Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Envision a Squid with a Brooklyn Accent

Hey everybody! Sorry it's been so long since my last post. I'm keeping incredibly busy, which is a good thing in many ways, but a huge pain in a few others (such as my seeming inability to get a blog written and posted). But here we are again.

There is lots of stuff going on at the day job at the ole archive; deadlines coming up, some exciting new training in a couple weeks for which I'll journey to Chicago, as well as the plethora of image requests that keep me moving. It can be stressful, but I love it. Every day I learn something new as well as always picking up a new skill. I'm also doing some professional development on my own time so that I can hopefully stay in this awesome field after my work in the Quad Cities is done.

But you want to know what's going on in my printmaking life, don't you? And you know how much I'd like to tell you. And so I will! I've pulled a few more final prints of Tables Turned, Think Digital/Act Analog, and the previously untitled "cat print" now known as Let Sleeping Cats Lie. I haven't spent as much time working on new stuff as I would like, but I did manage to make this little guy...

At roughly 2.5" x 4" Da Squid is the smallest (and cutest?) print I've ever made. People seem to like him. I've still got all manner of sea beasts on my brain, so he may get some other aquatic creatures to join him here in the apartment.

I'll try to be better about blogging more frequently. You know how it gets, it gets busy, you get swamped, yadda yadda yah. I'll try to be better. In between my blogerations, you can catch me on Twitter (CaptGam) and Instagram (wdtellett). My antics there are much more frequent, so feel free to join me.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Trying (and seeing) New Things

It seems like forever since I've pulled a print, so even though I still have other work to do, I was glad to jump back to my paper and ink this week, and make a little forward progress in the printmaking side of life. In a previous post, I showed my progress on an as of yet untitled print of my old cat/sidekick. I was pretty pleased with the design, but I felt that I had been perhaps a bit overzealous in my carving away the background. Though I don't fear white space, I felt that there was too much. I experimented with a few ideas, and finally landed on a suitable approach.

I outlined the design on cardboard, cut out the empty space, inked it up with that brown you see, and used my new registration jig to line up the cardboard printed paper with the inked up cat block. I'm happy with the result, and it was a good experience to start experimenting with multi-color prints. The cardboard gave a nice texture, almost like an abstract blankie. Although, it didn't go perfectly smooth...

I pulled this one before the above (successful) print. I failed to line the block up the exact same way I did the cardboard, and you can see the result. Lesson learned, and the experiment is a good first step to working on some reduction prints.

I've also been contemplating trying my hand at woodcut to see how it differs from lino. I ordered a sample piece of Shina Plywood from McClain's Printmaking Supplies (if you're wanting to experiment, they'll send you a small 4" by 4" piece to try out, which is awesome).

Carving the wood was... different. It holds fine lines better, but even though this kind of wood has really light grain I found it difficult to get used to after learning with lino, which has zero grain. I've read that wood won't dull tools as quickly as lino will, but I felt that the opposite was true; I felt like I was doing an awful lot of sharpening during the carve. Still, it was nice to play around with a slightly different medium. I decided to do another little daffodil print with it, and though it still needs some work, it didn't turn out half bad.

I'll do a little refining and then I'm going to do a little more experimenting; I can carve on the reverse side of my test block, so I'm going to work on a design to pull. I'm thinking maybe a baby Hellboy; he's been on my mind.

In other news, I went to St. Ambrose University in Davenport today. I found out via Twitter that they were having their second annual "Make It Big" event. So I got to see some cool designs, made with a steamroller.

And that's pretty cool. Additionally, I got to see a couple letterpress demonstrations, which was new to me. I've read about letterpress, and I've seen some really awesome results before, but it was interesting to see how it actually works. I also watched a couple ladies printing some lino on this-

-which I believe is an etching press (though I'm not certain, and I didn't get a chance to ask about it in detail, so if you know, please educate me). So, I've decided that I'm going to need one of these. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow. But someday. Sorry Clarissa.

It was really pretty awesome to see some prints being made live and in person, and I was really humbled by the work. It made me realize that I still have a lot to learn and that while I'm pleased with my progress, I have a long way to go and a lot of practicing to do. Like I said, it's humbling, but it's also motivating and a little inspiring to me. I've caught a glimpse of what I might be able to do if I keep working at it. That alone was worth the drive.

