My new comic is out! I can now reveal that it's called 'Lines' and is a 56 pages of new comics. It conatins stories from over the past year such as 'Gary', 'Flood' and 'Beach' as well as some smaller stories. I'm hoping the whole comic should read as one story with chapter breaks. It should be available from 'Sticky' zine store in Melbourne next week. As I am moving I can only take Australian orders at this stage (and only for the next few days) The comic costs $6 and postage (within Aus) is $1. My paypal address is awcomix yahoocom I ended up going with 'Reflex' recycled paper for the inside of my comic. I was sure I wanted to use reflex as they state that all of their paper range contains a calcium carbonate buffer which helps fight deterioration from environmental acids over the papers lifespan. After researching the use of hemp paper I realised the importance of looking for the greener alternatives. I know recycled pa
Showing posts from November, 2007
A friend was asking me about wanting to use recycled paper and I suggested they look into buying some hemp paper. The reason being is that recycled paper still requires us to cut down trees and has lower archival qualities than regular paper. Upon looking into it I realised there is no where presently that you can buy close to 100% hemp paper. Some other facts I found interesting where that recycled paper creates it fair share of toxic sludge from the process of removing inks, adhesives etc from the paper. Also that you can get 4 times the amount of pulp from a hectare of hemp than from a hectare of trees. Hemp can be cultivated in under a year where as a tree plantation takes 20-30 years. Good news is that someone is starting not only a hemp farm in W.A but also a hemp paper mill along side it. Maybe Australia will be able to get hemp paper sometime in the near future.
I have just been notified that the remaining ebay listing have been removed due to violations. 1- Because I had a link to this blog and apelads blog, and they don't allow links to websites that sell other products, which I don't think applies to either blogs anyway. 2-Because I stated that I wanted to donate 10% of proceeds to go to a charity Heifer.org. I could not do it through ebay (as they have an official charity option) as I did not have a US street address. I apologise for this and hopefully I can get the remaining pieces reposted For now only Nov 16 is left
It's with sadness that I have to announce that the November Art Project will be coming to an end tomorrow (Nov 20th) . Although it doesn't take long to draw and post the images I realised that the finalising payments and posting artwork will take too much time over the next two weeks. Two weeks that I need to get all my house packed up and ready to move out for Canada. I'm also trying to publish my next comic. I can say though, that the November project in my eyes has been successful thus far as an experiment in having an online exhibtion. It's something that I will definitely be doing again in future; Most likely the next exhibition will most likely be in the month of January Thank you for everybody's support and interest in the project Cheers Anthony *Image credit: Norman Ellison (1896–1971) [Crying child] photograph Norman Ellison Collection of lantern slides [c.1924–c.1940] Pictorial
Sold Good news and bad news... Good news is that 'November 1' sold this morning just before it's auction time was up. Congratulation Josh for picking it up for only $7! Bad news , you missed out! But then again good news is that there are more pieces to bid on Also I only have around 2-3 to do in this series. What I do after this I'm not sure. I was thinking some small pen and ink drawing for a week perhaps, jump on tha blowa' and let me know what you think!
I’m sorry to bring this topic up and it’s probably been talked to death in some circles. But what is this term ‘Graphic novel’? I'm no expert in the history of this term but I thought I'd add my two cents I think how much the term is getting used is a problem. I mean there are such things as graphic novels which in my mind are usually thick collections of a series or even just a really thick comic book in general. Put simply a comic book could be a thin saddle stitched type book and a graphic novel is more of the thick perfect bound or hard cover variety My problem with this though is these days everything's a 'graphic novel' and it just doesn't feel right to me. I remember in highschool people who didn't read comics would refer to the art in comics as 'graphics' which always struck me as strange...and I almost feel like the term graphic novel is used in that same way for lack of a better term by people that don’t read/get comics. But is it too l
Comic artist Nicki Greenberg was in town last Sunday so we arranged to catch up over a coffee. Much nerdy talking of pens, paper and comic terminology was had! I actually didn't realise the wide distribution of her recently published comic book adaptation of the novel 'The great Gatsby', the next day I went and bought it at a local bookstore. If you need to measure the progress of comics in the mainstream then use me buying Nicki's large hardcover Australian published book in little old Ballarat as a measurement. Being new to Nicki's work I was really blown away by the quality of the whole production of the book, the story the art... My advice, find it, buy it!
Thought I'd try and attempt to do a Bob Staake style Illustration for Illustrationfriday . I'm really interested in illustration styles that are completely or nearly completely digital. Most packaging illustration these days is completely vector style illustrations. Obviously there are limitations with certain digital and or vector styles but all mediums naturally have limitations and can help create the flavour of that medium (lino cut for example)
Photograph of painting Scan of painting Ended Thought it might be a good time to explain the process of how I've been making these canvas art works, as to give you a better idea of what they actually are (plus if you click the image you'll get a more detailed view) 1- I paint and draw a texture onto the surface of the canvas. I sometimes even use spray cans to achieve some depth in the texture. 2- I very carefully mount a premade artwork on paper to the canvas; The paper is archival cartridge with ink washes and crayon. 3- I continue to check all edges of the paper to make sure mount was sucessful 4- I then need to apply some layers of acrylic medium (the same stuff that I'm using to mount the paper) over the surface. 5- I add a final layer of a turps based varnish (used for oil and acrylic) over the surface as I enjoy the finish it gives and also the satisfaction that the paper mount is defintley secure. PS- The reason I obsess so much about the mounting and varnish
Have you heard about Comic Book Artist Rehab the place for naughty comickers who can't seem to put out material like they used to? If not then here's the lowdown from the site "About Comic Artist Rehab Comic Artist Rehab is where four comic artists (who haven’t been as busy as they should) commit to drawing four panels every four days for four weeks. The fine print Artists in rehab must commit to completing the program - this involves drawing four panels every four days. The comics can be stand-alone or can be part of a longer story Artists in rehab will have to scan and upload their own comics to the rehab blog. Participants will be given an upload schedule and will have to adhere to it. Comic Artist Rehab encourages the family and friends of artists undergoing treatment to drop by to offer encouragement and support by leaving comments. The project only allows for four participants at one time. If it seems to be working then future rounds can easily be