The Two of wands

I am always on the hunt for new inspiration. Those pieces of art and life that make me want to make more stuff. Recently I started getting into and studying the work of engravings, woodcuts and linoleum block . I happened upon some Mexican woodcuts from the early 1900’s and haven’t been able to get enough. 


For the Wonderball Tarot card project I chose the Two of Wands and I thought it would be the perfect chance to apply some of the stuff I’ve learned and of course, I’m always looking for a new reason to draw a skull.

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Valhalla-day Linocut

My first linocut. I started screen printing 7 years ago. Since that time I’ve been obsessed with analog process and have always tried to bring parts of that into my work. I’ve also been trying to figure out a way to make limited run art prints without breaking the bank. Thanks to @strawcastle for inspiring me to carve!

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Firewater

If you know me then you know that I’m not really big on drinking. It’s not that I’m against it or that I am trying to make some sort of statement by sitting out. I choose not to because it just isn’t for me. A lot of people have a difficult time understanding that and usually need some sort of explanation. There isn’t one.

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Mug Mug Mug

Inspired by international coffee day and the Descendents 

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Mural WIP

Working my buns off to beat the winter weather. Really excited to share the finished mural. 

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Beautiful words

Over the last several weeks I have been working on my submission for the Beautiful Words poster art show. The quote below is taken from the movie Gummo, which explores the lives of the citizens of Xenia, Ohio after a devastating tornado ravages through the town. The Narrator whispers this quote at the beginning of the film, setting the dark, but somehow still hopeful tone that resonates throughout the film. If you haven't see it, it's pretty weird but I still recommend checking it out. 

Beautiful words is hosted at Blockfort and sponsored by the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts. The show Opens April 2nd and runs until the end of the month. 

Skull practice

Skull study. Always trying new textures and techniques. Hope to do something else with this bad boy in the future!

Getting in the way of yourself

A self-fulfilling prophecy is one of the hardest internal struggles a person can deal with. For creatives this seems to be amplified by the continual self doubt that looms over us to begin with. The constant pressure to one-up yourself can be devastating to the creative process and it can result in a dry spell or worse.

How do you work through the doubt? The creative rut? Many people suggest taking some time away to let your mind bridge the gaps in the background while you focus on other things. Take a walk, read, exercise. There are a lot of things you can do to get your mind off of the problem. But what if that isn’t an option? What if your delivery date is tomorrow and you have no choice but to work through it and produce something. Get it done, do it the best you can and get it out the fucking door. There are always opportunities to learn and correct in the future. Besides, you never know until you put it out there. 

Type scale references

When I start a new project I always start with a few basic decisions: grid, type styles, color and image treatment. These things can change based on the content, but I like to at least have a place to start. One big part of initial layout exploration is type scale. For the purposes of this post I will define type scale as the relationship between size and weight of type used whether they are similar or contrasting. There are many determining factors to solving this problem and there isn't one solution. However, to make my life easier I tend to start with perfect 4th, augmented 4th or perfect 5th intervals. 

If you are clueless as to what all this means, paying a visit to Type-scale.com will clear it up pretty quickly. Although I love this tool, I find it cumbersome to go back and re-type my values over and over so I made a quick reference for those of you who might like that sort of thing. 

 

Click on the image to scroll through and happy type scaling!