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September 16th, 2011

Ditch the Fest Fest 2

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:39 am

Ditch the Fest Fest 2, an Austin music/art festival happening in the shadow of the Austin City Limits festival, is this upcoming Saturday. I drew a flyer for it, check it out:

Ditch the Fest Fest 2 flyer by Cardini

It’ll be a fun time, check it out. They’ll be screenprinting t-shirts with one-color versions of my flyer at the fest.

September 13th, 2011

“Please Save Maria Kondratiev” Art Show with Music by Katie Mullins and Zine Library

This Saturday, starting at 7pm, my friend Alison Kuo is hosting an art show at her space in Brooklyn called “Please Save Maria Kondratiev” with music and a zine library. The artist is Maria Kondratiev, here’s a drawing of hers from 2008:

Maria Kondratiev sketch
“We Can Use Him” sketch by Kondratiev from her blog.

The musician is Katie Mullins.

Because the show coincides with the Brooklyn Book Fest, Kuo is also organizing a zine library with chapbooks by James Yeh, illustrated by Andrew Bulger; interview and other booklets by Temporary Services; prints by Rand Renfrow; and comics by yours truly, Jak Cardini, Josh Burggraf, and Mike Miles of the Gold County Paper Mill; and others. I wanted to have a new zine but I didn’t finish it in time, so I sent a bunch of my old stuff, including the last issue of Catch Up.

Come check it out! There’ll be drinks and food, but please BYOB and bring your friends. The space, Darling House, is located at the corner of Broadway and Union – Lorimer JMZ, Broadway G, or a ten minute walk from the Lorimer L. Look for the glass door, ring top buzzer.

August 9th, 2011

One Color Hypercastle

Filed under: Artwork — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 7:29 am

Hey y’all, here’s the digital, colored version of the one-color screenprint design that I did for Glade and I’s show at Austin Books and Comics, up in the back room all of this August:

One Color Hypercastle

For this print I was experimenting with getting as many different shades and textures out of a single color as I could. Unfortunately, all the small details made screenprinting difficult. About half of the prints turned out okay. My winning formula was to flood the screen first, hold the squeegee at an angle greater than sixty degrees, and put minimum steady pressure. At Austin Books you can peruse the prints, they range in color from fresh to dried blood.

August 5th, 2011

Glade and Mark’s Hypercastles at Austin Books and Comics

Filed under: Artwork — Tags: , , , , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:28 am

This past Wednesday Glade and I went to Austin Books and Comics to put up our print show.

Here’s a post-install pic:

Glade and Mark's Hypercastles at Austin Books and Comics

The prints will be up and for sale there the entire month of August.

From left to right, we have:

  • “One-Color Hypercastle Screenprint” by Mark, $20 – This is the print I was posting about on Tuesday. It’s available in dried and fresh blood red
  • “Hyperhut” by Glade, $15 – This is a digital print of a piece that Glade made out of cut paper.
  • “Glade and Mark’s Hensel Hypercastle” by Mark, $20 – This is a digital print.
  • “Welcome to the Hypercastle” by Glade, $20 – This is a digital print of a gouache original.
  • “Rainbow Hypercastle” by Mark, $20 – This is a digital print.
  • “Flower Hypercastle” by Glade, $15 – This is a digital print of a gouache original.
  • “3D Hypercastle” by Mark, $20 – This is a digital print that’s made in red/blue anaglyph 3D. There are a pair of glasses that you can use to try it out hanging beneath the print.

As you can tell from the names, the theme of our prints is hypercastles. I’ll be posting larger pictures of each print throughout this month. If you want one and you can’t make it to Austin Books, please let me know in a comment or by any of the means on my connect page.

August 2nd, 2011

Screenprinting a One-Color Hypercastle Print

Filed under: Artwork — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 7:56 am

Glade and I are going to put up our print show in the back room of Austin Books tomorrow, so we spent the weekend screenprinting.

Here are some process shots:

screenprinting process shot

screenprinting process shot

And here are the drying prints:

screenprinting process shot

July 26th, 2011

Newly Burned Screens, the Complete Shaman Thunder, and some Meta Posting

Filed under: Admin — Tags: , , , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:03 am

Newly Burned Screens

Glade and I have an art show at Austin Books and Comics the whole month of August, where our prints will be hanging in the back issue room. I’m going to have two full-color CMYK prints and two screenprints, one that’ll be a single color, and one that’ll be two colors. I had my screens burned at Industry Print Shop and just picked up the screens today.

Here’s a shot of the screens in my studio:

New Screens

The theme for our show is hypercastles. I’m going to post images of our prints throughout the month of August.

