Anna Lustberg

Anna Lustberg | Illustrator | Blog

Anna Lustberg’s blog shares the thoughts of a twenty-something trying to “make it” in NYC. Posts are often sharing memories and motivation for the creation of a drawing, project, or series of works.

90s Kids backstory

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A picture’s worth a thousand words, so here’s the backstory behind this presentation of “90s Kids”: It was a single giclee print that cost a lot of $, but the archival paper + print quality is delicious; the patterns in the collaged images + colors in the artwork are so vivid + realistic. I can’t rave about it enough; shout-out to Sugar Hill Works in Harlem for the seriously amazing printing you do.
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Here, you see it behind museum-quality plexiglass, which is why there’s no glare (this is a basic iPhone picture snapped at the opening)... it really protects the paper from UV rays + other harmful exposures over time. Museum quality plexi like this is quite pricey, otherwise more of us would have it to protect our artworks, + this piece was custom-cut for the artwork + frame. I had the hookup that day – shoutout to Li who came through for me – so I didn’t have to spend the big $ on this high-quality touch that really elevated my piece (moments before I had to drop it off for the exhibition!).
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The frame – that perfect shade of orangey-red that’s my favorite color, oooh! – it’s plastic from the 99-cent store. I got it on a random dollar store spree on Broadway + 138th Street one day, way before I drew the 90s kids.
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Finally, shoutout to my friend + mentor Marcus Glitteris whose inclusion of me / this piece in his super cool 90s-themed group show in June 2017 really lit a fire under me! It was an opportunity to connect with a lot of other great artists, so I became more inspired + motivated to take my drawings to the next level.
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I still have this one-of-a-kind piece in my home. It’s available for $125; I’d be both happy + sad to sell it. ❤️

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