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Quote of the Week

November 26 2018

“We were making the future,” he said, “and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!”

Herbert George Wells – When The Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Drawing Lesson No. 8

November 4 2018

Today’s topic for our Drawing Lesson is ‘Perspective”. Have you ever wondered why various accounts of events reported do not always agree with one another? The simple reason is due to perspective. Perspective not only plays a part in what we experience day to day but also as artists, how it is we portray the ideas and images we conceive. Every viewpoint of the same subject or object is slightly or wholly different dependant on the viewer, medium and intent. (more…)

Ode to the Editor

September 18 2018

Ode to the Editor
By Elvis Swift

The author daily sits and types
the stories they would tell.
Excitedly records the words
preparing books to sell.

I had much more here to say
to pen and then to post.
But said the editor for whom I work
just write eight lines at most.

Ode to the Artists Representative

September 3 2018

Ode to the Artists Representative
By Elvis Swift

The artist paints as passions plea,
their art surrounds us daily.
Upon the walls and goods galore,
whose works displayed so gaily.

How did it get on walls and things
once there to shine so bright?
Did chance alone without some help
get works placed in the light?

T’was no turn of fate the art’s displayed,
presented in its grandeur.
The art rep or the agent named
worked hard to get it put there.

 

Artistic Artifact

July 26 2018

We were digging through a drawer in the studio this morning and unearthed a roll of registration mark tape. My first thought was ‘so that’s where those went.’ My second thought was ‘when was the last time I needed these’? Holding them in my hand caused me to recount many years of art creation, preparing multiple layers on drawings with sheets of rubylith cut for each color, carefully applying the registration targets so that each color fit the picture as designed. I would often purposely shift the layers so that the colors would print miss-registered giving the appearance of a quick print job without proper registration. The proof would sometimes come back to me before going to press with the concern that no matter how hard they tried, the art would not accurately align because the marks were positioned incorrectly. Those were the days when the workflow included many people providing various services for the completion of a single graphics project. The registration mark is very much in use today when offset printing, but now, of course, the placement is provided electronically. Oh, you can still position your layers for the off-register effect, and it will sometimes drive the printer crazy.