Way back in 2012, in my third blog post (which you can read here), I shared a few of the illustrations I made for author John Wawrzaszek’s Field Manual: Human Body zine. (You can read an excerpt from the hilariously surreal zine here.) I enjoyed the project, but I never expected to return to these illustrations I made so long ago….
John has also been organizing a long-running series of readings called Two Cookie Minimum. Last night was the 6th anniversary of the series, and John commemorated the occasion by presenting a couple of chapters from Human Body. He wanted to project some of the illustrations while he read, but he didn’t want to use the same black-and-white versions that everyone has already seen.
For this special anniversary, John asked me to colorize the drawings. I decided to make the coloration look like the printing techniques you see in old anatomy textbooks. (If you click on an image, you will get a closer look.) The result is fun and adds a new dimension to the drawings. You can see a photo from the reading here, taken by Alex Nall.