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Offering picture frames, posters, art and more for over 30 years! www.frameusa.com has a great selection, low prices, fast delivery and friendly staff.

At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

Bulk Volume Ordering–Save More when you Spend More

Frame USA Bulk Volume Ordering

It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on offering exceptionally priced american made products to our customers. We have frequent sales and offer discounted pricing to our wholesale customers. Something else we offer that people may not know about is Bulk and Volume Pricing for orders.

We want to help businesses get the custom frames they need for their hotel, restaurant, corporate office or gallery.

We’ve made it easy and economical for our customers to purchase picture frames in bulk.

Here’s a 4 step process to make bulk volume ordering as simple as: lather, rinse, and repeat (which is what you’ll be doing once you get your picture frame order) .

Step 1:

Pick out the picture frames and/or mats that you absolutely love. We have a huge selection to choose from many of which are able to be laser engraved with a custom message.

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Step 2:

When you have the picture frames you would like to order fill out our custom quote form. Once you this is complete one of our customer service agents will get back to you with your price within 8 hours.

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Step 3:

So you have received your custom quote back from one of our agents, your next step is to place your order. But before you do that I bet you want to save even more, right? Here’s how: Volume Discounts.

We have two very not so secret discount codes available for our customers that spend big with us. There is a banner located right on the homepage of our website that when you click on it you find the codes.

Bulk Order Volume Discount

These volume discounts are offered in two tiers:

$750+

7.5% Off your entire order. Offer only valid on ordersfrom $750-$999.99. Cannot be combined with any other promotion/discount. Enter coupon code: 7.5off750 at checkout.

$1000+

10% Off your entire order.  Offer only valid onorders over $1,000. Cannot be combined with any other promotion/discount.  Enter coupon code:10%off1000 at checkout.

Step 4:

Place your order, receive your frames and be ecstatic with how your business looks.

 

This process is a fail-proof method for decorating your business, take advantage of our bulk ordering and volume discounts today!

Frame USA’s Vendor of the Year Award for 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, Frame USA reflects on the past year. The accomplishes that we have made, the setbacks and their solutions we have figured out, on our customers and what they seek from us as a company for the upcoming year and most importantly the people that you rarely hear about, our vendors. Every year Frame USA goes through our vendors and selects one particular that has gone above and beyond their line of duty. We turn to our Buyer/Inventory Manager, Leslie Hoctor, who works directly with our vendors for guidance on who should receive this prestigious award.  Here is what she has to say about the recipient of Frame USA’s 2014 Vendor of The Year Award:

“Throughout 2014 we have made a successful transition to using more of their corrugated products then in the past. This has been a significant cost savings to us, as well as an increase in quality. Shipping with this vendor is almost always as promised, any delays or glitches are promptly communicated to me. Our salesman from this company, Steve Betz, gives us great service. He has been known to come to our facility for a visit with very little notice on many occasions. In one instance, our packers had a question about how to properly use one of his company’s corrugated products. Steve performed a very gracious impromptu training session and demonstration for them. We all learned a lot from this visit. This company as always been a significant contributor to our December Charity Initiative, Fill The Truck. I feel that our partnership is continually improving and will continue to grow for our mutual benefit in 2015.”

 

Without further ado…Drumroll please…..

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Congratulations to Ackers Packaging on being the recipient of Frame USA 2014 Vendor of the Year Award, Thank you for all that you do for our company, we greatly appreciate it!

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Get to know our SEO Coordinator–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week on Favorite Hobby Friday Frame USA’s CEO, Daniel Regenold told everyone about his love for Tennis. This week I thought I would introduce myself and tell everyone about my favorite Hobby.

My name is Brooke Skyllingstad and I’m the voice behind the recent blog, and social media posts for Frame USA. I started this position at the end of October and have loved every second of it. The reason? I get to do my favorite hobby almost every day for my job. MY favorite hobby is designing, everything from board games, invitations, flyers and ads, I love it all.

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Building Redesign

I first started designing sophomore year of high school. Prior to this I had always been interested in art but that was when I really got inspired, and have been doing it ever since. I used photo-editing software to combine images I found on the Internet with song lyrics. There was no end game behind the pieces I was creating then, I just did them to pass the time. When I discovered I could be doing things like that every day as my profession, well I couldn’t pass that up. After four tough years at The University of Dayton I graduated May of 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine art in Graphic Design.

