Hot Art Makes For Hot Shoes [MENS Pro Keds Launch]

By Nichole Camarillo
That is correct. Pro Keds are finally live in my shop. All of you guys may now stop asking when I'll be getting men's shoes. ;) So, let me give you some quick facts. These shoes come in high tops and low tops. They are available in (whole/half) sizes 4.5 through 14. Low tops will run $67.50, and high tops for $70 flat. Also, I will be designing both feminine and masculine styles for the shoes. Ladies love high tops too, you know. Alright now, here we go...

N.Camarillo Signature PRO Keds

Suh-weeet. XD I feel like I've waited forever for these. I'm SO excited! I will be continuously adding new designs throughout the week. Feel free to keep checking in to see what's new. You can browse ALL Pro Keds here. All the shoes are mixed together, but the Pro Keds will show up toward the top. To directly view any of the shoes shown above, I'll go ahead and list them from top to bottom:
N. Camarillo Signature Pro Keds // "Heavens"
N. Camarillo Signature Pro Keds // "Evens"
N. Camarillo Signature Pro Keds // "Gots"
N. Camarillo Signature Pro Keds // "Whats"
N. Camarillo Signature Pro Keds // "Evens" vLow
N. Camarillo Signature Pro Keds // "Carrions"

Don't forget, these shoes are totally customizable. Change up the trims, midsoles, stitching, all of it. Make it your own. For example, let's say you love the artwork on the last pair of shoes in the above photos ("Carrions"). But maybe they're just a little too dark for you. So, switch up some of the black to whatever colors you prefer. (See changes below)

You can change the laces, all three sections of the midsoles, the eyelets, the inside lining, the toecap, all of the binding, AND the stitching. What are you waiting for? Go customize your own! But don't say I didn't warn you, it is VERY addicting. Happy shopping! :)

[BONUS] Use coupon code PROKEDZAZZLE during checkout to receive FREE shipping on your first order. U.S. addresses only. Valid Now through March 31, 2010 at 11:59pm PT. 

Art Never Dies: La Friducha Fuerte

By Nichole Camarillo
Who was here for our last session? *Raises hand* Okay, great. Thanks for keeping up to date. SO, where we're at now is the real deal. Since my computer is holding all of my files hostage, I won't be uploading my new paintings to the website for a while. But definitely check in here for everything you need. Okay, now on with the show... Are you ready?
'Art Never Dies: La Friducha Fuerte' by Nichole Camarillo

HELL YES! FRIDA! XD For those of you that don't know, this woman's paintings are the reason I started painting. Her life, her struggle, her every tiny speck of being have heavily influenced my perspective on art, as well as my personal expression through my art. I was introduced to her paintings... ohhhh... about 10 years ago? Before that I had no interest in painting or in any paintings I had ever seen. And then... along came Frida. This beautiful, strong, demanding, powerful force of nature. This incredible woman has poured her heart out for the world to see. Her love, her pain, her misfortune, her mistakes. At that point in my life, I could not believe that someone (a woman at that) could be so horribly, brutally, honest. And proud of it. So proud of everything she was and stood for. She had absolutely no shame in who she was, how she lived, what she wanted, or how she'd get it. SAVAGE. Really though. Frida Kahlo was a savage. ass. woman. And I love her for teaching me that.

This entire series of paintings is definitely a fun one for me. And I was definitely careful in choosing which artists to allow you to see through my eyes. But Frida... maaaan oh man... hands down, most personal of the series. It was a pleasure. It was an honor. I'm only sorry I didn't do this sooner. And as promised... my trip along the way... Enjoy :)

More paintings in this series coming soon. Stay posted.

Art Never Dies [Video Intro]

By Nichole Camarillo

Yay for new projects! :D Here's my hot mess of an intro...

That's right. If you were able to get past my ghastly winter (lack of) color, then you now know about my NEW project. The first new painting is releasing this Tuesday. Lots of great things to come with this project.

As you know, the title of this new project is "Art Never Dies". It's a really cool portrait series focusing on dead celebrity artists. Initially there will be 5 new paintings in this project. Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, Mac Dre,  and Michael Jackson. So 'artist', of course, has a wide range of meaning. In the initial five portraits, we have a painter, an actress, a martial artist, a rapper, and a singer. Each of these artists were hand picked for different personal reasons. Aside from the personal, the main reasons (and things they all have in common) are as follows: They are all deceased, they are all artists, and their art still lives on. Art is forever. Art inspires and teaches and entertains far beyond the life span of the artist. With "Art Never Dies" I wanted to give nod to that fact. I also want to pay a little tribute to some of the artists that are still inspiring, teaching, and entertaining me with/through their art.

I'm trying a few new things with this project. The style these portraits are being created in is far more minimal than what you would usually see from me. The technique is also very new for me. In order to achieve the look and feel I envision for these portraits, I have been haphazardly layering paint over masked sections made with stencil cut outs I have created for each individual artist. Sort of a 'controlled chaos'. The subject matter is also new to me. This is the first time I am attacking portraits, much less well-known people. It's been really fun and really exciting. And there's still so much more to go.

Another cool thing about this project is that you will get to watch some of these portraits go down. I am inviting you into my space to watch me and my brushes go nuts. I will be recording my painting process and releasing time-lapse videos with the corresponding portraits. Less than a handful of people have ever caught a glimpse of me painting. And I've never allowed even the closest family member to watch a whole painting go down. So this should be interesting.

You can keep updated on this project and each new release by following this blog, becoming a Facebook fan, or following me on Twitter. Thanks! :)

Side note:
Now that we know who my picks are, I want to know who you think would be a great addition to this series. Leave me your thoughts. I will pay attention. I will be selecting a couple readers and their awesome suggestions to win some cool prizes. ;)

February Inspiration

By Nichole Camarillo
(This post will be updated throughout month)
Here you have it folks, another completely random collection of images that are currently serving as inspiration for my madness. Yeah, I know, you're all like "YOU'RE LATE NICHOLE! February is almost gone! And where the hell were you in January?!" To that I say, hush up sweetie, and look at the pretty pictures...




See? Now, don't you feel better having your panties untwisted? *Sigh* Let's all be inspired and happy. :) Mmmm... haaappyyyy.

2010 Fine Art Calendar [9 Month]

By Nichole Camarillo
You've never had a calendar as awesome as this one. And if you haven't picked yours up yet, the Nichole Camarillo 2010 Fine Art Calendars are now available in a 9-Month option. Same dope artwork. Same cool extras added in. But if you started out the year sluggish and hibernatey (like me), now you can jump right in and feel like you haven't missed a beat. Just like the 12-Month Calendar, Basic and Loaded editions are both available. The 9 Month Calendar will run from April to December. Which, to me of course, means starting with my birthday and ending with Christmas. ;D View more, and pick yours up today, by clicking any image below. Enjoy!

Badass Binder

By Nichole Camarillo

I know what you're thinking... How does a word like badass precede a word like binder? Oh, well, here let me explain... I make them. ;D That is correct. If you didn't know about my super sweet artwork being currently available on Avery binders, now you do. And as much as you guys enjoy when I ramble on about the awesomeness of things, I think it might be better to just show you...

You see?! What did I tell you?! BAD. ASS. BINDER. You can view and purchase the binder shown here in my shop. Or start browsing through the rest of this awesome binder collection here. And don't forget, these babies are customizable. Add your own text, choose your size, change the inside color... it's up to you. Enjoy! :)

Artwork on binder is also available in other products, including prints.