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By Siver Black

When I wake up in the morning I almost always have a song in my head.  Does that happen to you?  Sometimes it’s music I do not like, but usually it is something good (good meaning something I like!) and it influences the music I will listen to that day.  I woke up January 7th with “Starman” by David Bowie in my head and proceeded to listen to Bowie most of the day.  The next morning turned out to be David Bowie’s birthday, so the music marathon continued and I made this drawing.
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Linocut printed on 4″ x 6″ hemp paper card. Purple ink and glitter.

I made linocut holiday cards this year and am so pleased with how they turned out.  The design is inspired by Prince so I printed with purple ink.  While the ink was still wet my wife carefully applied superfine glitter to the Prince nutcracker in the center.  It’s not Christmas without glitter!

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Ooooh! Prince is sparkly.

Prince fans will understand the reference in “Let’s Get Nuts”, but if you’re rusty with 1980’s pop music lyrics I will help you out.  The lyric is from 1984’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Prince: “Let’s Go Crazy”

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Carved linoleum block, test prints, and glass baren.

I printed the cards by hand with a glass baren from Iron Frog Press.  Their Print Frogs, as they are called, are a joy to print with and well worth the price if hand printing is your thing.  The glass baren is a work of art in itself.

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“Print Frog”, a glass baren from Iron Frog Press

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

 

 

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

Here is my last Inktober drawing.  The source image I worked from has the skulls up close on the right but nothing in the background.  To give some context to the skulls I made the background a wall of bones, working from ossuary pictures on the internet.  Ossuaries are weird.  Definition: a container or room into which bones of dead people are placed.  Freaky stuff.

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Wall of Inktober Drawings

I ran out of steam with the Inktober drawings last week and ended up 4 short of my goal.  But looking at this wall I’m happy with the work.  I pushed myself to try some new things, worked larger and brought it out of the sketchbooks.  I like seeing them all together like this.

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

This was yesterday’s Inktober drawing.  I didn’t finish in time but I gave myself a pass because it was my birthday.

Rick, the subject of this drawing, is probably the most drawn person on Sktchy.  This is number 1,830!  Rick just has a super interesting face, makes great expressions, and enjoys dressing in various costumes for inspiration photos.  Here he is made up to resemble Kratos from the God of War video game.

I’m having fun with the red ink this week.

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

This Inktober drawing is a vampiress from Sktchy.   My Inktober drawings this week will have red ink in addition to the black and grey.  This is the first of five.  Things started melting a bit in the mouth because the grey and red are water soluble.  I had to just let it be instead of trying to correct.  It works for me, though.

Oh!  This is exciting.  There is a shop in Houston that sells art, crafts, jewelry, housewares, etc. by local artists and they announced an Inktober exhibition and party at the end of the month and I am one of the selected artists!  Last year I did all my Inktober drawings in sketchbooks.  This year I chose to do them all on separate papers with the hope that some of them could have a life outside of books on a shelf.  A good choice, I think.  It’s pretty cool to see them all together on the wall.

Platinum Carbon Ink in parallel pens, Grey and Red in Pentel Color Brush pens.  Strathmore Bristol-smooth.

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

This Inktober drawing was inspired by a costume designer on Sktchy.  So strange and freaky, and so fun to do.

That’s all the Inktobers for this week, as I take the weekends off.  Next week I have 5 planned that will all include red ink as well as black.  I’m looking forward to it.

Parallel pens, Platinum Carbon ink, Strathmore Bristol-smooth.

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