Work In Progress Wednesday

I got a new job! I've left the bookstore behind and started working at a print shop near my house. I'm still in CustServ but at least it isn't retail. It's been completely eating my brain for the past couple weeks, which is why I haven't been posting anything.

I have not, however, been completely idle. I accepted a challenge to write a twenty page comic story.and I've also been doing some sketches for the super hero game I've been running.

For the comics challenge - Our hero, Elmer Dunch, space salvageer and captain of the Potkan

The Potkan - Elmer Dunch's salvage vessel complete with grabby hands

Also I've also been doing some sketches for the super hero game I've been running.

The Norse God Ratatoskr as a modern superhero. Rather than running up and down the World Tree he runs around on the World Wide Web.

Ratatoskr as he appears in cyberspace

A super villain with a magic helmet. That's all I've got so far.

I think that's it for now.


WIP Wednesday

Making some progress on the Cybersaurus Rex. I've named her 5U3.

I picked up some model train foliage at the hobby store. I've been able to use it to build out the trees and bushes a bit. They look a bit less blobby now, I'm happy with that. I also discovered the disadvantage of using real twigs - I snapped a couple of them by accident while trying to glue things to them.

The next thing is to buy some artificial flower stuff and use it for it's tiny leaves and ferns and fill in the jungle a bit more.

I think that's it for now.


Throwback Thursday

For Throwback Thursday I present the one and only intaglio print I've ever done. It was for a class I took at Foothill back in the previous century.

I did a stream!

A couple days ago I did a stream on my personal FB page. it went pretty well I think. A few people even watched!

It's me printing up a few of the Cabin prints for the Patreon subscriber.

I think that's it.


Altered Carbon

I watched Altered Carbon on Netflix over the past week. It was not bad. I'm not saying it was particularly good but you don't have a lot of options for oppressive cyberpunk dystopias on film.

Some of the world building seemed a little sloppy - it's a bit unclear on exactly where the spare bodies, called sleeves, come from. I'm not the sort that needs to have every aspect of a sci-fi world to be explained to me but it seemed more driven by the plot than actual logic.

I think the only character I actually liked was the AI based on Edgar Allen Poe that ran a hotel called the Raven. Everybody else was 'touch as nails' and they made sure to throw in as many f-bombs as the could so you knew that. The male lead, the female lead, all the supporting characters - everybody was kind of an ass, except Poe.

Poe - who is fascinated by humans but hasn't had a real live guest in his hotel for 47 years. Poe who gladly helps his guests with whatever it is they may need. Be that a room, companionship,  machine gunning the thugs who are hassling you.performing psycho-surgery on your traumatized, disembodied daughter.

Like I said, I liked it well enough. The visuals are really quite nice (somebody has seen Blade Runner a few times) and the story is not bad. The characters? Well it is cyberpunk and I guess it captures that 80's and 90's tough guy thing pretty damn well.

That's all for now.


I Live!

I am now over the very nasty cold I started on last Thursday. I will spare you the boring details but it did prevent me from venturing forth and acquiring new ink for the subscriber prints.

I've been messing around with the site a bit. Mostly with the galleries. I mean there's not much else right? I changed some of the gallery names, moved some stuff around. I added some new pics of bottles so go check those out.

The Etsy store is up and running. I still have a few things to iron out, especially in the shipping department, but I intend to keep adding new items so keep an eye on it. What sorts of things would you like to see in the store? Let me know.

I'm also busy looking for a new day job so there may still be some spottiness in updates. Hang in there, things are bound to get better.

That's it for now.


WiP Wednesday

The store was out of the oil based ink I want for the subscriber prints. So that's going to take a little longer while I find another source.

Alright, let's put some ink on paper...

In the meantime I decided it had been too long since I printed anything. I had some paper left over and ended up with 10 sheets. I wanted to print some Robots since I hadn't actually pulled any since I did the final proof way back when. I had also been wanting to frame some of the Basalisks but can't find the stack of prints I had already made. So I did five of each.

The Robots came out mostly ok. I have 2 maybe three prints I feel good about. The Basalisk however - oh the Basalisk vexed me.

Out of ten pulls I ended up with only four usable prints.

I got one good print out of those. It's those big black areas, they're always a problem. Not enough pressure and it comes out light or, as you see, bits of grit raise the paper off the block and create white spots.

