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Sometimes when I can’t sleep I relax myself by imagining elaborate  fantasy stories.  You know, with like mages and assassins and a bad ass warrior queen…who  runs a small print studio on the side.  Anyway, I usually don’t make it much past figuring out everyone’s clothes before I zonk out.

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From my Sketchbook – Breakfast Nook

Hello everybody!  I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a while.  I moved recently and have thus been spending all of my time hauling boxes, assembling flat-pack furniture, and not having any idea where my dust pan is.  And that has left very little time for sketching and posting.  But today I finally have a little something for you.  RoomIllustration1

P.S. This is not a drawing of my house.  My house looks nothing like this.  For one thing I don’t own a dining room table (I mean c’mon, what do you think this is, the Ritz?!).  Oh I’m sorry…did you say something?  Did you just say that after posting no new work for almost a month and then posting some drawing of a breakfast nook that ISN’T EVEN ACTUALLY IN MY HOME that I should feel ashamed of myself, and that you, as a loyal reader of this blog feel disappointed and, let’s be real here, BETRAYED?  That you expected something more flashy?  More interesting?  Maybe something with a sci-fi twist?  Well first of all, dear reader, that’s kind of a crappy attitude.  But I want to make you happy.  So here you go.RoomIllustration2It’s the same drawing, but with me as a robot.  Oh man, is that cool or what?  The future is here…AND IT’S ME! What’s that you say?  It’s still missing something?  Today’s blog readers demand something more dynamic, more mesmerizing, more action packed?  Well I think I’ve got you covered…RoomIllustration3It’s the same drawing again, but with me as a robot WITH LASER VISION exploding the credenza.  Boo ya!  You know, it took a while, but I think I’m finally getting a hang of this art thing.

Neato Gatito

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“My cat’s breath smells like cat food.”

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.

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