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Category Archives: Art

New at LitKids: Tom Sawyer

I finally have a new LitKids piece ready — Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer with fence and paintbrush. The first time I showed this design to Christopher, he remarked “That’s very mod.” I’d have to agree. Keeping past mistakes in mind, I made this one especially thick-lined and graphic. The drawing was even refined in Adobe Illustrator to get that super-sharp look.

My next LitKids project will be taking images of four of the more popular designs and professionally printing up some blank note cards. I’m hoping to put together boxes of eight and putting, say, ten dollars on them. This one makes me a bit leery, since I’m still in the red and it will cost me more $$$. Online, I’ve sold 69 prints in 2010 — which was wonderful — but 2011 is turning out sluggish. I’m gonna go ahead and print the cards anyhow, since it will be nice to diversify the product line a bit.

Tom and many more characters are available at my LitKids Etsy shop.





New at LitKids: Laura Ingalls, Edition No. 2 Print

I have a new Laura Ingalls, Edition 2 print available for sale at LitKids. This is a variant on the earlier Laura Ingalls printed on pages from Little House on the Prairie that was added to the store in October. That print was a real bear to make, but it unexpectedly became the first sold-out print I did. For this go-round, I attempted to remake the same design in different colors (with warm reds and oranges replacing the original blues), but the results were not satisfying to me. The brushy quality in the drawing never adequately translated to silk screen in either edition, so halfway through the project I scrapped everything and came up with a new, cleaner drawing that looks more like a silhouette. The design was printed on the remaining papers that were prepared — and now I’m happy to have Laura Ingalls, prairie girl, back at LitKids!


New at LitKids: Mole from Wind in the Willows

book_windinwillowsWhen it came time to create a new LitKids design late last year, I was a bit stymied until coming across a battered copy of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows at the local Salvation Army. I knew the book was well-loved and was familiar with the Disney animated version, and the opportunity to do an animal character was too irresistible. I read the book pretty quickly and found it utterly charming. The main characters are Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad. Although the conceited Toad winds up getting the most storyline, I most loved the sweet Mole and wanted to make him the subject of this print.

Unlike some of the earlier prints, this one was a breeze to do. The background is some Victorian era clip art of a flower, screen printed in bright yellow. I then used some sage green spray paint on the mole shape, making a nice speckled texture. A spray of gold paint and the dark green mole image was complete. Here it is, listed on Etsy.




As a bonus, here’s a photo Christopher shot of me sitting at the table we had set up last weekend at (excellent) local bookseller Changing Hands. We were there for five six hours peddling prints, and at the end of the day we wound up selling ten prints — including more copies of the Mole print than anything else!


Anniversary Fox Print

This weekend, Christopher and I celebrate the 16th anniversary of when we met. I made up a little screenprint as a gift for him. The design is based on this vintage ’60s Fox River paper box that I’ve always loved. The print came out somewhat blobby, but I like it:


Sketches of Dusty

I drew these sketches shortly after downloading a massive BitTorrent package containing basically everything Dusty Springfield recorded from 1961-1995. This will be an interesting project to digest slowly over time. It begins with Blossom Dearie’s sweet 1970 ode “Dusty Springfield,” followed by a trio of charming acetates the erstwhile Mary O’Brien recorded as a youngster. As of now I’m just getting into the material she did with her brother Tom as folkie trio The Springfields. This music is actually quite lively and shares a lot in common with the jumpier cuts Ms. Springfield would do later on in the ’60s. Anyhow, these pages are my little tribute to Dusty in all her magnificent blondness over the years.


Laura Ingalls, Prairie Girl, at LitKids

I’ve added a new print at my LitKids etsy store — Laura Ingalls from the Little House on the Prairie books. This is the first time I’ve done a relatively recent character, and by “recent” I mean published in the 1930s. That means it’s not in the public domain, so hopefully the Laura Ingalls Wilder estate won’t sue. You never know with them prairie people, however. These prints have a lot of spray painted layers, with a final screen printed layer that came out a bit more blobby than usual. I’m slapping ten bucks on them and hoping for the best.

In other LitKids news, I’m happy to report that some of my prints will be available locally in a brick-and-mortar retail setting! Changing Hands, the legendary indie bookseller in the Phoenix area, will be selling matted and poly bagged versions of a few of my prints in a special display starting on October 20. They only took five prints (our Laura was among the rejected ones), but they look excellent packaged like this. Hopefully they’ll sell out those five and want more. Later on this month, I’m going to be shopping the prints around to other local retailers. Wish me luck.