A Japanese fan

The Freedom and Responsibilty of Choice

A meander through of the problems and possibilities in writing for, and creating book art more

Don Drake's 'Amending Self' open.

Amending Self: Video Overview

This video shows the way Amending Self opens, and giving a brief summary of its origin and content. more

Many drafts of Don Drake's short story "The Day I Met George" stacked to show a few details at the top of each first page

Writing For Artists' Books

Bring your own voice to your book art works. In 3 days over 3 weeks you'll gain an extensive framework of principles, tools, and techniques allowing you to infuse your work with new dimensions. more

Part 6: Designing Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

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A linoleum block carved to print a pattern of chicken tracks

I've been productive in the studio, but not specially focused on Why Did The Chicken. Today though I cut more linoleum using some ideas Rae Trujillo had.

Last updated: 2016-12-06 | Published:

Main graphic showing a figure, repeated with different color and textural distortions

The Continuous Self

What do Star Trek and Atul Gawande have in common? more

A crane photoshopped onto the boom of a construction crane silhouetted against the Portland Oregon skyline

Playing to Portland

A bit of humorous verse for my friends in Portland OR more

Draft versions of illustrations for Don Drake's book "Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road"

Searching For The Rhythm Of Creation

Choices are easy enough. Consequences though; there's the rub. more

A cell phone flashlight used to cast raking light on a foil stamping set-up to reveal surface details

The Cell Phone as a Bench Tool

Enhanced lighting for layout and positioning plus a quick and dirty light table. Don't put that phone away! more

Part 5: Designing Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

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Iterations of a sketch of a chicken

Work continues on the illustrations.

Refine, refine, refine.

Workbench covered with evolving bits and pieces of the illustration for Don Drake's book 'Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road'

Last updated: 2016-11-14 | Published:

An individual 'transporting' into a group

Who Am I? Star Trek's Theory of Consciousness

What happens to you in a Star Trek transporter? You travel from here to there in a twinkling! Or not more

Part 4: Designing Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

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Detail of a draft illustration for 'Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road'

Work continues on the illustration for the book. Elements are printed and tentatively assembled allowing further analysis of the proposed text layout. Everything must advance together toward the final layout.

Last updated: 2016-11-08 | Published:

Part 3: Designing Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

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Plant border components for Don Drake's 'Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road'

I've decided to tackle the book imagery piece meal rather than as a monolithic scroll illustration. Here are some first pieces that might become part of a border.

Last updated: 2016-10-31 | Published:

Part 5: Creating A Container for Two Books By Cari Ferraro

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I've covered the base shell of Cari's box and placed the two books in it to check how everything looks.

A box containing two paper bound books

Because of the nature of the book structures and materials, The books sag a little bit in their middles. Normally this is not very noticeable and it presents no problem at all for the function of the books. However, when putting the books into a box for final presentation, we have the box walls right at the edges of the books and this brings the feature to our attention. I'm afraid it makes the books feel slightly anemic.

I fiddled with some shims to see if the books would drape properly if I put something under their centers to make their top surfaces flatter. It looked like the strategy would work, so I made a pair of arched panels to put in the bottom of the box.

An arched lift-panel designed to level the top surface of a paper bound book when it is stored in a box

And with those panels in place and the books fit back in the box, the top surfaces are much flatter and the books feel stronger in their container!

A box containing two paper bound books with arched lift-panels underneath them

Last updated: 2016-10-18 | Published:

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