Commission: framing a poster

gonzo art framedOne of the three commissions I alluded to yesterday is the matting and framing of a poster print of artwork by “Gonzo artist” and frequent Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman. Similar to the way I approached my other recent framing commission, I tried to create a matte that looked like it belonged with the artwork or, better yet, was part of it.

As you can see on the left, I tried my best to reproduce Steadman’s trademark ink splotches, splatters and streaks. It’s harder than it looks, and not nearly as random! These techniques bear some continuing investigation, as I’m always trying to push a little more chaos into my work.

Aside from the mark-making, the project was pretty straightforward. Since I don’t have much else to say about it, I’m going to upload gratuitous shots of me working! Take a peak into an average day in my art studio….

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