The field of design is a field where you can never become an actual master. The field is too subjective; there are different techniques that emerge in it every single day. I never stop learning things about design, and new techniques that make it more interesting. I would like to think that I have a pretty great talent for digital illustration, most of the designs that I produce have some element of illustration and almost always have typographic elements.

I spend at least 2 plus hours every day designing new pieces, every ad that goes out to our customers for Frame USA or Frame Closeouts is designed by me, every photograph on our Instagram is taken or compiled by me. I have a small freelance business that keeps me busy when I leave work but majority of my design time is spent at Frame USA.

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Chapter book about the correlation between life and death and how everything is connected.

Design has been a huge part of my life for so long that it’s hard to choose just one thing that is my favorite but if I had to choose it would be the exact moment where an idea for a piece enters my brain. From that point on until I hit a road block I am researching experimenting and conveying that idea to the viewers.

My least favorite part of designing coincides with how I go about my work. I’m a perfectionist; I don’t want the world to see something that is less than perfect. For this reason my least favorite part is when an idea in my head doesn’t coincide with the skills I possess, so the final product doesn’t look how I imagined. When I first started college this was a huge factor in my never sleeping, I would spend hours on one tiny part of a piece that wasn’t perfect. However towards the end of college I acquired a new view on how I work. I take the imperfections that only my eyes see and use it as a way to create new ideas that will convey the ultimate goal better.

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Board Game designed about the Village of Glendale

The memorable experiences that have occurred for me with design all happened during college when I wasn’t considered a ‘professional’. They’re memorable simply because they showed my very loud doubting inner voice that I did in fact have what it took to be successful in design. I remember the exact moment when a book cover I designed became available for purchase on amazon, or when posters that I designed for Frame USA’s Fill The Truck Goes Back-2-School were hanging in store windows around my hometown. The ultimate experience for me though, was having my design chosen by my favorite band, Sick Puppies, to be on their Facebook page. Having millions of people see my work as they went to that page will forever be a highlight of my life.

The biggest thing that I have learned about myself is that the biggest critic of my work is myself. Throughout college I really struggled with doubts no matter how much praise I received for my work. Upon graduating I also learned that no matter how many doubts you have about yourself…. when it has to do with something you love, you will never ever give up.

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Book proposal for the Designers of Herman Miller Book.

The one piece of advise that I could give someone if they are interested in picking up a hobby, whether its Graphic Design or bowling is to not give up too soon. You may become frustrated and you may become tired but don’t give up because you never know how much of an impact that hobby can make on your entire life.

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Package design for the fictional company Link.

I hope this gave you a little bit of an insight into the person behind the blog and the ads of Frame USA. Stay tuned next week for Favorite Hobby Friday!

Traditions During The Holidays from Frame USA Employees

Traditions for the Holidays

Today is the last full day for Frame USA Employees before the New Year. Frame USA Employees reflect on their favorite Holiday Traditions. Here is what a few of our hardworking employee have to say:

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“On Christmas Eve, my middle daughter Emily and I, take our convertible car with our dog cookie. No matter how cold it is we put the top down and drive through the neighborhoods for an hour or so. We stop at Starbucks to stay warm and stop to get our dog a treat or Christmas present.   We wear our Christmas hats and the entire drive we wave at everyone passing by and tell them Merry Christmas!  We always drive through the Walmart (which is always busy with people) and make sure to tell them all best wishes to all the people a little too stressed out. It is without a doubt one of my favorite days and things to do in the whole world!”

-Daniel P. Regenold, CEO Frame USA, Inc.

 

“My favorite tradition is spending quality time with all of my family!

-Kelly Ackerman, Marketing Director

 

“We open presents”

-Brandon Swinehart, In-House Sales Representative

 

“Every year we go up to my wife’s Aunt’s house in New Philadelphia Ohio and all the family comes over and the kids all get presents and we watch them open those, then we eat, and then we play bingo and there are small prize bags filled with just little stuff that you can get at Walgreens (last year I got Cocoa butter in mine). It’s fun. And we usually watch “A Christmas Story” while we’re there… We also use mini marshmallows for the bingo chips and we throw a lot of them at each other.

