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BeastlyBeasties Original Drawing to be Auctioned off for Haiti

I was recently asked by Frank X. O’Leary”  to donate a drawing for a fundraiser for Haiti this Saturday, 27th February at St. Georges Church in Maplewood, NJ. The money raised by SOMA Artists for Haiti will be donated to Partners In Health. This organization has been working in Haiti for over 20 years providing health care for the poor. The event is from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and includes a silent auction of art work and music by some of Maplewood and South Orange’s talented artists and musicians. I am sure it will make a welcome break from the two day snow storm we are having… Frank was very nice and came by to pick up the piece yesterday evening just in case the hill I live on becomes impassable in the snow…

And so I give you “haiti”,  ink drawing, mat size 11″ x 14″, drawing 7.5″ x 9.5″

"haiti" ink drawing by BeastlyBeasties

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Printing Beastie Cards on the Vandercook

The following images will give you a visual idea as to how letterpress printing is done on a flat bed proofing press.  This  press is a Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press. I print at the Baird Center in South Orange, NJ. I print on Stonehenge paper. When I have finished printing, I pull lots of proofs on scraps of newsprint, with out inking up the plates. This is a great way to get the excess ink off the plates. The plates are then cleaned with cooking oil. I leave a thin coat of oil on the plates and then store them in air tight zip lock plastic bags. The ink is scraped off the inking plates using a palate knife, I  then clean evrything with cooking oil, using paper towels to wipe away the ink.  BeastlyBeastie cards and prints can be found on my Etsy site. Thanks for looking.

Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press

Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press

the rollers have been inked

the rollers have been inked

ink is on the second inking plate waiting to be rolled and spread

ink is on the second inking plate waiting to be rolled and spread. This press as an inking plate at each end

locking in the magnesium plate and checking for position

locking in the magnesium plate and checking for position

locking in the two plates and checking for position

locking in the two plates and checking for position

magnesium plates mounted on wood are locked in to position using furniture

magnesium plates mounted on wood are locked in to position using furniture

using a print out of the image to check that the positioning is good

using a print out of the image to check that the positioning is good

a piece of newsprint the same size as the paper to be printed on is placed in position on the plates and the drum is rolled across until it grabs the paper.

a piece of newsprint the same size as the paper to be printed on is placed in position on the plates and the drum is rolled across until it grabs the paper

tape is placed on the drum to mark where the paper should sit

tape is placed on the drum to mark where the paper should sit

the plate is not inking up evenly. Small pieces of paper are put under the plate to raise the areas that are not inking.

the plate is not inking up evenly. Small pieces of paper are put under the plate to raise the areas that are not inking

a proof is pulled on the newsprint. Any needed adjustments are made before printing on the good paper.

a proof is pulled on the newsprint. Any needed adjustments are made before printing on the good paper

a mock up I made from proofs to help with positioning.

a mock up I made from proofs to help with positioning

masking tape is used to mark the four corners whers the paper should sit.

masking tape is used to mark the four corners where the paper should sit

a proofon newsprint. I have folded it to double check that my positioning of the logo is good.

a proof on newsprint. I have folded it to double check that my positioning of the logo is good

prints drying

prints drying

printing fea

printing fea

fea drying

fea drying

A Beastie is Born

Each day I draw a beastie and post it on my blog: beasties.tumblr.com. I have been doing this since May 2008 and have not yet missed a day. I draw on Stonehenge paper with a MICRON 005 or 01 black pen. The drawings are organic, I start with a basic idea: fat, thin, facing left or right and then, I just see what evolves. Often they are completely different from what I expected! I never redraw or start over and always draw directly in ink. Whatever evolves has to be made to work. Once I have an outline, I start to fill in with a pattern. Some kind of landscape is also drawn in.

An outline is drawn

An outline is drawn

An eye is drawn and the body divided for a progression of patterns

An eye is drawn and the body divided for a progression of patterns

Drawing in the patterns

Drawing in the patterns

Almost complete

Almost complete

5 g 2 and his trusty friend mouse are ready to face the world!

5 g 2 and his trusty friend mouse are ready to face the world!