Friday, January 20, 2017

Zine-Making and Card-Tooning Sneak Peeks! Zines Made By Kids at the JAC

Hello World!  I can't believe we're in 2017.  Bizarre on a few levels.  

But one of the great things about 2016, and so far 2017, has been getting to read, help create (as a teacher does when coaching her students), and print amazing zines, little zines, and accordion books done by my JAC Students over at Barnsdall Art Center!

I'm always really impressed by the variety of what the kids I teach come up with.  While some students stick to illustration and storytelling when making zines, others keep their zines more based in the literary, and yet others have created zines that are almost like Young Adult novels, with a few illustrations.  I wanted to share with the world some stuff done by my students from last term, as well as works currently being worked on by my present students.  

I don't want to spoil all the contents, but-- above, and below, you can see clips from the children's story zines "Flower Dog" (a Dia De Los Muerto's Puppy's adventures), "Friends," and "The Last Airbender, our class self-published coloring book anthology, the suspenseful sci-fi illustrated story zine "The First Monster and the Mad Scientist," and the Purr-fect accordion book-- all about a kitten!  The kids who make these zines are all in elementary or middle school, and are already terrific artists and storytellers.  Am excited to keep printing these zines, showcasing them at our student Zine Fest at the JAC, and then bringing copies out into the world for people to enjoy, to help spread the word when I am out and about at a zine fair on my own.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#WIP-ing away-- sneak peeks of the pieces for my "Cact-tea Collection," accordion book zine coming out this spring

  Anyone who knows me knows that my love of Cacti is pretty strong.  I love drawing them, I have made books and stories based on cacti and cacti-like animals (anyone want a hedge-hug? heh, moving on), and-- I'm posting since I wanted to share with the world some art samples from the newest accordion book/zine I'm working on, which is botanical illustration and cacti- based.  I'm doing a ton of these illos and getting this printed at the end of next month.  w00t!

In the past, I've always used super bright colors, Prismacolor, and Winsor Newton or Copic Markers to do my botanical illustrations-- but this new project is totally different.  While I'm using Watercolor, I'm calling it the "Cact-tea" (ba dum bum ching)  collection," as all these Cacti I'm drawing also are using natural materials.  In there, I've used espresso, beet, tumeric, and of course, Chai, Matcha, and other teas.
Can you guess which pigments of these were natural, which were paint, and which natural pigment produced which color?  Below, please scroll down to see my Red-Top Cactus, Succulent, and Echeverias.  I'll spoil the one above-- it's a Queen Victoria Agave, done with watercolor and espresso.