Two weeks ago I finally finished my mash up of Homer Simpson with an Andy Warhol dollar sign. And here it is.
“Dough.” 5-color hand pulled silkscreen print, 18 x 24 inches, 2016.
If you’ve been following my Facebook page you’ll know that I live broadcasted most of the printing process. I also have time lapse video drawing the full size films onto frosted mylar and may make a video of the whole process at some point. Most of the illustration was done with a black oil pastel crayon, with the large blocks of yellow and orange filled in with black ink and a brush.
Why Homer Simpson And What Does It Mean?
I was a bit apprehensive about this piece because if it doesn’t cross a line, it approaches it. Up until now I’ve prided myself on doing original concepts. It can be difficult to be successful doing that because if you look around, that is not what people want. And I enjoy a lot of pop art, but I feel so much of it is too easy by taking advantage of a well known and loved property and putting a twist on it. So if I was going to do this, it had to be for good reason and to make a statement I could stand by.
This past weekend I tried to spend some time working on new designs. I’m a little burned out on the motorcycle print designs (and I don’t have the ink and paper to print it anyway) so I went back to something familiar: Guitar Playing Robots. In this case it’s a Telecaster Robot. Continue reading →
The last couple weeks I’ve been working on a design for a motorcycle print. The image above is a design I’ve moved away from now, but is what started the process. The idea was a 4-color print (red, blue, black, and silver) in a 12 x 18 inch format. This isn’t just any motorcycle to me. It’s the beloved Triumph Thunderbird that I sold last year to help pay bills and buy more art supplies.
So what was wrong with this design? It’s just kind of boring. The bike sits there against the Union Jack, not because I’m a big anglophile, but Triumph was one of the big names in British motorbikes and maybe the only one still left. Continue reading →
This bass playing robot is nearly 15 years in the making! Here’s the evolution from initial sketch to (nearly) print ready artwork.
First rough sketch
The first guitar playing robot didn’t play guitar at all. He was an evil robot killer named Mr. Self Destruct after a Nine Inch Nails song. Instead of feat his legs attached to single wheel like Gizmo Duck from Duck Tales. For awhile now I’ve thought about reintroducing this idea in a new bass playing robot.
Yesterday I wrote a little bit about the words and meaning behind this work in progress. Today I’m doing an examination of the design process in my Love Poem Poster. Above is an early test on an actual 11 x 14 inch drawing pad. There isn’t any fancy lettering and it is mostly a test to play with some color and see if I could get all the words to fit. They didn’t. After I did this I realized I left out a whole stanza (“Gets together to study, does not grouse. Says, ‘Hey buddy, this one’s on the house.'”), but I found a way to make it fit later. Sort of. Continue reading →
If you’ve been following my Facebook posts from the beginning, you’ve seen a little bit of the development of the logo for my studio. Let’s take a little bit closer look at the development of my recent logo.
The first idea for this logo came over ten years ago! That’s why it’s important to write ideas down because you never know when they are going to be useful later. Anyway, about ten years ago I was in college and I was taking an introduction to ceramics course. I really enjoyed it and wish I’d fit further ceramic studies into my schedule. The professor was very experienced and having been born and raised in China had first hand knowledge of many of the old world techniques. During one lecture he mentioned that each pot maker would have had their own symbol that was carved into the bottom of each piece they made. At the time I considered taking my initials and combining them into one smooth symbol, but never really found what I was trying to achieve at the time. For years the idea haunted me and from time to time I’d be somewhere and be bored and practice combining my initials in different ways.
A couple months ago I sat down a little more determined than ever and filled a sheet of paper with these different concepts. The imaged above is a crude recreation because I couldn’t find the original. Eventually I found one I liked, scanned it an enlarged it, and proceeded to refine it. Continue reading →