Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hi-Fructose Interviews Marci

Marci Working



The nice people at Hi-Fructose asked Marci some questions, you can read the interview here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A General Selection of Small Drawings Zine

The past couple of days I've been working on this little zine of drawings. It's a quarter page, which I used to make a lot of, but the last one I made was two years ago.


It's a fairly simple way of making a zine, which is what I kind of like about it. I pretty much just draw random stuff, and then put them together when things are done, then hope the order comes out alright.

Cover
I was thinking about other colors for a cover, but then I just settled for white. All my other zines have white covers. I might republish with a teal colored paper.

Page 1
The zine has 23 drawings, including a two page spread of one drawing, and these end pages with a herring bone pattern.

Pages 2&3
I used Faber-Castell's Pitt Artist and Calligraphy pens for the inking in. I usually use a Pilot Hi-Tec C or a Pilot V5, but decided I want my lines to be really dark.

Pages 4&5
I tried not having to many dark pages cause sometimes the pages gets jammed in the machine from too much toner. But Copy Central has a pretty good machine I liked to use.

Pages 6&7
I used to go to a 3 cents copy place, but yeah. So did everyone else, and their self service machines were all kind of fucked. Copy Central in Downtown Berkeley is pretty much the best. Everyone's super nice, very helpful and they pretty much leave you alone if you look like you know what you're doing. It's more than twice as much per copy but totally worth it, and their machines are kept in super excellent condition.

Pages 8&9
There's another Copy Central in Berkeley also off of Shattuck and also on an island block up between the Safeway and a CVS, which isn't as good, so don't get confused thinking I'm talking about that one.

Pages 10&11
"The True Deceiver" is a book by Tove Jansson.

Pages 12&13
I used the large fancy xerox machine while at Copy Central. I got a little confused at first on how to reload the page to print on the back cause when you print just one the xeroxed page is facing you, but if you print like 10 it's not. Usually I just take the paper, flip it sideways and load it in, but I didn't need to do that with this particular machine.

Pages 14&15
This scene is from one of my favorite Moomin panels. The book he's reading says "Agatha Christie". I drew the text with a Pilot V5 cause the Pitt is a little too thick for fine lines.

Pages 16&17
"We Only Live Once" is also a quote from another Moomin panel. I was thinking about adding more text, but yeah.

Pages 18&19
I was pretty worried about jamming the machines, so I'm glad all the black didn't mess things up. I have been kicked out of copy places before. Like the old Kinkos on Shattuck cause I was xeroxing something that sort of melted into the machine.

Pages 20&21
The drawing on the left was the first drawing I made for this project.

Pages 22&23

Pages 24&25
I thought these two drawings matched up quite nicely.

Pages 26&27
If you want to buy one you can get it here for $5.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cats In Pots on TV


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Myleen sent us this video.

What What

I made my first painting of 2011. It's the same image I've been drawing for the past month or so, so yeah, nothing really new.

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It's same image I've been putting on everything else. I had panel with glow in the dark paint on it that I've had for months sitting around so I put the whatever cat on it.

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Yeah, I don't get tired of seeing my stuff glowing in the dark for some strange reason. It's actually brighter than what the photo's showing.

I have some drawings that I can hopefully upload soon, but I think I should probably stick to trying to get back into the habit painting again. I think I'm putting my alphabet zine on the side for a while. It's kind of slow going with that, and yeah, I don't have a lot of free time these days. I'm probably going to hold off on it till Summer. Or maybe I'll try to just do one once every one or two weeks. I still have to upload my drawing for the letter K.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beaver Tail, RI


I found these postcards at Marci's grandmother's antique shop up near Sacramento, in a town called Placerville.


These are some good rocks to reference. Beaver Tail is one of our friends favorite swimming spot so it was kind of random finding these postcards.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I made my first tote bag.

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It's the same image as my t-shirt. Pretty sweet. You can get one here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Y

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I finished drawing out Y. There really isn't very many interesting things starting with Y.