-Kelley Kombrinck, Customer Service Representative

 

“I am the youngest of four and even though I’m 22 I am still always one of the first people awake on Christmas morning. It is the only day that I’m perfectly okay with getting up early and no matter how old I get I think this will be my role in my family!”

-Brooke Skyllingstad, SEO Coordinator

 

“I will stay up late and sleep the entire day”

-Andy Scarth, Art Director

 

“We spend the day with my husband’s family.  He is the youngest of seven children.  His mother is 82 and still very much involved.  Dozens and dozens of people come to our gathering with potluck dishes, and four generations of Hoctors gather under one roof for the day.  It is always a very special day.”

-Leslie J. Hoctor, Buyer/Inventory Manager

 

“In our family we have the 45 minute rule for sitting and eating Holiday dinners, no one is allowed to leave the table until 45minutes has past. Reason is we realized that we would be cooking all day, and it would only take our boy’s 15 minutes at most to eat.  They are of course grown now. But we still ask them to follow this rule.”

-Jill Gugel, Administrative Assistant

 

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We make santa cookies using my great grandma’s butter cookie recipe, and hand decorate them every year.”

-Shannon Powell, Retail Associate

 

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While Frame USA employees are away for the holidays we bring you one of the company’s favorite traditions—offering a great site wide sale! Starting today take 10% off site wide with the coupon code Holidays2014. This sale expires 12-30-14 at midnight!

 

Let us know what your family favorite holiday traditions are in a comment below!

CEO of Frame USA–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know the CEO of Frame USA–Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week on Favorite Hobby Friday we learned about Posterservice Sales rep David Estep. Today we get a glimpse at the man who started Frame USA and Posterservice, Dan Regenold as he speaks about his favorite hobby when he’s not running a successful company!

 Since the age of 14 I have been totally addicted to the sport of Tennis. There is something about the one-on-one competition that really gets me going. My true love of the sport dates back to the days when tennis reached the height of popularity and my favorite players to watch (in order) were Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. I could literally watch for hours upon hours.

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I’m also a player and still play 2-3 times a week when my body is not in some resisting state of injury which seems to happen more and more frequently. A few years back I had a chance to go to a Tennis Fantasy camp at John Newcomb’s ranch in Texas. We played tennis twice a day for 6 straight days and by the 4th or -55h day most of us were visiting the trainer daily for aches and pains.   The camp was a great chance to mingle with some of the great players from history (who served as the teachers of the camp)—Cliff Drysdale (commentator), Mark Woodford, Roy Emerson,  Fred Stolle, Mal Anderson, John Newcomb, and several others. When these Aussie greats weren’t teaching us they were encouraging us to work on our Beer Drinking—which they are all experts at.

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My children have also been very involved in the sport.   Kelly ran the Club Tennis program at Miami University. Emily played Division One tennis at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois (Home of the Dormitory!). Daniel went to State for Doubles in 2010. My wife, Becky doesn’t play but she and I surely have loved watching the kids play for years. And, I’ve started to play more mixed doubles with my two daughters over the last couple of years. Mixed Doubles is lots of fun and highly competitive.

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Part of my obsession watching tennis is going out the ATP combined Tennis Tournament in Cincinnati each August. I have been a season ticket holder for 20 years now. I’ve been to tournaments really all over the Country and none compares to the ATP at the Western & Southern Open. I love to sit in the front row and just get involved in the match. Maybe drink a beer (maybe two?). You can walk around from court to court and really get to know the players as they practice and play.

 

I urge you to watch a tennis match sometime and get into it. If you don’t know anything about the sport  at first it might be a little boring, but it sure gets better over and over. I like the Women’s matches better than the men’s because there is less hard hitting and more strategy.

Hope this Blog posting about my favorite hobby has not been too boring. See you on the courts???

                Daniel P. Regenold, CEO

                Frame USA, Inc.

Next week on Favorite Hobby Friday learn about the girl behind the blog…Me!

Upcycled Picture Frames

Upcycled Picture Frames

Unconventional Uses for Picture Frames

Almost everyone knows what picture frames are for—to protect, enhance and display a piece of artwork, a precious document, or a family portrait. That is not the only thing that picture frames can be used for. The uses for picture frames are endless. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite unconventional uses for picture frames that I’ve seen around pinterest, television and even from customers!

