I am pleased to announce the Siver Black online store is open!  Above are my first two print offerings: “Homage to JCV” and “Homage to JCV 2”.  The black ink print is a limited edition of 47, the color print an edition of 12.  These are hand-pulled by me in my studio, not made by machines.

The shop only has US shipping listed.  Message me for international shipping prices.

HomageJCV

“Homage to J.C.V.”  Woodcut relief print, 12″ x 18″

I completed this woodcut about two weeks ago as a birthday gift for my mom.  The motif is based on a design her grandfather created.  Juan Cleo Valenzuela was a skilled leather crafter and saddle maker in California.
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ANWifey3

Ink and coffee on watercolor paper, 5″ x 8″

“Ain’t No Wifey” was drawn in a Strathmore watercolor book.  The inspiration for this drawing came from Sktchy.  The sweet face, the leopard print coat, the hat and the cool little Vans shoes hooked me and I had to draw her.  The foreshortening at this angle is tricky!  Most of the line work was done with waterproof ink, and then I re-stated some of the marks with water-soluble ink where I wanted it to bleed.  I created the tones and washes with a water brush loaded with coffee.

INK26squeak

Ink, 8″ x 6″

This was my drawing for Inktober Day 26: Squeak.  My inspiration was the R.O.U.S.es in the Princess Bride.

“Rodents Of Unusual Size?  I don’t think they exist.”

I have mixed feelings about my Inktober efforts.  On one hand I am disappointed that I didn’t get all of the days done.  On the other hand I don’t think I’ve ever done 20 blog posts in one month (possibly even 2!) and some of the drawings I’m really pleased with.  I have preliminary pencil sketches done for a few of the days that I missed.  Two of them I particularly like and am thinking of completing, even though Inktober is over.  Then I will call it done.

So… November.  I have missed woodcut printmaking and have two prints I want to complete this month.   More drawings, more Urban Sketching.  That’s the plan.

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