Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
|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
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!
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
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!