1. Apartment Door Decoration using an Upcycled picture Frame

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This use was something I had never thought of until I saw it on the TV Show Selfie. Use a decorative picture frame in shell form (without glass or backing) such as our Napoleon or American Value Silver frames on your door! You can also use a picture frame as a festive wreathe. Our Barnwood frames are perfect for a fall wreathe. This is perfect for apartments to make a door stand out among the sea of doors!

2. Upcycled Frame Collage Artwork 

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Picture frame collages with images in a bunch of different style of frames all painted one color to match but make a statement are very popular. This takes that idea but uses the picture frame shells as art itself! The different styles of our wood frames would be great for this idea.

3. Upcycled picture Frame turned Coffee Table 

I don’t have a picture of this next one since it was an idea from a customer that she is planning on doing. She is planning on making a tabletop with a 2” thick frame to display seashells. She is substituting acrylic instead of glass and wooden dividers for the seashells and to support the acrylic. She figured out that this would be much cheaper than one of those coffee tables that are made for displays. Our Shadow box Elite comes in an unfinished profile which would be great for this so you can stain it and paint it in a color to match your décor.

4. Serving Tray using Upcycled Picture Frame 

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Who doesn’t love parties? Create a unique tray to serve food, drinks or bottles on. Using scrap book paper and acrylic glass in one of our frames. Our Victorian Picture Frames would be a beautiful conversation starter about where you got this vintage looking tray.

5. Nail Polish/Spice Rack using an Upcycled Picture Frame

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This is perfect for the nail polish or food obsessed. Using a picture frame painted with the color of your choice or even just your favorite frame, for me it would be our Black Smoke Series and wood pieces adhered to the back to hold nail polish bottles or spice containers. This is both a piece of art and a handy storage system!

 

I hope my top 5 favorite unconventional uses for upcycled picture frames inspired the DIY crafter inside you. Show us your favorite upcycled picture frames!

 

Frame USA Employees—Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week on Favorite Hobby Friday I talked with our favorite monster drawing customer service rep, Kelley Kombrinck. This week I bring you the Favorite Hobby of our Posterservice Sales rep, David Estep.

David, tell us about your favorite hobby.

My favorite hobby is creating art.

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Your position here makes a lot of sense knowing that; when did you first start creating it?

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember!

So then you must have a pretty neat story behind how you got started, tell our readers all about it. 

I spent my younger years creating art much like every other kid until father gave me a quill pen and ink set that was my Grandfathers. To a young kid it was ancient but it was so cool at the same time. I was fascinated with the result of the ink on paper and spent years working with nothing but. Fast forward to Art School where I studied advertising design and worked a lot with markers creating mark ups. I fell in love with the bright colors of the markers and they now are a part of everything I create.

I was right, that was a pretty unique story, so how long did it take you to become a master at it?

It took me about a year to develop my own unique style before I was happy with the direction it was going. I was influenced by a wide range of sources—fine artists such as Picasso, and Matisse, more contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, psychedelic artists Alex Gray and Ed Paschke and of course comic books. 

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So now that you have your style developed, how many hours a week would you estimate you spend on your artwork?

I work on an art project, usually a few at time, almost every day.

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So since you do it every day you must have a favorite part, what is it?

Everything from the conceptual to completion. There’s something really cool about each step.

If every part of the process is your favorite, do you even have a least favorite part?

I am not void of having an artist’s block, so when it comes on it can be very frustrating. Sometimes it is difficult to translate my thoughts into images.

Artist’s block is awful, what is some advice for our readers that may want to start creating art?

I truly believe we are all artists, everyone has the ability to create something that expresses a feeling or a thought they may have. So, I say go for it, don’t be afraid of the outcome. Create for yourself first, and the number one idea, enjoy yourself.

So taking your advice, tell us about the most memorable experience with your art.

I have been accepted into a few art shows that are very jury heavy such as Summerfair and the Hyde Park Art Show. I was interviewed in the Citybeat publication and on Channel 9 morning news to promote the 2004 Hyde Park Art Show. It’s really nice to be recognized for my work.

I would say those both would be unforgettable moments; what is one thing you have learned about yourself through mastering art?

There is a release for the voices in my head, my art. Kidding aside, there is some truth to this. I find I have all these artistic ideas and they really start to cry to get out which I feel I must address. Once out, I can move on the next voice/idea.

