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 *
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:
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 :)
Wrap-around cover illustration for Koshka, an upcoming magazine published by my friend Kaitlin Kostus, focusing on art and culture of the former Eastern Bloc.
‘koshka’ = Russian for cat
2-color cover to be offset printed
original ink drawing
One of my all-time favorite blogs – 50watts – just did a feature post on my Struwwelpeter project!
Huge thanks to 50watts – I am very excited and honored to have the work featured on this incredible blog :)
If you have not checked out the site before, definitely stick around and take a look at all the amazing archives.
I decided to make some of the illustrations from Struwwelpeter as individual screen prints.
All prints are limited editions, now available through etsy.
Untitled (Preamble), 12.5″ x 18″, screenprint
Fidgety Philip, 11.5″ x 16″, screenprint
Inky Boys, 11.5″ x 16.5″, screenprint
Struwwelpeter, 11″ x 16″, screenprint
A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the Struwwelpeter opening event at Quimby’s!
It was so much fun and I feel incredibly thankful to be around so many talented and amazing people! I didn’t have a chance to photograph so it’s a good thing that Liz at Quimby’s did :)
Many thanks to Betsy Mikel at The Chicagoist for this lovely opportunity to talk about the inspiration and process behind Struwwelpeter, screen printing, and community studios:
Come check out my finished Struwwelpeter project at Quimby’s in February!
The event will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, Feb 10th at Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W North Ave, Chicago)
Visit Quimby’s website for more info
Quimby’s is one of my favorite places in Chicago. I’ve spent countless hours perusing their comics and wonderful, strange books. I am truly thankful to take part in this event and hope to see you there!
Working on the poster art and printing for the upcoming moe. New Year’s Eve performance. This also marks their 20th Anniversary show, at the House of Blues in Boston, MA.
Finished the first color for over 200 posters last night…