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.

I live and die by being interdisciplinary.


Ariel Cotton

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 Tribe Called Quest, Abdel Halim Hafez, AC/DC, Al Di Meola, Alexander Scriabin, Andres Segovia, The Animals, Animals As Leaders, Art Tatum, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Aswad, Autolux, B.B. King, The Band of Gypsys, The Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Ben Folds Five, Bert Jansch, The Beta Band, Big Business, Billie Holiday, Billy Cobham, Black Sabbath, Blind Faith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Boogie Down Productions, The Byrds, Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, The Clash, Coldplay, Cream, D’Angelo, Dido, DJ Screw, Django Reinhardt, Dr. Dre, Deep Purple, The Donnas, The Doors, Early Man, Earth Wind & Fire, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Eminem, Eric B & Rakim, Eric Clapton, Everclear, Ex-Centric Sound System, Fleetwood Mac, Flux Pavilion, Frank Zappa, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, George Harrison, Guns ‘N Roses, Hadag Nahash, Haim Cotton, Herbie Hancock, Igor Stravinsky, Jaco Pastorius, James Brown, James P. Johnson, James Taylor, Janis Joplin, Jeff Buckley, Jill Scott, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joanna Newsom, Joey Bada$$, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, John McLaughlin, Jonathan Coulton, Joni Mitchell, Kendrick Lamar, Kim Leaman, Lauryn Hill, Led Zeppelin, Lee Perry, Leonard Cohen, Lionel Belasco, Ludwig van Beethoven, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Mamas and the Papas, Maurice Ravel, Memphis Minnie, Meshuggah, Metallica, Miles Davis, Mindless Self Indulgence, Modeste Mussorgsky, Mohammed Abel Wahab, Muddy Waters, My Bloody Valentine, Natalie Imbruglia, Nas, Nazem Al Ghazali, Nirvana, The Notorious B.I.G., N.W.A., Paco de Lucia, Pink Floyd, The Pixies, The Polecats, Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, The Police, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Radiohead, Raekwon, The Ramones, Return to Forever, Rick Wakeman, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Rusko, Robert Schumann, The RZA, The Secret Machines, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Simon & Garfunkel, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Skream, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Stevie Wonder, Sting, The Strokes, Traffic, Truth Hurts, Tupac, Uzuhi, Van Halen, Velvet Revolver, The Velvet Underground, Weather Report, The White Stripes, The Who, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Wu-Tang Clan, and Yes. (I wasn’t kidding when I said I was addicted to music, was I?)



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.

Artist CV & Product Design Resume