and see more visit his website, blog, and web-comic.

 Written by: Shayna Yasuhara


Feels so good to be back! I missed the PPC fam!
I think my brain is finally fully functioning after spending a week out in the desert… or maybe not.
But, without any further delays, let me present these awesome art shows that you cannot miss out on!

SF – Our monthly drink and draw even is back for round 5 super! QUICK DRAW SF #005 starts at 6pm tonight. Feel free to bring your own sketch book and draw where ever you feel comfortable, a bar filled with artists is a beautiful sight! Cheap drinks, live dj’s and one of a kind art! This event is for everyone, well as long as you’re 21, but other then that, everyone. ||| (18th) TONIGHT [6pm-9pm]

SF –Tonight NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences is hosting Feline NightLife | Music by DJ Eric Sharp and Cat Man of West Oakland | 21+. A special night dedicated to our furry feline friends, cat lovers are more then welcome! Don’t forget to check out our DJ friends Adam Myatt (aka cat man) and Eric Sharp. This is a 21+ event so bring ID’s. Ticket details can be found here» Meow. ||| (18th) TONIGHT [6pm-10pm]

Oakland – Wu Tang is the theme of the night for this art show next Friday. Champagne Tigers (a Wu Tang tribute) is being hosted by LeQuiVive. Six artists will take their own Wu Tang inspirations & contribute them to this group themed show where visual art and music will go hand in hand. ||| (26th) NEXT FRIDAY

Oakland – Over 35 exciting artists from Oakland and the Bay Area will team up to create 100+ pieces of original art inspired by Children’s Fairyland at the Children’s Fairyland’s Drawn Together: Art + Wine at Fairyland! Make sure to buy your early bird ticket for only $20 before they run out! Once again our friend Adam Myatt will be bringing the tunes. Don’t miss out on such a magical night! ||| (26th) NEXT FRIDAY [6pm-9pm]

Denmark - Four talented female artists have fled New York! Don’t worry we found them all at the Gallery Poulsen in Denmark and they just so happen to be the stars of Escape From New York! New Garde Now . These ladies should all be noted because this wont be the last time you are seeing their names, Alison Elizabeth Taylor,
Kristen Schiele, Rachel Schmidhofer, and Robin Williams are all exploring new angles, new figures, new colors and above all new stories, constantly emerging and surprising. ||| (26th) NEXT FRIDAY [4pm-6pm]


SO…like, what the heck is QUICK DRAW SF?

Quick Draw SF is a a live drink and draw event that occurs every third Thursday of the month at F8 Bar & Gallery (1192 Folsom) in San Francisco. The event co-curated by Shayna Yasuhara, editor of Paint Pens Collective, and Jason Furie, editor of Never Ending Radical Dude.

Everyone is welcome to draw and sell pieces they made during the event. There is also a rotating line-up of ten guest artists who are selected each month. These artists are highlighted in the promotion leading up to the event and are invited to bring various prints, t-shirts, stickers, and other cool items, to sell at the official Quick Draw merch table.

How are the guest artists selected? Each month ten artists are selected as the “guest artists”. Since this event is co-hosted, five artists are picked by the two curators, Shayna and Jason. The goal is to show a diverse range of artwork with a slight tilt toward low-brow, comic art, and alternative art styles. If you are interested in being considered send a website link to 

Who has been a guest artists at Quick Draw SF so far? In no particular order…Matt Harding, Tofusquirrel, Andrew Eric, Nigel Sussman, Tatyana Vogt, Mary Syring, Wednesday Kirwan, Katie Bacigalupi, Lloyd Hoshide, Jon Casey, Daisy Church, DesignNurd, Josh Ellingson, Cameron Forsley, Rick Kitagawa, Vincent Kukua,Tony Papesh, Niraj Patil, Eve Skylar, Rick Lucey, Salah Khudari, Spencer Mann, Matt Delight, Marina Loeb, Max Kauffman, Justin Herbst, Jean Chen, Andy Griffiths, Chris Conroy, Jeff Plotkin, Alison Dubois, Ben Jelter, Frank T. LIn (FTONGL), Mónico Chávez, Jean Chen, Jesse Balmer, Katie Longua, Kelly Martin (Dr. Lollipop), Niraj Patil, Zachary Sweet, Chelsea Brown, Jason Furie, Josh Thurman, Norio Fujikawa, Ruel Brown, Shayna Why, and Super Ugly….   

