Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tri-color silkscreen

I added two more colors to the robot silkscreen to make it more interesting. The lightning bolt from the gun and electricity coming from the rod on the robot's head is the first layer. The background to the robot is the second layer. and the black outline is the third.

I learned a lot doing this myself and without a hinge screening setup. Lesson learned: don't try to line them up freehand. But I had fun doing these. I made about 50 prints on shirts and about 10 prints on paper and canvas.

People loved the robot on the button up shirts. Not surprising when you see the saturated t-shirt market. I like what I saw Eighty Eight brand doing with the striped button-up long-sleeves. I'm already thinking about future silkscreen patterns that would work well on blazers and classy long-sleeves.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rockets and Robot cutouts

I needed some real fun in my life this month (September), so I created some wood cutouts to go around my rocket and robot paintings. We'll see how popular they are at the October show, but they were real fun to make. I wanted to add some interest to the presentation at CHAC Norte. There is so much wall space that there needed to be some cohesiveness to the wall. I would love to make them more kinetic - like turning a crank would more the robot's arm. I might not have that done for this show, but will be in the works for future shows.

I also wanted to do these, because they were easier to do than stone sculptures. I wanted to mix in the "beginnings" of the stone work I've been doing, but I really only have three pieces finished. That doesn't really look that impressive in a show. I'm glad I didn't add them, because I just learned that there is going to be another stone artist showing this month at CHAC. Her work is MUCH more advanced than mine. Her level of detail and smooth finish is where I hope to be in a year or so. I know I have the tools for it but the time isn't so readily available these days. And you really can't rush stone.