Friday, July 21, 2006


Old artwork for Illustration Friday

Originally titled Bird Logic, from about 1976.

A digitally-altered version of this print has been gracing my banner for several months now. But the real deal is this collagraph, my first and only. It’s old, of course, but one of my favorites, and lot of time and thought went into making it.

The image portrayed the opposite aspects of my own personality. On the one hand, I felt shy and wanted to remain sheltered in my own familiar surroundings. This was the blue bird, curled up, and with the paper details recessed in the printing process. But I had another side that was more adventurous and outgoing and wanted to fly beyond the confines of my everyday life. This was the orange bird, with the paper details popping out, and the bird literally flying out of its protective circle. The orange and blue colors are even opposites, of sorts, but I have muted them somewhat, so they can coexist side by side.

I saved all the original components of this print, because they are little works of art in and of themselves. (and because, you never know, I may someday get a chance to try to make some more prints!) You can see how I had to build them in layers, and the plates were the opposite of how they would print out, with the shy bird raised up and the bold one recessed.

As for the prints themselves, I made only a very few artists proofs. Getting the ink colors right, and actually printing everything without getting any stray ink blobs was really hard, but the whole process was very satisfying.

Note: Once again, my technical ineptitude has gotten the better of me, and I somehow managed not to upload the thumbnail with my link to IF. Thank you for finding it anyway!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Sacrificed for science

For Illustration Friday

As much as I love finding, collecting and observing bugs, I don't have any desire to collect the dead specimens. Some people collect them as if they were stamps or matchbook covers.

Just another example of innocent creatures being sacrificed in the name of science. In some cases, I suppose it's justifiable. But I would rather just see the live insects, or at least a great photo.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Skyline: Photoshop variations

I took a photo last year from a hilltop park near my neighborhood and created the image below. (even signed and dated it!)

Now this week's Illlustration Friday theme is skyline. I fiddled around with some other ideas, but nothing that pleased me as much as this picture. Except maybe for the variations below.
Because they originated from a photograph, I am not going to submit them to Illustration Friday, but I will post them here just the same.

The original photo

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Another square for my project

This is the 3rd piece. I have one more that I'm still working on: a frog. I have re-worked it 3 times, and I'm still not happy with it. If I can only finish that part, then I can start assembling the whole thing and doing the trim.

Work on this project has been slow and sporadic. I hope I get motivated to finish it soon. This is supposed to be a summertime decoration.