Hoot

April 13, 2019

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Portrait of an Author

February 25, 2019

Four media flower

January 5, 2019

Clockwise from upper left:

  1. Watercolor only
  2. W/ graphite
  3. W/ ink
  4. Oil pastels

“R” is for…

January 1, 2019

Jack and Dr. Noz

January 1, 2019

Printmaking on the cheap

January 1, 2019

Like many families, mine goes through eggs like nobody’s business. One of the unfortunate side effects is the amount of Styrofoam packing waste. I’ve discovered a new and wonderful use for it. This is something some people have done in kindergarten art class, but there are some real fine art applications for Styrofoam as a printing plate material.

  • The material is free, and readily available
  • It is easy to work with and requires no special tools or equipment
  • Because it is plastic, it is easy to clean and relatively durable, as long as you don’t push down and “bruise” the Styrofoam

In the examples below, I have tested a direct drawing method using a dull pencil. I inked that plate using a prayer and black acrylic paint.

The second example uses a “puzzle” method, where the Styrofoam is cut into different interlocking shapes. I inked the shapes using water soluble Crayola markers, then reassembled the puzzle and made my prints.

Because the ink is water-soluble, you can dampen the paper to help make the color richer, or even use a watercolor paintbrush after the ink is dry.

The final example uses the subtractive print method. An initial impression was followed by a second impression in rough registration after first removing parts of the printing plate.

This is just my initial experimentation, but I would like to play around with creating a lock box, making large poster-sized printing plates by assembling multiple Styrofoam squares, improving registration, utilizing different paper substrates, and inks. It’s going to be a great new year of art making.

Caution: Suggestive material

December 24, 2018

Why? What were you thinking about?

Letter First!

December 17, 2018

I have found through experience, that thinking your lettering first actually is the best thing to do. This has been shared in many books on how to draw comics, but I guess I am a slow learner. Doing it this way allows you to make sure your letters are centered, the balloons are well placed, and you don’t waste time detailing part that will not be visible.

Fleeting Fame

December 15, 2018

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Jack tries out his new catchphrase

October 28, 2018