Have a safe halloween.
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October 31st, 2012
Filed under: design, illustrations, personal work
October 28th, 2009
Last weekend we carved a couple of pumpkins for Halloween and, as per the usual, I documented it thoroughly. Each of the kids made up a face and drew it onto a pumpkin, and then I carved them. The movie was made by shooting 662 still images with a timer set to take a picture every five seconds. When this was done it was edited together using Quicktime and Adobe Premiere. The music is The Vanguards' 1963 version of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.
Happy Halloween all y'all.
October 28th, 2009
I've put the Boo! Vampire screenprint on my Etsy store for sale for a measly $25, with a complimentary mailing tube. Go get it!
Filed under: for sale, screenprint
October 7th, 2009
For a couple of years now I've been considering making and selling posters and other prints. You may have seen my Etsy store where I have prints made on my nice digital printer. But I've been wanting to make some screenprints. I've vacillated back and forth between setting up my own small shop here and outsourcing the printing work to someone who actually knows how to do it. When I moved into this studio last Sprint, I read and absorbed as much as I could, spent hours and hours on gigposters.com looking at posters, and nearly dropped some large cash on an exposure unit, some screens, emulsion and the other junk one needs. (I actually bought a power-washer when I saw it on sale at Lowe's.)
However, when The Events of This Summer took place and I was removed from my studio for a month in Arkansas, the interruption led me to look at other options. The other options dropped themselves in my lap in the form of a continuing education catalog from the university where I once taught, The University of the Arts. They were offering a class called The Screen Printed Poster taught by Greg Pizzoli. Once I read the description of the class and Mr. Pizzoli's bio I knew this was what I was gonna do.
Class began last week, Sept 29. Our first assignment is to make a poster using two colors where the colors overlap in a meaningful way to create a third color. The other restrictions are that it must use type in some way, and the separations need to be made using cut paper rather than going through the computer or anything fancy such as that. I was planning to beg out of that last rule, as I have about 800 designs that I want to print, and none simple enough to just cut out of paper. However, on second thought I decided to keep it simple and see what I could do with this. Maybe I'll learn something.
I ordered a screen from Victory Factory (23×31, aluminum frame, 195 mesh, $25.25), some paper from French's (Construction Recycled White, 110lb, 12.5×19, $46) and started drawing. I quickly decided that this was going to be a halloween poster. I love making halloween drawings (if you have spent any time at all looking at my illustrations you already know this) and I used to give an assignment at UArts to illustration majors to create a two-color halloween poster. So I decided to try it myself.
I spent the next morning with Sacha at the coffee shop working on sketches.
I found myself leaning toward a crazy little vampire kid yelling BOO! and a monster with its skeleton showing. I thought I'd try the two ideas out in Photoshop using two colors, multiplying the layers. I did these two sketches to see how the colors would look.
After consulting with the instructor I went with the vampire kid. I don't have any ideas for words or type with the monster yet, and he'll work better as one half of a series with a robot later anyway.
Last night was the second class. I got to work and cut out my stencils to create the color separations. The construction paper pieces were taped to acetate, and I registered the two separations by just placing one over the other and matching them up as closely as possible. The areas of concern are the teeth, mainly. It won't be perfect but I like the off-register look anyway.
Greg suggested printing the green layer first, as it would be more opaque than the violet. After the emulsion was dry on my screen, I burned the green separation, washed it out and let it dry.
The green on the photo here is just the unexposed emulsion.
At this point it was 10:30pm and I was in a hurry to get the late bus back home. Next week I print. Stay tuned.
Filed under: process, screenprint, sketchbook
October 31st, 2008
And we have our winners!
Thanks to all of you geniuses whom entered. These were really amazing! The judges labored over the entries for eons, disagreeing and reagreeing and finally with secret tie-breaker rules, narrowing the selection down to ten first-place winners and one grand prize.
The Grand Prize was unanimously given to Sarah R, for her poem about the witch which was also the first place prize for that witch trick-or-treater.
The other nine prizes go to Viv Rae, Mitchell (who got two), Nathan, Brad, Sarah (no R), two more for Sarah R, and Abi (Mitchell's sister!).
You can read all of the winners here.
My personal favorite was Sarah R's Otis Owens but I wasn't one of the judges. It just made me LAUGH and every time I read it, it creeps me out.
Thanks again to everyone. One of the Sarahs mentioned that I should do a Christmas contest as well, and I think I'll consider it!
All you winners can you send me your postal addresses via email, so I might mail out the awards next week? Thank you! Happy Halloween.
Filed under: headlines, illustrations, not work
October 31st, 2008
Okay kids and the like,
Entries are closed and the judges will be working on the deciding. I hope to post the results here today so stay tuned. I've read all the entries and they are wonderful, so thanks.