New prints for Spring

I'm working on creating some new Spring prints for my custom T shirt label, YEE YEE. I've been ruminating over how to approach this, and I decided to just make prints out of things that I enjoy drawing. In this case, it was the monkey. It seems random I know, but I think monkeys are so beautiful, I like the playful quality about them, and some are incredibly cute. I chose the Golden snub-nosed monkey that are found in the mountainous forests of Southwest, China because I simply wanted to use gold paint on the fabric. I'm a child of the eighties and as much as some might think gold to be obnoxious or tacky in any dose, I find that I can't get enough of it. I included some of my process work below. Initially I did some semi-blind contour drawings to familiarize myself with the forms and shapes of its anatomy, and also to figure out the types of marks I wanted to use to express this print. Understanding that the final presentation of this image will be a silk screen, and knowing the limitations of my what my DIY silkscreening equipment can do, I had to make sure to keep the marks somewhat simplified, and not to obsess too much over tiny details, which the silkscreening process may not even capture. Having said that, my aim was to create a bold and uplifting print, using lines that I don't often get a chance to use in my commercial illustration work. As a reminder I'm doing this stuff in between illustration commissions, so I'm hoping that there'll a final print to show in the next 1-2 weeks. So stayed tuned, and thanks for reading!

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