POSTCARD-Fifth Series

Continuing the profile of my art postcards here are some more recent ones from this year on various themes. These cards are hand-printed, created from a combination of drawing and printmaking in low print run editions. Once I finished a session it meant the end of that particular batch. I would not repeat the design or reprint it. Cards in an edition are all original prints, similar in design but with no exact duplicates and fall within the standard postcard size dimensions of 10cm x 15cm or a near approximate. More information about this project is contained on the four previous POSTCARD posts (see the links below at the bottom of this post).

A postcard from my Sea series-© 2017 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Earth series-© 2017 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Sun series No.1-© 2017 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Sun series No.2-© 2017 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Sun series No.3-© 2017 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Sun series No.4-© 2017 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Head series No.1-© 2017 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Brush stroke series No.1-© 2017 Michael Hill

My previous POSTCARD posts form part of my graphic based material that includes painting, printmaking, cartooning and scrapbooking:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS   UNIVERSITY CARTOONS    POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series    POSTCARD-Fifth Series    PRINT Fish Two    SCRAPBOOK   SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  plus the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48

POSTCARD-Fourth Series

Continuing the profile of my art postcards here are some early ones from the years 2007-2009 on the theme of The Seasons. These cards are hand-printed, created from a combination of drawing and printmaking in low print run editions. Once I finished a session it was the end of that particular batch and I would not repeat the design. Cards in an edition are all original prints, similar in design but with no exact duplicates and generally fall within the standard postcard size dimensions of 10cm x 15cm. The orange print marks visible on some cards come courtesy of Australia Post. More information about this project is contained on the three previous POSTCARD posts (see the links below).

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2007 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2007 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2007 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2007 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2008 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2009 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Seasons series-© 2009 Michael Hill

UPDATE 7 MAR 2017: A gallery postcard pinup of some cards from the Seasons series.

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS   UNIVERSITY CARTOONS    POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series    POSTCARD-Fifth Series   PRINT Fish Tai   PRINT Fish Two   SCRAPBOOK  SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  and the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48

PRINT Fish Tai

This series of posts will profile a collection of prints I have made over the years, beginning with some of my early efforts, a series of fish. Using the woodblock printmaking method these prints were made for an animation. Seven species of fish were featured, the first of which, featured here, was the Japanese Tai or sea bream. I was very attracted to the idea of working in either  animation or printmaking at the time but found it difficult to choose between the two. I found the answer in combining both mediums. Animation’s enormous greed for artwork could be more speedily satiated by using the print medium. I was doubly happy but have since settled on making comics which falls in the space somewhere in-between the other two.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Tai/sea bream woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

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Shooting the 1990 animation Toxic Fish on the Oxberry animation rostrum camera with artwork produced from woodblock printmaking.

 

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS   UNIVERSITY CARTOONS    POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series   PRINT Fish Tai   PRINT Fish Two   PRINT Fish Three   SCRAPBOOK   SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  and the posts on my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48

POSTCARD-Second Series

This post continues the profile of my artistic activity of producing hand-made art postcards. As previously stated, these works were created from a combination of drawing and printmaking in small editions of 10 to 50. Each of the cards is an original print, or monoprint, similar in design but with no exact duplicates, for example the three prints form Landscape No. 2 edition, below, whilst carrying the same title, number and technique, all bear minor visual differences. Whereas my first post featured postcards from the Abstract series in this post the postcards are from the subsequent Landscape series, some of which may contain abstract elements. With few exceptions these cards fall within the postcard size dimensions of 10cm x 15cm.

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Landscape No.2-composite roller print-© 2008 Michael Hill

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Landscape No.2-composite roller print-© 2008 Michael Hill

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Landscape No.2-composite roller print-© 2008 Michael Hill

In both the above set and the postcard that follows I used a restricted palette in comparison to the Landscape No.3 and No.4 cards that follow in this post. There is a combination of textures present from watery and weedy to grassy and sandy surfaces.

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Landscape No.1-composite roller print-© 2008 Michael Hill

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Landscape No.3-print plus paint and pastel-© 2008 Michael Hill

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Landscape No.3-print plus paint and pastel-© 2008 Michael Hill

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Landscape No.4-composite print from various materials-© 2009 Michael Hill

UPDATE 6 MAR 2017: Here are a couple of photos of my assorted art postcards bundled up in a box for carting and then spread out on a table in an art gallery for sale.

Art postcards sorted and stacked for cartage to gallery.

Art postcards sorted and stacked for cartage to gallery.

Those cards spread across a table in the gallery for sale.

Those cards spread across a table in the gallery for sale.

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS   UNIVERSITY CARTOONS    POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series    POSTCARD-Fifth Series    PRINT Fish Tai   PRINT Fish Two   SCRAPBOOK  SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  and the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48

THE GRAFIK GUITAR

My artist book The Grafik Guitar consists of 38 monoprints on the theme of the deconstruction of elements of the acoustic guitar, namely the machine head, tuning pegs, fretboard, strings and sound hole. The separate elements were carved in lino or wood then overlaid in various combinations and intensities to form composite monoprints. The Japanese creative print method (sosaku hanga) was adopted as part of the approach to this project using Japanese knives and chisels. The blocks were printed on Chinese paper with water colour ink, sumi and additional hand colouring.

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Linocut ink composite print over block print-© 1999 Michael Hill

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Linocut ink composite print over block print-© 1999 Michael Hill

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Linocut ink composite print over block print-© 1999 Michael Hill

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Linocut ink composite print over block print-© 1999 Michael Hill

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Linocut ink composite print over block print-© 1999 Michael Hill

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Linocut ink composite print over block print-© 1999 Michael Hill

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Single linocut ink print of strings and sound hole over block print-© 1999 Michael Hill

A design application of the work was made in the form of a poster, program cover and published conference proceedings cover for an international popular music studies conference in Sydney, IASPM 1999.

