Friday, October 10, 2014


Actually, I have been pretty busy and that explains the lack of activity. I have pulled up my stakes and invested in a new plot of real estate:


This is where all of the passion has settled. But, alas, as an artist I *am* fickle. I still push the limits outside of the rabbitry arena.

I will be posting here and there - but not often (as is evidenced). Mostly, you can catch up on my activities - both rabbit and non-rabbit related - at the website above!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Local illustrator named to worldwide top 200 list
Written by Staff Reports | |
By Chase Will

After 20 years of honing her skills, local painter Penny Collins has been recognized as one of the Top 200 Illustrators Worldwide by Lüerzer’s Archive.
Lüerzer’s Archive is a bi-monthly magazine for the advertising industry, based in Europe with a global circulation of over 38,000 subscribers.

“I’m still on the ceiling with this,” Collins said. “I could not believe it when I got notification. Out of the billions and billions of talented people out there, and even in Toledo alone, to be picked for something like this is really great.”

“I love that she’s from Toledo. Out of everyone who enters, only about 20 percent are even from the U.S.,” said Claudia Coffman, chief executive of ad sales at Lüerzer’s Archive. “We sent out a call for submissions for the illustrators and they submitted their work.

It was free to submit and they could upload as much work as they wanted. We got over 5,000  submissions, which were judged by afive-person jury and had to receive at least three markings to be

The painting submitted by Collins, titled “Save the Bunnies,” featured a bunny wearing a gas mask, sitting in front of a skull. It was created for a company in California who specialize in rabbit rescues. “It’s rather dark,” Collins said. “I ended up being inspired to do it for them because ofthe horror stories they would tell me about these animals.”

Collins runs Studio 566, where she sells her artwork and does commissioned pieces when requested. Her primary artistic focus is rabbits.

“What they tell you when you get into the business is find something you’re passionate about, because that’s basically what you’ll focus on for all your projects,” said Collins. “My next big project is doing a little cartoon strip with rabbits. I found a niche with these rabbit people, so I’m working on this book of cartoons I’m planning for next year.”

Collins credits much of her success to the Internet, which allows her to find opportunities to submit her work and communicate with peers in her field.

“Everything’s at our fingertips now. Everything you’ve ever wanted to do, you can do,” Collins said. “The Internet helps yet it doesn’t, because everyone and their mother is out there doing it. You’ve got to hit it hard. You basically make your own opportunities as opposed to waiting for them to come along.”

With several years of passion recognized in a prestigious magazine, Collins said she’d like to encourage other aspiring artists to pursue their dreams.

“That would be a piece of advice I’d give any artist struggling to make it; you’ve got to get online, and you’ve got to take advantage of what’s out there,” Collins said.

“Toledo’s just one town. We’ve got the world at our fingertips.”

Studio 566 is located at 425 Jefferson St. For more information on Collins’ work, visit:

Toledo Free Press

Monday, April 21, 2014

TOP 200

by Lürzer's Archive
Inspired by the “war stories” of rabbit rescues (and their rescuers), I designed and illustrated this WATERSHIP DOWN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE poster (AKA “RADIOACTIVE” for the 2014 MIDWEST BUNFEST to advocate rabbit rescue).

Lürzer's Archive is a bi-monthly magazine for the advertising industry. This piece was chosen to represent yours truly as one of the Top 200 Illustrators Worldwide 2014!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


The advice of many creatives these days is to develop a major project and then DO IT. With the technology we have, things such as publishing/world wide exposure via internet/etc, the sky is the limit!

This year I have been contemplating some sort of publication. I have been in contact with a publisher. I have narrowed that down to a publication of my rabbits (albeit NOT the 365 project yet). I have gotten even narrower with the idea of IN THE CONSIDERATION OF THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS.

Today, I decided to make installment number one.

I stared at a blank art board for 2 hours and drank 2 cups of coffee.
Not in that order.
Then I Googled: HOW TO WRITE A COMIC ...

“Why did BC cartoonist Johnny Hart give himself over to God, and then to total madness? Because writing a comic strip is a lonely, dispiriting, depressing enterprise teaming with self-doubt, self-loathing and self-employment. To combat such demons some cartoonists turn to God. Others turn to drink.”
- excerpt from:

Rule One: Avoid Successful People


Friday, January 3, 2014


"I believe that everyone has greatness in them. 
...and I think regret is never knowing what that is."
- Will Terry


After a rather long re-gathering of my wits, I have returned to the blog-life. This year, look forward to my general antics, opinions, life in These-Here-Toledo, experiences and as always, the art. There is always something brewing in the studio.

I have made the decision to engage Chris Oatley of :
I started my new year by indulging in the podcast: AM I GOOD ENOUGH? The interview and discussion with Will Terry is lengthy - but every word of it is GOLD. The discussion covers everything from feeling "not good enough" to the artist's work ethic. My personal favorite part of the entire show was a discussion about "branching out" from art. This is the basic philosophy that in order to be able to CREATE work that grabs people emotionally, we, as artists, have to go out and have LIVES separate from "art."

Also important to note: the definition of SUCCESS. What does success mean to artists? Is it the steady 9 to 5 that puts food on the table? Or is it creating pieces that grab people and pull them in?
I love the fact that the two people involved in the show are also very pragmatic. There is a "realness" involved - a no-holds-bar reality check.



Time to push into new ways of seeing... here - the shadows are built from some warmer tones. I also took the ever so comfortable graphite into a world of textures. The result is this year's "entry": that ONE PIECE that will be forced upon every illustration./design/art annual/competition I enter in 2014.

See it here: Illusion Scene 360