Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More Sketches

A couple more sketches for the Airship & Kraken. 

When in doubt, displace.  Time to quit sketching and make that cartoon.


Yikes!  I need wood!  Just ordered some from McClains.  Teach me to just assume.


So I guess it's back to the sketching.  ;- j  At least until the blocks get here.

The balloon might not be large enough, but I don't think that's critical. 

Larger balloon here.

Not quite so large balloon. 

I need a life.  ;- j

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Pod of Dolphins

Printing Bubbles today.  A friend wants a couple for presents.  So I printed up a pod.

I did half in medium blue and half in teal.  They're very similar:  blue is blue with a little white, teal is blue with a little white and green.  Because I can never just print something; I have to play.  ;- j

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Piles to Files

It must be spring cleaning or something.  I've decided to organize my studio, starting with the piles of prints I have all over the place.  I swear I've got about two feet of prints all tolled.

I went thru every piece and made an inventory of each unique print.  Are you ready for this?  I have 106 separate woodcuts, etchings and monoprints!  That doesn't count multiples and variations either.  Wow.

Now I'm putting them in a gimungous plastic tub (I wish it weren't plastic, but it's the only thing I could find that would hold 11"x15" prints, of which I have a number).  I only have one print larger and I can solve that easily by framing it and hanging it on the wall.  ;- j  I don't want to put the lid on tho.  Maybe I'll drape a cloth over the top. 

I'm still filing but I'll be done soon.  Then I'll have to do some actual art.  ;- ]

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Air Kraken Day!

Happy Air Kraken Day! on the Cephalopod Tea Party blog.

Who knew?!  And here I am working on an airship and kraken woodcut.  Not quite ready to carve yet, but I like this colorway best.

Now I have to make the airship look less like a flying saucer.  ;- j

Thursday, March 11, 2010

More Air Kraken Sketches

Tried an ochre/sienna colorway, and in the process I worked out the carving order.  I don't know if the monotone made it clear to my brain, or if the hind brain worked it out in my sleep.  But suddenly I get it.  Just about ready to make a cartoon and start carving.


Working on composition and colorways.

Which order the colors go in, etc.

As fun as this is, I have to stop displacing now and try something out on a block.  I need to make some tests and just see which colors go over which best.  Ink is going to act differently than pastels.

But it's awfully suductive just to play with my pastels.  ;-]

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Air Kraken

Working on a sketch for my reduction block.  Only three colors to work with, so I'm thinking secondary colors.

This is the second composition.  Still working on that.  The basic elements are there.  Something for the Steampunk community.  ;- ]