Sunday, August 29, 2010

At-Home Screen Printing

So I spent today making some little screen-printed greeting cards for the website!
You may be wondering how a teenage girl living in the suburbs has the money or space for a screen printing studio... the answer is: I don't! But I do have the money and space for the really, really cool Provo-Craft Yudu Screen Printing Machine.

It's a little bigger than a large scanner or something, but it has a dark drying rack (complete with fan) very bright exposure light, and even hinges for fast and easy printing.

Having done normal studio screen printing as well, I think this machine definitely gives people with limited resources an awesome taste of screen printing! But seriously, it's just a taste. I honestly can't imagine printing anymore than 50 of anything. Also, registration on this thing is a nightmare (not 1 of the 15 prints I made today lined up, but I do appreciate the offset look so no biggie.)

But, I didn't buy this thing to make perfect prints (thats what the printer connected to my computer is for) but for that awesome, authentic look of screen-printing, which it totally delivers!

One word of advice: throw out the crappy ink that comes with the machine and buy another type of water-soluble paint. Despite warning consumers not to use non-Yudu inks for risk of staining the screen, it was actually the only ink I've used so far that stains. I got ink and Diazo screen emulsion/reclaimer from Dick Blick!

A bunch of pictures of the machine and my final, two-color product after the cut!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Art School Portfolios

So next year I'll be a senior in high school! I'll soon be applying to art schools all around, which means - portfolio time!

But for the last 3 years I've been attending a math/science school - I didn't even take art last year! So I'm pretty much on my own for the impending portfolios.

So, I've been trying to come up with concepts for some more serious/"observational" things and I wanted to show you guys! If anybody has any portfolio tips or whatever give 'em up, please!

One site I was on recommended drawing some sort of environment? I could directly observe a vaccuum and a patio, and I could photo-reference the city and whatever else... there isn't really much to this one but I still kind of like it.

I have a lot of makeup containers and a lot of wigs to position for this sort of concept... I just would like to do a still life with makeup, fruit and skulls are so overrated.

For self-portraits, I figure schools get a lot of either airbrushy glamor shots, or super-shaded "I'M SO HARDCORE" type portraits... I thought it would be interesting to do one from the back! I have a lot of freckles from the sun and stuff, and also I have a really complicated hair texture, so I think it'd still be interesting without being "DURRR SELF PORTRAIT"

I wanted to draw 5 serious/observational things and then have all the rest be comics, illustration, and graphic design... I'm aiming for about 15 pieces total.

Sorry for all the sketches, I felt bad because I'm actually drawing everyday but it's just often not stuff I can post!

ALSO I recently got access to some screen printing stuff, so expect some AWESOME SCREEN PRINTING. Thanks for your time guys!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Hey you guys, so Nikki and I both drew comics for the lovely CAT ODES ANTHOLOGY COMIC BOOK which came out just recently!

If you buy it, not only will you get to read cute little comics by the Nematode in Space team (and many, many others) but 75% of your purchase goes to benefit ASPCA! HELP THOSE KITTENS, GUYS. I know, I know, nobody ever has money, but do you know who really doesn't have money? KITTENS. So help a feline brotha out.

OTHER FINE PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTED: Kostas A., Colin Abel, Claudia Aguirre, The Alec Tree, Amaloo, Mathieu Beaulieu, Nina Boyce, Heather Breckel, Greg Collins, Carl "Mamoru" Contreras, Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos, Jay Fabares, Afonso Ferreira, Jose Fonollosa, Sarah Fowlie, Kate "Poj" Greenseth, Doug Harvey, Mike Harvey, Valia Kapadai, Justin King, Kavita C. Lowtan, Lizz Lunney, Steven Nutter, O. Peláez, Taylor Pendleton, Perca, Garron Rossignol, Dr. Salt, Brittney Scott, Martin Tomsky, Jay Wulff, and Albert Yung

Learn more about and see pictures of the book here!


Monday, August 16, 2010


(click for full) Tack and Lo from the comic I made at CCS!


Sunday, August 15, 2010


hey guys wattup! I just want to let everyone know NEMATODE IN SPACE website+blog is sporting a new layout so check it out! Mickey and I worked really hard on it so make sure to click all the links and see our updated info. Also please let me know if there are any browser issues (I ghetto-ly tried to work around hobo IE), I'd love to fix it! Thanks, guys! ♥

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


robyn & nikki
Me, Nikki, and Robyn Chapman!

If you guys were curious about what kind of studio we worked in or what our teachers and classmates looked like, CCS just posted the pictures on Flickr! Take a look!

Monday, August 9, 2010


if any awesome summer workshoppers stumble onto here please comment with a link to your pages, I'd love to keep up with you guys!


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Sunday, August 8, 2010


So, last week Nikki and I went to the Center for Cartoon Studies for their Cartoon Studio workshop! It was all kinds of awesome. Here's a little report of some of the awesome stuff we learned!

When we first checked into the workshop they gave us a beautifully put-together booklet which included our schedule! Heres a peek: (all images click bigger)

I'm sure you guys noticed on the schedule that like half the day was "Studio Time," in which we worked on our own personal projects! Nikki will be writing in the next few days about what we did during that time, the fellow cartoonists we met, and what we ended up with! So look forward to that.

But for today, I'm writing about the teachers and workshops/lectures we attended! More information AND SCANS~ after the cut!

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