Limited Edition Hand Carved Greeting Card by Jason May - lino-cut, block print, fins, surfing, surf, surfboard
Recently I created this surf inspired, handprinted and limited edition greeting card. It was first available at the Shady Lea Mill Open Studio, but now I have uploaded it to Etsy to make it available to the world. I had a great time printing this piece as well as the other works for Shady Lea. These prints were printed using lino cut blocks and two colors of water based printing inks. There were only twenty five made and each one is signed and numbered by the artist. I have also included a hand printed matching envelope with the card.
If you want to make a statement about how much you care about someone or appreciate them, this is the card to give. They also look great framed on the wall. To purchase this card, head on over to my Etsy store by clicking here.
Many people showed up at Shady Lea Mill this weekend to visit me at Studio 200 where my friends, Kris and Carrie Chatterson have an amazing studio. Some people already knew me from my LEGO work, logo design work, comic work or from my help with Drift surf shop and their skate decks, hats, tshirts and more.
I've been spending a lot of time on the road lately, meeting clients, working on Shady Lea and just trying to get inspired. Yesterday, after I put away all my artwork from the Shady Lea Mill Open Studio, I dropped by the local skate park. I spent about forty five minutes sketching for a client's logo when I noticed this broken skull laying in the leaves. I decided to take a few minutes to capture a few fun shots. With the sun beaming and the skate park glistening from the rain the night before, I set out with my camera and snapped a couple pictures for inspiration in my personal work. View below
I would also like to take a little time to thank all of the people that dropped by to view my artwork at Shady Lea Mill last weekend. I really enjoyed talking to everyone as well as seeing my artwork find new homes. The new wave print was very popular, as were my skate decks and greeting cards. If there was something you saw at the show that isn't listed on my Etsy shop, please contact me. I'll slowly be updating Etsy over the next few weeks.
This weekend, I will be back at Shady Lea Mill in North Kingston RI for their annual Open Studio. Maybe you dropped by last year, or maybe you wish you had. In any case, you should try and come visit the large number artists that will be displaying their work. I will be displaying in Studio 200, which is the studio of the Chattersons. If you aren't familiar with their work, please check out Carrie Chatterson's design work and Kris Chatterson's paintings, prints and more.
Today I uploaded a video of the process I used to print the twenty five limited edition prints I'll be bringing with me. I'll have a variety of cards, prints, stickers, orginal art as well as some skateboard decks!
Click here for: More info about Shady Lea Mill Open Studio
I've been having a very fun Inktober this year. Each year, in October, I sit down with some sort of inking tool, whether it be a brush, quill or marker, and I lay down some fun line-work onto some bizarre doodles. I decided to continue last year's theme a bit, but investigating a particular alien from the cosmic travels of Inktober 2016. I still have some books left if you'd like a printed copy of all the illustrations from last year. This year, I'm kicking it up a notch, but uploading speed drawings of a few of the works. I promised to do one per week. So far I think I've made good on that promise. You can view those right now by visiting my YouTube channel or checking out the embedded vids below! I have one more to upload this week. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for the most up to date Inktober posts or join my mailing list and be the absolute FIRST person to know what's going on in the world of Jason May Art.
Come see Chris Gugliotti and I at Terrificon at Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut, this weekend. We'll be there from Friday to Sunday drawing pictures and selling prints and other goodies. Come say hello. Bring books that we've worked on and have us sign them. Whatever you want! Just come say hi.
Just last week Drift surf shop in Wakefield RI received a new shipment of shop decks. I am happy to announce that I created the designs for the new skateboard decks and took a little time to photograph two of them today in my studio. On the lower left we have an image that I've been calling MP3 Astronaut and on the right we have the Drift Luchador Deck. I know, the names are not super creative, but we're working on that. I set up the Luchador deck with some ACE 44 trucks and some Bones clear wheels and Reds bearings. All of these items can be found at Drift when you go pick up a deck.
I will be selling both decks at upcoming conventions. I will be at Plastic City Con in just over a week and I'll be at Terrificon with my partner in crime, Chris Gugliotti. Hopefully I'll be posting these boards up on my Etsy soon as well so my friends around the country can get their hands on them.
I will be doing sketches for the Fall Drift decks in the coming weeks. Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or requests.
If you've been following my personal art over the past year or two, you'll notice a major shift to surf and skate related artwork. I do a lot of work for Drift Surf Shop in Wakefield RI and I also do my fair share of surfing (and recently also skating). Last Inktober I told a haphazard story about Rex Scotch Nelson and his cosmic surf adventures across the universe. (you can find some of the original pieces for sale on my Etsy store)
A few weeks ago I created my most recent painting, which is currently untitled. I have quite a few other pieces in the works. All of the pieces will be able to be viewed at Drift Surf Shop in the coming weeks. Drop by, check them out and pick up some cool clothes!
As many have you have already read in a previous pose, I recently designed a logo for an awesome Chiropractic practice in Ocean City Maryland. I'm happy to announce that they just released their first shop t shirt. Hopefully it will catch on and people will see them spread all around Maryland and beyond. I'm not sure if they will be available online or not, but stay tuned to my social media. I will announce it there as soon as I have details. Until then, you can check out my good friends at Chiro100 by visiting their website.
Below: Below you can see the original art for the foreground characters. The wave was designed in Adobe Illustrator and added to the traditional line work later.
Today marks the third day of March of Robots. My good friend and fellow Titan of Cartoonitude, Chris Gugliotti, suggested that I print out the sketch and do some watercolor work. There was a time when I did primarily watercolor illustrations. This was before my workflow went in a more modern and digital direction. However, now that my kids are aging and I can get messy again, I've decided to start breaking out the old supplies and having a good time.
Please, take some time to go visit my Etsy store and share it with a friend. I have been relatively good about creating new and original art while also making it available to my fans. The more I sell, the more supplies I can purchase and the more supplies I purchase, the more artwork I can create. It's a win win for anyone who admires my work.
This piece is now available for purchase on Etsy. I am working hard trying to update the website, social media and Esty each and every day of March. It's a lot of work, but it seems like people are really appreciating it. Thank you all!