The Print Lab

The nice people at Richeson and Co. told me my press would arrive sometime this week, but it actually showed up at my house last Friday. :D A friend of the family helped me unpackage and assemble it, and it took both of us to lift the 200+ pound rollering unit. Richeson and co. were awesome enough to include the legs, which are technically a separate piece, and a catcher and pusher along with the cushion, so I have all three press blankets. 

Fortunately the garage bay underneath my studio has been vacant awhile, so I was able to claim the area as my “print lab.” I should be able to jerry-rig a “sink” to soak paper in by filling a plastic bin full of water from the faucet outside (no running water inside), and I can bring a space heater over from the house (most of the heat in the building goes upstairs into the furnished studio space and not into the garage below). The baby foam puzzle blocks help my feet and back when standing long periods at a time around the press.

I decided to let me nerd flag fly high and not only drew my dragon paw-print insignia (styled from the dragons in my thesis manuscript, The Dragon Prince) on the turn handle, but also dubbed the press Wartortle. The reason I named it such is getting this printing press is, to me, like getting a starter pokemon (and I almost always choose the water starters). Since this thing is more sturdy and larger than some presses, yet not as big and bulky as others, it is not quite a Squirtle, yet not quite a Blastoise, so it makes a nice Wartorle. :) I guess I should count the two sharpie doodles towards Inktober, shouldn’t I?

I gotta wait for a few things to come in before I can christen Wartortle, then it’s a series of experiments to figure out the pressure setting per printed media. I AM SO STOKED TO DO INTAGLIO AGAIN! :D

I WON A PRINTING PRESS!!!
I am MEGA EXCITED to announce that my Godfather Death block print was selected the winner of the Richeson & Co./Dick Blick clear carve linoleum contest.
a.k.a. I WON A PRINTING PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 http://www.richesonart.com/index.htmland this is the printing press I won—->Master Etch Model II

I WON A PRINTING PRESS!!!

I am MEGA EXCITED to announce that my Godfather Death block print was selected the winner of the Richeson & Co./Dick Blick clear carve linoleum contest.

a.k.a. I WON A PRINTING PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.richesonart.com/index.html
and this is the printing press I won—->Master Etch Model II

Block Print Commissions

I’m also pleased to announce that along with my previously-made prints now for sale through my Print Shop, I’m opening up for block print commissions as well!
Not just any sketch/drawing/digital art—but hand-carved, inked, and printed artwork, just like the old masters. Printmaking—the first form of mass media! :D

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE BEFORE CONTACTING ME:

J.D. Donnelly’s Block Print Commission Terms of Service

1.      These rates/practices are for PRIVATE/PERSONAL commissions. For other commissions—logos, banners, icons, illustrations, books, publications, i.e. mass-distribution, etc.—please email me for discussion of the project.

2.      I will NOT draw: Porn/excessive gore/NSFW, hate images, or copyrighted characters. However, romance/violence of a PG-13 level and original characters (OC’s) of established franchises are fair game.

3.      3”x4” block prints are limited to one (1) character/creature due to size. Familiars/pets/insignias/specific background designs can be included, though, if applicable.

4.      Each commission is for one (1) PHYISICAL print (the price is factored as a print+time+materials). Additional prints pricing is listed.

5.      Email for correspondence and payment via Paypal is: paintingdragonfeathers@hotmail.com. Please include in your correspondence the email you use for your Paypal and a physical mailing address for the final print.

6.      You can give me as much or as little reference you want, whether it be written, photo, other drawings, etc.

7.      Once you email me with your commission and references, I will email you back with a contract outlining commission details, estimated completion time/deadline, payment, revision policy, delivery, etc. Once the contract is agreed to and payment received, the commission will begin. DO NOT send payment until the contract is agreed upon.

8.      You will be able to request changes at the sketch stage and transference stage as outlined in the contract. No major changes can/will be made once carving has begun.

9.      FULL PAYMENT plus SHIPPING AND HANDLING FEE IS DUE UP FRONT. (A refund policy is outlined in the contract.)

Email me at Paintingdragonfeathers@hotmail.com if you’re interested!

