Hey guys! I thought I’d announce via a pair of teaser images the zine I’m going to be selling at MOCCA fest in NYC this April and at Spectrum Live! in May: Battle Vixens and Warlords! It’s a parody on inventory screens and character sheets from RPGs and table top games, filled with characters I’ve always wanted to put to paper.
Hunting Party Tea set. Because commentaries on predator and prey make you feel so thirsty! For blood. In a dainty, sophisticated kind of way.
I designed these in my graduate studio course. Needless to say I like the concept enough that I’m in the process of transferring these designs onto actual pottery! I’m thinking about extending it into a 6 cup set, where each of the cups depicts a different prey animal like foxes, quail, ducks, etc.
Dang, all this talk of hunting really makes me want to play Skyrim! I’ll be back later guys. Like 50 deer, snow bear, wolf skin pelts later. Bosmer for the win! Make that Ethereal Elven Overhaul for the win. Seriously, that mod rocks socks.
Greyhound in a sweater! Thinking I might do more straight-into-ink things in the future because this was such a fun experiment.
He’s going to be part of a pattern design project I’m doing. I’ll show you guys how it goes soon!
Lettershop Workshop Process, Part One!
Next Monday we’ll be learning how to letterpress our own art with custom-made polymer plates from Boxcar Press at a printing studio here in Baltimore with a single color, and… I thought I’d show you guys my process! Yes, I’m still drawing my 1980’s Cold War kids from Berlin, but I threw in a motorcycle that’s an amalgamation of a Suzuki GS1000 and an Italian scooter from the same period, so there’s something new!
Pretty much I come up with the scene I really want to do - sketch the whole thing out either on paper or in Photoshop (I’ve been doing Photoshop lately, mostly for convenience as it allows me to figure out mechanical parts separately from my characters) significantly larger than my final print. While it’s cute and that’s great, the details were too tiny to really benefit from a 4”x6” print.
This takes me to the next step, I create a 600 dpi document at the correct size and then play with the image until I make an interesting cropped composition. From there, I lower the opacity of my drawing to about 30%, create a new layer on top at around 80% where I ink the image until it’s complete. Important thing of note - I really wanted softer edges like those in my drawing, but that doesn’t translate to letterpress well (unless you want halftone, which we don’t). So go ahead, be brave, use a hard edged brush, and ink that sucker.
Once that’s done, I delete my drawing layer, put my ink layer to 100%, convert it to gray scale, and then turn it into a Bitmap. Save it in the right format for Boxcar Press, then we’re good to go!
Honestly, I do wish I could do this in two-colors as I can’t imagine any of my characters without copious amounts of blush, but hopefully I’ll get to do that next time. Oh yes, there will be a next time.
I’ll show you guys how these turn out next week! We’ll be trying a variety of paper textures, colors, and weights.
1980’s Cold War Era kids in East Berlin with a friendly robot-guide and an electronic atlas!
I have this thing for drawing runaway children in disaster situations. You’d think recognizing this habit would stop me, but instead I got the “Borders and Lines” sketchbook today and knew exactly what I was going to draw. I came up with this story while driving in the car over the weekend, so the result was pretty inevitable. The boy’s name is Luca (can I tell you how much I love that name for boys? It’s fantastic), and the girl’s is Inger. I’m kind of in love with the two of them.
I’ll have this sucker in color by the end of the week!
Here’s my spread for the Atlas Sketchbook: My Childhood through TV and Video Games!
At MICA, we’ve been asked to take part in The Sketchbook Project! While we end up switching sketchbooks every week, we were in charge of choosing what topic we’d like to do a cover and first two-page spread for. I chose “Atlas of..”, but shortened it to Atlas.
Threw one of my characters I’ve been building a world for in my head on the bottom and decided to do a little sea-faring girl with a cosmic egg on the top. I mean, why not? Who says worlds can’t be birthed like giant chicken eggs? It makes total sense to me.
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Hey guys! I’ve just started Grad School at MICA this past week (GASP! Adulthood!) and tomorrow is my portfolio/ introduction presentation. Kinda nerve racking as I’m right after the Graduate Program Assistant who starts us all off.
Well, while in the middle of doing my powerpoint, I did what any sane person would do. Create a gif to finish it off with style! Albeit strained, first-non-type-photoshop-animation-skills style. It wasn’t as complicated as I thought it would be so you should probably expect a lot more of these (but better) in the future.