I enjoyed drawing this Yad. It's a stick that you use as pointer while reading a Torah. I remember seeing the stick with the little finger while at the Jewish Museum last year. A yabby is a freshwater crayfish from Australia.


I also enjoyed drawing out this yacare.

I also drew out a yule, which is just a piece of log you burn during Christmas. And then they also have yule log cakes, which is just a gross rolled cake that looks like a log that they feed people during Christmas. I don't know what's so special with apiece of log. I think they just put cinnamon on it so when it's burning it'll smell kind of Christmas-y.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Z

Z
I finished the letter Z. Uh, it was a litle difficult but nothing as bad as X. I'm still inking Y.

The Zebra took about a half hour to draw. Which is a lot for me. I was going back and forth earlier between a thin and thick pen, but decided to just do everything with the same pen (which is a high-tec C). I was using the thick pen to ink larger amounts of black cause it's faster, but an extra few minutes here and there isn't so bad.

I should probably take detail photos. But yeah.

Interesting stuff with Zs:
zarf - ornamental coffee holder.
zambogna - Italian bagpipe. There was also a Turkish one that starts with "Z" but I didn't want to draw it.
ziggurat - any kid who took art history should know about this.
zoetrope - any kid who took a beginning animation class should know about this.

Funnest things to draw:
The Zebra, and the Zither.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Whatever Shirt

Whatever Shirt
This is the shirt I printed. I just made ladies shirts. I might make men shirts if people want them. But yeah. You can get them here.

Whatever Shirt Detail

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A

A
I finished "A" last night. It took a while so I had to break out the old Audubons. Marci still had her bookmarks in it. Apparently she was really into albino animals.


"A" was the 5 letter I've finished so far. The only spread I have is C/X (pictured above). The zine is going to be the largest zine I've ever made with the most drawings I can possibly shove into it. I only have 21 more letters to go.

The zine is going to be 28 pages. When you plan for these things you have to think of the pages in 4, so you can have a zine that's like 16, or 20 pages, or 24 pages. Originally I was going to combine some of the harder letters together to get 24 pages. My reasoning was cause it would save me some money on photocopying, and work, and I didn't know if I could get enough stuff to finish X. So that's why I finished X early, cause it would be the hardest letter to finish, and it ended up being okay, so I settled on 28, with two extra pages. I was going to have them be the first and last pages of the zine.


This was the start of my original first and last page spread. It was actually the first thing I started on. I pretty much had no idea what I would put down for them so I thought I would just use a popular image, and on the back I was just going to draw whatever. But then I just drew a blank on the back of what I could do.


Then the other night I thought I could just draw out a herring bone pattern for both those pages. I think it would just look nicer. I thought it was going to be fast work, but yeah. It took me like 3 hours to do this and it cramped up my hand.

I still have to come up with a Cover a title, and 21 more letters. I should probably start painting, though, cause I have two solo shows in June. I would have more done, but last week was spent figuring out t-shirts, a tote, and a few prints to make. And then I had to buy stuff to ship stuff. I bought t-shirt mailing bags. They're pretty awesome. I used to just put them in manila envelopes and wrap them with cellophane tape and hoped for the best. Yeah, I did that for 5 years; I'm an idiot. And I knew about the bags but I always plan on not doing t-shirts anymore.

My new t-shirt is going to be a t-shirt of a cat wearing a t-shirt that says whatever. Same with the tote but in another color. The shirts come in on Thursday and I'll have them for my friend's crafts fair in Berkeley. I only have ladies shirts. I might print guys shirts, but I sort of sell more girl shirts than guys by a large margin. Like 2:1.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

X

X
I finished drawing out stuff for X. I now have 4 out of 26 letters.

There's 30 items and I had to space them out. Also if something came in two shapes I drew it twice. Or if I had an odd shape to fill I drew a second thing of it, which is why there's two eels. Also I didn't want to have proper nouns, but I sort of had to.

