Here's your first chance to learn a little bit more about the amazing artists who donated their time and talent with specially curated illustrations for each story in Paper Darts Press' upcoming book, Get In If You Want To Live. Each week we'll highlight three artists from the book and give you peek into their background and style.
Up first, the lovely ladies Jennifer Davis, Ainara Del Valle, and Anne Ulku:
Illustration for "The Bear"
Jennifer Davis is a Minneapolis artist to the core. Born and raised in Minnesota, she received her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota in 1998. After being laid off from her job in 2003, Davis began making art full-time and hasn't looked back since. She has established herself as one of the most unique, prolific, and recognizable artists in the Twin Cities, exhibiting work at the MIA, SooVac, and other respected venues across the nation. CityPages, Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, the Boston Herald, and Los Angeles Metro Magazine are among the many publications that have sung her praises. Aside from being incredibly talented, Davis is also quite possibly one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.
Read our full interview with Jennifer, published in Paper Darts Volume Two, visit her website, and support local art by snagging a print or two off her amazing Etsy shop.
Ainara Del Valle
Illustration for "Yes, I Totally Spaced Telling You About That Lair in My Basement"
Illustrator and designer Ainara Del Valle was born in Spain and attended college for engineering before realizing that wasn't really her thing. After attending MIAMI ad school in Minneapolis for art direction, Del Valle switched her focus to the ad world, creating designs and images for internationally respected agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, and Minneapolis's own Fallon. Her talent and drive have taken her across the world, from Minneapolis and London, to Stockholm and Germany, where she currently works as a Junior Creative at JWT Germany.
Illustration for "The Hookers in My Neighborhood Really Love My Chili"
After graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2007, Loring Park resident Anne Ulku began freelancing full-time, making her living off illustration, design, and handcrafted typography. She's worked at RSP Architects, Carmichael Lynch Thorburn, and 50 Entertainment in addition to keeping a very active profile online and throughout the Twin Cities. Ulku (pronouned "aul-koo" according to the Finnish artist) is also the brains and power behind two ongoing projects, Six Word Story Every Day and Daily Hues. The Six Word Story Every Day project has been featured in Droga Magazine, HOW design blog, and the Minneapolis Egotist among many others.
See her website, blog, and Flickr for much, much more.