I'm off for now friends, but as usual, if you want to hear more from me, I'm on Twitter (@CaptGam) and Instagram (wdtellett), and of course I welcome any and all comments. So don't be a stranger, and I'll see you around the bend.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Now for Something Completely Different: PechaKucha Night Review

Hello everyone, I hope you've had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend. Despite really liking the day job, I'm looking forward to having a couple days for a little me time. Hopefully I'll get more of this paper stuff written and finally get back to printmaking! I've been missing it something fierce.

This blog is usually about me, my misadventures, and printmaking. Hell, "misadventures" and "Wade" are the title of the blog, so it makes sense really. But today I'm doing something a little different. I'm not going to talk about myself (as much). Instead I'm going to give you a little review of last night's PechaKucha at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. What is PechaKucha besides something that I have trouble prounouncing? (Peach-uh-Koot-cha? Pitch-uh-Kuh-cha?)

Pikachu, I choose you!
Image from http://www.pokemon.com
Also, I totally don't own the character, Nintendo does. I wish I did though.
So what is PechaKucha? Without going into too much detail or history, it's a pretty awesome idea. Okay, a little more detail and history then... It started in February 2003 in Tokyo. Ah Japan, Pikachu is pleased. Anyway, it began as an event for architects to get together, network, and show each other what they had been working on, all in a public forum. It's evolved since then (see what I did there?), and in its present form it isn't just for architects. It's for everyone. If you're passionate about something, you can talk about it, but you have to talk about it in a certain format. You get to show twenty pictures, but you only get to talk about each image for twenty seconds, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. No questions during the presentation, but everybody gets to hang out afterwards and make connections with people. It's pretty awesome, and if you want more information you can always check out www.PechaKucha.org as well as attending one in your area if you can!

So Clarissa and I decided to go check this out, and we had a great time. What did we see? The first gentleman up was Dave from the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa with a presentation titled, "Antique Trucks Are Cool." He showed us some beautifully restored trucks, and gave us some great info about the museum which we will be sure to check out sometime. Next up was Susan, with a presentation on Book Arts. I assumed that what she did was make books, and I suppose that's true. Those books, however, aren't like the ones on my shelf; instead they take the form of interactive sculpture. Next up was a woman named Janet who discussed her love of crocheting in a presentation titled, "Beyond the Granny Square." She makes interesting afghans for friends and family, and also some funny hats that gave us a chuckle.

Stephanie and Cole from the local theatre group The Prenzie Players, discussed their upcoming show Lear, a gender-swapped production of Shakespeare's King Lear. This isn't their first Shakespeare production, and their stage images looked amazing, so we may try to check out the upcoming performances during the first few weeks of April, and I hope a lot of people do. Then an art professor named Anna took the microphone and told us about how "A Drawing May Save Your Life." This took many forms, from POWs using art to stay connected to their humanity or maps showing the safe route to distant locations. Also, fun fact, medical students who take drawing classes are better at diagnostic medicine! After Anna, Randy of Otherography.com told us about how he uses archaic photo processes, specifically the Van Dyke Brown process, to create stunning pictures. I very much enjoyed the examples that he showed us; images such as a cow wishing it could play a piano brought a smile to my face. If you have an opportunity to check out his work, I would definitely recommend doing so.

Following Randy, Franco told us about his recently released book Tracks on Damp Sand, and read us an excerpt detailing the trials of a pair of bald eagles constructing a nest and raising their first hatchling. Then Ann told us about Project Renewal, a non-profit organization that works with children, providing them with a range of educational and recreational activities in a safe environment. They're doing some great work with kids, and with my mom working so closely with children, it always touches my heart to see the lives of kids made a little better. Closing out the evening was Clarissa's friend Michelle from Indigo Yoga presenting "Art in Motion." I'm used to seeing yoga poses. They happen pretty much non-stop around the apartment, but it was intriguing to see imagery of yoga poses done amid paintings, sculptures, and galleries, while the yogi in the images was running through a series of poses live to music. All of these presentations were interesting and I could go into much more elaborate detail on all of them, but I won't.
Pikachu grows weary of words.
Again, image from http://www.pokemon.com
And Nintendo still owns the character
What I will tell you is that it was an awesome way to spend the evening. Were all of the topics something that I'm really into and passionate about? No, but the thing is that someone obviously is passionate about these things, and I'm passionate about people doing things that they're passionate about. So maybe all these things weren't my particular cup of tea or brand of vodka, it was still interesting to hear how and why the people that presented were passionate about their topic. I will definitely be attending the next one. That's right, the Figge hosts these things monthly! If you're nearby, you should give it a whirl. If you're far away, you should see if there is something like this close to you. Either way, you should give people a chance to tell you what makes their heart go pitter patter. It may not be what gets you going, but it makes for an interesting night and you may make a new friend in the process.

