Monday, August 6, 2018

Dry In Time

I was able to get "Amy's Hill (7 color reduction woodcut) ready in time to enter for the Erie County Fair creative arts competition. I'd love to revisit it when I have more time to spend -- I really pushed myself here, as I was also on a 90-day cartooning quest.

I'm happy with it overall, but I can see all the places where I rushed. I'm currently designing a jig that will allow me to do rainbow rolls again -- the gradation of color helps to give the impression of depth. But I love the colors and the movement -- the sense of movement in the grass. I think the seed buds of the grass came out really well. The clouds would have looked much better on a graded sky.

Also up for consideration is "Canyons of Buffalo." I'm really feeling the pull back to the studio, so I'm hoping to report more on here.

Hope you can make it to the Erie County Fair this year, and please stop into the Creative Arts building (in the grandstand) and see what your friends and neighbors have been up to. Careful though -- you may get inspired!

Friday, July 27, 2018

It's All In How You Look At Things

A quick glance at the "Mamma Mia" movie poster and recalling my general mood while watching the first (Lord, to think there's TWO of these atrocities out there is almost too much to bear) brought this image to mind. It brings my two least favorite things -- MMA fighting and pop musicals on film -- together for a delightful battle Royale romp.mamma

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Image Is Everything

I think you can see where I'm going with this.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Fair Start

This time each year we go into overdrive, preparing our entries for the Erie County Fair. I've been entering woodcut since 2002, and I've done pretty well. This year I have been less active with printmaking, and have been devoting time to cartooning. However, something about 90 degree, 60% humidity sends me to the 73 degree, 39% basement. My wife has been wanting me to do this one for some time...

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Trouble Brewing

Ink wash shading is often thought of as a "New Yorker" Hallmark, even though the magazine publishes all manner of styles. I think one arrives at their style of shading by way of other art training. For me, I was always more comfortable with a paintbrush than a pen. I find the process of layering shading therapeutic. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sadsquatch & Squonk

The assignment was an 8 panel cartoon featuring two characters telling the story solely through words.

The characters are Sadsquatch (misspelling intended) and Squonk, two depressed mythologic woodland creatures who find each other. This is a quick pencil rough.