I think that's it for now.


Back again again

Ok, that was a rough couple of months and I didn't manage to get any posting done.

The Forest Gate nears completion

I still made a few things. I finished up the block for the Cabin print for the subscribers series, built a Spooky Forest Gate diorama for fun, and decorated a box for my dad. I'll have pictures and more complete write-ups on those projects in the near future.

Also - I've got the Etsy store up and running again again! Reference Han and I took a bunch of pictures and now there's a bunch of stuff up on the store ready for your perusal. There's more to come too. I'm hoping to get up at least a couple items a week for the next while or so. I've got a bunch of stuff kicking around might as well put it to work.

Part of the reason for my absence is I've hit a rough patch with my main job. Posting might still be spotty for a bit while that settles down. You understand.

Ok, well that's it for now I think.

Have fun!


Back at Work

There was no Work In Progress Wednesday this past week. It's true.

I've been fighting a cold all week and really wasn't getting much done until the past couple days. I think I'm pretty much over it as of yesterday and I did get some work done on the second of the subscriber prints. 

After my failures with carving the Jericho block it's a good boost to do something right. Now I can get back to Jericho.

If you want to get slightly more frequent updates on what I'm up to head on over to the Instgrams and follow me there.


Shameless Plug

Well what do you know? It's that time of month again when I realize just what the term 'starving artist' means.

So here I am, virtual hat in hand, asking you to please support my Patreon. Help me make things to bring to you, and also pay my rent and eat at the same time.





WiP Wednesday - A bit of this and that

Behold my immaculately maintained work table!

You might have noticed that there was no Work In Progress Wednesday last week. That's because I was on vacation and pretty much just completely checked out. Now I'm back and feeling recharged.

Here are a few of the things I've been working on this week. I labeled a bunch of bottles, most of which were donated by my friend R, I started painting a toy dinosaur for a planned diorama, and then there's the subscriber prints I need to get back to.

I think that's it for now.


WIP Wednesday - Recutting Jericho

I'm just about done recutting Jericho. The going has been slow. I lost some momentum with the napping sickness. Also I think I made a mistake around one of the eyes pretty early on. I'm hoping it doesn't look too bad when I proof it. I'm not looking forward to doing it a third time. But if that's what it takes to get it right then, third time's the charm.

This is my last linoleum block guess I'll be heading to the art store to get more.

I've also been going through and ol sketch book and I'm posting some of my favorites over the teh instagrams.

That's about it for now.


WIP Wednesday - Or not so much

I ended up having a fairly mild cold that absolutely drained me of energy. I have dubbed it the Napping Sickness since it meant I spent the majority of the past five days sleeping at all sorts of odd times.

I'm feeling much better now, thanks for asking, and I'll be getting back to work on new Jericho block this week. In the meantime here is an old sketch I found.


WIP Wednesday - Jericho

I've begun work on the subscription prints. You can check out both designs for the Autumn/Winter prints over on the Patreon.

I started on the monster, his name is Jericho by the way. This one has been really challenging. The transfer image I finally used was my fourth attempt to make a version of the original I could actually carve into linoleum. I started carefully carving it out. There were a few mishaps, the mouth didn't survive, but I was feeling pretty good about it over all.

It wasn't until I made my first proof that I realized I had screwed up the left hand. All that work! My coworker, Loren, said it looked fine, you don't even notice. That was very nice of him but I notice and it's not good enough.

So, it's back to the beginning. I did use tracing paper for the proof so I'm hoping to use that as my transfer this time and save a step.


WIP Wednesday - Robots and monsters and stuff

I finished up the block for Robot. I'll be getting to printing up a bunch sometime soon.

In the meantime I've started on the image transfers for the first subscription print set. I think I've set myself quite a task with the monster, Jericho. I thought Robot was complex to carve but this one is going to take some patience. Simple as the Cabin looks I think I've left myself a few traps there as well.

That's all for now.


A bit of news


I've decided on the designs for the Autumn/Winter subscriber print set. You can check them out over on the Patreon page.

I've also decided to do some prints based on old sketches I like and think will work. I've settled on a few I need to pick from. So far I've settled on a chibi batman I did years ago and a picture I Homeless Guy.