I want to know what you're passionate about. Hit me up in the comments section or tell me on twitter (@CaptGam). I'm out for now, but I promise I'll be back with more printmaking as soon as possible! Have a fantastic weekend everybody.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Draw Daily and Other Interesting Tales

Well friends, I didn't get to any printmaking this weekend. Please don't be too disappointed in me, I'm already pretty disappointed about it myself. I did get a lot of work done on the whole "internship report" thing, but it isn't very satisfying. Hopefully I can finish that stuff up soon and get back to things on which I'd rather be working. 

But let's get past the weekend's failure to complete papers and get printing. Let's talk about this new thing I've been doing here lately. I call it draw daily. Here's how it is; I love to draw. Sometimes it's something that I've had on my mind (I keep a long list of various ideas on Evernote that pop into my head, many of which I hope to develop into prints someday). But other times it's just doodles. Sometimes it's quick drawings of comic book characters, and here lately I've had a thing for trying to draw sea creatures. Sometimes I try to really develop what I'm working on, but sometimes it's just doodles. No doubt you've seen some of these things already if you follow me on Twitter (@CaptGam) or Instagram (wdtellett)

Like I said, I love to draw. It helps me relax, it helps clear my head, and the more that I do it the better I get at it. But here's the other thing; as is the case with most things in life, it can seem hard to make time to draw every day. I have work, and then I have things to do at home, and all those other daily drills that people need to do. And this is why I started Draw Daily (#drawdaily on my social media). Again, like most things, starting is the hardest part. I have half an hour of daily drawing time scheduled on my Google calendar and it sends me an alert to my phone to remind me to get to it! I schedule almost all of my life this way actually. I don't necessarily use the allotted time for the scheduled purpose, but by creating an alert to remind me and just breaking my day into sections, I've already set myself up to do what I need to do as opposed to slacking off. Hopefully it'll eventually just be one of my habits that I do every day. It'll just take some work.

The short term results have been both fun and instructive...


Although a number of these aren't original or fully developed, they're useful exercises and great practice. 
In other news, Clarissa and I will be headed to the Figge on Thursday to see this month's Pecha Kucha Night, an informal presentation/demonstration featuring Quad Cities Area residents sharing the things they make, do, and love. One of Clarissa's friends will be presenting, and the Figge is always a fun place to visit, so we're both looking forward to it. And now you can probably look forward to a little review being posted a day or two after the show. 
Thanks for reading my latest update. Please don't hesitate to hit me up in the comments section, I welcome your questions and comments. Also, I welcome you to follow me on twitter (@CaptGam) and Instagram (wdtellett) and join me in #drawdaily. 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Toys!

I've had to put some things on hold to work on internship reports so that I can go take oral exams and finalize this second MA. I'm really the opposite of excited about the whole thing. I would much rather be reading comics, making prints, or even scanning photos at the day job. But, the plus side is that I'm using these internship reports as an excuse to buy a registration jig.


And that's pretty cool. I've been considering making one, but given my limited number of tools in the apartment, and the fact that buying the materials would probably have cost me as much if not more than the one I ordered complete, I decided to go ahead and purchase one.

And its arrival has transformed me into a little kid on Christmas morning in Batman jammies. At least in my imagination...

So now that it's here, I'm a little more motivated to finish writing reports so that I can do a little experimenting this weekend. Even if I don't get my reports completely finished, I'm sure that I can take a break to pull a few copies of Think Digital/Act Analog or a second proof of the "cat" print.

I'm pretty pleased with it, at least via my quick inspection. It isn't too light, in fact it's pretty weighty. It does seem to want to slide around on the table I usually do my printing on, but I think I can rectify that fairly easily. The side for printing unmounted lino is a little too high for what I've currently got, but I think I can take care of that with some wooden shims, which I'm going to need to adjust the width of the margins anyway. I'm sure I'll have more to say about it after I actually use it to pull some prints, but for now I'm pretty happy.

