30 Adventures in Art – Day 10 – Sketch # 10

A kayaking guides feet

30 Adventuresinart – A challenge to myself to produce one sketch or drawing a day for 30 days to help promote my line of adventure shirts at: www.wetdogwear.com  Day 10 – Sketch #10


Wet Dog is Live on Kickstarter

We’re happy to announce our Kickstarter project for our WET DOG APPAREL PROJECT is LIVE!  You can help make our apparel dream come true, make a pledge, get great deals on our outdoor shirts, prints and other goodies, and help us brand the name and logo.  check it out here.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wetdog/project-wet-dog Shares and likes on your Facebook pages, Twitter, Pintrest,  and other social websites are much appreciated.  Comments are appreciated as always.


Tweaking the art

I thought I was finished with this design then I started to tweak the art in Photoshop and added some text so the it didn’t look so square.  So let me know what you think.

I went to the printer the other day and got some quotes on silkscreen printing and it looks like they will work with me on making these actually happen.   I plan on finishing the http://www.kickstarter. com video (will post it when finished) this week then will post the invite to join in on the campaign for pledging to make this a reality.  Comment please I want to hear folks critique.

Sup dog, I’m finished with you.

Whew, after 8 hours of sketching, drawing, cutting, and pulling three proofs i finished the SUP design (stand up paddle board).  The water gave me quite a challenge on this one, but I think perseverance and knowing that the out come will somehow be good all helped me nail it.   It evolved quite a bit from what I was thinking in my head when I first came up with the sketches.  Comments and likes are definitely appreciated on this one.

It’s a Wet Dog life

Ok here is the finished new design for the Wet Dog t-shirts.  This took longer than a week to finish because there was much more cutting and I pulled three proofs of this before deciding it is finished.  I think it will look cool on the back of a shirt with the Wet Dog logo on the front, which I haven’t designed yet.  The bottom of the design will hold lettering like “Island Time”   Not sure as of yet.  Print is 8″ x 10″. See posts below for the process that produced this design.  Enjoy and please comment if you like it or like it on facebook.

Island Time

How I produce the block prints

I’ve had a few people comment on how I produced the block prints, so here is a quick review of how it’s done. This printing method had been done for thousands of years and you probably did it as a kid using a potato.   First I come up with a sketch in the initial part of the design phase.  This is important as I usually come up with about 5 or more sketches and pick the best one that represents the art I want to produce.

initial sketch

After choosing the sketch I transfer it to the linoleum block by re sketching it or using transfer paper. I usually re-sketch it because then I can make the drawing better.

drawing on the block and initial cuttiing

After the image is transferred and everything is good the fun begins and I’ll start cutting the block image leaving the black areas and carving out the white. Sometimes I’ll have to pencil or darken in the image depending on how complicated it is to see where to exactly cut, but I’ve been doing this so long It’s become very intuitive to me. When the image is cut out and the relief of the image is visible I’ll produce a first proof by rolling block printing ink on the block relief and using a wooden spoon I’ll burnish the paper on the block and after five minutes of so then pull the proof to reveal the positive image.

Finished print. Notice that the image is quite different then the original sketch. This is usually developed during the design process. I’ll use the original sketch as a visual then as I sketch I’ll come up with better ideas and elaborate the design, erase and re-sketch if possible until I come up with a final image I’m happy with. Same with the cutting process, sometimes I’ll change the design while cutting the relief out of the block. Comment if you like it.

"Leader of the Pack"

Shelter Dog

This is the finished final 8 x 10 design of the “Shelter Dog” T-shirt design.    I think it’s going to be a sharp design for shirts and note cards. I like the simplicity of this graphic and it seems to fit the rugged earthy image i’m looking for. When we do produce it on the t-shirt I decided I may do a print that is somewhat distressed and not have perfect uniform blacks, maybe deckle the edge a bit. Comment and let me know if you like the design.

Shelter Dog

I haven’t printed these as of this date, but this is how the final art  will look on a colored shirt.