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The Fire Tower by MumblingIdiot The Fire Tower by MumblingIdiot
The next in my red and black series which currently also includes [link] and [link]

I find myself strangely drawn to fire towers, though I've never even seen one. It's farely in line with the unlikely fondness I feel for pylons, even though I recognise them as the great blighters of the countryside. Towering, skeletal giants strung out across the landscape linking everything together. Fire Towers are even better because they're usually in a forest and have a cool little room on the top.

When I've done a few more I want to do some prints of this series. I'm definitely going to try and screenprint one or two, but as for the others, or as some kind of full set, how would you like to see these? I know very little about how the world of art prints works so I'm curious as to what people would be interested in paying for if I did go for it.
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KristenSpork Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013   General Artist
:lol: Wonderful design! I love the geometric forms. I think I'm just into triangle trees in general.
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FireTriangle Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I love it!
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lizzybeth Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Aww that sucks. Did you graduate? I don't know if there'd be studios around, it's so dependent on what's in the area. I think your best bet would to look for any sort of school with printmaking classes and seeing if you could talk your way in, or possibly find a local not for profit community art school/center. You might even be able to find a local shop which does custom printing and could work something out with them. After all printing t-shirts isn't very different from printing on paper, all that really changes is the type of ink and emulsion and the mesh count that you use. I'd offer to print them in exchange for a cut of the prints if I wasn't taking summer classes and had the time, although you might be able to find someone else with the equipment and know-how who'd be willing to do something similar.

Also, I you can't find the right color of paper perhaps you could stain it in a soak/bath with something like watered down acrylic or even tea. I'm not sure if you'd get problems in evenness of stain with entire sheets of paper though, but it is a possibility.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional
Thanks for the advice! Yeah I have graduated now, unfortunately. Out on my own. And probably the least likely person to be able to sweet talk anyone, but you never know. I guess my best bet is to ask around and find out what other people who've been selling screenprints have been doing.
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lizzybeth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I'd definitely be interested in buying one of these screen printed. I'd pay 50$. You could definitely charge more though, I'm just a poor student. I'd see this being a bit toward the larger scale, like 12X18 or 18X24" in an edition of 50-200. Once you get everything set up screen printing goes pretty fast, especially if you've got another person help you move things along. Screen printing's pretty easy too so long as you've got decent equipment, follow directions, and keep an eye on details along the way.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional
I've annoyingly missed the opportunity to do it at my university now so I don't know what to do. Are there studios you can go where they'll help you do it? I know you can make a setup yourself but I feel like I'd probably fuck it up.

This series is annoying me too as I'd have to find some seriously yellowed paper, because that colour looks real fugly when it's printed. I had such high hopes.
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surfender Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
amazing style, and perfect choice of colors. good job!
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional
Thank you!
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MikkelSommer Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Loving this!
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Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
amazing
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bright-little-star Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
This is wonderful. I love how it's suspended in a single moment, the fire is so frighteningly still and the falling man adds a healthy dose of chill to my bones.

For what it's worth, I'd definitely buy a print of this if I weren't so broke.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional
Ooh, that is very nice feedback.
Thanks a lot. :)
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ReaderoftheBooks Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student General Artist
i understand the feeling. you want to climb up the towers and see what you can see.
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haius Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist
I bet you're an east-coaster, hmm? Out in the northwest we've got hella fire towers. I love 'em. They're great hiking destinations. :)
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional
I'm all the way east in England and they just don't have them here. I'm jealous.
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haius Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist
England? Man. Yes, you should be jealous. I am in Seattle, WA, USA, and we've got not only fire towers, but mountains as well. XD
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional
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LunglessArt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Ha, love the guy falling/jumping. That would suuuckkkkSUPERIRONY

I really like satellite towers or whatever they are. They look full of dread and conspiracy. One time my family went on a road trip to the Yukon and there all these towers along the way, jutting out of the stunted pine forest. It was cool
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional
He's incredibly poor at his job that's for certain.