Of course, now that I have a better method for registration, I'm really itching to do a reduction print, and I have a new daffodil drawing that may fit the bill. 

I'll keep you updated when I finally get these reports written and I can get back to working on important stuff (which is printmaking, obviously).

So I'd call it a pretty good day. If you're interested feel free to follow me on twitter (@CaptGam) or on Instagram (http://instagram.com/wdtellett), and I always welcome any and all comments. Til next time friends.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Beat Goes On

It's been a little longer between blogs than I like, but I've been a busy man. I've had a lot going on at work, home, and everywhere I've been in between. So what have I been doing? Well besides being swamped at the day job...

For starters, I finally finished my Athena run. As in completely finished, all prints made, trimmed, editioned, and signed. This block is now officially retired.

I also got a good start on Tables Turned. This is my highest volume run at this point, so it's being broken into even smaller groups than I usually print. Considering that I'm making fewer mistakes these days (cheers to improving) I should hopefully be able to finish up all these prints by mid-April.

I also printed a first proof of my as of now still untitled print of my cat. It's given me a little trouble, mostly because my experimenting with creating texture fell really flat and ended up leaving me with a lot more white space than I initially planned. After the success of creating texture in Athena I'm a little disappointed that this didn't work out a little better, but I'm still pretty pleased with the overall design and appearance of the proof. 

I am just going to have to do a little more learning and experimenting with creating texture before I can safely tuck that tool into my utility belt, but I did learn a bit about what not to do while working on carving this block. Namely, not to get ahead of myself. I should have done a little more planning on how to remove the lino in such a way as to show fur but try to maintain the appearance of a white cat. I'll try to keep that in mind in the future, but this pretty much guarantees that you'll see another design of a white cat popping up eventually.

Perhaps the most exciting bit of news, however, is that I finally pulled a final print of Think Digital/Act Analog. It turned out pretty good, and peeling it off the block to see it looking right was a pretty exciting moment. I may or may not have done a little happy dance around the apartment (hint; I did).

Now I just need to keep that momentum going and finish that run before too long. Hopefully within the next month of so. I'm going to try to keep from jumping into too many designs all at once and see the ones I'm working on through from start to finish. I'll let you know how that goes.

Thanks for checking out my latest work, and I hope you come back and see what I'm doing down the road as well. If you're interested in getting updates, interesting tidbits, or random thoughts from me, then please follow me on twitter (@CaptGam) or on Instagram (http://instagram.com/wdtellett). As always, please feel free to hit me up in the comments section as well, I welcome any and all interaction.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Brayers and Barens and Gouges, Oh My!

I had a productive weekend. I didn't accomplish every single goal I had hoped to achieve, but I'm feeling pretty good about everything I did complete. By the time I washed my brayer and hung up my baren on Sunday evening, I left myself in a pretty good place to pick back up when I'm ready to start inking up blocks again. 

Additionally, this past weekend was my first time using my new traditional bamboo wrapped baren. I'm still experimenting with it, but I think it's going to really improve my hand-printing, which I'm doing more and more of here lately. I didn't even use the lever press at all this weekend. Needless to say, my technique is evolving and the baren is definitely a great tool to have in my utility belt.

It also makes a handy shield for Legolas.
On Saturday I reviewed what I hoped to accomplish this weekend, but I quickly discovered that I still needed to print quite a few copies of Athena! I definitely wanted to finish that run before I started anything else, but like I had previously stated, it's time to lay Think Digital/Act Analog to rest. So I started by pulling a proof of that, and while it was drying, I started going through my final Athena run. You may have seen my errors from that experimenting with the new baren on that run in my previous update. These errors make me laugh, because they are really bad, but they're actually really instructive to me. By the end of the day, my arm was exhausted, but I was much better with the tool.

By then, my proof of Think Digital/Act Analog was dry and ready for me to review. As much as I would like to call it done and print it up, there were a few things that I just needed to fix. But now, now I am done... With the block anyway. I did pull a final proof after making those edits, and the block is ready to go, but I don't have any paper large enough to accommodate the block. My largest sheets just barely cover the block and while if it fits, I prints, it just doesn't look very presentable. So, Think Digital/Act Analog is 100% ready to print, I just need to buy some larger paper to make that happen. 

