Friday, December 5, 2014

Framed Art and Coffee

I guess this post is particularly for my more local friends:

Tomorrow (Saturday the 6th) a big batch of my original art, including a good number of the watercolors from Julia's House, will find a place on the walls of Happy Creek Coffee and Tea in Front Royal. Some of it will be for sale! I just brought some of the pieces home from the frame shop (Sun Studio Framing in Front Royal) and they look very fine. Here's a little peek:

The art will be on display for the rest of December, but if you come by Happy Creek tomorrow, from 3 to 5pm you can catch me giving a little presentation about the work and an showing a small sneak peek at some of my upcoming projects. Click this link here for more information.

27 comments:

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

Some of it will be for sale! I just brought some of the pieces home from the frame shop (Sun Studio Framing in Front Royal) and they look very fine. easy cupcake recipes

Daniel Nichols said...

Sorry I haven't been paying attention; I did not know that your new book was done in watercolor not whatever computer thing you used for 'Zita'. I am getting over my technophobia, but as you know the more direct media are more deeply satisfying, just as hand tools are more satisfying than machines. Kudos, Ben.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Daniel!

But ...just to just to clarify... For the Zita pages I use pen and ink and sometimes a bit of ink wash. So there is real physical art for almost every part of a Zita book. The reason I don't frame and display Zita pages is that they are drawing on cheap copypaper because I often have to abandon pages and I want to be able to easily say goodby to a page if the story requires it.

For coloring the Zita pages I DO use photoshop (an ancient version from 2005). But it's also a simple process. Almost as simple as having a box of crayons and a coloring book. The one advantage is that I have an UNDO button.

And that's why I can meet a deadline on a 200 page art book.

That said, it was EXTREMELY fulfilling to create the art for Julia's House with watercolor on Very Nice Paper. And it eaves me with some nice framable art.

Ben Hatke said...

Daniel you have reminded me that I really should do a "process post" one of these days. If nothing else it will dispel the idea that I am "cutting edge"

Daniel Nichols said...

I actually have no idea of how you do any of your art technically, aside from oils and watercolors and such. As you know I have done some sketches for a comic about the adventures of Jean Calvin and his reptilian companion in the afterworld. I have since decided it would have to be a graphic novel to do it justice. If I live long enough to do that I will have to work out some sort of tutorial with you as I am real dumb about practical stuff. Also I have a son, a 14 year old, who is gifted way beyond his dad artistically. If you would want an apprentice for a bit some summer.

Daniel Nichols said...

He is especially good at caricature and movement...

Jim Bauer said...

These look awesome. Fantastic work. I hope the show does well.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ben Hatke,
My little siblings and I are big Zita fans. My seven year old sister is convinced that Ben Hatke and Piper are one and the same person, citing the similar appearance and the fact that Piper calls himself a genius. What do you think of that? :)

Ben Hatke said...

Hey now, I don't call myself a genius!

Bonnie said...

Is any of your artwork (originals or prints) for sale online? Or how does someone go about buying a Ben Hatke original when she lives a couple states away?

Ben Hatke said...

You can send me an email! Or, I might be putting a few pieces up on etsy soon. Only original art right now. Prints ...someday.

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