Art is such a great outlet for working through things! 

Thanks so much David for taking the time to tell our readers about your favorite hobby! 

Favorite Hobby Friday continues next week as Frame USA‘s CEO, Daniel Regenold, tells all about his favorite hobby!

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Holiday Shipping 2014

Holiday Shipping Schedule for 2014

As Christmas quickly approaches everyone is scrambling to get their gifts ordered and purchased so that they arrive on time. Buying presents online, although convenient, is a risky business to get into for Christmas, you never know if you’re going to get the gifts on time. Frame USA is all about life hacks (in case you don’t already know, check out part 1 & part 2 of our life hacks) so we’re going to make things extremely simple for you.

If you need Picture Frames or mats by Christmas, no matter where you are shipping them throughout the United States, your order needs to be placed by December 14th.

December is the only time where our standard 5-7 production time doesn’t apply. You will notice when you place your order and recieve the confirmation that it will say that it will arrive on or by Christmas Eve. We guarantee you with 100% certainty that you will receive your picture frame and mat orders on time if you order by the 14th.

If you would like to know the exact dates that we are shipping out orders, our full holiday shipping schedule can be viewed on our website here.

Since we have made your lives easier, we ask you to consider paying it forward this holiday season and making the life of someone else easier. How can you do this? Consider donating $1 to our charity initiative, Fill The Truck, when you place your orders this holiday season. That $1 will be going to 4 different charities that support those in need year round. $1 could buy you a plethora of items on a fast food restaurant’s dollar menu, but instead of spending it on that, give it to Fill The Truck so that we may help those that are in need!

Happy Shopping—May the odds be ever in your favor! (they will be when you shop with us!)

Most Popular Picture Frame Sizes–Revisited

One of our most popular blog posts to date has been a post about most popular frame sizes We thought we would bring it back as we enter into the holiday season as a resource for you as you purchase picture frames. Enjoy!

Most popular frame sizes

We are often asked what our most popular frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:

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A listing of our standard picture frame sizes.

In our experience, these are the most popular and most utilized sizes overall. These sizes cover a wide range of photograph sizes, poster sizes, art print sizes, and many other common sizes we see every day. Our most popular sizes are:

5×7

5x7’s are a very popular frame size because so many photographs are printed off in the 5×7 size. 5x7’s are the perfect size to display your photos on a desktop at work, home, or to give a precious memory to someone close to you.

Frames with a smaller molding such as our Corporate Thin series are great but don’t be afraid to go with a wider moulding such as our Bistro Series

8×10

Our 8×10 picture frames are top sellers at Frame USA. Once again, 8×10 is a common picture size, but it is also a perfect frame because it includes a mat. Our 8×10 frames come with an off white mat for a 5×7 image, allowing you to mat your 5×7 picture to help highlight your memories.

8.5×11

8.5 x 11 picture frames are a popular size for documents and certificate. Check out our wide variety of specialty certificate frames or our very popular diploma series. But all of our wood frames and metal frames can be used for documents,diplomas and certificates.

11×14

11×14 frames also include an off white mat but for an 8×10 image. Many of our customers love this size because they can use the frame with the mat, or remove the mat and highlight their 11×14 photographs. Our picture frames all offer this versatility, making Frame USA’s picture frames perfect for any occasion or event.

Some great frames in this size would be our Architect and Corporate series

16×20

If you are looking for a medium sized picture frame, the 16×20 size is a great choice. Our 16×20 picture frames include an off white mat for an 11×14 image. This option provides just over 2” of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage on your wall.

This is a great size to go with a wider picture frame such as our Verona Wide Series.

24×36

Our largest popular size picture frame is our 24 x 36 size. 24 by 36 is the main size that most posters that are sold come in. Therefore if you are looking to frame a poster for a dorm room, your office or house, or to give as a gift, this is the perfect picture frame size for you.

Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)

 

Know the size of your fine art but not sure which frame you would like to order? Purchase a sample!

When choosing the best picture frame size for you, always make sure to measure your image first. All of our frame sizes are based on the inside dimensions. Therefore if you have an 8×10 image and do not want to use the mat, you still want to order an 8×10 frame. If you have an 11×14 image and do want to include a mat, it is important to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.