I was already a guest artist, does that mean I won’t be a guest artist ever again? The Quick Draw SF curators are always on the look out for new artists. Usually the majority of the guest artist list will be new artists, however, we will include a couple repeats. If someone drops out last minute then we will usually fill the spot with an artist who is regular at the night. 

But I don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area… Don’t fret! If you live in another city and want to host your own Quick Draw event you can. If you have some experience curating art shows and a location in mind, you can email a short proposal to PPC. There have been two Quick Draw Boston events; one in 2013 and 2012. There will also be a Quick Draw Las Vegas on the horizon. Stay tuned for new cities to be announced.

When is the next Quick Draw & how much does it cost to attend? The next Quick Draw SF is this Thursday (Sept 18) from 6pm-9pm. The event is FREE, however you must be 21+ and RSVP here.

Frank Forte ||| (Los Angeles, Ca)

Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. This director and story board artist has had worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming projects including: Despicable Me 2, Bob’s Burgers, Allen Gregory, The Super Hero Squad Show, Hero 108, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. 

 “Working as an animator I try to bring my knowledge of form and movement onto the static canvas.  My goal is to make static art move,” said Forte.

Forte, a self-proclaimed “pop surrealist” and Lowbrow artist, has exhibited his art at The La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Phone Booth Gallery, Cannibal Flower Gallery, Ltd. Gallery and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. He has also been a regular contributor to Heavy Metal Magazine.  He has also co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series that was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003. 

Forte is also the publisher at Asylum Press, an indie graphic novel and comic book publisher. Since its inception in 1999, Frank has written, illustrated and published such comics as, Zombie Terrors, The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Billy Boy, The Cletus and Floyd Show


Some of Forte’s inspirations include old cartoons, illustration and comic books.

Upcoming show/events:

Frank Forte is currently showing at La Luz De Jesus Gallery, one of our favorite Los Angeles galleries.

To follow Frank Forte’s upcoming projects, and to see more of his work visit his website and blogs:

Featured Artist ||| Devon Devereaux (Portland, OR)

This week’s featured artist is Portland-based artist, Devon Devereaux. He illustrated The Littlest Bitch, a “Not for Children, Children’s Book”, written by David Quinn, and published by Sellers Books. As an illustrator, he has quite a client list; including Disney, The Vincent Price Estate, Slave Labor Graphics, Willamette Week, Bee Int., Graphic Classics, Laughing Squid, and the HP Lovecraft Film Festival and many more. 

He has sold original fine art paintings and prints to Bob Burden (Creator of Mystery Men and Flaming Carrot), James Warren (publisher of Creepy and Eerie), Pixar, and Jim Henson Company. He has also shown his work in galleries from Los Angeles to Osaka, Japan.

Inspiration List:

1950s-60’s B Movies, retro horror, old Disney, Tiki, surrealist painters, Early Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, and Charles Addams.

Upcoming shows/events:

Devon recently completed “Tales of Hot Rod Horror Vol. 2” with a variety of talented creators and “Josh Lobster & The Mystery of Aqua Park” with Chris Reilly.

His work on Kickstarter for Josh Lobster is described as “a little bit of Lovecraft, a little bit of Goonies, a little bit Jaws and a whole lot weird.

Josh Lobster is the story of Josh and his sidekick Misty exploring the secrets of Goose Cove, Rhode Island. The traveling carnival comes to the island every year but this year something strange is afoot. The world’s population of sea life is making their way to Goose Cove. New evidence of 20-year-old murder comes to light. Vampire’s attack on the island cattle and the mysterious Barnacle Bill seems to be at the center of it all. 


