Happy New Year: some new prints

Above is a finished print from the edition of Lisbon silkscreens I was working on when last I posted. It's a three-color rendition of a pen-and-marker sketch I did sitting on the balcony of our little apartment there, perched above the harbor. Below are two variations from several small editions of a cabin scene. This… Continue reading Happy New Year: some new prints

4th Annual NY International Miniature Prints Exhibition

Last night was the opening reception for the Mini Prints show at Manhattan Graphics Center, where I take printmaking classes. The place was packed to the gills, and I was pleased to see that my two prints had already been claimed by someone! (The red dots indicate the pieces are sold.) This was the first… Continue reading 4th Annual NY International Miniature Prints Exhibition

Inktober has returned!

Well I hadn't planned on participating in Inktober this year, but then on the second, I decided I would after all, but with no pressure this year. No attempt at a narrative which I haven't time to work out properly. The pressure to craft un-flawed images is precisely what keeps me from drawing half the… Continue reading Inktober has returned!

VOGUE

Strike a Pose I bought a new refillable brush pen last night; it takes cartridges of permanent ink like a fountain pen. I did this drawing to take it for a test drive, and I kinda love how it turned out, after some pushing and pulling. I paired it with a white paint pen and… Continue reading VOGUE

Miniature Prints Exhibition

left: Alfama, Lisbon. right: El Poble Sec, Barcelona (line etching + aquatint) The two 3" x 3" intaglio prints that I did after my trip in May, with this call-for-entries specifically in mind, have been accepted into the 4th New York International Miniature Print Exhibition. Very exciting! I have some time to make more prints… Continue reading Miniature Prints Exhibition

Some bits n bobs from the moleskine

Netflix and draw: Blue Planet odyssey

When I watch something like Blue Planet II, practically every frame of the incredible footage begs to be drawn or painted, so I spent several hours last night sketching some of the beasties— and consequently missing many of the others. Next time I can draw some of the ones I missed this time around. Last… Continue reading Netflix and draw: Blue Planet odyssey

The Witch-boy: line etch proof

Here is a scan of an initial proof of my line-etching of the witch-boy. This is the result of scratching my drawing into a waxy coating over the copper plate, called a hard ground. After coating the plate, you can transfer your (reversed) image onto the surface to guide you as you make your lines… Continue reading The Witch-boy: line etch proof

A witch-boy wanders woods at the full moon

Meet the witch-boy. He surfaced toward the end of my Inktober series for this year. I did a couple more sketches of him after the first, intrigued. A few weeks ago I began studying intaglio again, and decided I'd like to do an etching of this guy, but that initial sketch needed some work, it… Continue reading A witch-boy wanders woods at the full moon

Soon there will be snow in the air and the grey will set in

Here is the cleaned-up inked version of the house. Next is time to trace it and then transfer the revered version of this to the plate, below: Here is the tracing paper after transferring the image. As you can see, I replaced the original trees. I used a white charcoal pencil on the tracing paper to… Continue reading Soon there will be snow in the air and the grey will set in