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    Since it appears nobody has created our December thread yet, I'll start the ball rolling...

    I was playing around with a random critter creation on and off over the last few days:

    All ArtRage, with a bit of imported Photoshop filtering on varied opacity/blend layers. Textures all rendered/painted within ArtRage, no photos used.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Thanks for the thread! I'm digging the texture on that guy's back.


    Another one of these letterpress things with 2 photopolymer plates and blind embossed metal type. The idea isn't as strong on this one, but I'm really digging this process. It suits my style, I think.
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    Fishelle -- In regards to Letterpress: Have you ever seen the work of Jim Rimmer?
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    @Warped Savant
    Not until now. I wish that page showed his work a little better, but it looks like my school's library has a book of his called "Duensing titling" available to look at. I may have to do that.
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    Here's a fair bit of his work: SFU Special Collections. Among many things, he was a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and typeface designer.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Thanks! I quite like that "Two Poems" one with the airplane.
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    I like sharing his work. It's quite beautiful.
    I also assume you saw the menu on the left hand side (after clicking through to "Two Poems") that let's you go through the rest of the pages from that book.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Nope, I missed it. Yay, more art to look at!
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
    Just got back from hanging my pieces. I had no real idea what the wall space was going to be like, or even if I was going to have enough room. I had no idea if it was going to be drywall or what. So I took with me:

    1 four foot ladder
    1 two foot T-square
    1 15 inch ruler
    2 cordless handheld drills
    enough drywall screws to hang all the pieces
    enough nails to hang all the pieces
    enough tack-hooks to hang all the pieces
    an exacto knife
    some small sheets of foam core (to cut backings for lables/tags)
    pre-printed labels
    a mechanical pencil
    double-sided adhesive squares to stick the tags to the wall

    When I got there, the wall space designated for me was two upright 4'x8' wooden panels, freestanding but secured at the base and supported in the back by a frame like theatrical flats, with the surface covered by white vinyl sheeting. It was plenty of room.

    I spent the first hour or so measuring and marking where to drill in screws. Then I drilled in the drywall screws, 2 per picture, and hung the pieces. I cut labels and foam core label backings with the exacto, taped that all together and adhered the tags directly to the vinyl wall cover under each picture.

    I started around 5:30PM, and was done around 7:30PM. This is what it looks like now:


    The only thing that is wrong, you can't see in this photo, but in measuring the distance between the taut wire on the back of the frame of two of the pictures, to figure out where the top of the frame would be when hung at the screwpoints, I rested the plexiglass front of the pictures against my legs. My pants were a bit static electric, and that drew a thin fuzz of pastel dust off of the picture and on to the inside of the plexiglass. This happened to the two portrait oriented pictures on the top row. A couple of people looked at them tonight and when I explained about the chalk static they all claimed not to have notices. It doesn't actually obscure the picture, but because light slants into the frames at an angle I can see it quite clearly from any distance. It is, in face, ALL I CAN SEE when I look at those two.

    I'm sure the defect is not as noticeable if you don't know it's there already. It is too late for me to do anything about it now. It makes me very ragey.

    If anyone buys those pieces, I'll clean the plexi before delivering it to them. If no one buys them, I'll clean the plexi when I get them back home.

    Soooo frustrating! Glass is generally recommended for covering pastel for this very reason, as glass won't allow the static. But glass would have made these pieces too heavy. They were sprayed with a very light fixative before being sealed up, but probably could have used a few more mistings. There is a thick layer of chalk on that paper.

    The show is tomorrow night. We'll see how it goes!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
    @ all: You guys impress me so much it's sickening.I mean that in a good way so keep it up.Excellent!!
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    @Fishelle - Thank you. :) Admittedly, I'm not familiar with photopolymer plates, but I like the picture-- it's got good focal lines and facial emotional expression. Well done.
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    @seantaclaus….sweet texturing and design.
    @fishelle…dig the lifework.
    @oddbill…sweet stuff! Good luck on the exhibition!


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    @oddbill - Hanging can be a pain, and takes time, but damn do I enjoy looking at the lush colors of your work. Nicely done.

    @mojokingbee - Thank you! I especially dig the first piece of yours above, that whole dark rows-upon-rows of teeth aspect and all. Out of curiosity (and I'm sure it's been asked previously), are you using Photoshop or Illustrator for those?
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    @Seantaclaus....been using painter and trying to expand to manga studio as well.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
    A fine start to the month everyone. Congrats on the show Bill, looks great.
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
    A comic I'm working on. Trying to figure out how to paint skies in a simple, flat style of coloring. I may have used too many hues.
    fishbird color test
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
    @ all- as ever, excellent stuff.
    @Oddbill- hope your show is as successful as it clearly deserves to be.
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    What do you name that creature? I'm guessing Armadillapede, but that's just a guess.
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    @government spy - Doesn't have a name yet, but you may well have just given it one if someone doesn't come up with a better one. ;)
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
    Congrats and good luck on the show. It looks great. Sorry about the plexi issues, but I don't think anyone but you will notice.

    I like your comic, but you may be right about the amount of colors being too many in the sky. The 3rd panel feels better to me than the others because it only has 2 colors. In the others it feels a bit too rounded and 3 dimensional in the sky considering how 2 dimensional the rest feels. Almost like it's a collage of 2 things.
    That said, it still looks really nice.