DVD Netflix customer Rick Obwald was a mailman in 2000 when he began seeing DVD Netflix red envelopes more and more during his mail route. That’s when he decided to tear up his Blockbuster card and change his movie-watching habits for life.Read More
The Red Envelope
Quick, name the last piece of mail you were excited to open. It’s hard, right? Unless you’re a DVD Netflix subscriber. For the past 20 years, movie lovers across America have genuinely looked forward to getting their movies in the mail. The truth is, the iconic red envelope is one of the last pieces of mail on Earth that we actually look forward to receiving. But reaching that level of post office supremacy didn’t happen overnight.Read More
Cody Walzel is a storyboard artist and writer for animation.We noticed his stunning, whimsical, and eye-catching use of our red envelopes as an artistic canvas, so we reached out to learn more about him!Read More
From what my parents tell me, I became interested in art at age two, and I have a painting to prove it. I started pursuing it as more than a hobby when everyone at school kept asking me to “make their pictures better so they could get a better grade.” I realized that drawing may be the only thing I could do as a career. It’s not the easiest choice, but it’s pretty fulfilling.
With Netflix DVD, I can catch up on pretty much anything whereas Redbox is limited when it comes to older movies.
I started sketching on the DVD envelopes in, I think, 2011, when I was living in Rolling Meadows, IL. Did a few and they ended up on a Buzzfeed Netflix envelope list somewhere (we found it here). I use Prismacolor pencils, brush markers, and a non-bleed white paint. I sometimes like using Derwent pencils on them but pencil lead will rub off easily, which is why I use Prismacolor.
When I'm not putting my touches on the DVD mailers, my favorite mediums are acrylic paint, water based oils, Prismacolor pencils, Bic pens, and regular pencils. I really can’t touch pastels and watercolor is not my friend just yet!
If she was stuck on a desert island with only five movies, she'd choose....
I had to think about it! Definitely wanted some movies that were super funny, but at least one “serious” movie.....
A movie that she's rented recently & would recommend.....
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I can’t say enough about how terrific that film was. It made me want to sell whatever I could and go travel. For right now, I can see the world through my laptop, and I’m ok with that.
What's her favorite....
Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Actress: Emily Blunt
Director: J.J. Abrams
Movie snack: Movie popcorn with that “butter” petroleum goo, and plenty of it!
I’ve lived in 8 different states mostly and some of those are multiple repeats. I really do miss biking in downtown Chicago, even though most people think I’m crazy. I miss driving in snow, as it’s fun to me. A great part of life is getting people to laugh at just about anything, and I take that challenge with me wherever I go.
- First movie she rented through DVD Netflix: I think it was The Secret of Roan Inish. This movie was fascinating to me when I was little.
- Go-to movie snacks: Watermelon and pistachios.
- Actor that always makes her LOL: John Cleese.
- If she were stuck on an island with only five movies, she'd choose:
- Winged Migration (Such a beautiful, astonishing film.)
- Alice in Wonderland - Disney's 1951 version (Since I was little, I have loved the bizarre and vibrant imagery of this film.)
- The Seven Up Series (Fascinating.)
- Amelie (This movie always makes me smile.)
- Talk to Her (Strangely wonderful, wonderfully strange.)
- All-time favorite movie: I don't know about "all-time," but a movie I don't think is terribly well-known and would highly recommend to anyone is Kings of Pastry (be sure a good bakery will be open when you finish watching!).
I have always loved drawing and creating, and my parents tell me I have been doing so with whatever I could get my hands on (crayons, eyeliner, baby food...) my whole life. I'm not sure if I really believe in talent, but I do know that my love of art has driven me to practice constantly.
I see art as a deeply personal activity, and I think what ultimately makes a piece successful is the artist's ability to use her learned skills while staying true to her inner voice and instincts.
I have always loved pen and ink. I also love printmaking, particularly linocut combined with watercolor.
So many artists that I admire! But if I stick to illustrators, a few favorites include: Isabelle Arsenault, Quentin Blake, Eric Carle, Roz Chast, Benjamin Chaud, Carson Ellis, Edward Gorey, Maira Kalman, Ezra Jack Keats, Janice Nadeau, Summer Pierre, Yuko Shimizu, Shel Silverstein, Tomi Ungerer.
Something I'm finally watching (and am completely enamored of) is Six Feet Under.
Fun facts: I used to be a professional fiddler, I was a forest ranger, and have lived and worked in Japan and the Dominican Republic. I have always been fascinated by octopi, and actually wrote and illustrated a whole kids book about this character (Langston, featured below).
These are some of Alice's favorite selections of artwork from her portfolio. Check out more of her delightfully whimsical pieces at www.alicemalone.com.