The Complete Shaman Thunder

Since I finished posting the pages from Shaman Thunder last week, I just uploaded the whole thing to my comics page. Click the banner to read the whole thing from the beginning:

Shaman Thunder banner image

I’m proud of this comic. Josh Burggraf was a great guy for me to collaborate with because every time I got one of his pages in my inbox, it pushed me to try harder for my next page.

Meta Posting

I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach blogging, going back and forth for a bit now, and I’d like y’all’s help. In my years as a blogger, I’ve just posted my own art, posted folk-sci-fi content, and, with this site, mixed both together. In April, I decided that the two-to-four hours a week that it takes for me to write two blog posts should instead be devoted to drawing. That’s why you’ve only seen comic pages here and I’ve been talking more about folk-sci-fi on my Twitter feed. But, as Scalzi pointed out to me with this post, why should I invest a lot of time and thought into a site hosted by a company that may one day be permanently beached or become a ghost town?

So what should I do? Would y’all like to see me:

  • Continue to focus on posting my own comics or drawings here regularly, and leave other musings for other blogging platforms?
  • Return tomixing in my own stuff with musings, reviews, and artwork that inspires me?
  • Add a column where I roundup whatever things I find inspirational or interesting, like an expansion/curation of my tweets?

If there’s something I’m not thinking of, let me know that also.

May 31st, 2011

Comics Page Updated

Filed under: Admin — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 10:38 pm

Hey yawl, thanks for the kind response with the comics I’ve been posting recently! I wish I had enough material to post two pages of comics a week from now on, but I’m not there. I’m definitely going to try and post comics more regularly though.

For now though, I’ve redone the comics page of this site so it’s easier to browse. I also added “Assault on Yurg,” “Rocky Mountain Chomp,” and a couple of other comics I’ve done recently, like this one:

The Castle of the Hyperlord comic

Anyway, enjoy browsing, and please let me know if you find any broken links – I just moved all of the pages from HTML to PHP.

March 22nd, 2011

2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino and Tone Sheets

Filed under: Artwork,Inspiration — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 7:15 am

Man, SXSW was crazy – 25th anniversary and the biggest year yet! I only went to a couple of shows. The highlights of my South By this year were What’s Tappening, Chica Vas, and Harsh Realm II at Monofonus.

Anyway last week I mentioned how I got three volumes of 2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino. Now I’m going to post the my favorite examples of tone sheet usage and show you what they inspired me to make.

I love the gas giant (is it a processed photograph?) and the circles of light from the propulsion of the ship on the right in this page:

2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino
A page from the chapter “Night 6: Discovery” in 2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino.

The gradient tone sheets on this spaceship blow my mind:

2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino
A page from the chapter “Night 7: Lucifer Rising” in 2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino.

Click here for more pages from 2001 Nights and my tone sheet experiment

March 1st, 2011

Quick Wedding Post

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 7:40 am

Hey y’all I know I said that I’d start posting a comic today, but I decided to postpone that until next week because there are some things I want to talk about this week, namely my wedding and STAPLE!

Our wedding/reception was a lot of fun. There are a couple of details that I was involved in so I thought I’d post those here.

We had a unity volcano instead of a unity candle. Glade and I made it and then I painted it, here’s an action shot:

Glade and Mark's ceremony
Picture by my uncle. Sorry it’s a bit blurry. Notice the froghead on my best man.

The eruption wasn’t quite as high as we were hoping but oh well. The officiant (my good buddy Will Sellari, pictured holding microphone) included some lines from King Crimson in the ceremony. Also, one of my friends told me that they felt a strong gust right before the procession and knew that the wind wizards were giving their blessing. So, all in all, it was a pretty proggy wedding.

It was also pretty froggy. All of the dudes in the wedding party and the dads had these frogheads that Glade made. Here they are all lined up in a row (without their hats):

Glademade frogheads

Also, I drew the ceremony program:

Glade and Mark's ceremony program
The front and back covers for the ceremony program.

I made the comic that I’m starting to post next week for the ceremony program. Yes, we had the idea before we heard about Adrian Tomine’s latest book.

STAPLE! is this upcoming weekend here in Austin. For the third year in a row, the Gold County Paper Mill will have a table. I’ll post about what we’re bringing in detail on Friday.

March 30th, 2010

Boongoo Studiooze Presents: SPACE OOZE

This past week Glade and I have been hard at work getting our collaborative art show for End of an Ear together. We’re going to call it Boongoo Studiooze Presents: SPACE OOZE. It’ll run all April and we’ll have a reception from 6-8pm on 4/20. Here’s a shot of us working on the drawings:

In the bottom middle is an india ink drawing that I drew that Glade colored. On the right I’m working on a gouache painting that Glade is going to draw on with gel pens.

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