Archive for September, 2011

The Castle of Otranto

This is it. The one. The tip of the top. The creme de la creme.

Ok, enough colloquialisms… but this IS pretty exciting. Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, is THE FIRST Gothic Horror. Oh yeah, this is where it aaaaaall started. Well, theoretically. But generally speaking and historically speaking,  this is the beginning of the genre. Whether or not it sparked the genre, or was simply the first of a movement that was starting regardless, who knows.

Either way, this is the big one.

Flourished story, flourished cover.

Flourished story, flourished cover.

The Gothic text was a dream to carve. Seriously. I was also watching Star Trek the Motion Picture while I did it (the old one, not the new one… you know, with VGER. Oh man…), so I guess everything just really came together that day.

Haha, does it take away from the image when I reveal stuff like that?

The Devil-Fish

Oh my. Lots of stuff. This past weekend, I was all set up at the Queen West Art Crawl in Toronto. Which was a lot of fun… other than an event like that you don’t really get the chance to stand there with your work and see how people react to it. Pretty cool. And there were lots of nice people, too. Aaaand the weekend before, I was all set up and stuff at the Sunnyside Art Show and Sale on the Lakeshore in Toronto. And there were lots of nice people there, too! Oh my. Lots of stuff.

And speaking of stuff, my back-log of prints to post has gotten pretty big, so let’s just jump right back in, shall we?

Now The Devil-Fish isn’t actually the title of a book, but rather a chapter from The Sea-Travelers by Victor Hugo. But that’s ok cause it’s only a half-size book cover. And it’s only a half-size cover because I originally made this print to be part of a print exchange, and 3.5 x 5 inches was the maximum print size. Pretty convenient considering my regular book covers are all 5 x 7.

Anyhow, I printed the editions on a big sheet of Stonehenge paper and cut them out after. I’ve done a second run of it since, so take a look!

Had to allow for a 5 x 7 sheet size...

Had to allow for a 5 x 7 sheet size...

The page in the corner turned into bookmarks...

The page in the corner turned into bookmarks...

Hey! And here we go! As of this weekend, this is officially my most popular book cover!

Hey! And here we go!