Behind The Scenes (work in progress)

The grafik Brut Project (4)

I "sampled" the white line from a monoprint by the Dutch artist Beatrijs Wind, and stole the title for this one from her work as well. The cloud is a monoprint I did with a piece of cardboard, the boat itself is a piece of cardboard multiplex box with a nail in it, and the rest of the background is a picture of a big, round vase I once made.

I am not all that sure the French is correct. But I'm not gonna correct it anymore if it isn't...

 

The Grafik Brut Project (2)

Two posters today. Neither one looks like what I actually intended to do, but I decided to go with the flow, and I guess I'm not totally unhappy with them...

Both were drawn digitally, using different brushes from the standard collection in Gimp and the Clone tool by which I can use the textures found in photographs as the digital "paint". I like this technique a lot and use it often. I feel it doesn't hide its digital origin but at the same time looks quite organic. 

See you tomorrow for another poster...

 

A test...

Today’s post is nothing much. Just a test, really. I’m trying out the Squarespace mobile blogging app.

I’m in a bar, killing some time, and I found some beer coasters with someone’s doodles on the back. I’m starting to have a thing for doodles, lately. Wonder what that will bring me. Should I start collecting them? Make things with them or just document what I find? I don’t know yet. For now, this is actually just a test of the blogging app... 

Found doodles. Not mine.

Found doodles. Not mine.

Sketches, old and new...

I was looking through some old sketchbooks and found stuff I wanted to pick up again. Cartoony figures, but more abstracted or stylized as you would expect from cartoony figures. I'm not quite happy with where this is at. I'm wondering how far I can take this? I want less realism, 'till the point where it snaps. But I don't want to lose the expression, it still has to communicate enough so it can be used to make actual cartoons.

Some of these sketches are two or three years old, I guess (the ones in the book). The other are from today (the ones on the separate oblong sheets of paper).

To be continued, no doubt.....

The accidental water colour portrait.

My water colour skills suddenly sky rocket when I try to print a photograph of my godfather but feed glossy paper wrong side up into the printer...

Scary, huh...?

Scary, huh...?

Unfortunately, it doesn't last. The ink doesn't adhere to the surface. That's what makes it look so great, but it's also what makes this technique self destructive. 

I'm pretty sure there is an analogy to life-in-general somewhere in there...

 

(Oh, also: don't try this at home! It messes up your printer. The ink gets stuck everywhere inside and leaves marks on the next prints you'll make. Don't say I haven't warned you.... )