Hello world. I am Ariel Cotton, webmistress of The Electronic Sketchbook.
I’m an artist, interaction designer, inventor, web developer, UI/UX designer, visual designer, illustrator, music enthusiast, techie, cartoonist, nerd, and maker of things.
Throughout my childhood, all I wanted was to be an artist. It has been my most defining attribute for as long as I can remember. I practiced drawing rigorously, kept a sketch journal, attended art classes, and constantly buried myself in creative projects.
At age 12, I became obsessed with The Beatles, and made a fan site for them on AOL Hometown. After spending immense quantities of time browsing through Beatles fan forums, I found other fans who had also created websites, but from scratch using HTML and CSS. I set out to make a website of my own that way, and I have been developing in HTML and CSS ever since.
When I was 18, I began attending Cooper Union as an art and design student. Despite my incessant whining throughout high school that I would never need math or science, I found myself intrigued by the projects the engineers at Cooper were working on. I saw infinite potential to incorporate robotics, laser cutting, LEDs and various engineering concepts into my artwork. I took engineering classes while I was studying art, and gained a basic background in programming and electronics.
I graduated from Cooper two years ago, and have been making work across the art, design and technology spectrum ever since. I have interactive art exhibits, I make and publish comics, I develop concepts and prototypes for toy inventions, and I work as a product designer and front-end web developer. I can frequently be found at the Brooklyn hacker space NYCResistor, of which I am a member, frankensteining electronics, bits and pieces together.
I have an affinity for dark humor, trollish sarcasm, and psychedelic cartoons with gratuitous amounts of violence. Also, I am hopelessly addicted to music, the internet, and chocolate.
- “A történet és a rajz együtt már hozta magával a képregényt – Beszélgetés Ariel Cotton amerikai képregényrajzolóval.” Kilencedik, June 20, 2016.
- “Into the Warp Zone.” The Holland Times, September 19, 2015.
- “Totally wired! Hackers throwing party robot-themed art party.” The Brooklyn Paper, May 26, 2015.
- “Art Hack Day: From An Idea To A Deluge of Ideas.” Make Magazine, February 4, 2015.
- “Project 24: A Portrait of Millennial Artist Ariel Cotton.” The Huffington Post, October 27 2014.
- “Art show ‘Gonna Put A Hacks On You’ blends electronics, clothing, sweets.” Technically Brooklyn, August 13, 2014.
- “Totally wired! Gowanus artist’s work is electrifying.” The Brooklyn Paper, August 1, 2014.
- “14 wacky projects at the NYC Resistor Interactive Show 2014.” Makery, June 17, 2014.
- “April 23rd Senior Exhibitions at The Cooper Union.” How Was It? April 24, 2013.
- “The Morning Bell News Round-Up—12/10/14.” The Morning Bell, December 10, 2014.
- “Distance doll, la bambola hi-tech per abbracciare gli amori lontani.” Video D Repubblica, October 2014.
- “Distance Doll, Boneka Khusus Untuk Pasangan LDR.” Rajawow, October 2014.
- “Knuffelen op afstand.” Woelt, October 18, 2014.
- “Give Someone You Love A Long-Distance Hug Using This Doll.” Right This Minute, October 18, 2014.
- “Hah.. Dengan Boneka Ini Pasangan LDR Bisa Berpelukan dari Jarak Jauh?” LampungX, October 9, 2014.
- “Abrazos a distancia con estos nuevos muñecos.” Bunkerpop, October 8, 2014.
- “Come rendere fisica una comunicazione a lunga distanza in modo creativo.” Art Vibes, October 8, 2014.
- “遠距離戀愛神器 會感應「抱抱娃娃」讓你攬牢牢！” ETToday, October 8, 2014.
- “【傳達暖意】異地戀專用公仔.” 881903, October 8, 2014.
- “Ariel Cotton’s Distance Dolls Help People Connect Long Distance.” Trend Hunter, October 8, 2014.
- “Lonely No More! Distance Dolls Will Help You Feel Okay.” Daily Offbeat, October 8, 2014.
- “These Dolls Let You ‘Hug’ A Loved One Miles Away.” The Huffington Post, October 7 2014.
- “Distance Dolls, A Pair of Wireless Dolls That Let People Hug Loved Ones From Afar.” Laughing Squid, October 7, 2013.
Press for Distance Dolls
If you enjoy what you’re seeing and reading on this website or have any feedback or questions for me, please feel free to reach out to me via email or social media. My design studio is currently accepting product design, UI/UX design, web design, visual design, illustration, front-end dev, and art commission work, and I relish the occasional collaboration now and then, so please get in touch if you are interested in working with me.