Tag Archives: ram

horns in the works

5 Jun

20130605-161425.jpg20130605-161438.jpg20130605-161444.jpg Been working on this handsome devil for a little while. He is coming along nicely, albeit a bit slowly with distractions of the upcoming move… Rams always make me think of Radium BC, the gateway to the valley where you can find Windermere Lake and my family cabin. I have enjoyed being back with pencil in hand, mapping out ideas and getting lost in the line work of texture. Thought I should share some of my recent studio progress with you, as it’s been a little while.

natural duality in the shop

2 Oct

Finally, after a longer wait than promised, I have listed some of my pinback button badges and fridge magnets in my etsy shop. Currently for sale are badges and magnets of the screenprinted Natural Duality Series which features seven different wild animal pairs found in my gorgeous country, Canada: Grizzly Bear, Big Horned Sheep, Cottontail Rabbits, Squirrels, Wolves and Foxes!  Both magnets and pinback buttons are available in animal pairs or as the entire set of fourteen! Bring some nature into your everyday life by pinning these cute Canadian creatures to your coat or having them hold up photos onto your fridge. Other magnet and pin-back button designs will be listed in the shop by the end of December after the OOAK Vancouver Show. Come on over to  the shop and see the new pieces.

the cross-bearing ram

15 Jun

I finally did it – got my third animal pattern moleskine finished for the upcoming etsy shop and am happy to have rounded out the series… for now at least. I do have several sketches/designs, but no time to execute another edition until mid-August. I’ll get to that in a bit, but first here is the finished gocco screenprint: I held a fun contest on the nature’s my friend twitter, and offered up a free copy to the first person to guess what animal was on my latest design. I think I got over 100 guesses some of which included: moose, marmot, cougar, wolf, antelope, chipmunk, owl, bear, racoon, blackbird, squirrel, fox, eagle, bobcat, jackalope, lynx, otter, rabbit, coyote, mole, loris, aardvark, pltypus, or wombat. After about 40 minutes and over 100 guesses, miss Anika Starmer finally said Big Horned Ram. Congrats lady, that lovely copy is already on it’s way to you. If you’re a bit jealous of Anika’s luck, don’t be!  You can win a free moleskine journal too, all you have to do is follow @naturesmyfriend on twitter. I haven’t ever really done this before, but I know a lot of you are curious about the GOCCO process, and may have never seen one in action, so I made a short video of me printing a layer. This machine can be used if I am working on an image that is smaller than 4×6, otherwise I mount my screens to larger frames and use a squeegee to print them the traditional way. A couple apologies to note: first sorry for the awkward angle (must remember to film horizontally next time), second apology: this obviously isn’t the entire process (ie: screen processing with my thermofax, stretching the screen, inking, the printing of each color layer, etc), I just wanted you to get an idea of the layering behind the gocco/screenprint process, and how each color must be “registered” (aka lined up) with the previous layers. I hope you like it… Music courtesy of The Pretty Lights.