To follow Devon Devereaux’s upcoming projects, and to see more of his work, visit his websiteFacebookTwitteInstagramTumblrEtsy and Kickstarter.

Written by: Jocelyn Carranza

Cambridge Art Crawl Spotlight: Darren Goldman (Salem, MA)

Darren Goldman’s illustrations are a whimsical mix of macabre and mischief. Since his introduction to Lola, his ever-charming Boston Terrier, he has gained a passion for pet portraiture. Lola remains Goldman’s biggest muse, and will sit patiently for any portrait study… as long as a “cookie” is involved. You can see Darren’s work in person at this Sunday’s Paint Pens Collective sponsored “Art Walk in the Park” in Cambridge, MA.

Inspirations: Monsters, Muppets and cute furry things.

Upcoming Shows/Projects:

Goldman’s calendar is filled with shows incluiding: “Bewitching 4” at Stranger Factory on October 2014 in Albuquerque, NM, “Turtle Power” at Bottleneck Gallery on October 2014 in Brooklyn, NY, and Creative Pet Project Vol. 2 sometime later this year. He also has some of his work currently being displayed at TAG Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

To follow his upcoming projects, and to see more of his work visit Darren Goldman’s website, Facebook and Instagram (@darrengoldman).

Article written by: Jocelyn Carranza



Drinks, Music, Art, Ice Cream, and TMNT! 
Here’s what we’ve got this week…

San Francisco ||| Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Quick Draw is tonight! 10 talented artists will be set up in the “special room” drawing for your entertainment. QUICK DRAW SF #004 is taking on the theme of TMNT && 1192 Folsom has created a theme appropriate drink for the night! Come join us for a night packed with awesome faces, quirky people, cool drawings, and some delicious cocktails. Get your turtle on, wear your favorite TMNT shirt, watch, backpack, underwear, whatever! (Just make sure you still put pants on). || TONIGHT 21st

San Francisco ||| NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences Art crawl Is tonight!! Which means you have a choice to make, Either Quick Draw or Art Crawl? Either way we’ll still love you. Join the California Academy of Sciencesand Paint Pens Collective as we bring art to the land of science. Come find our booth! We’ll give you a free pin if you can tell us what you would name a penguin. || TONIGHT 21st

San Francisco ||| Eddie Colla Solo Show “Atavisms” beings tomorrow at the Ian Ross Gallery . Colla’s work evokes an apocalyptic theme. His portraits capture, neither the victim nor hero, but show a person who is easy to connect with, a person who reflects the problems that people face today. His portraits are larger than life, and are not just any ordinary panting. Colla uses a variety of techniques and materials to create these mixed media portraits. His work is something you must see to understand.|| Friday 22nd

LA ||| Flower Pepper Gallery presents the Artists Across America: Artists Roadshow. Starting at 1pm Flower Pepper Gallery will host a lightning fast panel discussion with artists from our current exhibit. The event will be moderated by Daniel Rolnik, and last approximately 1 hour. Afterwards, Judson McKinney will perform an acoustic set of his original music. || Saturday 23rd

Massachusetts || Art City Presents: Art Walk in the Park. It is an artists Paradise from 11 AM – 5 PM at the University Park in Cambridge, Ma. Tons of artists will be in attendance! There will be Community projects, Art work, sculptures, food, & ICE CREAM!!! This is a family friendly art event, so feel free to bring your kids! || Sunday 24th

PPC events written by Lindsay Kranz.

Featured Artist ||| Jillian Evelyn (Cambridge, MA)

The cuteness of these animal illustrations has got me super excited about this week’s featured artist! Freelance illustrator, Jillian Evelyn, is a master of all things adorable. She will be participating in Paint Pens Collective sponsored Art Walk in the Park this Sunday at University Park Common, Cambridge Ma.

Her career path has brought her to settle down in the East Coast where she currently resides with her pug, Olie Maru. Most days you can find Jillian in her studio with a cup of coffee and immersed in her whimsical wonderland of doodles and drawings. 


Some of Jillian’s inspirations include animals (she occasionally watches old episodes of Planet Earth on Netflix to get inspiration), vintage coffee mugs and Japanese/ Kawaii stationery.

