Monday, November 29, 2010

Playtime!

here's to Mat K for putting on a cool show for a wonderful cause. I would love to see the Autumn Society occasionally do more to give back, and Toys for Tots this season will bring a lot of joy to a lot of kids

i was honored to collaborate on the flyer with Mat, and had the most fun i have had drawing all year trying to capture the joy that came with getting a good toy on Christmas. Besides adding a little something for the drop box, my contribution to the wall was printing our flyer art onto watercolor paper. i then added watercolors, pencil flourishes, and even a little glow in the dark paint to the robot and his ray gun sparks.

Happy Holidays to everyone

7 comments:

Chris Whetzel said...

Smart man! Did you just print out the linework? I really dig how it sort of bleeds. Scott Brundage was doing something like this, but I don't think his lines were bleeding. Apparently, its how Peter de Seve works sometimes.

Murderous T Stabwell said...

this looks gorgeous, man! i love all the texture and the linework looks great on that paper. keep working like this!!!

pw! said...

thanks so much for the kind words guys, especially coming from you two.

i printed the kid & toy (from flyer), and the lines of the wall/molding/etc (also in illustrator), with some wallpaper texture, light value lines, etc. (not as magical the more i explain how the sausage gets made). then some various pencils and paints. i'd say in truth it's still over 3/4 digital, alas. 99% in time spent digitally inking vs. whipping pigment

the printing on watercolor paper worked better than i could've hoped, but i felt a bit like an idiot throwing water all over it and watching it bleed. in these "gallery" settings, we're so concerned over archival prints or "museum quality" that i freaked out a little that i was doing something unforgivable somehow. in the end though, it's still one of a kind, makes it look more like a painting (to me) with all its warts and blemishes, and for the time being, i think i would totally like to keep working like this (offer prints with hand done flourishes). i mean really, all my mixed media pieces are paintings i messed around with in the computer, this is just the only time i've ever gone about that backwards. plus i have paintings that have faded with time (and poor storage, sun, or degradable materials like beet juice tomfoolery), so i can't sweat that i have a cyborg piece with pencil, cheap cmyk inkjet cartridges, and cheap glow in the dark gimmickry.

interesting Chris about Scott & deSeve, i wonder how they maintain line/ink fidelity (better ink quality than my Canon i'm sure, and lighter more tasteful hands perhaps)

thanks Alex, always appreciate your encouragement!

Anonymous said...

que lindo y tierno!

Doug LaRocca said...

This is awesome!

jim bradshaw said...

Great line, warm color, design, and texture. This picture is dripping with personality. I love everything about it!

kc said...

i love this! and i enjoy reading your explanations of it. nothing against digital prints at all, i just prefer unique pieces so i definitely think you should keep working like this with the added flourishes to your prints. i've been wanting to learn and practice screen printing in the future so i could do series somewhat similiar to that idea.

and the bleeding definitely works for you.

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