Thanks to everyone who offered me suggestions.

Infusions

Infusions
Marci took an infusion class with friends in the City. She's making absinthe, absinthe with nettle, lemoncello, and Blood Orange Lemoncello. I'm letting her store them in my secret space to stay out of the light. It'll be done in a few weeks.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hearts & Crafts at Local 123 (Berkeley, CA)

Hearts & Crafts at Local 123
I'll be participating in my friends' craft fair at Local 123 in Berkeley. It's in west Berkeley, on the corner of San Pablo and University. Our other friends help run that coffee shop. I stopped drinking coffee when we moved to Berkeley so I've never actually been there. There's a Lanesplitters nearby or you can get a large pizza at Little Ceasars for like $5.


More info here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Strange Case of Edward Gorey by Alexander Theroux

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I pre-ordered this book a year ago and it in the mail today. I got it for only $10 cause I pre-ordered it but it sells for $11 and retails for $20. And it's kind of totally worth it. You can get it here. It was first published in 2000, but that book was 68 pages, and this one's 166 pages. Edward Gorey passed away April 13, 2000. It's weird cause I remember what I was doing around that time cause my 21st birthday was a week later, Built to Spill came out with their live album and I had to install and art show. I also became really super popular and everyone wanted me to walk them to the liquor store and buy them beer.

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This book has a lot of really good photos of him, and a lot of tidbits on his life, that probably only the die hard of fans would appreciate. Marci and I went to visit the Edward Gorey House a few years ago. You can see our photos from then here.

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There's a few other books about his works. My favorite among them is Ascending Peculiarity which is a book that compiled all his interviews through his career and in order. You read them and take whatever information you want from them, which is what I like about that book.

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I want to collect all the photos of my favorite drawers with their cats. Like Tove Jannson.

Photos from Bitches Brew at Park Life

I compiled a list of places that took photos of the group show Marci was in at Park Life a few weeks back. It was a pretty sweet show, and yeah, we forgot to bring our own camera. I think this blog is transitioning from our blog to just my blog. Mostly cause Marci hasn't written in it in a year and a half. But yeah! Ha! Her loss. That and I have more free time than her. She used to have like 4 jobs, and now she only has one, but she also has a solo show coming up and that takes up a lot of time.

But yeah here's the list:
Whorholian
Fecalface
John Casey
Art Business
My Love For You...

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Marci saying goodbye to Myleen (photo from Fecalface).

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Marci's Work (photo from Art Business).

Bitches Brew - new works from artists Kelly Tunstall, Marci Washington, Aiyana Udesen, Hellen Jo and Rebecca Ebeling @ Park Life gallery - Warholian
Kelly, Marci and Becky (photo from Warholian).


Kelly made a video of the installation.

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Becky's work (photo from Art Business).

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Aiyana's work (photo from Fecalface).

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Mirror Ball (photo from My Love For You is a Stampede of Horses).

Brixton and Ferris Plock - Bitches Brew - new works from artists Kelly Tunstall, Marci Washington, Aiyana Udesen, Hellen Jo and Rebecca Ebeling @ Park Life gallery - Warholian
Brixton & Ferris (photo from Warholian).

Judith and Her Maidservant
Hellen Jo! Marci bought this piece (from Hellen Jo's flickr)!

Marci, Mariah, Kelly and Tim.
Marci, Mariah, Kelly, and Tim. (from Kelly's Flickr).

You can see all the artwork here. Or properly in person in San Francisco, and not through the internet.

I don't know if these photos show how awesome the night was. There was a balloon lady and an all girl band and Kelly's friend, Mariah was serving gin with her homemade tonic. We got to hang out with old friends and we ended up at that dragon lady bar. Marci was surprised when she found out I wasn't lying and they did give out whiskey in a glass so large it was almost a pint. We hung out there for a while and it was awesome.