Karalyn and Company

The Perfect Sidekick for any Comic Artist

Greetings! Welcome to the blog of Karalyn and Company. This blog and its attendant articles are dedicated to specifically assisting artists who create artworks in the realms of Comics, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi art. This is a way to to help you reach your artistic and professional potential.

We will address aspects from creating art to the best ways of marketing your artworks. Here you will get tips from some of today's modern masters. Topics will be discussed that will aid you in your artistic journey. We will cover a wide variety of subject which include

  • art techniques using a broad variety of tools
  • tips on how to overcome artist's block
  • professionalism
  • mentors
  • convention tips
  • guerilla marketing
  • networking
  • and lots of technical information regarding supplies so that you can make informed decisions on what tools and products are best suited to your individual artistic needs.

Karalyn and our artist ambassadors have been attending conventions all over the country this year empowering artists by offering classes, sponsoring art contests, supporting charities near and dear to the comics' community such as the Hero Initiative which offers financial assistance to comic creators who need help with medical and/or financial assistance. We have also assisted Team Cul De Sac in raising money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Our ambassadors also distribute product samples and personalized collectable coupons which are only available from the artist ambassadors at the conventions they attend.

Our Current Cast of Characters:

      • Karalyn C. Johnson is a professional illustrator, sculptor, multimedia artist, guerrilla marketer, technical expert and technical consultant to the art supply industry. For years Karalyn has been instrumental in bringing artists together. She was the motivating force behind the DVD Adam Hughes: Drawing Good Girls available from Jerry's Artarama. Karalyn's artwork can be found both in museums in the USA and private collections worldwide. She is dedicated to escalating the public's perception of comic, fantasy and sci-fi art to the status of fine art.
      • Mark A. Nelson, the owner and artist of Grazing Dinosaur Press, Mark has always followed two paths as an artist and as an educator/teacher. He is well accomplished in the fantasy field, some of his credist include: TSR, Wizards of the Coast, and World of Warcraft. In comics he has been crucial in the instrumentation of the Harvey nominated "Aliens" comic with Mark Verheiden for Dark Horse, "Blood and Shadows", a comic for DC co created with Joe R. Landsdale, "Feud", a creator owned comic for Marvel co-created with Mike Baron, Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Heavy Metal DHP. Working in the field of video games, Mark was the Art Director and lead concept artist at Pi Studios and at Ravensoftware as senior concept artist. Some of the games include Star Wars: Jedi Knights and Star Trek: Elite Force.
      • Jamal Y. Igle is an award winning artist and writer. Best known for his run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, Jamal has been a professional jack of all trades for nearly 20 years drawing every title from Action Comics to Zatanna for DC Comics. A former comics retailer, editor for several small press companies including TV Comics, Airwave Comics and Destination Entertainment. Jamal is a former Junior Art Director and Marketing Representative in the advertising and publishing arenas. Jamal's clients have included Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Angel Prdouctions/ Simmons and CompanyDevils Due Studios, IDW Publishing, Walt Disney IncSony Television, CBS Television, Warner Bros., Consumer Products and Scholastic Entertainment. Jamal is the creator of Comics' MOLLY DANGER.

To kick off this new series of articles, Karalyn and Company would love to invite all New York Comic Con 2013 attendees to our very own Jamal Y. Igle's "Molly Danger" Comic Book Launch Party and Signing sponsored by Jerry's Artarama! Meet Jamal and learn the story of Molly Danger, the world's most powerful, Supermech fighting, evil stomping 10-year old. This event will take place on Saturday, October 12th, from 9pm to 12am EDT at JHU Comic Books (32 E 32nd St, New York, New York 10016). All proceeds from the event benefit the Hero's Initiative. We would love to see you there!



Can You Catch Banksy in NYC?

The Famous UK Street Artist is Tagging the Streets of NYC All Month!

In a rare excursion to the U.S., the famous street artist known as Banksy is hitting the streets of New York City and tagging city walls all over in a new project throughout the month of October. Best known from his first film Exit Through the Giftshop, Banksy is probably the United Kingdom's most famous and controversial graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter of the last decade. He is well known for his distinct stenciling technique, dark humor and contempt of the government's policy of graffiti as vandalism. 

Banksy has now taken his artistic skills to the streets of New York in a project called Better Out Than In, and with his newly formed Instagram account, he's sporadically tagging walls, and anything he can get his paint on, and sending his fans on a scavenger hunt through NYC to find all of his new tags. Here are some of his so far over the last few days:



The street is in play, Manhattan, Oct.1st.



