Two favorites, working together! This short cartoon* based on the Quimby the Mouse comics by master cartoonist Chris Ware and features an old Andrew Bird song (“50 Pieces” from his album Thrills) for its soundtrack. Ware also designed and drew the packaging and inserts for Bird’s album Oh, The Grandeur!, which came with a cool poster that I kept under glass on my drawing desk and looked at every day. Being the klutz that I am, it was inevitable when I spilled ink and it seeped under the glass and ruined the whole thing.
*Directed by John Kuromoto
I have art shows coming up in the next few weeks, and I’m getting ready. For the last few days, I’ve been working on this TN state design, which I printed this morning on 8×10″ paper in our dining room. It looks like a block print, but it’s actually screen printed. I drew it on my iPad Pro, using a process very similar to real-life linoleum block carving (without the “cutting-my-fingers” part). After that, I printed the final art out and then burned the image onto a silkscreen. I ended up getting 81 good prints on brown kraft-style paper and a few extras that I printed on watercolor paper that I’ll “enhance” with watercolors for a limited special edition.
I made my one-color poster press (of my own design) from an old air hockey table. First I cut it down to a smaller size and sealed any exposed gaps with spray foam. Then I reversed the blower motor to create suction (to hold down the paper while it prints), sealed around itt, and added clamps to a wood frame to hold my screen flat against the table surface. I rest the whole thing on some sturdy cardboard boxes and print away! (My wife helps run around finding good places to hang and lay the prints to dry.)
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(Please note my motivating Kate Beaton “DRAW” giclee print hanging by my messy work area.)
This is an illustration from an alphabet book I was writing and illustrating last year and have yet to finish. (The title of the book was/is going to be Avocados Make Abe Anxious.) The corresponding text for this painting is “Chris eats clothes by the closet.”
A tiny painting from a few years ago. (Actual size is less than 3 inches.)
Sometimes I’ll scan a real, physical painting of mine and combine it with a real photo background in Photoshop. I think it’s a neat way to make prints where no true original exists in the real world.