When local community arts organization Wickham Works asked me to contribute to their screen printed calendar, my mind went wild with ideas. I elected August for our family birthdays, and October because it's my favorite. I was awarded August.
August is a fruitful month, a few weeks when growth is at full berth. This is when almost all the produce seasons are still overlapping and the hot breeze is heady with the smell of grasses. I decided to celebrate Mother Earth and her bounty in my illustration.
All of my illustrations start as a simple pencil sketch, I then refine the artwork with colors or pen. In this case, we are going to make screens for screen printing, so I had to create digital files for the screen.
ABOUT THE CALENDAR:
Wickham Works is a non-profit organization based in Warwick, NY. They are responsible for the organization, staffing, and designing of area events such as The Warwick Pride Parade, The Haunted House at Warwick Valley Community Center, LoveLocal Makers Market, Love Local Hudson Valley, TreeCycle and Earth Fest Warwick. Most of these events are run entirely by volunteers, and HOURS AND HOURS of selfless making, planning, building and programming.
The Wickham Works Calendar will be 12 months of art, each month by a different artist and completely unique in its' style. The entire calendar will also be completely hand screen printed and multiple colors. This will be available for sale as a fundraiser for Wickham Works and its community building efforts.
A peek into the process: creating a floral illustration.
It starts with a pencil sketch, then I outline the shapes in a fine pen. The color and plants in this piece were not planned ahead of time; they are entirely freehand. Tested a new idea, got a little scared halfway through. My illustrations are truly analog; the pencil scratch and eraser dance a million times to get the outlines. My water colors, and gouache painting, is all guesswork, with no reference but my own instinct. It’s me, and my gut, a memory and a constant trial.
I then applied all the shading and details using varied point sizes of ink pen.
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