Friday, July 22, 2011

Watercolor Easel, made from a Camera Tri-pod

I have noticed that a lot of Plein Air Painters use a camera tri-pod for their portable easel. So, I decided to see if I could make one.
First I bought a pine board and cut it to 15" x 16"
I then purchased a 1/4" threaded brass insert to hold the tri-pod attachment.
Drilled a hole for the threaded fitting,
And then mounted the  camera/tri-pod attachment
Next I attached the board to the easel to see how it fit
That worked fine, now I needed a table to hold my painting supplies.
I found these plastic hook type things in the plumbing section at Lowes. I have no idea what they are but I thought they might work for my shelf.
I tried them on the tri-pod, and they seemed as though they would work, although they drooped a little.

I mounted my make shift bracket on a board

I added a clamp, then tried it on the tri-pod. Looked okay!

I covered the board with some rubber weaved shelf liner, and here is the finished product. I think it will work just fine. Except for one thing.....It has been a 101 in shade here for a week....I think I will wait a while before I try this out!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Collected John G. Miller 1990-1999

Black And White, Magazine size, $20.00, available through Spit and a Half distribution.
c/o John Porcellino P.O. Box 142 South Beloit, IL 61080
  Here is John's web site with full ordering instructions                                                                                 

If you consider yourself any kind of a small press comic collector, then this is a must have book.
John Miller is one of the most unique artists in all of small press. His work is filled with his personal demons.
On the back cover of the collection is a full color strip by John dated Sun. 29th of March 1970.Featuring Captain Zappa, a character that John still draws to this day. This strip has none of the sharp edges of Johns later style, but the dialog is much the same as his current strips.
On page one of the book is an illo by John that shows his remarkable design abilities.
And as we move into the book, the strips have a balance between art and word balloons. Note the lettering, it has the same style as the drawings.
However as the years go on the strips take on a different look. Gone is the lettering that mimicked the art style. He begins to use a more standard lettering, but note how the writing starts to crowd out the illustration in each panel.

The most recent example of John's work, (not included in the book) is from August of 2010. As you can see the writing has almost completely taken over from the cartooning.

I do not know where John Miller's work is headed in the future,  perhaps he will return to his earlier style. But if you want to preserve the style that makes him so different,  for yourself, you should purchase this book.

Friday, July 15, 2011

New From ME!!

Candidcartoons: " A Cartoonist and a Cat" 16  pages, digest size, $1.00, plus postage, black and white. From Larned Justin 3741 Laura ct House Springs, MO 63051

A collection of one page gags featuring me, and a know it all cat.