Jon Vermilyea Spills His Guts: Class Visit October 4, 2010Posted by leskanturek in Artists, Comics, Guest Visits, Narrative, Printmaking.
Tags: Guest speaker, Jon Vermilyea
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Monday, Sept. 27th Illustrator-self publisher-silk screener Jon Vermilyea came to class to show his work, talk about his influences, his process and to offer advice. Our class was joined by Peter Hamlin’s concepts class and Veronica Lawlor’s drawing in motion class along with other visitors, so a good crowd were present. Jon brought a variety of his work and started right off with some tee shirt designs.
A few books Jon worked on were passed around and Jon spoke about connections he made in school and how that lead to self publishing. Jon attended SVA for cartooning. He also talked about the importance of school as a place to experiment and try different ways of working without the fear of failure. Embracing opportunity seemed to be a theme of Jon’s presentation.
The fact that he self-published, created an animation music video for Animal Collective (http://vimeo.com/2616231) silkscreened prints and has a tee shirt line among more traditional work like comics is fairly signifigant and one of the reasons I asked Jon to stop by. Jon generates his own projects and I think does so with a lot of integrity .
(above) The Animal Collective box set illustrated by Jon designed by Rob Carmichael
(above) Jon explaining color choices on the Mothman screenprint for the Giant Robot (San Francisco) show One Hundred Beasts that ran for the book Beasts! Book 2 published by Fantagraphics.
Thanks again for stopping by Jon it was great. Here is a link to Jon’s site www.jonvermilyea.com/
Shunga May 13, 2010Posted by leskanturek in Art History, Printmaking, Student Blog posts, Student Post.
Tags: Japanese woodblock, Josey Herrington, Shunga
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by Josey Herrington
Shunga are erotic Japanese woodblock prints which can be traced back to the the Heian period (794 to 1185) but reached it’s peak in the Edo period (1603 to 1867). The intention of these prints is not to depict sex in a direct, explicit manner, but rather to express the energy, intensity, and beauty of erotism which exists in the Japanese culture but can not be openly demonstrated.
These prints depict not just one idealized portrayal of erotism but explore varying and irregular forms of sexuality. The subjects depicted range from the Courtesans who attended the Shogun’s high court to the ordinary working class, from couples drastically differing in age to homosexuality and even zoophilia.
In the eyes of outsiders this could be seen as a form of primitive pornography, but on the contrary Shunga was not seen as a taboo and was widely accepted as a form of art. As western concepts of the erotic revolve around the amount of explicit nudity, the subjects in Shunga are clothed in flowing garments. This is because public baths or onsen were a part of everyday life in Japan and thus nudity was not valued as the erotic. The subjects clothing creates an aesthetically pleasing flow to their bodies but also directs the viewers eye to what is intentionally revealed.
Shunga is translated into “Images of Spring” and stands as a connection between the erotic and the beauty of the changing of seasons. It is an acceptable medium in which a culture embraces and connects within strict social boundaries.
(above) Cherry Blossoms are iconic in Japan for representing spring
Ye Olde Terminator December 15, 2009Posted by leskanturek in Folk Art, Printmaking, Steampunk, Visually Cool & Relevant.
Tags: Folk Prints, Illustration Concepts, Re-interpretation as a old woodcut, Woodcuts
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I don’t have a lot of info on this, (okay none) it’s in Russian but I came across this on the web and it was too clever for me to pass up. Modern movies re-interpreted as old wood cuts. at : http://ziza.ru/2006/06/16/rastamanskie-narodnye-skazki.html
If anyone can shed some light on where this is from or who did it please let me know.
Bibliodyssey which is a wonderful, wonderful site displaying “eclectic and rare book illustrations derived from many digital repositories, accompanied by some background commentary”, has an older post for these prints (Sunday, June 18, 2006) They identify this style/genre of print as “Russian lubok” here is a copy of their link to an explanation by Alexander Boguslawski.
From http://tars.rollins.edu/Foreign_Lang/Russian/Lubok/lubintro.html (Copyright Alexander Boguslawski 1999)
“The lubki (sing. lubok), simple printed pictures colored by hand and often called broadsides, popular prints, folk prints…”
Printmaking Friends You Will Love March 15, 2009Posted by leskanturek in Handmade, Printmaking, Student Post, Visually Cool & Relevant.
Tags: J W & Melissa Buchanan, Julie Pinzur, Little Friends of Printmaking, Threadless store
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Post by Julie Pinzur
When I was home for winter break in January, I went to the Threadless store in Chicago for The Little Friends of Printmaking opening which consists of J W & Melissa Buchanan, a husband-and-wife team of artists & designers based out of Milwaukee, WI. They were originally trained as fine art print makers, but their love of making silk screened concert posters quickly turned into a design career. In 2006, they received the Young Guns award from the Art Directors’ Club, honoring the world’s finest emerging creatives under 30. While they still hand screen all of their posters, they have branched out into web design, animation, toy design, illustration, and graphic design. The show was called “Tough Luck” and featured a lot of really cool prints. All of which are available in their webstore at: www.thelittlefriendsofprintmaking.com
But that’s not all. The Little Friends of Printmaking are also featured in the book Handmade Nation, written by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl which is a documentation on today’s craft world and how it has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the DIY ethos, also influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism, and art.
Along with a video crew, Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities and interviewed 80 individuals (including The Little Friends of Printmaking), documenting the rise of D.I.Y. art, craft, and design that exists through websites, blogs, and online stores. It was made into an hour-long movie that is now being premiered throughout the country. The opening in NYC was on February 12th, and if you can’t get to any of the screenings which are posted here:
I highly recommend that you get the book, here: www.amazon.com/Handmade-Nation-Rise-Craft-Design/
It is creatively inspiring and just fun to look through. You should at least check out the website at www.handmadenationmovie.com/