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“Innocent Until Proven Guilty” mixed media shadow-box 18″ x 12″ x 6.”  Created for the invitational exhibition “Gun Control” at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in Detroit, MI.

Here’s a photo of the final piece before the glass and frame went on.  I’ll show you some of the steps along the way.

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An early sketch before I’d decided on the line-up and redrew the character in the ski mask.

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After adding color to the characters, cutting them out, and inking all of their edges, I added some paper armature to the backs to keep them rigid.  This also gave me more material to tie into for the paper ‘posts’ attaching them to the background.

GCribWebI pulled out an old trick for the numbers.  I wanted them clean and well spaced, and done by hand.  The matte board was too thick for a light box, so I printed out the numbers and made a carbon-transfer with pencil; shading in the reverse of the print and drawing the contours on to the board.

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I made a digital version (from the hand-drawn characters) and there are  prints for sale!

Thanks for checking out my work, and check out what they’re up to at 555!

A few portrait illustrations I’ve produced using digital and traditional processes.

Aspen Sojourner’s Community Table section in their Midwinter 2010 issue.
The Dynosorusrex Theater cast of Charlemagne, 2011.


Aspen Sojourner’s Midwinter 2012 Community Table.

Portland’s creative class has a strong affinity for all things DIY, and zine culture is no exception.  For the last 13 years the Independent Publishing Resource Center has been helping artists and writers of all kinds put indie ink to paper in Portland’s SW.  This month the IPRC starts a new chapter; crossing the river and growing into its new space in southeast Portland.

To help them celebrate, and for a chance to say goodbye to the old space, folks are gathering at Sizzle Pie (west), March 14th from 7pm – 10pm.  The event will also serve as the release party for the appropriately themed Stumptown Underground #21, Memory & the Past.

The art of dang is proud to be included in this historic anthology with this ink and digital piece, “time.”  Check out what the kids are up to at the IPRC and Stumptown Underground!