New illustration for the Chicago Reader’s Fiction Issue 2014, out this week!
The issue features a juried selection of new stories by Chicago authors. I was asked to create an illustration for Heather Michael’s story, “Diáspora.” The story deals with a poor, fragmented family held captive in a cycle of fear and ransom by the mob.
You can read the full story here, or pick up a copy of the issue. Other illustrations include lovely submissions by Hye Jin Chung, Lilli Carré, Johnny Sampson, and others.
These were so much fun to design and print…
I’ve been busy in the studio, finishing up a new collection of screen prints.
These four new prints are based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King”. The illustrations were completed for a graphic anthology of classic children’s stories, coming out in Spring 2015 from Seven Stories Press, New York.
I chose The Nutcracker, because the original story by Hoffmann is actually much darker and weirder than the later, more well-known version by Dumas.
Below is a peek at some of the process. The images are originally drawn in brush & india ink, then screen printed by hand in four ink colors in limited editions.
These are now available for purchase in my etsy shop ~ and make great handmade, holiday gifts too! :)
Check it out here: * The Nutcracker Collection on Etsy *
The Seven-Headed Mouse King
The Doll Kingdom
The Doll Kingdom (detail)
printing The Nutcracker, final color
I have work in a new exhibition, “DREADFULS”, opening on November 1st at Whitdel Arts in Detroit, MI.
The exhibit will feature original drawings from contributing artists, as well as newly printed publications. Theme is in line with subversive dark humor, absurdism, so on.
Here’s a bit more about the show, from the press release:
“Edited by Ryan Standfest and published by ROTLAND PRESS, the ROTLAND DREADFULS series of chapbooks is an homage to the cheaply produced 19th-century pamphlets known as ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ – so named because the original cost was one penny and they contained stories considered shocking and sensational. ‘Dreadfuls’ presents nine of these publications accompanied by an exhibition of drawings produced for their pages”
S. William Schudlich
Opening reception: Friday, November 1st, 7-10 pm at Whitdel Arts, 1250 Hubbard Street, Detroit MI 48209
Exhibition dates: November 1 – December 7, 2013
More information is available here: Rotland Dreadfuls
Beginning next month, Duffy O’Connor and I will be co-teaching the relief printmaking class at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Duffy is full-time faculty at Harrington College of Design, where he teaches drawing, design fundamentals, and relief printmaking.
For this class, we will be covering everything from single to multi-color relief prints on wood and linoleum, printing by both hand and press, transferring images, and much more. Here are the details:
Fundamentals of Relief Printmaking
Mondays, June 3 – July 22, 2013
8 weeks, 6 – 9pm
For more info, sign up/share, visit: CPC Class Schedule
Here we are working on a woodcut for the poster, which we designed and carved ourselves. We even printed some of the posters using handmade ink!
Final woodcut poster, 11″ x 17″ (click for larger):
Pigment is thoroughly mixed with Burnt Plate Oil No. 3 to create rich and smooth printing ink.
If you live in Chicago, grab yourself this week’s copy of The Chicago Reader!
I just finished an illustration for Ben Joravsky’s column, in which he writes about the city’s recent plans to close 54 public schools, leading to subsequent overcrowding at others. One example is the Dever Elementary on Chicago’s northwest side.
Read the article here: Mayor Emanuel’s crowded-classroom approach to fixing schools
And here is the illustration:
Over the break, I was asked to illustrate a story featured in this week’s Chicago Reader’s Fiction Issue 2013
The story is “LOS”, by J.D. Sommer, about a woman’s haunting, surreal descent into neurosis. I’ve included my illustration below. You can read the full story on the Reader’s page, or better yet, pick up a copy of the paper this week! It’s wonderfully written and very engaging, and I recommend reading it if you have some time.
There will be some new changes and updates on this blog and website. My time on the computer is limited these days, since I am teaching a lot more. However, I do hope to post some student work as well as other art updates, in the coming year.
I was excited to receive my copies of the recently published “The Book of Destruction” by Anand.
This is the first cover illustration I’ve done for Penguin Books and I’m very pleased with how it came out! The illustration is based on one of the stories in the book, The Tailor, in which elaborate outfits escape from a tailor’s shop and take over bodies, in a macabre, magical-realism sort of way.
The original illustration:
The latest issue of Art in Print featured an article that kindly mentions my Struwwelpeter artist book.
Written by Courtney R. Thompson, the article covers the recent “Pulled, Pressed, Printed” exhibition at EXPO 72 Gallery. The show featured various Chicago artists and spaces, including Spudnik Press, where I completed the book during the artist residency.
Many thanks to everyone who came out to the opening last Saturday! It was lovely to see so many great friends and meet new ones. I am so grateful for the lovely and warm reception.
The exhibition will run through September 1st, at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in Lincoln Square.
Below are some of the prints on display.
Strange Mad Song, screenprint and woodcut, 15″ x 22″
This is the finished woodcut series I’ve been working on. The cover and story are screen printed on the outside cover (click for larger view)
‘Man Is Not A Bird’, print suite of ten woodcuts
‘Man Is Not A Bird’, front and back with silkscreened cover wrap, 11″ x 15″
In The Forest, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″
The Kill And The Departure, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″
Cover illustration for Newcity’s Lit50 Issue ~ a dragon made of books :)