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Announcing the 2nd and 3rd place winners of the Pinup Palooza Contest on Fine Art America.

The 2nd Place winner is Jimmy Ostgard and the 3rd Place winner is Tim Brandt.


2nd Place Winner – Jimmy Ostgard

How did you stumble upon your unique style?

I think it’s just been trial and error and finding what works for me as a photographer.

What is your design medium of choice? Digital, traditional? Software? Cameras?

For me it’s digital (Canon), but I have had thoughts of doing some traditional film work in the future. I guess when it comes to software, I like to think of myself working out of the norm, which for me means not using Photoshop… I use Corel Paintshop Pro!


Your favorite artists at the moment?

Hmmm, that’s really a tough question because there’s really so many that I enjoy seeing and admire their work, but if I had to choose, I’d be giving you a long list!

How do you overcome those times when the creative spirit is not there?

I will tend to visit other photographer’s websites and look through their portfolios and get inspirations from that. That usually will get me back into the motivation of picking up my camera and start shooting.

Do you design in your sleep?

Well, probably not in my sleep, but when I should be sleeping I find myself tossing and turning in bed because I can’t shut off my mind as I lay in bed thinking of different places or subjects to photograph and before you know it, it’s way past 3am!


Do you see your pieces before you begin or do you just start?

Usually if I’m photographing models, those shoots are already set in advance by a month or more. For other photo shoots, it could be a spur of the moment or something I’ve thought a few days about and put things together for the shoot.

What does the future hold for you? What are you working on next?

Boy, I sure wish I was a fortune teller, I’d like to see what my future holds for me as a photographer. Honestly, I don’t see myself ever giving up photography, it is a passion with me and I always want to improve and get better with it. I’ve been working on a project for the future with shadows, lines and light. which will be mostly black and white images.

What words of advice would you give to someone just starting out as an artist?

I guess any advice I can give would be to, never give up, practice, find your style, and always learn what you can about your craft.

Any Special projects you want to mention? Any special projects?

I would have to say building a commercial/product portfolio as I venture into that direction with my photography.

Jimmy’s website and other social media links

3rd Place Winner – Tim Brandt

What made you start creating charcoal art? What made you decide on this style?

I got a BFA from Ball State in Photography years ago. But when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 7 years ago I went back to my roots in art and started drawing to release my feelings and emotions and help cope. I chose charcoal because it’s a medium that helps me hide any mistakes that might have happen from any tremor or erratic movement I couldn’t control.


How did you stumble upon your unique style?

The only unique style I would say is when I’ve done a drawing off meds. Allowing my tremor control the direction of the piece. I’ve only done a couple pieces this way, it’s completely different then when I’m on my meds so I don’t do it often.

Can you explain your working process/methodology?

My mind goes all over the place all the time. This is enhanced with the PD. I typically draw at night when I can’t sleep. Then I’ll have an idea in mind, be it an emotion I’m currently feeling or maybe a movie I’ve just seen. Once the inspiration is strong enough inside me, then I draw it out.

What is your design medium of choice? Digital, traditional? Software? Cameras?

I use charcoal, sometimes watercolor pencil. I still shoot though. I try to stay traditional but processing in my area is a pain so I do most with my digital Nikon. I have a couple different software packages I use, the standard Adobe and I can’t remember the other one. But I don’t really alter any of my images the way many other artists do. That’s an art form I am not skilled in or educated about.

Who has been your biggest creative influence?

Weston, Adams, Hockney, Maplethorpe, O’Keefe, and so many more, it’s hard to name them all unfortunately

How do you overcome those times when the creative spirit is not there?

This happens quite a bit with me and it sucks ass. But when that happens, I stay away from the studio all together. I won’t go near it. I take my mind and not think about art at all, just focus on family, friends doing daily chores and go out and experience things. Everything from concerts to walks, hockey or any other sport. Once my mind is cleared from trying to almost force creativity, it’s opened for any unexpected inspiration. And when that hits, I go back to the studio.


What food, music, beverage, chemical, etc do you need for you to get into the creative flow?

Music is a huge part, but it all depends on the mood of the piece I’m working on. I have play lists set for many directions. I would love chemical but it’s not legal where I live yet, someday though…Ha

Do you design in your sleep?

With my PD and the meds I take my dreams can be and are most of the time very vivid, sometimes surreal. Many times I wake up not understanding what is real and what was the dream, it can take a few minutes to sort things out. And yes, some inspiration has come from these dreams.

Do you see your pieces before you begin or do you just start?

Majority of the time I see what I want and enjoy the journey to get there. I will admit though there have been times where the piece took control and ended up different than my vision. Mixed results though, some good, some were like “what the hell was I thinking”. I put those in the epic fail file.

What does the future hold for you? What are you working on next?

I’m just trying to keep drawing and raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. The future holds unlimited potential for so many things, growth of my art, more gallery shows, fundraising etc. I’m just going to keep trying my best and see where it goes. Right now I just finished a couple private commission pieces. I have a couple series I started a while ago that I’m ready to jump back into and extend.

What words of advice would you give to someone just starting out as an artist?

Get a real job with insurance. (Half joking here) Then focus on your art. Stay true to yourself, if you’re going to do art you need to invest your soul into it. Pour your passion, emotions into it. Don’t be afraid to break rules, test limits, experiment within the medium you choose. Try to find an internship, volunteer at a gallery. Network the shit out of your life with fellow artists. Make connections and friendships within the community. Learn to take criticism and have a tough skin, but also an open ear to learn from it all. Be able to learn and grow.

Is there any promotional/marketing advice you would like to offer to other artists?

Never stop pounding the pavement. I have a website, no clue how to push it with technology (I should probably hire someone to do that for me, I’m sure there is a 10 year old kid that can do wonders for things I just don’t comprehend). Social media until you can’t type anymore. Have a portfolio that is deep enough to show a potential gallery that you have enough work to fill the gallery. Have a resume handy, yes a resume. But taylor it to art, how long you’ve been doing it, medium used, education, experience , any other shows you’ve been in etc…

Any Special projects you want to mention?

At this time just awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. I can’t decide which project I’m going with right now.

Tim’s Website & Social Media Links:
Facebook page: Tim Brandt
Facebook fan page: Shakingarts fine or not so fine art world
Instagram: Shakingarts
Pinterest : Shakingarts

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