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Today’s piece is one for the artists out there. Unlike just about any other professions I can think of there is some weird thing with artists where people seem to expect you to work for free on the basis that doing whatever job they’re suggesting would be good exposure for you. You try that with a plumber and I’m pretty sure what happens next.
She’s on A2 paper and is made using the magic of spraypaint, stencils and imagination. We have one in white to suggest the naivety with which you approach this offer the first time you hear it and one in black to suggest the mood you’d likely be in when you hear it for the second time that week…
Today’s piece is one for the artists out there. Unlike just aboutu any other professions I can think of there is some weird thing with artists where people seem to expect you to work for free on the basis that doing whatever job they’re suggesting would be good exposure for you. You try that with a plumber and I’m pretty sure what happens next.
Frankly, given that we like painting up big walls and signing them, we’re okay at gathering that precious exposure for ourselves. Anyway this picture depicts my face and general demeanour when anyone even mentions working for ‘exposure’, the crystal resin represents my tears and the little bird is telling us we’re chumps for even listening to such a proposal and to run away as swiftly as my little legs will carry me…
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Who’s the fairest of them all? Now here’s something! A mirror that actually tells the truth about you instead of just silently lying to you.
This piece stems from another slightly more ambitious project which to date has been a little complex but rest assured we will be trying our very hardest to finally get this project off the ground again. Firstly though we have to teach ourselves some advanced carpentry skills and then move on to some elementary electronics. Easy!
I can remember trying this before and pretty much coming up with a bit of 2×4 with a battery and a light stuck to it. Suffice to say it wasn’t really up to scratch and had to be thrown back into the depths of the idea cupboard to hopefully break forth fully formed at some future point. Let’s hope it’s time has come!
Recipe for a top shelf birthday gift…
Ingredients: A3 paper, spraypaint, stencils and ink
To begin with you need to create a background for the piece. This can be done to taste using a combination of stencils and screenprinting (and any other techniques you like) on a blank sheet of high quality A3 paper. You can then leave this to dry.
Then you need to rustle up an idea for the main print. In this instance an idea suggested itself and refused to go away. It then became simply a matter of realising this in design form. This was to be a combination of a couple of the birthday boy’s favourite things in one spectacular screenprint. The Inbetweeners was undoubtedly his no.1 unmissable TV show and the word ‘Kapow’ is clearly top of his favourite word list. Once you have spiced up the content a little by throwing Hitler getting punched into the mix you just know you’ve got the makings of a top shelf birthday gift.
At this stage you need to turn to the dark art of screenprinting. If you are anything like me this will usually lead to a few exclamations of ‘clunge’, ‘screenprint wanker’ (or something very similar) whilst trying to prepare the screen. Once you have it all set up just right you need to throw caution to the wind and try printing on your pre-made background. This can be the most frustrating stage as an error means restarting and having to come up with a new background…
Assuming you pass this stage you then leave it all to dry for a while and there you have it. A fresh and tasty birthday gift.
Everyone’s always telling you to think outside the box. Well i for one am taking a stand and say ‘No!’ Inside the box is the new way. It’s so new people don’t even know about it yet. Just get yourself set up and comfortable and you are away.
Warning: will lead to some seriously extravagant and ill-considered thoughts…
Title: Thinking inside the box
Media: Acylic, ink and paint pen