Testing the handmade brayer again. My apprentice was underfoot the whole time, constraining my workspace. Without freedom of movement, I couldn’t work the ink as much as I would have liked, resulting in some gloppiness. It’s most visible (or not, if you like) in the sun’s rays, which are just about all filled in. You can still see they’re there though, due to the lay of the ink, so all is not lost.

The paper is a coarse, inexpensive drawing paper for kids. After dampening, it held onto the water for a good long time.

I can’t lie; I’m a sucker for these low-angle shots. Please pardon my indulgence.

 

And here we see the awesome swoopy line that made such a statement, except that you can’t see it in any but one of the six prints. Grrr.

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The organizers of Papergirl SF told me they received about 1,700 individual pieces of art – awesome! And two of mine made it up on the wall at today’s showing, which made me quite proud – I lost a full three buttons off my vest.

And some of the other pieces; lots of good-lookers and well-done work.

Distribution will be next weekend. I’ll have to balance this and the Patti Smith set at Hardly Strictly, but duty is duty.

The roller effect came out pretty poorly, but the figure turned out well. I think my one-handed wooden man may be on the verge of an adventure…

That awful cell phone photo of frame five has got to go.

Alrighty, much better. Animation to come shortly.

And here we are:

The hand’s going to come off in a few frames, and then into the fire.

Trying to define the scenery, since I’ll be drawing it for a dozen-plus prints. This one is the best realization of the idea, despite the splotchy left side. Because I used a sheet bound into my sketchbook, the paper wrinkled and hence the uneven impression. But you can still make out my favorite change, the starry sky.

Finally settled on the above as subject of the animation. Though there are still many points to correct, these are the best test prints: