This recent collection is a mix of multi-media prints spawned from my love/obsession with the physicality of guns. Each piece is based on a gun that I handled while drawing it, and I do it that way because I am interested in capturing the character of the gun by paying attention to every last detail of its body.
When I was at the U, I went through a phase where all I wanted to draw was aliens. I spent hours doing research on existing theories as well as coming up with my own ideas around abduction, cities, space ships, and what each species looks like. Most of the pieces are copper etchings with relief rolls.
I prefer to mix medias in my prints, so it can become difficult to categorize them into mediums. This is a collection of my favorite prints, and they are each a combination of collagraph, etching, chine colle, and/or relief .
When creating a collagraph I love using lace, grit and modeling paste. The same plates I made in class at the U have reappeared in many pieces. I find that organic texture is sometimes the perfect way to tie a print together.
Etching on copper is my favorite medium. I enjoy the texture that open-biting brings to a print, so I will often etch a plate for half an hour or more at a time. By reclaiming the parts I love and pushing the plate further still, I have created prints that are both complex and organic. Some even resemble velvet paintings because of the way the ink layers in the grooves of the plate.
Drawings and Sketches
My biggest dream is to be a tattoo artist, so in order to supplement my print portfolio, I have been building my drawing portfolio. I am inspired by traditional flash, but I find myself adding new school twists to traditional ideas. I am on a determined search to find an artist that will teach me all the secrets of the industry.
I was commissioned to draw targets for a company that designs shooting ranges. This was the first commissioned project I took on that truly challenged my drawing skills. I had a blast drawing them because I had to get creative in order to turn a hippie into a walker. :)
These prints merge my love for tattoo flash art and printmaking. Each is a drawing with a collagraph or monotype printed on top. I have been asked to design a lot of tattoos, and each drawing is based on a requested design. I really enjoyed printing these because each is unique, and the textures/colors were designed to complement the drawing. I'm definitely a procrastinator, so during the last few nights before the Flash Prints show Bo, my boyfriend, had to help me print. I'm very protective of my work, as all artists are, so allowing him to help create the prints was a little out of character. I am really glad I did, though, because we bonded over the experience...and I'm pretty sure I've created a printmaking monster!!
Grady Herndon | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bo Brady | email@example.com