I am thrilled to have been commissioned by Fitzhenry & Whiteside to illustrate a magical play by Canadian author and musician, Tomson Highway. THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF MARY JANE MOSQUITO began life as a cabaret and is soon to be published as an illustrated picture book for young adults. I have just finished the final art, sixty pages of digitally coloured lino-cut prints to complement Tomson Highway's wonderful story about a little girl mosquito without wings.
In anticipation of the book release in the fall of 2016, I am posting "Twelve Weeks of Mary Jane Mosquito." Each week I will give a sneak peak at some aspect of the process involved in creating the art.
For week one, a photo of my carving and printing supplies: three carving tools, a glass platen for the ink, and a brayer to roll it onto the linoleum. I use Graphic Chemical Co. Water Based Block Printing Ink and Stonehenge printmaking paper.
Below is a carving in progress, a double-page spread from the book. I always clamp down the linoleum to prevent injury and in twenty years of carving have never cut myself!
One trick to relief printing is to think upside down and backwards:)
I am an illustrator with many years of experience in publishing, editorial, advertising and corporate. My illustration technique is linocut, printed and scanned with color applied in Photoshop. I love mixing old school and digital technologies and now am learning to paint in oils and with a wacom tablet. I'll post my learning curve here. Variety, the spice of life!