Tell me about it! I'm glad I'm not alone.
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LunglessArt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
pretty sick common interests, bro
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laresistance Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
don't know much about printing either, but postcards would be fine for me as well. the cool printing techniques would of course be even better. I'd totally pay for a series in a pack of 4 or something. count me in !

about the illustration:the good old Luke style! totally works. I like that fact that in a glimpse one can see this is a 'Luke Pearson'. great colour palette ( great series on the whole ), and i love the playing with negatives here. that falling guy especially. and fun wordplay of course, made me smile. all the ingredients for a great piece. yeeha
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional
Yeah I was thinking a postcard set would be a good budget option. Glad you think the same. We'll have to seee.

Thanks, that's pretty cool that you can tell from a glimpse. It was fun to put together. Totally different from the cartoonier stuff though. I'm drunk on styles.
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laresistance Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
hehe, drunk on styles. i like that.
I know a belgian artist who has two artist names he operates under.
one for the clean straight design and one for the swanky drawn style things he does.
you gotta check him out, he's amazing. can't believe I once sat next to him drawing. sheesh.
[link]
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional
Wow, this is guy is REALLY GOOD. I love this stuff! Really nicely laid out website too. It grabs you.

Urgh, this is something I've thought about quite a bit, using an alias, splitting my different stuff up. I can see how it would make things a lot easier and potentially be very beneficial in marketing yourself. It doesn't quite sit right with me though. And I wonder what happens in the grey area where two distinct styles start to come together. Where would that go?
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laresistance Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
yeah, it almost makes you want to quit the business :D, but he's just a great source of inspiration too. and someone to look up to. There's something I've noticed about very talented artists: they don't talk very much :D. perhaps just a coincidence.
but Kolchoz, the guy I mentioned here, was, at least when I saw him, sitting alone, cornered, with his face close to the paper, not saying a word for hours and hours, just drawing awesome things. very shy closed person. another talented Belgian guy, Olivier Schrauwen ( check him out: [link] ) that was there did exactly the same. he was actually a little bit weird, as if the world around him didn't exist.

anyways, I'm not sure if dividing yourself up into two is a good idea. one of the two will be more popular and in the end you might neglect the lesser one. like the grey area you mentioned is another good point. picasso did a lot of different stuff, but it's still picasso. I don't think you need an alias, just keep making awesome stuff and keep saying you made that. People will know. I can see Kolchoz does this to make it easy for clients to pick a speciality. but if you make sure you have different styles and skills, by putting like 10 or 20 of your best works on a website or something, I'm sure that works too.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional
Wow, you really know a lot of talented people. You're clearly some kind of magnet man.

I always find it reassuring somehow that talented dudes are often shy, weird people. Weird guys are the best.
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laresistance Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
haha, I wouldn't say, it's more of combination of luck and ambition. I'm working towards becoming an illustrator/comic strip artist and go to a lot of events, show my work, talk to people and naturally am part of the environment now. never thought that would happen a few years ago, but it's awesome. Flanders is pretty small. that helps too. I hardly know artists from the french talking part of our country. there's a sheer divide somehow. comic strip artists in Flanders are like one big family. most comic strip artists are all very nice people. it's pretty universal, I noticed. it would be the perfect serial killer cover up in a movie or something, people would never think a comic strip artist is a murderer. Don't think there ever was one.

and don't mind the shyness at all. most talented people indeed are often shy and weird, hence interesting :). tim burton even uses that as an image I think. the equivalent would be normal and boring. I'm pretty normal though I think and not the most interesting perhaps, but I try to be because of little things that I do and stuff that I create, share my thoughts and stuff. I used to be shy as hell. my self confidence was really really low. It took me 22 to 24 years to get more self-assured, but I'm glad how things worked out. you wouldn't want to know how many stupid situations or moments I created or made awkward, let alone the impossible stuff I would do to avoid embarassment. ridiculous stuff. it serves as inspiration for a longer comic I'm working on about the weird things people do to avoid embarassment.
weirdness and shyness ahoy !
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szmermel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
that's nice!
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional
Thank you szmermel!
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nifty-ness Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amaazing!
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional
Thanks!
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triscuitbox Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
this as a linocut print or silkscreen would be off the hook.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional
I agree, I'm hoping I can do it.
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0marchhare0 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
So cool. reduced forms for a complex motive.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional
Thanks a lot.
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rmayani Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
i absolutely love this.
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TimGaedke Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
this is so great :-D
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