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

PRINT Fish Three

This is the third post on the fish prints I made with woodblock printmaking techniques for the experimental animated film Toxic Fish. The fish in this sequence is the Kohada or Gizzard Shad.  Its static shape on the woodblock contrasts with the flooding of coloured toxins around it.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill. This print was later reworked and published as an art postcard-© 1999.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

A woodblock print with overlaid hand-colouring for the animated film Toxic Fish-© 1990 Michael Hill.

Inking prints for the animation in the studio.

 

Other 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 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

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

INKING IN OCTOBER: InkTober

I have decided to participate in this InkTober event in which artists submit a drawing each day of the month of October. I shall, however, only do it on every other day. Consequently I plan to produce an inked image on the odd numbered dates-1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th etc. That amounts to a potential 16 inkings over the period, if I manage to stay with it. These will be progressively posted here on my blog and dated. I shall also endeavour to add an image of the drawing implement(s) employed. I see this exercise as an opportunity to ‘warm up’ for issue 4 of my Blotting Paper artist book/comic that I am about to commence work on and also as an experimental image-making outlet. And I expect it shall be fun. 2014 UPDATE: A new different drawing added every odd numbered date of the month.

Ink drawing#1 with unipin 0.8 Fine Line for october 1st (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#1: Abstract landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line, for October 1st (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#2: Abstract landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line for October 3rd (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#2: Abstract landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line for October 3rd (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#3: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line for October 3rd (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#3: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line for October 5th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#4: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line for October 7th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#4: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line for October 7th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

unipin 0.8 Fine Line Black

uni pin 0.8 Fine Line Black

Switching back to abstraction but with the addition of some ghosting colour line.

Ink drawing#5: Abstract landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint marker 2mm Shock Yellow for October 9th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#5: Abstract landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint marker 2mm Shock Yellow for October 9th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#6: Abstract landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint marker 2mm Shock Yellow for October 11th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#6: Abstract landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint marker 2mm Shock Yellow for October 11th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Returning to the objective whilst retaining an element of abstraction and some acrylic colouring.

Ink drawing#7: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint marker 2mm Shock Yellow for October 13th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#7: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint marker 2mm Shock Yellow for October 13th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#8: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint markers 2mm Shock Yellow and Shock Green Light for October 15th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#8: Object landscape, with uni pin 0.8 Fine Line plus Montana acrylic paint markers 2mm Shock Yellow and Shock Green Light for October 15th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Montana acrylic paint marker series.

Montana acrylic paint marker series.

Midway through the month I have managed to maintain my planned participation of posting an ink image every other day and am now moving in the direction of making blind contour drawings of moving subjects.

Ink drawing#9: Contours of moving objects-football in the park, with Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen for October 17th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#9: Contours of moving subjects-football in the park, with Artline 1.0 Ballpoint Pen for October 17th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#10: Contours of moving subjects-cycling in the park, with Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen for October 19th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#10: Contours of moving subjects-cycling in the park, with Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen for October 19th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#11: Contours of moving subjects-anthropomorphic animal cosplay in the park, with Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen for October 21st (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#11: Contours of moving subjects-anthropomorphic animal cosplay in the park, with Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen for October 21st (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#12: Contours of moving subjects-community gardening in the park, with Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen for October 23rd (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing#12: Contours of moving subjects-community gardening in the park, with Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen for October 23rd (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Artline 1.0 ballpoint pen

Artline 1.0 Ballpoint Pen, Medium, Black

Returning to abstraction for the final four images and last week of the month I am switching to printmaking, exchanging the pen for a brush and using sumi ink to make monoprints.

Ink drawing(monoprint) #13: Abstract shape- with brush and sumi ink for October 25th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing(monoprint) #13: Abstract shape, with brush and sumi ink for October 25th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing(monoprint) #14: Abstract shape, with brush and sumi ink for October 27th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing(monoprint) #14: Abstract shape, with brush and sumi ink for October 27th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing(monoprint) #15: Abstract shape, with brush and sumi ink for October 29th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing(monoprint) #15: Abstract shape, with brush and sumi ink for October 29th (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing(monoprint) #16: Abstract shape, with brush and sumi ink for October 31st (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Ink drawing(monoprint) #16: Abstract shape, with brush and sumi ink for October 31st (© 2014 Michael Hill)

Brush and Sumi ink.

Japanese hake brush and Sumi ink.

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.20

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post mentions some of the tools and the workspace utilised in the production of two-dimensional print images. In terms of image-making techniques, printmaking is suitable for generating both single and sequential images.

A bowl of sumi ink and a brush

A bowl of sumi ink, a brush and a bamboo baren. (Photo by Michael Hill)

Following the Japanese creative print approach sumi ink enabled the getting of solid blacks in some of the images. The ink was brushed onto the block or substrate surface carrying the ink. The paper was placed onto this and rubbed down on the reverse side with a bamboo baren.

Bench hook and roller on studio bench.

Bench hook, roller, rag and bucket on studio bench. (Photo by Michael Hill)

Materials used included water based ink and paint, rags and cloths for smearing, cleaning and wiping the ink, and a plentiful supply of running water for washing the blocks and brushes as well as my hands.

Water, cloths, sink and block.

Water, cloths, sink and lino block. (Photo by Michael Hill)

Despite the implied reference to woodblocks in Japanese print techniquess, it need not always involve woodblock printmaking. The wood may be replaced by other materials such as vegetables, fruit, leaves, string, rubber or other found objects that are sufficiently flat or pliable that they may be inked and pressed onto paper. The creative print (sosaku hanga) approach places the emphasis on the act of making the print. Oh joy!

Printmaking attire.

Printmaking attire. (Photo by Michael Hill)

For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports. 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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.18

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process and progress of the second issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, this post focuses on the image-making aspect of the project, in particular, the role that printmaking is playing in the portrayal of spirits, ghosts and apparitions in Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon.

Monotype print in sumi ink of etheric body. (© 2012 Michael Hill)

Monotype print in sumi ink of etheric body. (© 2012 Michael Hill)

In this chapter the Doctor Comics character is teleported into the supernatural world via a dream experience. To materialise a shadowy and vaporous landscape and some of the ethereal figures he encounters sumi ink blot patterns have been manipulated on soft paper and absorbed as monoprints. Over and under-inking the blocks has resulted in intense black or under-inked white patches on the printed paper.

Monotype print in sumi ink of etheric body-© 2012 Michael Hill

This fantasy dream sequence called Dreaming Time occurs toward the end of the chapter wherin Doctor Comics confronts a few fearful looking, ghostly figures or apparitions that step out from seething, textured backgrounds. The monotype printing method and the use of sumi ink enabled the generation of experimental images with a restricted palette. The incorporeal characters were manifested and embodied in this manner. Examples of these are in the two monoprints of the etheric body and the shadowy phantom directly above and below this paragraph.

Monotype print in sumi ink of shadowy phantom-© 2012 Michael Hill

And it’s not all ghostly as there are also some light-hearted moments in this chapter of Doctor Comics collecting graphic novels, interacting with his cats, cooking, creating and reflecting.

For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports.

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