Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cut It Out!

TOM - I’ve been having fun experimenting with some collage elements in my work recently. I always find it refreshing to introduce a new technique that I don’t know much about in order to breathe new life into the work. Here are a couple examples of some of the work I’ve been cooking up with that approach.  Hope you dig it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mother Nature's Son

JAMES - Ok, so this is a new print that I'm really excited about, and I thought I'd offer a little look into the process of the creation of it. 

The print is a part of the show "Every Mistake: Art Inspired by Beatles Lyrics" at the new Blank Space Gallery in Milford, CT, which opens this Friday night, January 20. Oh, and the first 40 people to enter the show, and the first 10 people to purchase $100 or more, will get a free print that I made (also Beatles inspired, of course). Details for the show are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/118222494959736/

Now, on to the process. This one is pretty involved, using some new techniques I've been working on, so I'll spare you the boring bits and mostly let the pictures do the talking.

I chose "Mother Nature's Son" since it's one of my very favorite Beatles songs (Paul, baby!) - and sparks such beautiful imagery in my imagination. 

It all starts with a sketch, as always. But instead of this being just a big ole' drawing, it's really gonna wind up being a little world that I create out of construction paper and cardboard and stuff - so the sketch is just a reference for where everything should eventually wind up.

Then I made the model of the little world. It took forever, but lots of fun getting busy with the scissors. I made the model modular, so that each plane could be removed and photographed separately. This helped tremendously later on.

Then it was time to photograph it. I set up some lights, picked a lens, and snapped away.

This is what the final photo looked like in Photoshop.

Next I needed to draw the Mother Nature's Son, and all his little animal friends - as well as the lettering for the lyric quote at the top. Lots of revisions, as you can see.

Once I got all the drawings the way I wanted them, I scanned them into the computer and began to combine them with the photograph. This is a Photoshop screen-shot from when I was putting it together. 

From here I made all the color separations to make a 9-color screen print. Films were made, screens were burned, ink was squeegee'd, and after what seemed like forever, the final screen prints were done. Here are some close-ups of the prints:

It's an 18" x 24" Nine-Color Screen Print, on 100lb White French Paper, a Signed & Numbered Edition of 85. They'll be available for sale at the show exclusively until January 27, in which case any remaining copies will be sold online. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter to keep up on them.

Thanks for reading (and listening, below)!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Four New Posters

JAMES - I'm really excited to show off 4 new posters that are now available on my site. 

The first two posters are for the always awesome Lucero as they did shows for their New Year's Eve Tour and their annual "Lucero Family Christmas" shows. The NYE poster is titled Angel On My Shoulder, Devil Inside My Heart and is a 5-color screen print, including Metallic Silver Ink for the wings, 18" x 24" on 100lb White French Paper, Signed & Numbered Edition of 145 - now available in the store for $20 each.

The "Family Christmas" poster is titled Party At Steve's House! and is a 5-color screen print, 18" x 24" on 100lb Blue French Paper, Signed & Numbered Edition of 75 - now available in the store for $20 each. There are very few of these available.

Next up is a poster for afro-rockers Toubab Krewe for their New Year's Eve Tour, and is titled Decoded. The print is a 4-color screen print, 24" x 18" on 100lb White French Paper, Signed & Numbered Edition of 150 - now available in the store for $20 each.

Finally is my poster for Kevin Devine's Fall Tour in support of his absolutely amazing new album Between the Concrete and the Clouds. I wanted this to be a continuation of the narrative begun in my last poster for Kevin Devine (see it here: http://www.jamesflames.com/pages/STORE-TheresAWorldAwakeOutside.html). This poster is a 7-color screen print, 18" x 24" on 100lb White French Paper, Signed & Numbered Edition of 175 - now available in the store for $20 each. 

Thanks as always for reading, and Happy 2012! Lots of new stuff coming up, especially for [Adult Swim]/Metalocalypse fans, and for all you Beatles fans. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Drawing People In NYC

TOM - As an exercise in artistic discipline and just plain ol' havin' fun, I've been carrying around a sketch book very regularly. On trains, at cafe's, in waiting rooms, bookstores, wherever. Over the years I have fallen in and out of this habit, currently I'm in it and having a good time. This time around, to avoid freezing up, I purposely buy really cheap, flimsy sketchbooks for no more than $3 each. The point is not to set out to make a good drawing or to have some sort of pretty object that I can carry around with me, the point is to make different types of marks, strengthen my eye-hand coordination and keep the juices flowing. I'm in love with these little sketchbooks you can get at the MUJI store in Soho. They're small, have smooth paper and super cheap, perfect. My current sketchbook is filled with some pretty bad drawings, but these are the few where I felt most confident in my approach, mainly because I wasn't thinking about the drawing when I was drawing it.

Thanks for reading and happy 2012!