Tengu Watercolored Print
Broke out the watercolors again and tackled the Tengu print I had carved. I also tried a new spray adhesive to mount the paper onto clayboard (since I print on charcoal paper, which isn’t watercolor friendly). The spray adhesive initially adhered beautifully flat, but it warped as I watercolored it. The other stuff I was using warped while drying, but didn’t warp further while I watercolored. Either way, looks like I’ll need to tinker/practice more with materials to get a warp-free watercolor.
Godfather Death Block Print
I haven’t disappeared, I swear, I’ve just been busy carving!
I also went away for the month to hang out with and help out my mentors at the Hollins Children’s Literature and Illustration graduate program. I learned alot of neat things and got to meet some cool people, like author/illustrators Eric Rohmann and Judy Schachner.
I finished carving this piece while away and was able to take advantage of an actual printing press to print an edition of this 12” x 12” clear-cut linoleum plate.
This is my submission to a printmaking contest that Dick Blick is hosting in conjunction with Richeson Co. This block print was carved in the latter company’s Clear Carve Linoleum.
Onward to more printmaking with the new things I learned—I want to carve a few more elaborate pieces before Illuxcon in September. :D
Artist Alley Debut
This past weekend I set up shop at my first Artist Alley ever at a local convention, SciFi Valley. It was alot of fun and a good learning experience—everyone, attendees and other vendors, were really nice, supportive, and helpful. I even brought some blocks with me and offered them as “print-on-demand” options, which I printed right then and there in printing demonstrations.
By far the most popular image was "Release the Quacken!", and the original painting for "Under the Lilies" found a nice home.
I’ve added a new page to my tumblr listing my scheduled convention/show dates, which will be updated as I sign up for more cons.
Traces of Specters
Sorry the art has been slow lately—I’ve been traveling, doing prepwork for my first con artist alley booth, and the block print I was previously working on did not turn out as I had liked. :( But, as proof that I am still busy carving, here’s a traced draft of an upcoming print I’m carving into clear-cut linoleum, an illustration of the Brothers’ Grimm fairytale “Godfather Death.” At 12” x 12”, this is the largest print I’ve attempted to date—here’s hoping the final print lives up to this lineart.
It took awhile just to trace it in pencil—now I gotta trace it about two more times, color some thumbnails to figure out how to render it, and actually carve it. An artist is rarely idle, even when quiet on the internet.
Dubbing the Spoon
Today, after hand-printing more of my St. Martha and the Tarasque prints, which is by far the most strenuous to print by hand (so far), I have decided my trusty wooden printing spoon has earned its name. May Pawprinter serve me for many years to come.
(I also figured marking it/naming it would make it less likely to walk off in group/convention settings)
I was tagged by a good friend of mine, eachainn , for the handwriting meme, and I thought I’d share some of my awful writer’s handwriting.
I was actually voted worst handwriting in grade school several times, and people predicted I would be a writer or a doctor. There was even a case in college where I had to transcribe a written final exam cause the professor couldn’t read it. This kind of awful handwriting comes in handy, though, when transcribing rough drafts, since sometimes I can’t even read it myself and either have to refresh or reimagine what it is I wrote, which is a good writing exercise.
For those who can’t read the questions and want to try:
Who tagged you
- Blog title
- Favorite color
- Significant other
- Something in caps
- Favorite band
- Favorite number
- Favorite drink
- Tag people
King of the Kaiju Block Print
I saw Godzilla with my folks, and by far the monsters had the better story of the movie.
With this piece I wanted to experiment with abstraction and minimalism—something normally out of my comfort zone. As an result, Godzilla is more noticeable the farther away/smaller the image is.
Charge! Block print
I just had to revisit my little Jingle Bell and her fairy companion—a noble steed charging into battle, her owl-faced fairy rider with her saber drawn.
It’s interesting to compare this print to the previous Christmas one, cause even though it’s only been a few months, so much has changed—both in my block-printing skills (this block is actually half the size of the other one, but with just as much detail) and in Belle’s appearance, since I aged her in the above print to her current age.
^^ Christmas 2013
^^ May 2014
Cerberus Puppy Block Print
I’ve had this rendition of a the mythical cerberus—the three-headed hell hound from Greek mythology—rattling around my brain for a while. Rather than go for the typical, straight-up intimidating tradition, I decided to try an unexpectedly cute approach—even monsters are adorable when they’re puppies! :D
I have a story idea behind this particular interpretation as well, inspired partially by the inugami of Japanese folklore—hence the undead heads aspect. It might actually fit into the Dragon Prince universe, so I’ll wait for it to be revealed in story…
Sci-Fi Selfie Block Print—Sci-Fi in the Valley Con Exclusive
This is what happens when I play too much Mass Effect and watch too many Pleistocene documentaries in a short span of time—aliens taking selfies with baby mammoths.
I’ll be offering this particular print as a “Print-on-demand” option, and an exclusive themed image, at the 2014 Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona, PA. If you want this print and a printmaking demonstration, then stop by my booth at the Artist Alley!