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Win 2 Illustrated Books & Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor!

In bold, decisive strokes, New York-based illustrator Matt Rota transforms blank pages into detailed scenes, capturing a compelling fusion of the real and surreal. Named one of the top 200 illustrations in the world by Lürzer's Archive, Rota’s work is in high demand among publications like The New York Times and McSweeny’s.

Now, you can own Matt Rota’s captivating work! Enter here to win McSweeney's Issue 41 and Good But Cheap Eats: New York, both featuring Rota’s distinctive art. The winner will also receive FREE access to Matt’s popular Craftsy class, Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor— a $70 value combined!

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Matt Rota Craftsy Giveaway

The books featuring Matt Rota's work:

Good But Cheap Eats: New York is an illustrated guide to inexpensive restaurants in New York. Features fifteen great lunch spots that are good, fast and cheap. Developed as a guide for artists who visit New York. Also perfect for the student or graduate visiting the city. Restaurants featured are in midtown, Union Square, the Museum District and downtown. Nearby attractions such as museums and galleries are listed with each restaurant as well as personal recommendations from the editor.

McSweeney’s has won multiple design awards including the AIGA 50 Books Award, the AIGA 365 Illustration Award, and the Print Design Regional Award. Issue 41 comes as a glossy hardback featuring images by Cassandra C. Jones of lightning formed into shapes of animals running. The issue contains 12 new stories, four of them by Aboriginal authors, three nonfiction essays, and a novel excerpt, along with some letters. Each story has attendant artwork by a variety of artists, in a design similar to Issue 23.

Matt Rota's class:

Discover the mixed media techniques you need to make your illustrations standout. Create washes, tones and drybrush textures to bring unique landscapes to life with pen, ink and watercolors. Enjoy step-by-step guidance from professional illustrator Matt Rota in the comfort of your home, with 7 HD video lessons you can watch at your pace, anytime, forever.

Here's what Craftsy members are saying about Matt's class:

“Matt is a wonderful instructor; he gives great detailed instruction paired with easy-to-follow lesson plans that let you learn and gradually build your skill set. He also gives the student many tips on using the pens, inks, brushes and washes. I am most impressed with Matt's ability to demonstrate and explain these techniques in a way that we the students can understand and put into practice. If I could give more than a 5 star rating, I would without hesitation."

“Matt's professional presentation is exactly what I have been looking for to help amp up my "plein air” studies for a more successful and enjoyable result,. He articulates purpose and clearly demonstrates the components of a successful composition, including value, shape, and line using pen and ink as well as simple watercolor techniques. You could not learn as much in a week long workshop! This video is definitely a worthwhile investment that I will refer to often. Thanks , Matt, for taking the time to share your knowledge and talent. Not everyone can teach...but you do it eloquently!”

Matt Rota Illustration

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What you should know about Matt:

Inspired by the electric realism of comic books, Matt fell in love with the dynamic energy of pen, ink and watercolor early in life. After training at The Maryland Institute College of Art, he moved to New York, where he currently works and teaches. Matt has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and American Illustration, and his work is frequently published by high-profile clients. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in fine art and illustration at the School of Visual Art in New York City and The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and is also the instructor of the popular Craftsy class Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor.

Don't miss out on your chance to win the Matt Rota giveaway!

Enter for your chance to win Matt Rota's featured work in books and his online Craftsy class by August 27, 2014, at midnight MT. We'll randomly select a winner, who will be notified via email after August 28, 2014.

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