Summer Woodcut Workshop

Hello everybody!  I just wanted to share a few images from the woodcut printmaking workshop I lead last week at the Fresno Art Museum. It was only a day long workshop and most of the group was totally new to printmaking, but almost everyone managed to complete two pieces.  I was very impressed!

Carving away!

Carving away!

Experimenting with color.

Experimenting with color.

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My demo print for the class.

My demo print for the class.

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I’m so excited about my next workshop, printing without a press!  Woot!  P.S. There are also more photos and other printmakerly stuff over at my facebook page.

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Print and Glory on Valley PBS

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Hey everybody! I just wanted to share this short piece from Valley PBS on Fresno Art Hop.  It features several local artists including me and fellow printmaker Zachery Bland.  They kept asking us about the gallery and Art Hop in general…but all we wanted to do was talk printing.  I’m glad we made it into the final edit anyway.

This was filmed at a gallery called Corridor 2122.  Zach and I were there representing Print and Glory, doing a live t-shirt printing.  Print and Glory is the Fresno State printmaking club made up of students (like Zach), instructors, and community members like myself.  Print and Glory does live printing events around the Valley in order to raise money for the printmaking club, pay for visiting artists, and host free workshops for students and the public.  These live printings are also a way for us to engage with the community, and familiarize and educate people about what printmaking is and why it is awesome.

New Print: Start to Finish

Hi everybody!  Instead of just posting a picture of my latest print, I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about about the process.  So in this post, I have included images from the planning stages and of the print in progress.   This is another combination silkscreen/ woodcut print.  I hope you enjoy!

I started by selecting a  reference image.  This is from Goggle Street View.

I started by selecting a reference image. This is from Google Street View. I’ve been working on a series of prints lately based on places that I’ve lived.  This is a view from Highway 101, between Santa Barbara, California, where I lived previously, and Fresno, California, where I live currently.  As you can see, I sketched a bit directly onto a print out of the photo as I began thinking about how I would compose my image.

These are a few of my initial sketches and notes.

These are a few of my initial sketches and notes based on that reference.

This is the drawing I made based on those sketches.

This is the drawing I made based on those sketches.

Here are more notes and a few mock ups I made by scanning that drawing into Photoshop. In Photoshop I experimented with color and finalized my plan.

Here are more notes and a few mock ups I made by scanning that drawing into Photoshop. In Photoshop I experimented with color and finalized my plan.

Here are all of the screen printed background layers.

Here are all of the screen printed background layers.

Here is the block still being carved.

Here is the block still being carved.

The fully carved and inked block.

The fully carved block.

The final print.

The final print.

New Prints – Photochemical Smog

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This is my latest screenprint. It is another image of Fontana, Ca, where I grew up. On the bottom half there are rolling hills and a smoggy sky. On the top half is a representation of Nitrogen Dioxide, a very nasty, brown-colored gas that is one of the many components of photochemical smog.

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Note: I feel that my prints depicting Fontana have had a fairly negative tone. The themes that I’ve been exploring lately (pollution, economic decline, gang violence) have been, and continue to be, very serious problems for the city. I just wanted to say that I know that there is more to Fontana than it’s problems. I actually loved growing up there. I had the good fortune of knowing a lot of really wonderful people there, and attending some truly outstanding schools, specifically Jurupa Hills Elementary and Sequoia Middle School (Fontana Unified represent, what WHAT!). So it wasn’t all bad. Fontana does have good things going for it. The air quality is just not one of them.

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