Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Fights of Fancy book has a new website

"Fights of Fancy", the little book of illustrated comic verse that I published earlier this year (written by Steve Redshaw and illustrated by myself) now has a new website with a handy button to buy it from Amazon.

We've also put up a page on Facebook - feel free to go and like it :-)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CMYK halftone screenprint -Tom eating spaghetti

Yesterday I printed my first four colour (CMYK) halftone screenprint. I'm pretty happy with the result, particularly considering I printed it in my spare room with my home made exposure unit, and registered each colour using an acetate sheet. It was also quite a challenge making sure the screens were burned well enough to pick up all the halftones.

The image area is 22x27cm and individual colours are shown below as they were laid down.


Yellow and Magenta

Yellow, Magenta and Cyan

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Submission to Mail Me Art

I bought a copy of the Mail Me Art - Short & Sweet book about a year ago. The "Mail Me Art" project is co-ordinated by Darren Di Lieto, the brains behind The Little Chimp Society and Hire An Illustrator, and involves illustrators the world over posting postcards they've illustrated which will then be published in book form. Short & Sweet was the third such Mail Me Art project, and the current one is "Open All Hours" - not that the illustration has to be on that theme at all. 

I've been meaning to get round to submitting an image ever since, but I was a bit daunted by the one-shot nature of it - each submission must be on an official card, and must be hand drawn or painted rather than printed. Not much room for mistakes! I finally committed myself to it this week though, and the above image is the result. 

Below are the cover of the MMA Short & Sweet book, and the required photo of my postcard being posted. Here's hoping it arrives in a reasonable state!