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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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Update: Brandi and Jarrod on Posterservice’s “Beer” Poster

“It’s a bear. And a deer. It’s Beer.”

For those who followed our previous post, A&E managed to separate the clip from Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job that involved our Beer poster.

In the clip, Jarrod was tasked with making a bar area / game room for his family that met everyone’s needs – the needs of his kids, his wife, their friends… And of course, his own. We think he did an excellent job, and the Beer poster worked perfectly in that setting.

You can see the clip below – be sure to let us know what you think!

 

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Digital Art Meets Digital Framing

In a recent New York Times piece, a new method of artistic gallery display was announced: a digital canvas.

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Not to be confused with the digital picture frame, a digital canvas seems to be the new way to display artwork for gallery presentation when displaying artwork created digitally. This also works very well for photography!

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Will it ever replace the picture frame in the world of art galleries? We say “of course not!” But it is certainly a great new way to show off your digital art, and could potentially pair beautifully with something like our Shadow Boxes or In-Depth frames. You can find out more on Electric Object’s website.

 

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Wholesale Posters, Wall Art and Prints – New and Best Selling

For art, wall decor, humor posters and more, you won’t find a better selection for the price!

Posters and wall art have always been an important part of what we do at Frame USA, Inc. With framing being our primary expertise, we also know what looks good inside of those frames. From fine art and pop culture to “Spencer’s-style” humor, we keep a wide variety of imagery available to customers who want a one stop shop for wall art.

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Edgar Allen Poe – PSA010240

Some of our best sellers fall under the Education and Humor sections. Our specialty with posters includes our wholesale ordering, where you can buy a rack of posters and we’ll simply refill your order any time at a great rate! You can also find our hottest posters over on Amazon or eBay with options to frame or mount them on wood.

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Antique USA Map – PSA010405

Pictured Above: An antique map of the USA. This of course being before the colonies were broken up into the states we know today.

Pictured below: The US Constitution. This is one of the most important documents to display for any history teacher, and it looks great as a 24×36 poster.

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US Constitution – PSA010380

We’re not just about college humor and whimsy, however. Posterservice has always been at the top when it comes to pop culture and the biggest trends in entertainment. We’ve also launched a great campaign to find more art that our customers enjoy, still sticking to our roots with surrealness and progressive themes. Particularly relevant lately is our new HR Giger poster, featuring Giger’s own artwork for the Alien movie. (Ironically, we published this only days prior to his passing. A sad time indeed for those growing up loving his art and contributions to sci-fi!)

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Giger Alien – PSA009742

 

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Dali – Swans Reflecting Elephants – PSA010320

 

Want to see more posters like these? Visit Posterservice.com to earn more about what we have to offer!

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Framing Artwork – Artist Perspective

If you follow our Paper.li news feed, we try to share some great advice in the art and framing community throughout the week. You can find this online publication here.

One article that stood out to use was and article called “Framing Artwork”, a robust and long-winded article on art becoming  more than the act of creating art, but also involving labor and democracy, that art makes up more than creative and technical processes but includes labor as any other job does.

We happen to agree. The author also cites examples from Warhol, who was the first artist to relate to society’s conformity and democratic approach to art. To quote the author,

“Art is not simply the place where desires get expressed and monetized. It is also where desires get fulfilled and monetized. There will always be a remainder, and that remainder is the libidinal investment in art as a space different from other spaces, and in creativity as a more expansive ideal of production. The persistence of this remainder demands a critique of artistic labor that goes beyond the terms offered by political economy, a critique that takes seriously those desirous investments that become entwined with—but are not reducible to—art’s institutions and economic engines.”

We think it’s good to keep this in mind when framing artwork. Art is most complete through hard work and working to improve yourself, and of course, working to make your work ready for display. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile! We also offer custom framing services if you need help along the way.

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Source: E-Flux’s article, “Framing Artwork” by Lindsay Caplan

Walking Dead in our Victorian Frame

The Walking Dead Framed by Telltale Games

Telltale Games, a big-name game studio with credits like Sam & Max and their enormous hit, The Walking Dead, decided to use our frames for as a part of their marketing efforts. The results turned out great!

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Clementine and Lee from Telltale’s Walking Dead game. Placed in a Victorian wood frame.

 

A limited number of these were sent out to the big names in gaming media, like Game Informer and IGN. We’re told that IGN still has this framed print in their main lobby! Telltale Games has ordered from us again as of a few weeks ago for their appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). We’re excited to see what they come up with this time!

Whether you’re setting up a gallery, putting together a nice gift for your customers or looking for a creative advertising strategy, Frame USA aims to give you unlimited possibilities. For a free quote on any of our items, feel free to fill out our Custom Quote form here.

Frame USA Picture Frames Used On The Bachelor

“The Bachelor” Uses Frame USA Glory Metal Frames

Frame USA Picture Frames Used On The Bachelor Stars from “The Bachelor” recently entered a competition to break the world record for “The World’s longest on-screen kiss.” Fortunately for contestants Sean Lowe and Lesley Murphy, they were able to last  three minutes and 22 seconds – a whole seven seconds longer than the previous record.

This scored them both an unforgettable memory and their very own framed award from the Guinness book of World Records. (We don’t like to toot our own horn, but the framing job is pretty amazing too!)

We currently sell Silver Glory Metal Frames and Blue Mats to the Guiness Book of World Records.  Our frame was given to the bachelor and his current date on the show.

 

You can find these exact same frames on our website! Check them out!

Happy Kissing Day!

National Kissing Day is an international holiday which originated in the United Kingdom.  It wasn’t until recently that the holiday as been adopted worldwide making July 6th the International Kissing day.  It is believed that many people have forgotten the simple joy and pleasure of kissing (even just kissing for kissing’s sake).  Kissing can be an enjoyable experience!  Let’s tuck away the social formalities and “romantic gestures” for a moment and go give someone a kiss.

We challenge everyone to give a kiss (or at least a big ol’ hug) to a friend and/or loved one this week.

We celebrate kissing day today by featuring a romantic kiss in Venice.

Weezer

Check out our current featured poster of the week: Weezer. Here is some interesting background information on the band (from their website):

Weezer has been around since 1992, and in its present form since September 2001. Weezer consists of Rivers Cuomo, primary songwriter, lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Wilson, drums, guitar, vocals, and production whiz, Brian Bell, guitar and keyboards and vocals, and Scott Shriner, bass, vocals, and keyboards. Whether on the stage or in the studio its not uncommon to see just about anyone in the band playing just about anything they can get their hands on. Its also not uncommon to see some pretty wacky stuff go down both on stage and on the web. Weezer has sold over 10 million albums and has played thousands of shows to date. Weezer is also known for its pioneering (1994-2000) use of the internet to reach its fanbase, innovative videos and funny and/or quite strange behind the scenes footage, as well as its extremely passionate and devoted fans. They also make a mean cheese sandwich.

Check out our framed weezer post here.