I’ve been thinking a lot about the future… thinking about what and how I’ll make in the next few months, what I’ll be up to a year from now and also, beyond, beyond. I have mixed feelings about planning my life. I realize that planning too much is pointless: we can’t predict how the world around us will shift, how we will change and along with us our desires and dreams. At the same time, I like to dream big and know I won’t get anywhere near my goals unless I figure out how I’m going to reach them. Planning can also be scary! What if that thing you’ve worked so hard towards doesn’t work? Or, perhaps worse, what if it succeeds and you HATE it? When your plans fall outside of anything mainstream, dependable or financially stable, you can almost hear the concerned mothers and fathers of the world tense up (however old and independent you may be); not the most reassuring sound.
Still, at this point, I’m excited about the new possibilities I am working towards, whether or not they turn out how they now appear in my mind’s eye!
To conclude this vague little post, here’s a few process shots from one of my most recently completed projects: a papercut comic about my late Grandmother. It will be published in the next issue of Broken Pencil!
My biggest lesson from this project? Nothing beats a sharp blade! Forget about size, shape, ergonomics… it’s all about the sharp!
Suggested reading of the day: Shameless Magazine’s Money Issue!!
If you’ve never heard of it, Shameless is a fabulous feminist publication for girls and trans youth. I started reading it a number of years ago when I discovered it at the public library and I am so honoured to be a contributor for their latest issue!
My piece Art/Work consists of two pages of comics addressing the relationship of artists and money. It discusses conflicting feelings about money you may encounter as an artist and contains useful resources and information for anyone practicing art or hoping to get into art-making in a major (or minor) way. I also got to make a pull-out poster, which was extremely fun. I decided to do a paper cut for the poster. I have loved paper cut for a long time but had never found the incentive to try it before. Here’s a peek at the results:
I will definitely be using this technique again in the future. Though it was quite painstaking and occasionally frustrating, I am really happy with the results. There is a really interesting physical quality to a cut image that you just can’t get from drawing or painting. Relief printing, such as linocut, has a similar quality. Maybe part of the reason I found the paper cut process to be less frustrating than I expected is that even when you accidentally cut off a polar bear’s toe, you can do masking tape surgery on the back of the paper and no one’s the wiser; When you’re carving a linocut and you accidentally carve a piece you shouldn’t have, well…