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Conference proceedings cover design-© 1999 Michael Hill

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Linocut of guitar elements-machine head, fretboard, strings and sound hole- arranged as visual communication design-© 1999 Michael Hill

For further development of this work see: BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR

Other posts of my graphic based material include:  CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS    UNIVERSITY CARTOONS   POSTCARD    POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series   PRINT Fish Tai   PRINT Fish Two   SCRAPBOOK   SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  and the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48

POSTCARD

This post begins a profile of an artistic activity that I have been active in for a few years, art postcards. These are some of the early cards. More will be added in subsequent posts to this one over time e.g POSTCARD 2, 3 etcetera. I hand-printed postcards created from a combination of drawing and printmaking. I would make odd numbered editions of say 8, 19 or 33. A print run greater than 50 was rare. The total would be determined by the amount of blank cards I had and the available time for production. Once I finished a session that was the end of that particular batch and I would not repeat the design. Cards in an edition are all original prints, similar in design but with no exact duplicates.

First postcard in my Abstract series-© 2006 Michael Hill

Postcard from my Abstract No.1 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

The following three postcards show variations produced in one edition: (1) the overlaid pink patch is in a different position on each card and its shape and colour vary; (2) the dragon stamp is in almost the same position on two cards but not the third and its legs seem absent in two impressions; (3) the large black and yellow mass varies in colour and texture from card to card; (4) the Post Office marking is at the top, bottom or missing; (5) my MH seal, whilst generally in the same position, is upside down on two cards.

A postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

Another postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

Another postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

A third postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

A third postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

 

Reverse side of postcard from Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

Reverse side of postcard from Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

 

A postcard from my Abstract No.3 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Abstract No.3 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

 

A postcard from my Abstract No.4 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Abstract No.4 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

 

A postcard from my Abstract No.5 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

A postcard from my Abstract No.5 series-© 2006 Michael Hill

Beer drinking marked the end of an edition to celebrate completion, usually late in the afternoon as I never seem to print in the morning. After a few years I supplemented this hand-made approach with digital printing, making copies from the scanned original.

UPDATE 12 OCT 2015: A selection of these art postcards have been displayed in exhibitions over the past few years, the first in 2007 titled Abstract Nos. 1-11 at the DAB LAB Gallery.

Pop-Up Postcard Exhibition: Abstract Nos.1-11, DAB LAB Gallery, UTS, 2007

Pop-Up Postcard Exhibition: Abstract Nos.1-11, DAB LAB Gallery, UTS, 2007

 

Detail: Pop-Up Postcard Exhibition: Abstract Nos.1-11, DAB LAB Gallery, UTS, 2007

Detail: Pop-Up Postcard Exhibition: Abstract Nos.1-11, DAB LAB Gallery, UTS, 2007

 

Exhibition flyer designed by Michael Hill

Exhibition flyer designed by Michael Hill

Reverse of ABSTRACT exhibition flyer.

Reverse of ABSTRACT exhibition flyer.

UPDATE 6 NOV 2015: At Hondarake Full of Books in 2012 the launch of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper was accompanied by a mini exhibition of 33 0f my art postcards from the Abstract, Landscape and Seasons series. 

An exhibition of postcards accompanying the launch of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper at Hondarake Bookshop, February 2012 (Photo by Louise Graber)

An exhibition of postcards accompanying the launch of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper at Hondarake Bookshop, February 2012 (Photo by Louise Graber)

Fukushima Kids 2013 Auction: 10 postcards, made in small sets of 5-30, each print a monoprint, different and unique. Reverse side is signed and dated plus has artist’s stamp. Cards can be kept or mailed. These postcards were made on machine made cardboard following the Japanese sosaku hanga method of printmaking.

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS   UNIVERSITY CARTOONS    POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series    POSTCARD-Fifth Series    PRINT Fish Tai   PRINT Fish Two   SCRAPBOOK  SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  and the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48

BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR

My hand-made artist book, The Grafik Guitar, has recently undergone a wonderful transformation by virtue of being creatively bound and covered by Imogen Yang. The result: it’s art!

The Grafik Guitar artist book, front cover-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, front cover-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, endpapers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, endpapers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The book consists of 38 prints on the theme of the deconstruction of elements of the guitar. The images were carved in lino and wood following the Japanese creative print (sosaku hanga) approach using Japanese knives, gouges and chisels and printed on Chinese 2 ply paper with Dr. Ph. Martin’s water colour ink and some sumi.

The Grafik Guitar artist book, pages. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, pages. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

Imogen emboss-printed the guitar strings block onto a strip of kangaroo skin for the front cover and had me add my signature chop. Her use of 6 thick binding strings to the front and back cover boards echoes the guitar’s 6 strings and I can’t explain the stitching pattern she has employed to bind the pages together. As an iteration of the cover design she has used my separate guitar strings prints for the endpapers. Wow!

The Grafik Guitar artist book, cover and stitching, bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, cover and stitching-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The book is currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW in the 16th annual exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders. The exhibition runs from 7th November to 14th December in the Research library and archive.

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The Grafik Guitar artist book on display in the Art Gallery of NSW.

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS   UNIVERSITY CARTOONS    POSTCARD    POSTCARD-Second Series    POSTCARD-Third Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series   PRINT Fish Tai   PRINT Fish Two   SCRAPBOOK  SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  and the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48