Because the print may look good, but these margins are rubbish!
That was a pretty good place to stop for Saturday evening. I had gone to community yoga that morning, then volunteered for Clarissa's teacher training class to run me through a full series (I am a dutiful fiance), and I followed that up with about six hours of carving, tearing, and hand printing. So I was ready to take it easy, eat a pizza with my lady, then start up again Sunday morning.

Sunday morning arrived, and I drug my booty out of bed. Then I returned to bed with a bowl of Lucky Charms and an episode of Leverage. After both were finished, I put on pants like a normal human being, sharpened up my gouges, and started cutting Tables Turned like it owed me money. 

I am the Wolverine of linocut.
Trimming the lettering took a little more patience than I had expected, but despite a few oddities here and there, I think I managed to get it pretty clean. I didn't get a full run completed- I'm doing a fairly sizable run of this block, by hand, so it may take me awhile. Still I'm off to a nice start, and things are moving right along! 

Tables Turned

This upcoming weekend will be the first weekend in a month that I haven't had the apartment all to myself during the day, so I have no idea how productive I'm going to be; maybe a little, maybe a lot... Either way, I'll let you know as I move along! If you're interested in knowing when new posts are coming out, my archival day job, and/or the experimental art project that is my life I encourage you to follow me on Twitter: @CaptGam. Likewise, if you want to see some of the world through my eyes (sometimes it's exciting, sometimes it's boring), you can follow me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/wdtellett. Either way, don't be shy, hit me up in the comments, tweet at me, send me a telegram or whatever. 

Until next time, I bid you adieu as the bard once wrote; "See you later, alligator."

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Mistakes and Outtakes

I had a busy weekend of printing everybody! I got a lot accomplished, I'm feeling good about it, and I can't wait to share the details. But, while I'm still working on that post, I thought I'd tell you about something else...

I pull a lot of prints that aren't quite right. I'm still experimenting with hand-printing and brayer techniques, so I have a lot of prints that I don't end up using because there is bad coverage or random ink on a spot that I didn't trim enough. These things are normal when you're still experimenting. I can still look at those prints and see a lot of good in them alongside the room for improvement... And then there are the bad prints. They're not a little off, or not quite right. They're just bad. It's because I'm human and do dumb things sometimes. Luckily there are fewer of these than there are prints that are just "not quite right" but still, I often feel bad just throwing them away. And so, I'm going to share a few really bad pulls from when I was working on Athena. I hope you get a laugh or two out of them.

So, these are some of my screw-ups. We might as well laugh at them, because things don't always work out right. I'm not a master printer yet, so I don't beat myself up when a print doesn't come out right. I try to figure out why it isn't working the way I thought it would, and instead of berating myself, I work the problem. I'm learning along the way, and when things get a little frustrating, I laugh at the weird stuff that comes into my head, like a ghost owl with a solid belly (try reading that caption in a high pitched voice- it makes me giggle). So if anybody is having trouble with something, don't be too hard on yourself. Try to solve the problem, and when it's starting to make you see red, have a good laugh. Hell, come laugh at my crappy owls up there if it helps. Just keep at it, and eventually, it'll all work out.

Hit me up on Twitter (@CaptGam) or down in the comments section, and I'll throw another one of these updates your way soon. Thanks for reading everybody!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Let's Get Inky Everybody

Welcome back friends, neighbors, and people who maybe just wandered around the internet until they stumbled onto my blog. I hope you're having a great week. Mine was pretty solid. I went to an awesome gallery talk at the Figge Art Museum last night. The exhibition is Landscape by Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman. It lives up to its name as the exhibition turned an entire gallery into a landscape made entirely out of glass. It's absolutely amazing, like walking into a fantasy world. The exhibition runs until May 25th, so if you're in the Quad Cities Area, you should probably go check that out.

Despite the week going fairly well, I'm feeling a little restless as of late. Penned in, so to speak. Life is good, but I guess I can't help but feel a little caged by the day job, the car payment, the rent, etc. There is a part of me that wants to just pack up and roll out and see what's happening in whatever city is just down the road... But, I know that isn't realistic. Or responsible. Or other "R" words that I can't be bothered to think about right now. So, since I won't be packing up the car and taking the printshop on the road, I will channel my cabin-fever into making things. So what is on our creative to-do list?

