Yeah, I just happened to see that my new shirts are up at Threaded Canvas!!
(I’ve been kinda busy)
Anyway, I’m especially happy to see my Darkness linoleum block print on there because I will be launching into a NEW series about the poem after finishing up some jobs…AND IT IS NOW A CONFIRMED SOLO EXHIBITION FOR SUMMER-FALL 2015 WITH A VENUE. I’m going all out on this one. For those of you who haven’t read my earlier posts, I did a series of traditional prints to illustrate Byron’s poem back in 2001.
Now, 14 years later, I want to show myself and one very special fan how far I’ve come.
Back in 2001 (yes!! the Stone Age) I illustrated the poem Darkness by Lord Byron. I made and bound a single book that contained a series of linoleum block prints, copper etchings, and monoprints illustrating each scene in the poem.
This linoleum block print, on the inside front page facing the title page, is a man eating a serpent. It is in reference to these lines from Darkness:
–the wildest brutes
Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl’d
And twin’d themselves among the multitude,
Hissing, but stingless—they were slain for food.
I am currently revisiting this series with new works which I will eventually make the subject of a solo show. As the book’s creation was in 2001, the pieces in this solo show will all be dedicated to my wonderful father, who introduced me to this powerful poem.
The print looks curved because this is a photo of the book page. I have no other copies of the print and no good way to photograph it again, as it has been damaged in a flood. The exploding planes at the top of the picture were achieved by me physically cutting the top of the linoleum block apart and then printing from the pieces!
This is an old drawing, soft pastel on black paper. The subject is the Big Bad Wolf from “Red Riding Hood,” after (mostly) consuming Grandmother and then slipping into her bed.
I still have this one around and it’s even creepier in person. Email me if you’re interested!
The Ruby Machine 6 page comic has been uploaded in full to read from this website, enjoy!
I promised back in my Plague Doctor post that I would post my 30 day NaNoManGo project, The Ocean concept sketches, soon. Today seems just as good a day as any! These are daily concept sketches for my developing comic “The Ocean,” done in November 2013. As you may be able to tell, the comic will deal with the Black Plague during medieval times.
And for the rest, you’ll just have to wait and see…
I’m honestly not sure when this is from…at a guess, 2001 or 2002 at the latest. I used charcoal to draw the woman and managed to get a nice rocky texture for her skin by using the sides of my charcoal stick. (it happened as an accident the first time, like most of what I do.) I added to her sense of confinement and hopelessness by stitching the matboard around her with embroidery floss.
I thought she was sold for the longest time, but then she turned up again the other day. I guess she’s imprisoned by my horrible storage techniques. I’ll try and remember to actually take her to my next show.
They’re all March 2006 News4U and they all say “Best Wishes Heather” so I will not fatigue you with 6 identical-looking blurry shots.
But yeah, how crazy is life? Here’s the strip he autographed:
The strip is about the process of making the righthand piece from this post. Is the madness starting to make sense yet??
When I drew The Ruby Machine I was sitting in the hospital waiting on the results of an operation my mother was having. I was not only severely cramped for space, I was also out of the vellum bristol type stuff I generally try to use when making comics the traditional way. Then I thought “I’m planning on toning and lettering this comic in photoshop anyway, so why not just use any old paper and scan it in?
So my cheapskate method of using typing paper folded in half to draw one panel at a time was born. Here’s some progress shots I took of the process. The one above is from the hospital, I made those roses while I was waiting too. Some of the others are from continuing my cheapness at home. I still have these papers jammed in the bottom of my collage-paper box somewhere, where they are getting even more wrinkled and messed up as I type. Hooray!
Well, all things are transient anyway…
See that little black fish blockprint on the right? That’s the real-world form of these little guys:
As you can see, he’s pretty cute in color too, huh? I’ve intended to use COPIC markers to add color to a few of my “Bait” block prints before now, but haven’t done so. Perhaps in time for the art crawl!
Incidentally, my “keyfish” idea started out with a simple photomanipulation of three objects in my house, a soapstone fish and two pendants from a broken necklace, a big key and a heart-shaped lock. I photographed everything and combined the keyhole with the fish, and history was made. I like this little fella and intend to make some sort of more developed digital artwork out of him!