Linda Kim: Beneath the Trees

Released Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Beneath the Trees, by Linda Kim.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Pablove Foundation.

Linda Kim is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and designer. After working in the real world for a bit, she decided to go back to school to pursue illustration. She was born and raised in southern California and had the good fortune of growing up with the ocean, mountains, and the city all being in close proximity to one another. This allowed her to explore many facets of the world around her and to satisfy her curiosity through different cultures, foods, and people. She grew up on Saturday morning cartoons and getting lost in books and films. She wants to one day write and illustrate her own children’s books because of the books and stories she so fondly remembers while growing up. Linda loves people, friends, coffee, food, music, mystery, history, science, the ocean, and the universe.

About the print:
Beneath the Trees was created for a show with the theme "It's a Small World". I love stories, whether it's listening, sharing, creating, or telling them. In lieu of the theme, I wanted to create a gathering place under the trees where kids from all different backgrounds can come together and share their stories.

This is an archival giclée print on Epson Velvet Fine Arts Paper. Each was signed by the artist.


There's always an element of fantasy in your prints. What drives that? Are there any recurring themes that you see emerging in your work?
There are definitely recurring themes in my work, particularly that of nature, as well as geometric shapes that could be found in nature. Deep down, I do believe in a kind of magic - most probably because there are mysteries that I can't understand. Somehow things exist without an explanation (or at least one that I can comprehend), and I love that. I've always been curious about things that can't easily be explained and I think that another recurring theme in my work is the act of exploring or wanting to know more of the unknown.

Why did you choose to pair the Pablove Foundation with your print?
For this print, I would like to pair it with the Pablove Foundation. I think very highly of children because at such a young age, they have so much wonder about the world around them and no inhibitions with their creativity and imagination. It is unfortunate that some children may not have the chance to discover more about the world due to the health concerns of cancer. I support the Pablove Foundation for its efforts in research and development of treatments for childhood cancer.

What have you been up to since we last worked together?
I'm currently working as a designer in fashion as well as participating in a few art shows, and I'm also working on personal projects with friends.

How has your work developed over the last year?
Lately I've been incorporating more decorative elements into my work. I think this comes with my interest in textile design and with creating repeat patterns. I would like to make more work based on themes, stories, and ideas.

What is inspiring you these days?
I've been inspired lately by people I've met who work hard and love what they do. I'm also inspired by others' stories, whether it's someone I met on the bus, or coworkers, or friends. I would really love to travel and meet more people and hear their stories as well.

Judy Kaufmann: My Home and the City

Released Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Home and the City, by Judy Kaufmann.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Shama Foundation.

Judy Kaufmann was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1980. In 2004 she decided to settle down in Barcelona, where she specializes as an illustrator. Judy has developed an original style that has attracted major clients such as BBC London, CCCB, Google UK, Editorial Planeta, Editorial Random House Mondadori, Editorial RBA, Mao Mao Publications, The Clinic, Notro Films, and Poolga, among others. She has also taught classes in drawing and sketching at the Instituto Europeo di Design (IED). As a complement to her career, Judy collaborates annually with the University of Barcelona as an instructor in creativity for advertising students.

About the print:
My Home and the City is an illustration I made that was inspired by my childhood and my neighborhood. The neighborhood in which I was raised was full of beautiful, small houses, all of which were similar to one another.

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.


Process drawing.

What has inspired you recently?
As I always say, I find inspiration from what I don't understand, what I don't know, what I don't know how to do, and what I am not.

Why did you choose to pair The Shama Foundation with your print?
I chose to pair my print with The Shama Foundation because there is a lot of need in Africa, and because The Shama Foundation helps needy children.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
The color, the inspiration, and the message of an artwork can change your perspective, emotion and even maybe your way of thinking. That is enough to change a person.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Frida Kahlo, for her strength, her unique beauty, and her accurate mind.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Klaus Hack, Cy Twombly, Niki de Saint Phalle, Alexander Calder, Picasso, Saul Steinberg, among others.

More print sizes!

One of the most frequent requests that we get is for larger print sizes. We are very happy to say that bigger is coming! Starting today, we are adding an 11"x14" print size to the print editions produced by The Working Proof, which will sell for $60. 8"x10" prints will still be sold for $35 each. As always, 15% of each print sold will be donated to the charity of the artist's choice

...And, in the very near future, we will be adding ready-to-hang, even larger editions (up to 30"x40"!). Stay tuned for that announcement soon!

Ryan Bubnis: The People I've Known & The Places I've Been

Released Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The People I've Known & The Places I've Been, by Ryan Bubnis.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Teach For America.

Ryan Bubnis’ work has been described as “modern folk.” Through his paintings, installations, design and mural work, he comments on themes relating to the human condition.

Working intuitively, he incorporates a range of mediums that include found objects, paper, wood, canvas, aerosol, acrylics, cel vinyl, Papier-Mâché, graphite and India ink. He draws inspiration from life, love, graffiti, folk and outsider art from a variety of cultures.

Bubnis’ work has been featured in publications such as Nintendo Power, Clout, Vapors, Juxtapoz and IdN magazines. Some of his clients include Kidrobot, Nike, Imperial Motion, Aleph Zero, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, Seattle Weekly, 20th Century Fox, Singha and Gertrude Inc. He resides in Portland, OR, and is currently an instructor at The Pacific Northwest College of Art.

About the print:
The People I've Known & The Places I've Been is about all the people, situations and environments that have impacted your life. Good or bad, it's about the things that have helped shape you and have made you into the person you are today. It's your story and personal history.

I often do preliminary sketches or thumbnails for a lot of my pieces but this image was a lot looser in its creation. Almost like drawing, but with paint. It’s spontaneous mark making. I trusted my gut and just went for it.

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.


What has inspired you recently?
Life, death, happiness, sadness, love, patterns, music, books, textures, teaching, good design, and art-making in general.

Why did you choose to pair Teach For America with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Teach For America, because I strongly believe that poverty shouldn't limit your educational opportunities. We should all be given a fair shot to succeed.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Good art or design can stop you in your tracks. It can be used as a tool to bring awareness to ideas, causes, and new ways of thinking.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
It’s an obvious choice, but I’d have to say, Picasso. He was equal parts artist, mark-maker, and philosopher. He did so much and never stopped making work. He was constantly pushing himself and his style, and worked with a variety of mediums. He was a magician and alchemist. If you haven’t seen the movie, Magic, Sex, Death, stop what you’re doing and go watch it now.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Robert Hardgrave, and Erik Otto.