"Treasure curiosity more than certainty." Illustrated by Lia Marcoux

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Artist Statement

"The first 6 months of posters have been lovely, and it's always a treat when the new one gets released. The shifting palettes, styles and content inspired me to try and add something new to the series; my quote was "Treasure curiosity more than caution". Cha-ching. Curiosity is one of the most basic parts of the creative process. Whether exploring media or ideas, or trying something totally unrelated only to find that you can bring that back to your artwork, the drive to find or create something new keeps artists working. The only guy who treasures caution is Diego de la Vega. Zorro loves curiosity. Also, I've been watching kind of a lot of Zorro. I tend to work smaller than the proscribed 13'' x 17'', and I like painting character-based pieces, so this was a chance to play with a larger scale of contrast between the actors. This piece was also unusual for me because I almost never create color keys, but it was relaxing to have all those decisions made ahead of time. I used my standard process; first I complete a full-color, high-value watercolor painting on Arches 140lb cold press. I scan it and work digitally and color everything again. Using the text as part as the environment, as art directors Robyn and Greg urged, helps make this part of their relationship instead of just the line of a moment. This piece was more conceptual than my usual, purely narrative work. You should probably be cautious of some eels, though. The badly brought-up ones." - Lia Marcoux

Lia Marcoux is a children's illustrator and lover of children's fiction, currently living in Oxford, U.K. Her work is a combination of traditional watercolor and digital media, and it can be seen at http://www.liamarcoux.com.

About 1200 Posters

1200 Posters was one of Creative Action Network's first campaigns, originally inviting 12 up-and-coming artists to illustrate 1 of 12 quotes about community, conversation and collaboration from Margaret Wheatley's text "Turning to One Another".

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.