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Archive for August, 2011

Process, Please

Once in a while (so like twice, ever), I get asked about my lino print working process. AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS that I have some photographic evidence of just that. Believe it or not, it’s actually pretty involved, so get comfy!

Technically speaking, step 1 would be reading the book. But I don't have any pictures of that, sorry. Let's just start here.

Technically speaking, step 1 would be reading the book. But I don't have any pictures of that. Let's just start here.

First I start sketching out some ideas… this was the beginnings of Kipling’s “The Phantom Rickshaw.” I work out the format and how I want the type to look. Here you can see a lot of my research drawings. I like to go at it with as much background as I can. There’s even a sketch of Rudyard!

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Uh, next I do a final drawing, and then transfer it to my rubber lino block (which isn’t reeeally a “linoleum” block at all) and then I carve the crap out of it! I don’t think that’s too vague…

Hey, haven't you posted this before? What a ripoff...

Hey, haven't you posted this before? What a ripoff...

Aaaand then the printing! I think I’ll post a picture of my bookmarks sometime soon before I run out of them, but there’s a bit of a peek at how they work in this photo. How do I pack SO MUCH into one post? My goodness.

Well, there you go! More or less. Some need more sketching than others, but this one is a pretty good example of whats it is thats I do.

Lunch and a Portrait v1.0, v2.5 and v3.0

Wow, it has been a looooong time since I’ve posted any paintings on here… So why don’t I do just that, hmm?

Back in May (I think), Jessica and I had this grand idea to lure friends to our house with a promise of lunch in return for a little modeling. You know, like dinner and a movie, except instead of dinner it was lunch and instead of a movie it was a portrait. Makes sense if you think about it…

Anyhow, long story short, only the first one turned out to include lunch, the second was a light dinner, and the third I think just a cup of coffee (and I might have been the only one to have any). But in the end we ended up with four obliging friends and three paintings before the whole idea, uh, fizzled out… and here they are!

Jaime Stief

Ms. Jaime Stief and a partial second-pose

So Jaime was the first. All three ended up being about two hour sessions. Being the first though, this one is a little rough, but Jaime’s already agreed to do another sometime. Haven’t you Jaime? (blackmail, yessss.)

Fuska and Fischer, the two Dans

Fusca and Fischer, the two Dans

This one was a TWO-FER!!

Saroja Ponnambalam

Ms. Saroja Ponnambalam

And finally was Saroja! This one is weird cause I swear that depending on when you look at it, she’s either got a smile or a sneer. I think it may have to do with the fact that we were watching some questionable TV at the time. I knew I should have brought Star Trek…

Finally Under Construction

Hey! Did you see this when you got here??Under Construction

Good! Cause if you didn’t, you better refresh the ol’ browser, cause maaaaan, you’re out of date. Anyhow, the point is that the main site is down for re-construction! About time, really. When it goes back up there’ll be separate printmaking and painting sections. And of course the good old weblog. Bam.

So let’s all quietly be excited about that. I know I am.

The Body Snatcher

Oh hey! Another book cover! What are the odds?

Maaaaaan, The Body Snatcher is an awesome story. Just awesome. Robert Louis Stevenson is such a kickass author. Man. Anyway, take a look!

I picked orange for this post, but this cover has the widest range of colour that I've done for any of the other eight. It gradates from yellow to orange to red to brown.

I picked orange for this post, but this cover has the widest range of colour that I've tried out of any of the other eight books. It gradates from yellow to orange to red to brown. Well, whaddaya know?

So while we’re on the subject, the book I’m reading right now is a collection called Scottish Ghost Stories. The Body Snatcher is in it, along with a few other R.L.S. stories, it’s also one of I think three collections I have that contains The Body Snatcher… Well, maybe that’s the bane of all short story readers; do I buy this book because there’s 10 I haven’t read to every 1 that I have read? Hopefully it’s not just me being stupid.

ANYHOW, in this collection I just finished No Man’s Land, by John Buchan. Man! It was a CLASSIC! It’s got everything I look for in a good horror story… specifically the RIDICULOUS ideal of the English gentleman. Emotion? Nope, that’s for women. Superstition? Nope, that’s for the religious or the insane. Science and science alone? Yes, please. And by the way, I’ll be going hunting this afternoon; get my things ready.

HA! It’s such a baffling archetype, but I can’t help but love it. More prints next week!