Saturday, December 1, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Second screen print is finally finished! And I'm immeasurably proud to say that there were no such registration issues this go-around. I successfully printed about 24 solid copies of this lounging cat. This print is also a bunch bigger than the last (which I cut down to 8x10), on the full 12.5x 19 sheet. Almost like a bonafide poster. annnnd it was my first experience with printing with halftone, which actually came out looking pretty nice. Overall, it went well!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I successfully made my first screen print tonight! Of course, I decided to go with Abe Lincoln, doing a weird Michael-Jackson-esque move. Why the hell not. This one above here is the best one I did. I had a lot of registration problems...
Here's the worst one
And also here's my bag, in the studio!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Digital coloring quests aside, here's a painting I've been working on in some spare time, finally finished! Just in time for the leaves to turn here. Horses and hounds, my favorite animals to draw, stodgy english fellows (my favorite folks), bouncing around a fall countryside. Basically this is the stuff of my dreams.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
So a little while back my fantastic friend Laura hired me to create a new blog logo/header for a blog that's run by her work. It's the Annenberg Center for Global Communication Studies' Media Wire blog. And it was a real adventure for me, since design has never been my wheelhouse. But these are my favorites of the many mockups I worked out. The last one, the Atlas one, is the one they went with! You can see it live in action here!
Monday, October 1, 2012
So I've been experimenting, trying to achieve a similar effect with digital coloring as I might be able to with my paintbrushes. I think it'll be a long road to get it to where I actually want it to be. But this is the first time I'm not looking at it and thinking "just gag me with a spoon now." I don't love it. It doesn't feel as rich and thick and happy as anything I paint. But it might be a step in the right direction. Keep pushing it, Dougherty. You might just get there.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
I've been thinking about the dust bowl a lot and listening to a lot of Gillian Welch lately. I guess once you swill all that around in your head for a while, something like this comes out. Having said that, I've learned I'm still not any better at painting sad things without having them bum me out. I guess I'll have to paint someone falling down soon.
Monday, July 9, 2012
"Our greatest warrior is a traitor. Can anyone be trusted?" George Washington
My high school history book describes Benedict Arnold's feelings that he was under-appreciated as "petulant." Like he was a little boy. Not to say that I'm a huge fan of Arnold, or that I'd high-five him on his infamous decision to sell out West Point...but, on the other hand, he's a really sad character. I saw a documentary recently that made the case that he outlived his glory. That if he had died at the battle of Saratoga, he would have been a great war hero. I'm inclined to agree. Instead, he lived, got more and more warped by internalizing everybody's bullshit, and his life turned out to be a huge bummer.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
I'm not exactly sure why, but this is how I spent today. I recently went out to the Brandywine Battlefield and also Valley Forge for the first time since I was like 7, and it was a super delightful day. My new history-era crush is suddenly the revolution.
I am certain this would make my father very proud.
I've always thought about Valley Forge the way that Washington Irving described it in his Life of George Washington:
"Hungry and cold were the poor fellows who had so long been keeping the field; for provisions were scant, clothing worn out, and so badly off were they for shoes, that the footsteps of many might be tracked in blood."
Even though apparently the winter of 1779 in New Jersey was much rougher.
But whatever, that's kind of where this odd painting came from. Expect to see more in this vein.