Monday, May 18, 2009

Printmaking: Potato-style

zdepski's ink bamboo stamps
zdepski's ink flowers
zdepski's ink gradient fade
zdepski's flower potato stamps
I need to build a library of source vector textures and objects to recreate a Sponge Bob Square Pants feel to my portrait of Ernest Borgnine. I spent a bit of time on Sunday using sponges, toothbrushes, stippling brushes and liners with some Japanese woodworker's layout ink. The ink isn't waterproof, and is meant to wash away with the rain as the carpenters have moved on to new work, which made my own clean up very easy... i was up to my elbow in ink at one point.

I split a large Idaho baking potato and carved two 5 petal flowers, as seen in many SB background textures. I then took a cut-off piece of pine from my last round of framing and carved a 3 section piece of bamboo... SB uses a 4 section piece, but I didn't want to go toe-to-toe on the rip... I just want the feel.

These are all printed on a big figure drawing pad of Strathmore cream colored paper. I photographed last night and then Posterized them in Photoshop after a bit of brightness and contrast adjustments. This is just the start... many more items to be made, but this is how I'm starting it all. I need to bring all source material with me in July, but I hope to have more than not enough.


Q. said...

wow. this is so much fun and so sooo cool. You are a man on fire. I want to come and hang out in your studio and do amazing fun stuff like this too. Keep going! What inspiration!

peg nocciolino said...

These are great Paul! I love the textures! You are right...building a library has inspired me:)!