To follow Jillian Evelyn’s upcoming projects, and to see more of her work, visit her WebsiteInstagramTumblr, and Twitter.

Written by: Jocelyn Carranza


SO EXCITED to announce that Quick Draw SF is back for round 4!!! So no more excuses get your act together and prepare your self for some mutant ninja Quick Draw!!
Here’s what we’ve got this week.

Australia __ Studio281 has revamped their building to match the high quality art work that is coming in this weekend. "Falter" Opening Night for Jodee Knowles + Anya Brock @ 281 begins Saturday August 18th. If you cant book your plane ticket for this weekend, you have until September 17th! Or if you are lucky enough to live in Western Australia, then make sure you make it to check out this art work from down unda … (no? too much?) PLUS both artists will be painting murals on the facade of Studio281(check out their Facebook for updates) ||| Saturday 16th

San Francisco __ Modern Eden Gallery is pleased to present A Perilous Journey: Tara Krebs Solo Exhibition. This Canadian artist/ illustrator paints surreal worlds and storybook-style imagery while working predominantly in acrylic and oils. The reception will have interactive storybooks where people can write their own stories to the artwork! Show begins this weekend and will last until September 6. ||| Saturday 16th

Los Angeles __ Thinkspace Gallery is hosting two art events this weekend. One of them happens to be ‘Opulent Anomalies’, a show by the very talented & self-taught artist Glenn Arthur. Don’t miss out on the freak show babes, head over to the Think Space website to get a sneak peak of this beautifully crafted collection. ||| Saturday 16th

San Francisco __ QUICK DRAW SF #004 is approaching quickly! This month there is a loose mutant ninja turtles theme, and by loose I mean come dressed up as a turtle. As always we will have 10 talented artists sketching at their tables. Plus a $5 drink special called the “Cowa-Buncha-Alcohol”. Is there any way this could get better? Of course! Add CDCM into the mix and now we have music that will transform your mind into a grain of salt. STOKED! ||| Thursday 21st (that’s next week )

San Francisco __ Art and science merge together for a night! We are taking over the Academy’s African Hall at Gallery Crawl NightLife | Music by Slayers Club | 21+. Upstairs with the skulls, there will be an area for fellow artists to sketch away. If you listen to Pandora, you probably already have heard about Night Life Creatures and Cocktails. Now is your time to help support Paint Pens Collective and get your geek on at the Academy of Science! start at 6pm! ||| Thursday 21st (next week)

Las Vegas __ PPC contributor Cristina Paulos is having a show in Nevada next week! Cristina Paulos’ “Rhythm, Line and Stroke” Reception is on August 22. “Paulos’ artworks incorporate a variety of techniques and materials. Using life models for this entire series, Paulos continues her creative philosophy of capturing and revealing human flaws, discomforts and vulnerabilities.” __ Friday 22

Featured Artist ||| Chris Wood (Atlanta, Ga)

I first became familiar with Chris Wood’s work when we attended class together at Cal Arts. I was impressed with his drawing skills and his observation of life. Chris currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he continues to work on his paintings.

Chris is a person who doesn’t like to talk about himself.  In his website there is not much about him. Absent of a biography he becomes is sort of a mystery. 

His work speaks for itself. When asked about why there’s not much about him of his website, he response “I don’t feel that a biography is important.  I don’t feel it’s important right now. I’m still in my infancy as an artist.  I’ve accomplished nothing academically important.”

I asked Chris: What do you find inspires you and your artwork?

“I’m inspired by difficult tasks… I’m amazed by that fact that everything and everyone “grows”. I hate most music. I love wine. I adore unusual people. I truly believe that art is the most difficult and rewarding path in life.”

Please view more of Chris Wood on his website and look for his upcoming gallery show in September at Southern California’ Dax Gallery.

Thank you Chris for sharing your beautiful artwork.

To follow Chris Wood’s upcoming projects, and see more of his work, visit his website, Facebook, Instagram (@calartschris), and Blog.

Written by: Christina Paulos

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