Well, let's start with Think Digital/Act Analog.

Listen guys, I love this design. I think it's awesome. It looks cool, and the message is pretty on point as far as I'm concerned. So yeah, I love this design. But, it also haunts me because I have yet to complete it. It follows me around, mockingly. So, I am finishing it this weekend. I am making the last changes to the block that will ever be made. It may not be perfect after that, but at this point, I may be letting "perfect" be the enemy of "good." I have easily put 40 hours of effort into this block, so it's time to pull prints and be done with it! No more hauntings.

Next up on my list is Tables Turned. This is another design that has been floating around for awhile now in several incarnations. I pulled some proofs at the beginning of the week, and they look pretty good. 

I haven't put nearly as many hours into it as I have Think Digital/Act Analog, but the edits that I need to make on it are pretty minimal that it seems ridiculous not to make those cuts and pull some finished prints. So this is on my list for the weekend too! If I'm particularly efficient, I may get a full run printed before I'm back to work on Monday!

What else can we work on this weekend? Well, there's always In Con We Trust. You may remember it, from the print that I pulled before. 

But it wasn't ready. I've thought about lots of different ways to edit the block to get the appearance that I want. Ultimately, however, I decided that I need to take it back to the beginning and cut a new block, making some design changes along the way. 

It still needs a little work, but the new design is going to give a more uniform look to the overall image, and should result in a really good print. But first, I need to hammer out a few more details on the design and transfer it to a block. I'll be pretty happy (and incredibly impressed with myself) if I get this done over the weekend!

One of the other designs I have in the mix is of my old cat Luna. She was my best little beastie buddy for 18 years and I miss the little scrappy ball of fur. And thanks to a suggestion from my lovely fiance, I've decided to memorialize my old beast in a new print, based on a panel from my old web-comic. 

I've been working on a design that will do my old buddy justice, but I'll admit that the drawing is giving me a lot of trouble, partly because cats curl up in the strangest ways, and partly because Luna was so white that in all my photos it's hard to distinguish any detail. But for a rough idea of the direction I'm heading with this print, here are some of my early sketches...

There are a few other irons in the fire, but if I manage to get through all of the above this weekend then I should definitely quit while I'm ahead and take a break. I'll let you know how that goes. 

In other news, if you're on Twitter  and you want updates on my printmaking, my day job, any other random stuff that comes my way, and pop-culture references, then please follow me (@CaptGam). I love to interact, so please don't be shy about tweeting at me or hitting up the comments section here. I'm friendly and love to talk about, well, pretty much anything, so I hope to hear from you.

So everybody, keep on keeping on. Enjoy your weekend, and don't be a stranger! 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Belated Valentine's Day and Many Happy Returns

Happy day after Valentine's day everybody. I hope that every one's weekend is off to a great start. I know mine is! After a great Friday at the day job, I came home, and the fiance and I hit a new pizza place in town for our V-Day evening. I've been longing for a really good pizza since moving to the Quad Cities, and this place had exactly what I've been looking for!

It was a pretty great meal, after which we came home, had some Jameson & Gingerale, and watched some Justice League. It may not sound as dramatic or theatrical as one might expect out of me, and you're right... But not to worry, there was also this... 

Our second Valentine's Day together and we're doing pretty damn good if I do say so myself. And we didn't have to do homework this year, which is always a plus.

Today, she's off to yoga teacher training, and I'm here working on prints. I'm making progress on the final edits on Think Digital/Act Analog, which is moving slowly, but slow progress is lasting progress. Hopefully I can finalize the block very soon. I'm also working on the next design, which has already gone through several incarnations, but is now titled Tables Turned...

And so you can get a better idea of how it will look when it's done, I've flipped the photo since the block is a negative of the finished print. So, this is a more accurate depiction of what you'll see in the final print. I'm also working on the new transfer for In Con We Trust, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll have a finished product to show.

If you'd like to know when an update is coming out, or would be interested in the random tidbits coming our of my mind, I invite you to follow me on twitter @CaptGam. Don't hesitate to tweet at me with any questions, comments, or witty banter. You can also leave any of those interactions in the comments too. I'd love to hear from you. 

Hope your weekend is going swimmingly! Stay warm, wherever you are, and I'll see you next time!

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