Here are some process photos for an older woodcut print I made of my dog Loki.
The aforementioned woodcut print (one of two variations):
Here’s the preliminary pencil sketch:
I used a projector and transferred my pencil sketch to the woodblocks (MDF). I had to tape the woodblocks together so that they wouldn’t move as I drew on them (and they did move a little bit). Note that I flipped the image before transferring because when you print it prints in reverse.
After I had my drawing on the MDF blocks I then had to use woodcutting tools to gouge out the recesses in the wood and then it was time to ink and print.
And here’s a photo of the blocks inked up, before I ran it through the press. I made a custom jig to hold the blocks together using some spare cardboard. I think that was my brother’s idea.
Here’s a picture of the first page of my new Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.
And did I mention that I’m now on Instagram? You can follow me @john_vanhouten
A while back I completed my first ever pastel drawing. If you follow me on Facebook then you’ve already seen this image. But for those of you who don’t have a Facebook, here it is! It’s a girl at the beach with her basket, looking at the waves and intense sky. It’s based on a location in Saugatuck, MI.
This drawing is already framed and ready to sell! It would make a great addition to your cottage or beach house! Message me if you’re interested in owning this original artwork.
So there’s a trending hashtag on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram this month called #inktober. Basically, you just make an ink drawing everyday and post it using that hashtag. I am a few days behind but that’s okay. Today for #inktober I made a drawing of Marvel’s Deathlok.
If you missed it on Facebook, here’s a painting I made of a man fighting a giant baby. I might have some process photos around here somewhere.
It’s acrylic on watercolor paper with some digital adjustments after it was scanned. Drop me a message in the comments if you have any questions or, obviously, comments.
This image appears larger than the actual painting (unless you are viewing on a smart phone).
Here’s a tiny 3″ x 3″ painting that I’m calling “Psychotropic Cavern”. It’s acryla gouche and colored pencil on board. I created it for Jon Schindehette‘s tiny painting show at SFAL. If you go to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, be sure to see his tiny painting show featuring over 200 tiny science fiction/fantasy pieces (and buy mine)! It certainly looks like a neon black light poster but sadly it doesn’t look that great under a black light. I’m now inspired to try to make a black light illustration now.
Here’s a detail from a painting I’m finishing this weekend. If you follow me on Twitter then you have likely seen this preview. If you don’t follow me on Twitter (shame on you!) then you are missing out because I fairly frequently post photos. I apologize for the slow updates here lately.
A while ago I was messing around with painting on trading cards. When I was done experimenting I had some leftover acrylic paint and I thought it’d be fun to mess around on some wax paper (I had wax paper underneath the trading cards so I wouldn’t paint on the table). I should have scanned the other side of the sketch too because you can see the pen drawing. This sketch is about 4″x5″.
Remember, pretty much all of my art is for sale, even stuff like this! If you are interested in purchasing my artwork please contact me!
Here’s a scan of an old anatomy watercolor painting I did in 2009. It’s 8″ x 6″. It looks like I painted with watercolor first, and then added pen on top of that. Back in 2009 I used to just go into things without any sort of planning or safety nets.