One moment at a time

On November 29, 2013, these sketches triggered the volvelle, or wheel chart, which is a paper construction with rotating parts. I actually didn’t know the its proper name for a long time so I called it(and still call it in my mind) the “circle book.”

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With the shape, I knew I wanted to make something about the cycle of time and decided on showing someone working at a diner. Then I could show a full day though meals and working.

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Prototyping begins. The mockup told me a few things.

1. This size is way too small (about 4″ in diameter).
2. Dividing the circle into 4 slices isn’t interesting enough.
3. Cutting the top circle in half does not leave enough mystery and it looks sloppy.
4. I must include a diner sign with food on it.

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The final mock and separations.

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I based the colors off the color wheel because I thought they transitioned nicely and fit well into the day and night scenes. If you look closely, you’ll see I printed gradients on opposite slices.

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Construction was probably the hardest since all the circles were hand cut with an exacto knife. They’re a little imperfect but I’m pretty satisfied with the final look. More circle books for the future, I hope!

Specs:

  • 9″ in diameter
  • 8 color print (4 gradients)
  • Bottom layer: Fabriano Tiepolo
  • Top layer: Plike in black
  • Edition of 15

Summer of slants

I’m pretty happy about summer flying by. I can’t wait to say goodbye to sticky, humid weather and hello to light jackets and scarves. Meanwhile, I’ve been keeping myself busy.

In April, a friend took me to the Antiquarian Book Fair and I was introduced to the world of collecting books. I didn’t know what to expect but I found many inspiring books from the olden days that I wanted to spin into my own work.

This is one of them:
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The Slant Book’s images and text are also slanted on the slanted pages to tell a story about what happens when a stroller, with a baby boy inside, is inadvertently rolled down a long hill. What a genius idea! How could I use that slant to tell a story in my own way?

1. Ghost Seasons
In this case, the slant lets me showcase all the seasons at once.

slantseason-01From top to bottom: Winter, spring, summer, fall.

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Summer to fall

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Winter to summer

2. Ghost City
Here, the slant make the buildings look more epic. I think this book looks best open on display.
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More soon!

Ghosts and Aches

Ghost Hotel, 2nd Edition, is now complete!

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Some details:

  • The 2nd edition has 20 books.
  • They’re made with a heavier, smoother paper stock: Revere Suede Black 300 gsm.
  • A new color to separate the editions. Yellow ghosts are now yellow-green.
  • The white paint is much whiter.
  • Ghosts appear more ghostly in this edition.
  • Available for purchase soon online. Sooner at this event.

I’ve also started on a new print series called Aches.

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The series started when a bad toothache kept me up all night. Details and final prints soon!

The Annotated Monster Anatomy, revealed

I’ve realized that I can’t bear to screen print anything but books. Everything else has felt dull in comparison.

Each book has a unique layout to suit its own needs.

The Annotated Monster Anatomy needed a design that could reveal itself in layers.

Over and over again.

It’s hard to see here but as you peel away pages, time also ticks away on the monster’s alarm clock.

That means that in the end, we’ve experienced space and time travel!

Coming soon: Process and design post on The Annotated Monster Anatomy

Screen printing madness

Screen printing has taken over my life lately. It’s a long trek to the studio and it takes forever to set up to print, but something about it keeps me going back. Here are a few projects that I have going on:

Jellyfish and Skulls pattern!

Jellyfish and Skulls

A macro shot of our new friends

 

How Milo Died: a double sided accordion book.

The ghosts are printed with glow-in-the-dark ink

Ghost boy's name isn't Milo

You'll have to read it to find out who it is

 

 

Process: The Jellyfish Book, Part 2 of 2

Sorry for my delay all! Without further ado, here’s part 2!

To recap, here’s a closeup of one of the jellyfish transparencies.

After you make transparencies, you have to actually screen print your book which is long and painful but really rewarding if you get it right. It takes a while to explain how to do it so I’ll keep it simple. When you screen print, you separate each color you’re using onto their own screens. Then, one by one,  you print each color onto a nice piece of paper, starting from the lightest to the darkest color. That process takes a while, but it’s kind of beautiful, because your image starts to appear slowly like waiting for a Polaroid picture to finish exposing.

I decided to print on 3 different types of paper.

  1. Iyo Glazed rice paper
  2. Rives BFK Cream
  3. Rives BFK Gray

    Here’s a closeup of the Iyo Glazed, which I thought came out the best. Out of all the paper, this gave me the best looking texture.

    And here’s a closeup of the BFK Rives Cream paper:

    After everything was printed, the next step was the cut and fold the paper. My ruler, xacto knife and bone folder spent many hours bonding over this book.

    Here’s a close up of the intestines.

    And here is the final fold out. I haven’t glued the pages together, made a cover, or decided how big my run will be(how many copies that will turn out well), so there’s still a lot more to do… but so far, I’m really happy with how it came out!

    So it’s not over. I’ll be back to show you the completed book!

    patience + fake coffee + real coffee

    I’ve been doing many things to distract myself from Hearts & Holes lately. Garrr!!

    This is why. I screen printed an accordion book of pixelated coffee cups in NYC!

    I’ve been taking a silkscreen class in SVA thinking that I could do Hearts & Holes related work but this just popped out. I do love making pixel artwork.

    A close-up of the cover. Registration is not perfect but good enough.

    The inside covers are screenprints of old newspaper articles about none other than Mr. Coffee.

    In total, it’s an 8 page fold out– the coffee ranges from chain brands to NY-high-snob-factor. I tried to present you the coffee in every way possible without actually telling you what they are. Where’s the fun in giving that away right?

    In my preliminary designs, I actually had more than 20 coffee cups but they couldn’t all fit into the layout. I want to go back to it again though. There are so many great looking cups in New York.

    I have another secret project that I’ll reveal soon too. And yes, it’s another distraction from my comic.