This is a post “From the Vault” originally posted on my personal blog found at originally posted on February 14, 2012

This past week has been life changing for me. I’ve finally embraced the web with open arms, adding it to my growing list of artistic tools, and launching my online portfolio. I have not hesitated to adopt new technologies and add them into my existing repertoire. These adoptions and adaptations have definitely changed my portfolio and art style (for the better or worse depends on which side of the artistic aisle you sit).

I vow to forever be a student of art and technology. I constantly try to keep up with technological changes in the field of art, but I also look to the past for inspiration and techniques.

This being Valentine’s Day, I feel it is only fitting to honor a few of the “lost art” techniques that I love. Though I do not practice all of these, I do hope to add them to my list of things to learn and to draw inspiration from them, or just to sit back and enjoy them and applaud the artisans and craftsmen who have mastered these techniques. These are just a few sites, articles and artists that I have stumbled upon, that I admire, or like to return to for inspiration. I hope you’ll check them out and enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day!

1) Marker Rendering . This is my favorite “old school” medium. Check out my portfolio for a few samples

2) Hand Lettering by Chris Yoon. I stumbled upon this over the weekend and was enthralled by it. Have you ever eaten in a café where the entire menu is hand-lettered? Amazing isn’t it. Or hand lettering on the side of an old 50’s paneled delivery truck? That’s “Class” in my book

3) Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Okay if you haven’t heard of Ed Roth, then you are probably not a hot rodder. How about “Rat Fink”?  He’s a pop culture icon. Ed Roth and Rat Fink may be the forefathers of the graphic tee. Hot rodding is as much about the “car as a canvas” as it is about what’s under the hood. Check out the site to see what spurred the west coast hot rod movement.

4) Von Dutch. This true artisan and craftsman is a bridge between my Number 2 and Number 3 picks. The King of Custom Pinstriping. Pinstriping- a lost art that is making a comeback. Can you tell I’m a bit of an automotive design lover? If my high school had an auto shop class, I might be using sheet metal instead of pixels to create my art.

5) Sailor Jerry. If you are a fan of Ed Hardy and tattoo art, I urge you to check out this site and this artist. He epitomized the word “Cool”. “Good work ain’t cheap. Cheap work ain’t good.”, said Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins.  More words to live by.