Mural #2, Westside, Oct. 2nd



All I Ever Wanted Was a Shoulder to Crayon, Midtown, Oct 3rd.





Random graffiti given a Broadway makeover, Delancy, Brushwick, Williamsburg, Oct.4th


So, if you're in New York this month, keep on the lookout for the ever elusive Banksy and his artowrk and let us know if you find anymore of his work! We at Jerry's Artarama will definitely be on the lookout. 


Whats the Buzz- Matisse Structure Acrylics

"More Money doesn't always mean Higher Quality"

In todays edition of Whats the Buzz we are looking at Matisse Structure Acrylics. We did a company profile on Matisse a couple of months ago (you can find our blog article here), and you all have responded by asking questions and leaving us more comments about the paint than ever before. We love to hear from our customers and fans about what our products have done for them and how we can continue to bring them even more top-quality art supplies. Our readers responded and there is definitely a Big Buzz about this professional acrylic paint, and why not? Derivan, the Australian-based company behind the Matisse Structure line holds contests to see who can recycle the most paint tubes, gives away bikes to their employees to help the environment and cares about their paint!

Matisse Structure Acrylics are the perfect heavy body, high viscosity artist's acrylic. They are heavily pigmented with brilliant colors and made with no masking agents. The vibrant colors included in the line are a big plus with all of their fans, and with 96 brilliant colors to choose from, who would complain?  in use, they are great for heavy, impasto use and their thick texture gives birth to some beautifully textured work like these below.

"Dawn at the Waterhole"

Painted with Matisse Structure. "I love the unique colors."-Joan, NC


"Nautica 1" 

"Matisse's vast range of color allows me to create with vivid brilliance large abstracts that command the attention of the observers eye. Of all the acrylics that I have used professionally (and I've used plenty), none has the complete range of color than that of Matisse. Their Australian colors seem to find their way onto my palette, especially Southern Ocean Blue and Australian Sienna. The rich jewel tones I achieve with this color line of acrylics is unsurpassed." -Joe D, NC

As you can see above, the range of vibrant, brilliant colors is amazing. Now lets see what others have to say about the quality of Matisse Structure Acrylics.

"They've developed some brilliant jewel colors down there in Australia"-Big Duke, NY

"I love the color choices in the two sets that I bought. These paints do not disappoint - they apply easily and are of a great, buttery consistency!"-Dustdevil, MD

"This product goes smoothly on the canvas and the color is rich and true to the description. It feels like no other brand I've used."- Ella, CT

"I am a teacher as well as a professional artist. I really like Matisse structure because of the way it builds up on the canvas and the brilliance in the colors are incredible. They also blend very nicely."-Nicki, NC

Even professional artist Andy Russell had this to say about Matisse Structure: 

"I use Matisse Structure Acrylics for a thick textured, bold impasto look. They are also excellent for covering large areas...I am completely sold on Matisse Acrylics. I hghly encourage every artist, professional or pleasure painter to experience these paints for themselves."

An Amazing Value

Now, we've saved the best for last and the Number 1 thing that artists love about the Matisse Structure acrylics line is the PRICE! Artists have buzzed so much about the price of these acrylics that at Jerry's Artarama, if you don't think that Matisse Structure Acrylics are as good or better than other brands, we'll give you your money back! And if you want proof that you'll love this paint, check out what other artists had to say about the price:

"Never have I ever found such a perfect paint for this kind of low price. The colors are vivid and the texture matches for thick rich backgrounds in my paintings. At the price offered, I'm able to use gratuitous paint and paint more often than I would be able to with other brands!"- Donald, NY

"You guys hit it out of the park with this paint, it's an unprecedented value for the price listed. As an art teacher, I have all of my students pick up the Structure line. Most classes have to require cheaper paints, but when the price is right, you've got to go for it!"-Pguy6969, TX

"The Matisse Acrylic paints are a high quality product offered at a reasonable price. Their rich variety of colors make them a preferred product."-Steve, CA

"Love the price on the structure, its the only acrylic I use."-Lisa, IL

There you have it folks. And thats it for this week's edition of Whats the Buzz. Remember, we love to hear what you have to say and always listen so make sure to get in touch with us, email us or make sure to leave us comments in the space below or check out the Matisse Structure Acrylics page and let us know what you think of Matisse Structure and our other products and you might see yourself on another Whats the Buzz!


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