Yearly Archives: 2014
With school starting up I figured I’d post a picture of what I did last semester in my Silkscreen for Illustrators class at the School of Visual Arts. There was a bit of a struggle with one of the prints which turned into another print but in the end I figured out what I was doing wrong and decided to attempt that “problem” print another time. I’m pretty happy with what I ended up with by the end of the semester and I hope to do more which I’ll probably be doing at home (I’m in the process of setting up a silk screen studio). Maybe sometime soon I’ll have a show?
One of the best parts of creating prints is signing the prints but you know what’s even better? Having your artwork hanging in someone’s home.
I added a third color to what originally was going to be a two-color print. I think that the third color makes a difference. The only thing that I wish I had done was make the yellow a little darker. Other than that I’m pretty pleased with the results of my first silkscreen print in about 7 years.
Below is a print that I did after seeing an ad on a website that reminded me of a 3D comic. I thought it might be kind of cool to emulate that look. Wonder if it really works? Does anyone have a pair of red and blue lensed 3D glasses sitting around?
I thought that for my first print I would do a variation of a drawing that I’ve done a few times since I went to Parsons School of Design. It was based on a postcard that I bought of Oscar Wilde. Anyway, this first print was going to be an easy one – a two-color print that could be done fairly quickly and get me back into the printing groove. Alas, after looking at the print for a few days, I think it needs a third color. I’ll probably add that color in 2 weeks. Until then, my next print will be based on this drawing I did a few years ago and it’s going to be a little more ambitious – I’m going to try and do all three colors in one day. The SVA Print Shop opens at 10 am and I plan to be there soon afterwards. I hope it works out.
I’m taking my first silkscreen class in seven years! It’s been too long. I almost forgot how much fun it was. Above is a photo of the vellum separations that I made based on a drawing that I did a while ago. I didn’t want to worry to much about precise registration so this version of the drawing is looser and the print will be done in two colors.
In future classes, I hope to create a lot of prints. I was thinking of printing a version of this drawing that I did of my friend’s father’s 1963 Brown University Math Department class picture, a visual interpretation of one of my friend Lorraine Doran’s poems from her new book, Phrasebook for the Pleiades (maybe on Plexiglass?), a tshirt, and a mini-comic.
I didn’t get a lot of time during the second class to finish my first print but I did complete the first color. Once I’m done with the print after the next class I’ll post the final result.
I’m sorry for not posting in such a long while but I’ve taken on a full-time job and it takes up a lot of my time along with the freelance assignments I’ve been picking up along the way. I do promise to post more in the future as I am continuing to teach myself Cinema 4D and I’ll be starting a silk screen printing class at the School of Visual Arts in NYC taught by Sara Varon. In the meantime, I figured I’d write a little about a project that I’ve been working on with my friend, Morgan Chen, and the owner of Network Makers, Nikola Stojsin. We’ve been working on the rebranding/redesign of Network Makers with the end result being not only a new look but new collateral packaging and new promotional items for Nik to give to prospective clients.
The first thing that I started with was the Network Makers logo. I just wasn’t a fan of what Nik had had before but I did think that it did have the beginnings of a better logo. The old logo looked like it was an “N” and “X” instead of an “N” and an “M”. It also looked kind of flimsy. I ended up sliding the “X” bar over to the right so that the “N” and “M” became one shape, I then went with a lighter blue, and added a second color – grey. I also made the “N” a little more dynamic. I think that it works better than the prior logo. What do you think? To see another logo treatment please check out the Network Makers logo page in the logos section of the M+PBG website.
Below is a sample of one of Network Makers’ employees’ cards. I intend to play off of the angles of N/M logo by utilizing slanted lines, shapes, and die cuts in the design of the letterhead and the other collateral packaging.