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   POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   PRINT Fish Tai   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

MORE CARTOONS

This post features the second instalment of cartoons I created during my academic tenure at the University of Technology, Sydney. These examples focus on the University’s Tower Building on Broadway near Railway Square. Labelled an example of “brutal modernism” despite its designer’s denial of it being that style, it is a monolithic stack of 27 storeys in concrete and glass now somewhat softened by the arrival of the vertical garden clad Central Park building opposite. I had fun playing around with it as a satirical subject in these cartoons that were published in the University’s magazine U:.

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King Kong Visit-© 2004 Michael Hill

This fake story was reported as fact by one Sydney news agency!

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Smart building-© 2004 Michael Hill

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Applied science-© 2004 Michael Hill

A good example of rocket science-launching the Tower Building into orbit over Ultimo!

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Building in orbit over Blackwattle Bay-© 2004 Michael Hill

It proved a bit of a problem getting it down though.

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Merch!-© 2004 Michael Hill

Fictitious merchandise in a n0n-existent shop in the foyer yet the Information Desk reported some enquiries as to the shop’s location after publication of this cartoon.

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Corporate aid-© 2004 Michael Hill

Originally I proposed using Nokia and Nokia University of Technology naming rights but the sign on the tower would read NUTS! So, no go, but Virgin was O.K.

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Christmas card-© 2004 Michael Hill

I did an alternate version of the building relaxing on a banana lounge on Bondi Beach reading a novel but the Vice Chancellor preferred this one.

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Easter egg-© 2005 Michael Hill

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   PRINT Fish Tai   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

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   PRINT Fish Tai   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   POSTCARD    POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   PRINT Fish Tai   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

SCRAPBOOK: More Pages

In this post I am adding more sample pages from my scrapbook, the initial posting of which can be found here. There is only one copy and it contains images of other people’s work that I admire along with assorted memorabilia of my own.

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Above-collage of scenes from Walt Disney studio production, clockwise from top left: me visiting their studio in Burbank(I studied storyboards from their morgue); mixing colour; making synchronised soundtracks; character paint set merchandise.

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Above-Osamu Tezuka at work at Mushi Productions making anime; early Mazzucchelli superhero drawing; spool of recording tape; Tetsujin 28-go manga cover; Klaus Voormann cover design for The Beatles album Revolver.

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Above-mixed bag of Tatsunoko Production studio interior; Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out cover designed by Sadamitsu Fujita; Shigeru Mizuki manga; Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps without their blue caps: one of my signature stamps.

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Above-Kamishibai frame and carry case; plus Yoshihiro Tatsumi gekiga manga panel from GARO magazine.

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Above-Kyoto street and shop scenes; cartoon characterised Kansai airport tax card in Osaka; Mamoru Oshii; Fujii TV outside broadcast van; Tokyo record store receipt; assorted cartoon stickers and stamps including Doraemon and What’s Michael?

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Above- postage stamps; B & W photo of Yayoi Kusama; illustration by Aya Takano; and centrepiece photo of my postcard printmaking production-the black shape on table is studio cat, Tabi, quality controller of production.

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Above- me sketching in the Botanical Garden at U.C.L.A.; and studying the Aztec Sun Stone in Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery in Hollywood Hills; bookshop postcard, Tokyo.

This book is still under construction but more pages may be posted in the future. Posts of my graphic based material include:   THE GRAFIK GUITAR    BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   PRINT Fish Tai   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

 

CARTOON

This post will feature a collection of my published cartoons of which there are around 30. Beginning with one of those I contributed to U: magazine whilst working at the University of Technology, Sydney. Subsequent cartoon posts will help me to grow online gallery of my single panel satirical work.

Satirical illustration to accompany article on changes in Sedition Law.

Satirical illustration to accompany article on changes in Sedition Law.

The cartoon on the article page.

The cartoon on the article page.

Cover illustration for Form/Work journal-© 2003 Michael Hill.

Cover illustration for Form/Work journal-© 2003 Michael Hill.

This one was put together hurriedly in an afternoon whilst an academic journal on design theory (a special issue on architectural design) was being held up at the printers awaiting a cover illustration. I just grabbed some images from old comics I had in my office, invented some names for theories and collaged the various elements together.

How the cartoon looked on the cover of the journal.

How the cartoon looked on the cover of the journal.

The next one was based on what I saw at an end-of-semester design exhibition student party held on the roof of the Design Faculty building which housed a semi-abstract modernist sculpture that resembled a large scale bottle opener. I watched as this girl wandered up to it with a bottle of beer and proceeded, after a struggle of sorts, to open it, as if it was a functional bottle opener. It worked as she found a chink on the side that fitted her bottle. Then I heard this comment from one of the two onlooking students. No, really!

Form follows function at Design Opening afterparty-© 2003 Michael Hill.

Form follows function at Design Opening afterparty-© 2003 Michael Hill.

How the cartoon looked in the magazine.

How the cartoon looked in the magazine.

 

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   POSTCARD   POSTCARD-Second Series   POSTCARD-Third Series   PRINT Fish Tai   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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.47

This is the third report documenting production of the fifth and concluding chapter of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. Production of the new issue 2 Tickets to Tokyo Bay is continuing with images currently being created along with some previously made works recorded during my travels in Japan and Germany. The script has first been developed in word form and accompanied by some conceptual colour coding. This was followed by a second draft consisting of roughly sketched visuals of the script with coloured pencils and associated descriptive comments or dialogue. There are examples of both of these development stages, below.

Developing a first draft script design-© 2015 Michael Hill

Developing a first draft script design-© 2015 Michael Hill

 

Visual roughing out of the script-© 2015 Michael Hill

Visual roughing out of the script-© 2015 Michael Hill

One scene in the script is a graphical recollection of my Doctor Comics alias. It reveals the design of one of his logo stamps/seals or chops that was roughed out on a paper napkin in a restaurant. Here is a scan of that design development along with attachments including a photo and a Japanese photo booth print sticker.

Developing a seal design, collage-© 2008 Michael Hill

Developing a seal design, collage-© 2008 Michael Hill

Another sequence involves Japanese sea monsters.

Seeing strange things at sea, ink and pencil sketch-© 2008 Michael Hill

Seeing strange things at sea, ink and pencil sketch-© 2008 Michael Hill

 

Possible print for the cover-© 2009 Michael Hill.

Possible print for the cover-© 2009 Michael Hill.

For details of the production of all five issues of this artist book/comic and a continuing visual history record and time-line overview of the project read all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports on the following posts:  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