Oxytocin Madonna – Part 1

Howdy everybody!  I just finished up the design for a new woodcut.  This is going to be another oversized block and I’m super excited about it.  There’s a lot left to do; I still have to blow the image up, transfer it onto the block and actually carve and print the thing, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some images from the design process.

I started with this drawing of the Virgen de Guadalupe which I originally created for this print.

OXYTOCIN_leeanndicicco7For the new print, instead of standing on top of the moon and being held aloft by a tiny baby angel, Lupita here is going to be riding around town on an oxytocin molecule while breastfeeding.  So the first thing I did was erase the bottom of the original drawing and re-draw it.

Two different versions of the Virgen de Guadalupe with the oxytocin molecule. I ended up going with the one on the right. (ART SECRET: Add maximum majesty lines to all artworks all the time. )

Two different versions of the Virgen de Guadalupe with the oxytocin molecule. I ended up going with the one on the right. (ART TIP: Add maximum majesty lines to all artworks all the time. )

 

Next I needed to change her hands from their usual praying position.  So I added a transparent white layer in Illustrator, printed it out…

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…and redrew the area.

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Pencil drawing.

 

 

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The inked drawing.

 

I then added a background, pieced everything together.  and here is the final design.

 

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I’m planning to put this on a three foot by four foot block (same dimensions as the Periodic Table print) and I am beyond excited. Stay tuned for updates as the carving/ printing progresses.

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Big Printing

Hey everybody!  Back in 2013 I posted some images of a giant woodblock I carved being steamroller printed at the Taste the Arts festival in Visalia, California.  But did you know that I also have video of this glorious printmakerly occasion!  Well I do!  And I finally posted it online! Check it out!

Did you noticed that at the end I sound really pleased and surprised that it actually turned out? Well that’s because as cool as steamroller printing is, it’s much more about making a spectacle, and not really a terribly effective way to get nice crisp prints. We only got about 3 decent prints of my block that day which was just not enough to satisfy my need to edition this sucker.  So just a couple months ago I got a hold some over-sized mulberry paper and thought I would try printing this monstrosity by hand.  And it actually came out pretty well.

Jammin' away on this giant block with my tiny spoon.

Jammin’ away on this giant block with my tiny spoon.

 

 

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This wouldn’t fit on my drying rack so I stuck it on my easel.

 

The whole ordeal was pretty time consuming, but not as difficult as I thought it would be.  When I first tried hand printing this thing I only had enough paper to make two impressions.  But I just ordered a couple of new rolls of over-sized paper and am hoping to start making more of these beauties in the next few weeks. Also, the realization that hand burnishing a block this large really isn’t that difficult has definitely inspired me to keep working at this scale.   I’m already planning my next giant piece.  I’ll keep you guys posted!

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.

No diggity, I’ve got to (tote) bag it up…

IMG_3157 IMG_3172 -1 -2 BlockFace IMG_3182Hey everybody!  I have been doing a lot of carving and a lot of printing in preparation for tomorrow’s Fresno Mini Maker Faire!  We printed the woodblock onto somewhere around 75 canvas tote bags.  At the event me and some other members of the Fresno/ CSU Fresno print community will be printing them onto shirts as well!  I’m so delighted that I had the chance to design and print this block for the event, and can’t wait to see what all of the other makers have in store!

Final Day at the FAM Printmaking Workshop

Hey everybody!  My printmaking workshop at the Fresno Art Museum wrapped up on Saturday. Here are a few shots from the day.  I’m so impressed with the work that everyone produced!workshop1 workshop7 workshop5 workshop2 workshop3 workshop4 workshop6By the way, on Saturday April 12th the Fresno Art Museum will be hosting the Fresno Mini Maker Faire, which is going to be pretty cool.   I’ll be there printing woodblocks onto t-shirts!  So come and say hello!

Print Give-Away Winner(s)!

Hey everybody!  I am very excited to share with you this morning the winner of the print give-away I have been running on my Facebook Page!  The Grand Prize winner was Anthony B. And he will be receiving this awesome woodcut right here:

Woodcut1And just to express my gratitude  for all the interest in the give-away, I have also decided to give away two bonus consolation prints.  Erika L. And Silvia L. will both be receiving these beautiful two-color lithographs.  LeeAnnDiCicco9Thank you so much to everyone who liked the post and entered the contest.   And don’t forget, there will be more print give-aways to come, so if you have not already liked my Facebook page, do it now!

Print Giveway + Patreon + Print in Progress

Hey guys!  Lots of exciting news today! Basically today’s post is a cornucopia of printmakerly goodness! Ok, first, some pics of the new print I’m working on.  All I’ve got so far is the drawing on the block, but this is destined to become a nice reduction cut print.  Woot woot!

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I just included this photo because I wanted to share how Gary has chosen my Wacom tablet as his throne.  He's constantly getting snot on everything, but somehow, he's just so regal.

I just included this photo because I wanted to share how Gary has chosen my Wacom tablet as his throne. He’s constantly getting snot on everything, but somehow, he’s just so regal.

Alright!  And here’s the next tantalizingly delicious slice of announcement pie: I recently launched a Patreon campaign!  What’s Patreon, you ask? Patreon is a website that connects people who make things with people who want to support them.  Through my Patreon campaign I am raising funds so that I can buy printmaking equipment and keep myself stocked with ink and paper and blocks of wood and all that good stuff.  In exchange I am rewarding contributors with prints! I think it’s a pretty good deal.  You can find out more and read all about the awards available here.

And last but not least, I just started a print give-away contest on my Facebook.  Just like the post announcing the contest and you will be entered to win your very own woodcut!  Does life get any better than this?  I don’t think so!

Steamroller Printing and the October Print Round-Up!

Hello everyone.  During the month of October I didn’t do a great job of posting much of anything.  And while I have not been posting, I have been printing. So, I will today finally post all the printmakerly goodness of the past month in what I am calling the October Print Round-Up, or alternately, the Limited Edition Print ‘n’ Post 2013 Blog and Pony Show Champagne Jamboree: Secret of the Oooze!*

*The secret is printmaking.

First, a simple screen print done with paper stencils.

This is my cat, Gary.  and while this print may make it look like he's winking, he is actually missing an eye.  So he's kind of like a pirate, except he has no interest in doubloons, and just between you and me, his sword fighting abilities are shit.

This is my cat, Gary. While this print may make it look like he’s winking, he is actually missing an eye. So he’s kind of like a pirate, except he has no interest in doubloons, and just between you and me, his sword fighting abilities are terrible.

Next, a reduction woodcut in the style of a tarot card.  Liar2 Liar1

Ok, so are you ready for the good stuff? The high point of the month was definitely this oversized block I carved for the Taste the Arts Festival in Visalia.  The print was a giant periodic table printed via steamroller.

The block during carving.

The block during carving.

The block getting inked up.

The block getting inked up.

Prepping for the steamroller.

Prepping for the steamroller.

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Steamroller printing!

Steamroller printing!

The final product!

The final product!  I’m pretty stoked on this print.  The tendonitis flare-up was totally worth it.

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And finally, my most recent print and the last print of the month, a little dry point.

This is a view of College Ten on the Campus of UC Santa Cruz, where I first studied printmaking.

This image is a view of College Ten on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, where I first studied printmaking.

New Woodcut: Money Cat

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About this print: This is a five-run reduction woodcut, carved on sheena and printed on Rives BFK.

About the cat: Obviously, his name is Ben Purrrrrrnanky.

New Print: The Primrose Path

Woodcut3 Woodcut1Man! Guns, skulls, AND a wall-eyed cat…this woodcut’s kind of got it all.

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