Sunday Morning, things flew up. Poetry Broadside
This is another poetry broadside I did for Roger Hooper. It’s been a long time coming. This one was a unique challenge, there are almost two narratives that build in this little poem, and both of them are very visually rich. The challenge was to incorporate both of them in unified way. The first stanza evoked the image of the papers flying up in the air churned out by the oncoming subway train was obviously, for me anyway, the more important and striking of the two. It dictated the fairly limited palette I used here, and was linked more directly to the title of the piece. The second stanza seemed to lighten the piece up further and in a natural way seemed to speak to the content of the papers, being sunday morning funny pages. If you look a little more closely at the papers you can see a comic strip I developed that illustrates this stanza very directly. It’s the top left strip on the front page of the paper which you can see most clearly on the large paper in the foreground.
The process of illustrating this piece was a unique too. The main structure of the piece was painted in photoshop. Building from an initial pencil drawing I rendered each piece of paper in a very limited palette of newsprint off-white, a dull brown-grey, and a deep brown. Seen below. As I told Roger while I was working on the piece it was very much like a painting study in white and I took great effort in painting this in a way that felt true to the texture, luminosity, and light of the subject. Attempting to twist, bend, pinch, and crinkle each page in a way that was true to life but also a little exaggerated. I suppose a more traditional study in white would have included objects of varying materials and textures, but that wasn’t part of this project.
Then I combined my comic strip and quite a number of other comic strips and built four flat custom Sunday funnies pages. Using those and the magic of photoshop I was able to painstakingly plaster each page onto each surface of every fluttering piece of paper I had painted, by bending, twisting, and warping them.
I think what made this project so fun for me was that I got to utilize two facets of my illustration practice that normally don’t combine in quite this fashion– cartooning, and digital painting.