Have you been wanting to get your hands on an original piece of art, whether it be a block print, intaglio etching, or even a one of a kind watercolor painting? Quest no further—the Painting Dragon Feathers Print Shops is now open!
Most of my artwork seen on on this blog is available. An exception, however, are my “Print-on-Demand” pieces, which will remain convention/special event exclusives.
In honor of the opening—if I have programmed the square shop correctly—the first 10 customers who use the promo code “DBEOHMY”—for “Dragons and Block Prints and Etchings, Oh MY!” will—get 15% their purchase. 
Print Shop

Have you been wanting to get your hands on an original piece of art, whether it be a block print, intaglio etching, or even a one of a kind watercolor painting? Quest no further—the Painting Dragon Feathers Print Shops is now open!

Most of my artwork seen on on this blog is available. An exception, however, are my “Print-on-Demand” pieces, which will remain convention/special event exclusives.

In honor of the opening—if I have programmed the square shop correctly—the first 10 customers who use the promo code “DBEOHMY”—for “Dragons and Block Prints and Etchings, Oh MY!” will—get 15% their purchase.

Print Shop

Quacken in Strangelit
I’m pleased to announce that "Release the Quacken" was accepted into the inaugural issue of the literary magazine Strangelit. It appears in issue 0 as a double-page spread. 

Quacken in Strangelit

I’m pleased to announce that "Release the Quacken" was accepted into the inaugural issue of the literary magazine Strangelit. It appears in issue 0 as a double-page spread. 

Illuxcon 2014

Iluxcon this year was lots of fun—got to see some great art, hang out with great people, and overall had a great time. Got many compliments and good advice at my booth in this year’s showcase.

I didn’t get a chance to take many photographs (and I’m kindof lazy when it comes to vacation photos), so instead here’s a selection of stuff I doodled while absorbing all the art around me. Doodles include model studies from this year’s Sketchfest and playing with charcoal pencils on grey-toned paper.

Dragons of the World Mini Block Prints

Wrapping up my batch of art for Illuxcon next week, I carved a set of mini prints—only 3” by 4”—of various dragons from around the world.

Bunyip—from Australian Aboriginal mythology, described as a dragon/dog/manatee/walrus mish-mash.

Imperial Lung—Chinese dragons are technically referred as “lungs” (they understand that “dragon” connotes a different, malevolent creature). Chinese Lungs have 4 toes, but the Imperial variety is depicted with 5.

Quetzalcoatl—the feathered serpent from the ancient Aztecs.

St. George’s Dragon—the stereotypical western dragon, the dragon commonly described in the St. George myth has rings and spots on its wings. There is also a theory that other than being allegorical (Christianity—the knight—defeating paganism—the dragon), European dragon-slaying legends might stem from crusaders crossing paths with Nile and Mediterranean crocodiles in the Middle East.

Tatzelwurm—a rather strange and obscure dragon from the Alpine regions of Europe, it has the front end of a cat and back end of a snake.

Wyvern—Wyverns are bipedal dragons with one set of wings replacing forelegs. They are often described with a scorpion’s sting at the end of their tails.

Someday I want to do a MASSIVE block print containing oodles of dragons from all over the world like this. :)

Rule 1) Always reblog the rules. ALWAYS!
Rule 2) Answer the questions the first person asked you and write 11 NEW questions
Rule 3) Tag 11 people and link them to this post (whoever made this must really like the number 11)
Rule 4) Actually tell them that you tagged them.

savbizcor tagged me for this, and I thought it would be a good way to share some tidbits and get to know people:

1. Who is your role model if you have one?

I have several—my mentors from Hollins like Nancy Dahlstrom, Marilyn Moriarity, Ruth Sanderson, Ashley Wolff, Lauren Mills, Elizabeth O. Delumba, my friends who are doing awesome and cool things, no matter what they are doing (hi you all), and my family. A literary role model would be J.K. Rowling (I owe A LOT to Harry Potter).

2. What do you do to unwind?

Battle extraterrestrials (i.e. play Mass Effect), and watch movies—I especially like catching midday matinees at my local theater.

3. Your favorite person in the whole world.

I’m pleading the 5th on this one.

