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Artistic Ping Pong

A KookyRabbit Collaboration on RedBubble
RBNews story by Xavier Russo, August 2007

Over the past four months, a magical collaboration has been underway on www.redbubble.com. Two talented illustrators, FireRabbit and Kookylane, have been playing a exhibition match of “artistic Ping Pong” and attracting a growing crowd of onlookers.

The two artists take it in turns to add an artwork to the series, each inspired by or reacting to the previous one.

As Kookylane explained “It’s a collaboration where we keep passing the ball to the other every time we finish an artwork. Yes, a bit like a tennis match, but we decided to call it ping pong just because it sounds funnier”.

It’s an intriguing concept brought to life with an amazing burst of color and creativity. There are currently ten artworks in the series and it isn’t over yet!

“This series is awesome. So unique, refreshing and entertaining too. FireRabbit and Kookylane are incredibly talented” said one viewer, while another remarked “I love your crazy fun images of different characters and far away lands …there’s so much movement and imagination in them”.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the Ping Pong collaboration is its unpredictability. Even the artists themselves aren’t sure what the future holds.

“I have no idea where it’s going to go, but I am very excited about it” said FireRabbit at the start of the project. “We don’t know what the other is doing until it is done!”

Sometimes one artwork builds upon the previous, such as adding an additional character and zooming out further from the scene to show more context.

But other times the changes are more dramatic, such as when the various characters added by each artist started battling for supremacy. “Haiyaaahhh … you have declared war, eh? Bring it on!” cackled Kookylane, to the amusement of the crowd. Another observer commented that “this collaboration is bringing out the fire in the rabbit”

As the graphical story evolves over multiple artworks, the protagonists flee the destruction around them and embark on a fantastic adventure.

What lies ahead? “No idea how much longer the series will go. Having major fun doing it though!” said FireRabbit.

The entire story is being played out in public on RedBubble.com, an online art gallery and creative community. This means that everyone has the chance to enjoy the duo’s creative talent, share in the fun, and talk with the artists directly.

Onlookers can also show their admiration by buying framed or mounted prints of the individual artworks, or collect the whole set on greeting cards. As one admirer put it “Great! I want them all”, while another simply said “Pay day – this is mine. I love it”.

Kookylane and FireRabbit both work as freelance illustrators and animators in Melbourne, Australia. They have been friends for some time, but had “never thought about collaborating with another artist before”. The initial inspiration came from another RedBubble member, Kathleen, who has been active in encouraging collaborations.

The project has proved to be a colorful demonstration of the benefits of being part of the RedBubble community, whether as an artist or an art-lover. As Kookylane puts it, “RedBubble makes this kind of thing so accessible and easy and fun!”

But perhaps the final word should go to Kalb Severin, a long-time RedBubble member “For me this collaboration has been one of the best things to come out of Redbubble. Such awesome talent here but when it’s combined in this fashion it takes it to an unknown level”.


See the series of Ping Pong artworks at http://www.redbubble.com/search/find/pingpong

Visit Kookylane at: http://www.redbubble.com/people/kookylane

Visit FireRabbit at: http://www.redbubble.com/people/firerabbit

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RBNews story about Artistic Ping Pong, a collaboration between Kookylane and Firerabbit that has been going on for several months on RedBubble.

Comments

  • davecurtain
    davecurtainover 7 years ago

    great story xavier. i have to agree that i have found this to be one of the best aspects to redbubble – providing the facility for synergies. that and putting those of us without an established “artistic network” in touch with people who provide encouragement to persevere with what we love doing.

  • Kathleen Cameron
    Kathleen Cameronover 7 years ago

    Wow, thanks for dropping my name in there Xavier. :-) Can I link these stories into a media forum I am going to set up in the Collab Forum? Might need help keeping track of them myself though… hmm working on this still.

  • kookylane
    kookylaneover 7 years ago

    WOW XAVIER!!
    Bow down! all hail Xavier!

    BIG THANKS MAN! great article (grinning ear to ear)
    Must say, it wouldn;t have gone this far without the support of everyone at RB, it keeps the spirits on fire LOL

    Oh Thank you Kathleen for the collaboration that initiate it.
    Kalb dude, your words are always such big boost of support and confident XD

  • Marta Tesoro
    Marta Tesoroover 7 years ago

    This is fantastic Xavier. Thank you so much!

  • Xavier Russo
    Xavier Russoover 7 years ago

    Glad you like the article. This collaboration has been inspiring to so many people, and definitely deserves a wider audience. It was a real pleasure to go back and look at each of the artworks, review the comments and piece together the story. Thanks again to kookylane and firerabbit!

  • caseycastille
    caseycastilleover 7 years ago

    How cool on all counts! Great artwork, and very inspiring concept!

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42over 7 years ago

    great story, agree, absolutely brilliant collaboration…woohoo

  • Adrian Rachele
    Adrian Racheleover 7 years ago

    You guys have some awesome talents. Deserved of Xaviers words.

  • zee1
    zee1over 7 years ago

    Great write up Xavier and as a big fan of the ping pong series, it is really good of you to highlight their work. Their work is outstanding and looks fantatsic on gatorboard.

    Ping Pong on Display

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