Sunday, July 31, 2011

Portrait Lab Hiatus

Portrait Lab is on hiatus until September 1.
Have a great August!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Portrait Lab July 9

Another creepy-blank-stare-Victorian-child. I don't know why I paint them, I just can't help myself. This particular child is feeling blue today. I'm calling her "Penelope Prozac".

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Portrait Lab July 8


More from the engraving experiments starting with the June 24 post.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Portrait Lab July 7

Portrait Lab July 6

Portrait Lab July 5

Portrait Lab July 4

Portrait Lab July 3

Portrait Lab July 2


Some sketches for some personal projects I'm planning.

Portrait Lab July 1

Portrait Lab June 30

Portrait Lab June 29

Portrait Lab June 28


I participated in the City of Calgary's Public Utility Box program, here are some of my portraits...

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Portrait Lab June 27

Portrait Lab June 26


Here's another print, but this time I went in with gouache and painted her face a bit. Sad little Victorian child. Why did they always look so desperately unhappy? Was it the itchy lace knickers?

This one also has some Chine Collé, (also known as Bits of Paper Glued To the Big Piece of Paper) - I had done a project where I silkscreened bikes onto rice paper and used that for bits of color.

Portrait Lab June 25


Here's my first print from the etched plate, unaltered, no Chine Collé.

Portrait Lab June 24


I took a printmaking class a couple weeks ago. It was super interesting, the funny thing was that I had no idea what I was signing up for. I just knew I wanted to take a class of some kind, and I've always been very interested in the various printmaking processes. This particular one was copper plate etching with Japanese Paper Chine Collé. Huh? Yeah. So we etched plates, we glued very thin paper onto other paper. We printed. We rejoiced.

I wasn't particularly enamored with my drawing, but by the time I realized that it was too late - acid etched drawing into copper! Doh. Next time I will spend more time on the drawing part, but for my first time, it was a fun experiment.

Here's a photo of my plate.