4. What is the one thing you want most of all in your life?

To continue honing my artistic and writing passions, and someday be able to fully support myself and family with them.

5. Are you attracted to heights?

I was on airplanes since I was two weeks old, and have flown in many helicopters—including over the rainbow-vaulted canyons on the island of Kauai. But would I go skydiving? Probably not.

6. What reckless thing have you done in your life? You can name a few, if you’d like.

Once while visiting Aruba, I was so engrossed in snorkeling that I swam a good half mile from shore, and didn’t realize I had until I swam back and found my parents freaking out on the dock. Also, apparently just walking down my road is reckless, cause I ran into a black bear last week (both me and the bear are fine, and were equally freaked out).

7. Do you believe in magic?

Magic is science we do not yet understand.

8. Do you believe in science?

Science is magic that we have figured out.

9. What scene from a movie would you like to rewrite if you could?

I would add more flashbacks and demonstration of character for Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy—it bugged me how much her story and character were told instead of shown. The movie did not have the excuse of a limited POV—though chronologically linear, it did show a flash-forward for Quill and jumped to different characters at different times. Basically because we (the audience) were told about Gamora’s reputation and personality, and she tells her own tragic back story which has supposedly kept her good-at-heart even while being forced to be an assassin, I expected it all to be a ruse she was using to earn Quill and crew’s trust just to back-stab them to Ronan. (Cause here’s the thing—her and Drax have almost the exact same back story, but because Drax is somewhat of a secondary character, he can get away with more telling instead of showing.) Basically—add a similar origin scene of her losing her family to Ronan like how Quill lost his mom and was abducted, and have her DEMONSTRATE her true good heart instead of her just saying “Oh, hey guys, I’m actually good.” Like, during the fight on Xandar between her, Quill, Rocket, and Groot, she could have just as easily been all badass fighting them, but pull a pedestrian out of the way of the fighting or something. Or, better yet—Ronan gives her the order to kill a family just like hers, but she refuses (or secretly lets them get away), and thus Ronan thinks she failed (or succeeded) and that’s why he would pick her to go get the macguffin instead of Nebula (either cause she needs to prove herself or has SHOWN a proven track record), rather than have it be just some arbitrary choice to get the two female characters at odds with each other. Heck, this scenario could have been inter-connected with Drax to help give him some more SHOWING instead of TELLING too.     

10. Do you think people will be able to eliminate money as a means of exchange at some point in the faraway future?

I think while we might get rid of money, we may never get rid of value. We may soon be making down payments on houses with bottles of water or something.

11. Do you think answering 11 questions and thinking of 11 more is too much?

We’ll see—it’s my turn.

My 11 questions:

1.      If you could be an extinct animal THAT IS NOT A DINOSAUR, what would you be?

2.      Do you prefer heroes or villains?

3.      What’s the most difficult/hardest thing about your favorite hobby? (i.e. drawing hands, writing dialogue, picking the right movie, etc.)

4.      If you dabble in the arts, what is your favorite medium to work in?

5.      Any pets?

6.      If you wanted to tell someone just one important thing about yourself, what would it be?

7.      If you could live anywhere where would it be? (Fictional places fair game).

8.      What story—and I mean anything from folktale, book, comic, movie, videogame, manga, anime, TV show, whatever—has influenced and stayed with you the most?

9.      What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?

10.  Would you slay or tame a dragon?

11.  What would be your dying words?

I’m tagging: eachainn drownedinlight yorusaur yokosukababy mangothemango theprojectfairy forkflinger eccentricpacifist kyrianne unforgettableunicornopolis yasashiburi

No pressure to complete this—have fun!

200 Follower Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to first place winner, my-brokoro-goes-dirki-dirki,  for winning the complementary commission, and to second place winner bluemandycat, whose print-of-choice was The Dragon Prince block print.

Thank you everyone who entered, and thanks again for supporting my blog, art, and writing.

200 Follower Givaway Update

Okay, so I have selected the winners via a random number generator and am awaiting their response. Once they have claimed their prize or not, I’ll publically announce the winners or redraw for new ones.

I’m thinking next Givaway will be a special number—500 followers! :D