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it’s a clown

May 19th, 2011

A friend of mine asked me to contribute a sign for her son’s school in Brooklyn. They have a spring carnival every year in which they have these hand made signs and then they auction them to benefit the school. I’ve been looking for an excuse to do some collage work again, as it’s been a long while since I made those race cars and the work is the most satisfying kind of creative process I know.

So of course I said heck yeah.

This is 18 inches square and is made with collage and acrylic paint.

PS 39 clown

look, a collage

April 9th, 2010

Spent this morning working on this little collage. It’s about ten inches tall, made of acrylic and various paper goods. Graph paper shirt and the hair is from an old Archie comic book, for instance.
Sometimes I need to spend a few hours that are about something other than cars and trucks, or at least not the typical way I make illustrations. It had been a while since I cut and pasted and painted. I’m gonna try to do this every week.
Look

start your engines

February 4th, 2009

Here are all six race cars. These will be for sale at the Main Line Art Center’s children’s book fair this Sunday, Feb 8. I’ll be there with several other authors and illustrators. At 1:30 I’ll be giving a 15-minute presentation talking about my illustrations and inspiration. Hope you can make it.
Whatever of these race cars that doesn’t sell there will be going on my Etsy page on Monday. I plan to do a lot more of these, as well as some monsters, robots, aliens, trucks, etc.
I have a set on Flickr that shows these cars in the works.
start your engines

race cars #5 and #6

February 3rd, 2009

I’ve completed the six collage race cars I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks. These are all for The Main Line Art Center’s Children’s Book Fair this Sunday, February 8. I’ll post a picture of all six in the next day or two, or you can see them all here.
These are collage/paintings, made with magazines, the yellow pages, various papers, and acrylic paint on 10 x 10 inch plywood. They’ll be for sale at the show, but I’ve yet to settle on a price.
I’ve written this before, but I haven’t enjoyed making stuff this much in a long time. I hope to make more of these, and I hope to find ways of incorporating this technique in my books and illustrations.
race car #5
race car #6

driver no.5

January 30th, 2009

driver #5
SHe may be cute, but don’t let that fool you. She will gladly blow your doors off and put you into the wall.
Sacha suggested that one of the race cars needs to be driven by a lady driver. Here she is. Materials used: acrylic and part of a GapKids ad on yellow pages.

race cars #3 and #4

January 26th, 2009

Finished two more of the race cars. Each one is closer to what I had in my old head when I conceived of these things. I’m spending a bit more time planning them, and being a little tighter with the craft part of it.
I’ve two more to do for the show on Feb 8, and then I’ll see where to go next.
You can see how these are made on my Flickr page here.
race car collage #3
race car #5

race car #2

January 23rd, 2009

race car #2
Two down, four to go.
I added some logos and stickers that I made with a laser printer on this one. The driver is from the Yellow Pages. Stay tuned.

race car #2, in the works

January 21st, 2009


Started race car #2 today.
All the blue is from magazines and the driver and windshield is from the yellow pages.
Note as well that I’ve sanded down the gesso, revealing the wood. I like this. I’m gonna do it on the rest of the collages.

race car collage #1

January 19th, 2009

Here’s the first of what will soon be six, and eventually more, race car collages. This is 10 x 10 inches, is done with magazine and other pages, acrylic paint, and it’s on birch plywood. The first six of these will be for sale at the Main Line Art Center’s Children’s Book Fair on February 8. As I get the other five completed I’ll post them here as well.

race car collage no.1

race car collage no.1

analog race cars

January 7th, 2009


race car 5

I’m taking part in a children’s book fair at the Main Line Art Center the first weekend of February where they’re offering some space to sell a few pieces. I’m taking this opportunity to further some work that I’ve been wanting to do away from the computer. As you know, I’ve been offering some digital prints on Etsy for a couple of weeks. But it’s my new year resolution to get my hands dirty in 2009 and do some painting and printing.

Therefore, I’m attempting to get six collage/paintings done in time for this festival. I’ve had these race cars in my head for weeks and before starting on the finals, I wanted to do some test drives (ha ha, a pun!). So what you’re seeing here are small “sketches” at 8.25 x 5 inches. The finished ones will be 10 x 10 inches on wood, and will be lovelier, cooler, and all around better than these.
If this works out, expect airplanes, space ships, monsters and robots to follow. Pricing to be determined. Stay tuned.