January 3rd, 2008


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I love the internet. Where else can I get up in the morning, wander aimlessly through blogs, and eventually find myself reading lists of demons on Wikipedia?

For example, I had no idea there was a demon named "Amy." (You gotta imagine the other demons have a field day with that...) Or "Furfur" who is actually a pretty cool lookin' winged hart, although presumably a bad dude. Or that Belphegor, the demon of sloth, works primarily by inspiring labor saving inventions. Or that the Akkadian demon Humbaba* was titled "Guardian of the Fortress of Intestines."

These are good things to learn over breakfast.

*Whom I've actually heard of because of a game called "Rivers of Light" packaged with the Adventure Construction Kit on the Amiga 500, and YES, I do feel old now, thank you.

Adventures in Screen Printing!

I did it! Four reasonably similar monoprints!

This particular technique uses water-soluble pastel crayons to draw directly on the screen, and as a result, you only get a couple of good prints off it, and they're all slightly variant due to the strength and liquidity of the pastel. Then you generally go back and draw into them. So at the end of the day, once these dry and I fool around a bit with colored pencils, I'll presumably have four not-quite-identical hand-colored monoprints.

It's kinda cool. My first effort was a stencil of a stylized horsehead that I've been doodling off and on for years. I'm seeing a way that I can do some pretty neat washy animals with this particular style, and fool around with some variations on a theme, too. There's a lot more detail possible in the prints than I ever expected--I may actually find myself including less detail in the initial coloring phase for the look I'm after!

S'neat stuff. Will post when dry.

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And here's the result of my first try with the silkscreening!

Horsehead Monoprint

This is a limited edition of four, I guess--if anybody wants one, call it $20 plus shipping, first come, first serve...(They're all a little different, but the variations are fairly small.)