Okay, so I did a screenprinting intensive at the Olio Artists and Workers Cooperative here in Victoria. I don’t know anything about screenprinting, so that made it…intense. Lots of information for four classes, but I found it really interesting.
We started by selecting an image that we wanted to print. I tried to copy a single speed bike from 183rd St Cycles in NYC that I’ve been admiring for awhile. Here are some nice pics of one person’s build. Here’s my drawing:
And at the end of it all, after the instructor Joey cleaned up the image in Photoshop, and helped me create layers, here’s what I came up with:
The class was enough to make me realize that as with every other artistic medium, the possibilities are endless and you could spend a lifetime enhancing and improving your skills. I don’t think I’ll be doing more screenprinting anytime soon, but I am glad I took the class. Thanks Joey!
Someday, I will go to Brooklyn:
And now, The Sketchbook Project sponsored by the Arthouse Coop. This is exactly the kick in the ass that I need to get drawing again. Maybe you should do the same!
Check it out; choose a theme for your sketchbook and order a copy ($25) before October 31, 2011. Sketch your heart out and send it back to the coop before Jan. 31, 2012. For an extra $20 your sketches will be digitized and made freely available on the Web. The physical sketchbooks will tour various cities, including Vancouver, BC, and will then be permanently housed in the Brooklyn Art Library.
How cool is that?
Point No Point, March 12, 2011
Tucked away on the west coast of Vancouver Island. No telephone, no cell phone reception, no Internet connection, no neighbours to speak of. The drawing comes across as cold and mechanical, when actually the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Fourth try. But the point is that I did a drawing. I found lots of inspiration in Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Datebook: Volume Two, 1995 – 2002. I even bought a magnifying glass at the dollar store to read his godforsakenly infintessimal print!