Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vacuum Table!

JAMES - So I finally built my own Vacuum Table for screenprinting. I've recently acquired an awesome extra studio space, which I'm sharing with my buddy Brent Fleury (great photographer), and I'm turning my half of it into a print shop for my own personal use. Psyched.
Anyway, using the great plans of AndyMac (which you can download here, if you wish), I built the table from scratch. Got me a bunch of large plywood, some formica, drill bits, screws, glue and all that stuff. With the help of Brent's table saw, I cut it all out how I needed, and began to set the formica to the top piece of the table.
After that, I drew a grid of 1" squares and began drilling holes - 1,827 if I remember correctly.

Some pics of the drilling process. It took forever. My drill is shit - waiting for the batteries to re-charge was the worst part.

Here's a shot from outside at night - inside, you can just barely see that I have a ton of weight on the table, waiting for the second layer to set.

This is what the second layer looks like - staggered strips to allow the vacuum suction to travel through the whole table and suck in through the holes on top.

Finally, I set the third layer, which is just a flat bottom. Added my hinges and went to Ikea for some table legs - one's that can go at an angle to assist my back during printing. I hooked up the Vacuum, and it totally works great. The finished size is 4' x 4' - so I can do some nice sized prints with it. Can't wait to get started....

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ra Ra Riot Poster Giveaway Today!

JAMES - My last poster giveaway for this year, thanks to the Inside The Rock Poster Frame site - it's the SOLD OUT Ra Ra Riot Poster. All you have to do is visit this link - Inisde The Rock Poster Frame - and leave a comment, and they will pick a winner later this week. And then bookmark that site, because it's a great place to visit everyday for all poster and print news and releases. Good Luck!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sketchbook Stuff

JAMES - I just wanted to share some recent (and not so recent) sketchbook drawings I've done that I doubt I've shown before. Some color studies, some inking warm-ups, and stuff like that.

Monday, December 14, 2009


TOM- It got prety darn cold this last week here in New York. Those who know me know that I'm not a real winter person, I much prefer the warm weather. I'm going to try and make the best of it this year though. Perhaps drawing pretty pictures with a winter theme could be my way of making nice with the season. Anyway, here's my first attempt...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Free Poster Giveaways!

JAMES - Everyone go to my favorite poster site, Inside the Rock Poster Frame - they have a few exclusive giveaways of my posters. Today, there's a Black Lips poster up for grabs. Yesterday was my new Lucero poster (which I have yet to blog about...sorry. Coming soon...). Don't know if the Lucero contest is still open, but it's worth a shot. All you gotta do is visit the site and leave a comment with your email address. Go do it now! Quick!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Buzz Buzz

TOM- Just messing around with a sketch I did. Trying to play around with some textures and coloring techniques while listening to the Buzzcocks...