Category Archives: Process

Adventures in Screen Printing, Etc.

Love Poem Print

Love Poem Print. 12.5″ x 19″. Open edition on French Paper 80# Starch Rain Cover Stock

Last week I had my first successful print come out of my very own studio by my very own hands. It isn’t the finest print anyone has ever made, but it’s an important milestone for me. Now that I feel a little more comfortable with my process I am more confident about future prints and investing more funds into ink and paper. Also, you can buy your own copy now.

This particular design was out of practicality. If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I have other designs that incorporate this poem that I wrote. This design came out of the fact that I had 100 sheets of this paper left over from a print that didn’t work out and I wanted to print something on it. It may be difficult to discern on your screen, but the actual paper has a slight blue tint to it. So this got a layer of white behind the larger letters so that the smaller print would really pop. Continue reading

Process: Guitar Playing Robot Final Chapter

At last the time has come to present the Guitar Playing Robot print! Nearly a year in the making, here is the final result and some thoughts and notes on the process.

Full-size actual print

Mom models the Guitar Playing Robot print for the camera

Note: This is Part Four of a process post. For earlier posts see Process: Digital Art Editing of the Guitar Playing RobotProcess: What Counts As Cheating When Making Art?, and Process: Edition Separations (Again) For Print.

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Big Ideas!: The Non-Mitered Picture Frame

Frame Sketch

Proportions exaggerated to show detail.

I keep a running list of ideas for projects. The name of the list is BIG IDEAS!. When I’m working on one project, often I have another idea for something totally different. It could be for a work of art, a piece of furniture, a method of determining prime numbers, whatever. Some pan out. Some do not. Today I’m sharing one that is somewhere in between. The non-mitered picture frame.

You know by now that I am a guy who makes art. However, I am also a guy that collects art. I don’t always have the funds to buy the art I want, and it’s even more rare that I have the funds to buy frames. Right now I have a good half dozen pieces that are awaiting frames and you know what, frames are expensive.

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I Quit. Now What?

Typed "I Quit" image

I’m 33 years old. I’ve got several bills to pay and I just quit my job of eight and a half years with no real plan for the future. Life is good. I hope.

If you know me personally, this news probably comes as much of a surprise to you as me. Twenty-four hours ago I didn’t think I would be sitting at home now unemployed. And yet at 4:30am I found myself punching out for the last time and getting in my frigid car to drive home. Continue reading

Love Poems and Flying Saucers (Part 4!)

Flying Saucers in the night
Things are happening in the studio! The studio is also my living room and dining room, but I’m not talking eating and watching television. The last couple of weeks I have failed to write my regular Tuesday updates. During that time I’ve been seizing every moment to create content and haven’t had time to write about creating the content. So this update serves bridge the gap.

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Process and Philosophy: Love Poem Posters (Part 3)

Alien Love Poster

When I first shared this back in July [Work In Progress: Love Poem Sign] the idea was to design in a single color for letterpress and put all the verses of the poem [Process: Love Poem Poster (Part 1)], but soon decided to go a “text only” route fearing that it would look too cluttered with the idea that some parts would live on as illustrations for standalone prints, shirts, or postcards. Continue reading