Sunday, October 5, 2014
Browse through the walls displaying my art at Blue Door Theater, and the latter half of the photos are process pics at the screen printing press. Yes, I hand made the silkscreen press!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
I'm so incredibly excited to be teaching cartooning to the kids at The MAC in Spokane again. If a genie were to ask me what job I could have, it would be do teach cartooning and art of all degrees to young aspiring artists. I was telling a friend earlier that if it were up to me I'd teach a workshop once a week and they'd record it on public access for schools, then do some art on a cart magic with schools around the area.
My first art teacher was on TV, Mark Kistler. He hosted Imagination Station, and I learned so many art techniques from his show. He got me even more motivated and excited. I always have adored his show to this day, and wish to leave a lasting impression on others like he did to me.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Three down, three left for the new series of six. I really want to work this series more than the previous three (Werewolf of London, Bride of Frankenstein, Nosferatu). The last ones were awfully plain. This time I'm pumping up the background with scenes of London, a full moon night, and a creepy dark castle.
What’s next? Frankenstein for sure. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Gillman, Imhotep the Mummy, maybe Phantom of the Opera. From there I may have to do the more obscure or later era monsters like The Amazing Colossal Man, the 50 Foot Woman, and The Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth). From there I may finally jump the pond and do Hammer Horror.
The final art will be printed six cards on 12x12 chipboard via silkscreen printmaking. Then I'll cut the cards to separate them. Previous runs I've done them individually and damn that's a nauseating pain in the butt. This will be much faster knocking out six cards at a time.
The current run of four are available on my Etsy Shop! Dracula, Wolfman, Invisible Man will be ready when I finish three more and get time to screen print.
I saw this on my old acrylic painting professor's Facebook page, and loved it so much I had to share it! I was somewhere between the Metal Student and the Average/Good Student, with touches of anime, stressed, hippy, and goth/emo. If you can't laugh at this, you're probably still in school, or still insecure with who you are.
Monday, June 30, 2014
This is the Great Wave, a famous Japanese artwork. It’s a woodcut print. The creator had to chisel each wood block to perfectly line up on each other for each layer of color. It was ten colors total. This makes me happy I do silkscreen.
By the way, the worst part of only seeing photographs and reproductions of famous works is not knowing the deal scope and dimensions of a piece. You don’t get to experience the varying thickness of paint on a Rembrandt, or the massive size of David, or how small The Great Wave of Kanagawa or Mona Lisa is.
When I was introduced to The Great Wave as a child, I imagined Hokusai slaving away at ten giant three foot x by four foot wood blocks. Nope, it's really just about 10"x14", a manageable size if you ask me. The smaller size tastes nothing away from the mastery of the works though. Bigger doesn't always mean better.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I’m so incredibly excited to be a part of this event tomorrow at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, WA. I have a giant pad of paper with instructions on drawing Spongebob, I printed some giveaway booklets on cartooning, and a few prints of my work. I’ll be drawing with the kids and I will be wearing a shirt I screen printed, and have the press on display with the tools. This will be so much fun.
ARTS AND CULTURE: Garfield, Roosevelt, and Linwood elementary schools are introducing the arts to students this month with individual events at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
The events celebrate all art forms and gives kids and their families an opportunity to engage in activities as well as meet working artists in a variety of professions –literary, music, visual, dance, and theater. Numerous artists from around the area will provide hands-on experiences for students.
Roosevelt launched the Passport to the Arts last year and, thanks to grants, the other two schools were able to sign on with MAC nights of their own this year.
Monday, December 9, 2013
I thought some people curious about screen printing might like a peek at the process behind it. The press here is a home made four color press, but I’m only using one color for this tee.
If you’d like your own Support Living Artists t-shirt, you can buy one from my Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jacosta Only $10 in the US.