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.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Creative Detour

My first full cartoon, as part of the Center for Cartoon Studies 1 Week Workout. A sweet old granny hides her secret identity as a nasty Facebook Troll.

I'm anything but prolific as a printmaker, as a brutal weekday schedule makes for precious little studio time (excuses, excuses...). But even though I'm not printing, it doesn't mean I'm not WORKING on creative goals.

I'm known for my workplace doodles. Past coworkers still mention the little cartoons I used to draw on boxes in stockrooms. This one I sent to my wife in March.

Four years ago, in a bid to better myself as an artist, I took a drawing class through the community college, which was very helpful, though I've not been good about obsessively drawing.

A political cartoon. This inspired me to learn the craft. I figured, if I wanted to dabble, I'd better get damn good at it or no one would get the message. 

Then, about a month ago, I confronted a longtime dream: cartooning. And I challenged myself to attack that goal for 90 days to see how far I could advance simply through daily work of at least 30 minutes.

So, that's where I am. I'm excited to see how my wanderings manifest in my printing.

A quick self portrait with ink wash. From last week.


Monday, February 19, 2018

"Canyons of Buffalo"

(For step-by-step photos, see last post, "As it Happened.)

Last summer my wife and I went kayaking on the Buffalo River, a twist industrial waterway with huge gray cliffs of ancient grain elevators from the city's storied past. The rust, concrete and water made for a striking image.

This print (9x7, oil on Masa paper, shina plywood, printed on an antique book press) was an epic joy. With 14 colors in all, it is a record for me. Can't wait for kayak season!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Expanding on the Reduction

I wish I knew how many times, and ways, I've explained the reduction process to people. For some reason, people can't wrap their brains around it.

Today's color pretty much sums it up though. I'm printing a risky layer of bright yellow over the entire print so I can have a tiny but important yellow object. I don't have to do it that way, of course. I could just ink a small area. I prefer this way as it keeps layer consistency.

It is risky because if I'm out of register by a hair, you will see that yellow peek out all over the print like little crescent moons.

So far, so good!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Just. Peek

I decided to not chronicle this print and just enjoy it on my own. Ah, but it's so nice, I thought I'd give a little peek at it. Buffalo area residents will see where I'm heading right away. Planned for 8 colors, I may have to add two for a small error I made. Haven't decided yet.