Now the question is what is a custom size frame? A custom size frame here at Frame USA is any size outside of our standard 32 sizes (refer to chart listed above). We can produce almost any size frame your heart can imagine. Our only limitations come into play with the width of the moulding- the thinner the frame, the smaller the maximum size will be.

We hope this article on our most popular frame sizes has provided you with all of the information you may need when ordering our picture frames. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

From what we have heard from our subscribers, last week’s Favorite Hobby Friday was a huge hit! This week we bring you the favorite hobby of one of our customer service representatives, that many of our customers who have purchased picture frames from us may have spoken with, Kelley Kombrinck.

I sat down with Kelley to discuss his favorite hobby and the talent that was first displayed here.

Kelley, we first experienced your talent when you drew a Unicorn and an elephant on a customer’s order, why don’t tell me a bit more about your hobby!

I’m a guy who likes to draw. Mainly charcoal or pencil/pen and ink on paper. Most of my work is done by hand but I’ve begun using digital media—i.e. Photoshop—to color my pictures. My genre of choice is horror art—ghosts and monsters and such—and my style is mainly comic book/fantasy, but I can still bust out a pretty accurate portrait if I need to.

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Judging by your level of skill you’ve probably been drawing for a pretty long time; When did you first start?

I have been drawing as far back as I can remember, and it was always monsters, always.

So why did you start drawing monsters at such an early age?

As a kid I just drew because I wanted to be like my older brother who also drew really well. As I got older and realized I was good at it I started drawing to break the ice with the people who sat around me in school because I was kind of weird and awkward and it helped to get people on my side right off the bat.

Most creative people are a little weird, so you’re not alone in that— how long has it taken you to become a master at it?

Like most artists, I’m still mastering it and continue to develop and learn. I will say that I really kicked it into high gear in my early twenties when I started incorporating more realistic human anatomy and working harder to understand light and shadow.

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The level of detail in all of your pieces is outstanding, how many hours a week would you estimate you spend drawing?

It depends on the week. Some weeks I don’t draw at all. Other weeks I might put 22 hours in. When I’m working on a hot project I’ll get lost in it.

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Kelley frequently brings in his drawing pad in to the office and work on his craft during his lunch hour—that’s dedication!

22 hours, that’s a long time, you must really enjoy it—what’s your favorite part about it?

For me, there’s a moment where a picture is not quite finished, but where I’ve gotten all the main elements penciled in and they look how I want them to look—the picture still has a way to go and there’s a lot of cleanup and smaller details to add — but I see the most important parts and they are staring back at me as if they just stepped through a door out of my imagination. I go on and finish the picture and its great and everything but it’s that moment halfway through that is my favorite.

Wow, that was really poetic, with how you talk about drawing it’s hard to imagine that this question would apply to you but, none the less, what’s your least favorite part about it?

Oh lord it’s when I get a picture to a great place and then I go one step further and it hurts the picture. Sometimes it’s just something that bothers me and no one else really notices but I’ve occasionally ruined a drawing that I’ve put a lot of time and work into by just not letting it rest when it was done. I also hate when I go to ink my pencil drawing and I make a mistake—ink does not forgive.

Like most artists you appear to be your own worst critic! What has been the most memorable experience?

I’ve had several. One of the most memorable was having my work displayed in a black-room art show at a specialty shop back in 2001. My first— and last — exhibition. I drank all the wine and left early with a headache but I did sell one piece.

Sounds like a successful night to me! What is one thing you have learned about yourself through drawing?

I’ve learned that I can really take a critique without getting my feelings too hurt and turn it into development. People are quick to tell you what you’re doing wrong and sometimes it’s just to be snarky but if I can pull something useful out of it and improve my technique then I’m all for it. Some of my biggest jumps in growth have come out of brutally stated critiques.

That is a great ability to have as an artist— what is your advice for people who may want to start drawing?

I think that if you want to start doing it, you probably already are but if you’re wanting to take it to a level where you want to show or sell your art remember this: your style and subject matter is your own, do what you want, but when your technique gets criticized, listen with an open mind. Even if the critic is a jerk, they might be right.  

I think that is something we could all use, even those that aren’t artisticbe yourself and stand up for what you believe in!

Thanks so much Kelley for taking the time to answer my questions!

I hope you have enjoyed Favorite Hobby Friday so far! Stay tuned next week for our Posterservice Sales Rep David Estep’s favorite hobby!


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