Chlorophyll Bill, by Berkley Illustration.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Farm Sanctuary.
Ryan Berkley creates comic book inspired art and prints for your walls or family photo albums. Perhaps best known for his Animals in Suits series, Ryan likes to tackle surreal subject matter in a very friendly way. He and his wife Lucy run a successful art business on Etsy, participate in craft shows around the country, and have licensed their imagery to several companies. Hot insider animal tip: Ryan's favorite animal is the tiger shark and Lucy's is the bison.
About the print:
This is more detailed version of a drawing I did a few years ago titled "Earth Hat Pat". I wanted to blend and weave plants, branches, vines and colorful flowers into a drab, neutral, earthy figure. It was loosely inspired by a framed greeting card from the 70's that my parents had in our house growing up.
This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.
An earlier process drawing.
What has inspired you recently?
I've been really into old, detailed clip art and lithographs from the turn of the century or earlier. Ships, animals, contraptions, weaponry, clothing, nature, etc.
Why did you choose to pair Farm Sanctuary with your print?
For me, Farm Sanctuary was a quick and easy choice. As a vegan and animal lover, this cause is very important to me. I've always had a genuine love and respect for animals, and I am very appreciative of the opportunity The Working Proof provides us with to support Farm Sanctuary with this project. Farm Sanctuary gives rescued animals (from farms and slaughterhouses) a second chance at life. They pamper them and treat them like local celebrities as they enjoy the rest of their well-deserved years.
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
The world around me, for the most part, is the DIY movement. Animal art has become extremely prominent in the DIY/craft world. It's funny, because drawing animals is definitely how I make a living, but I really enjoy not drawing animals when I have the chance. It's refreshing. That's why I took this opportunity to flex my other creative artistic muscles with The Working Proof.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I'm a comic fan/artist at heart, so I am mostly influenced by comic artists. I would choose Alex Ross to be my mentor. I would say that I attempt to make somewhat photorealistic art (especially with the animal series), and he is the master of that style in the comics world. Whenever I read his books, I actually feel like the story is unfolding like a movie before my eyes - it is so realistic. I think it would be interesting to have my fans get lost in my art the way I do in his.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Matt Furie, Lisa Hanawalt, Stacey Rozich, Tyler Stout, Josh Keyes.