Dinosaur: The Issue That Fell To EarthNovember 22, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Dinosaur Magazine, Fall 2015, Volume 2, Number 1

20 portraits in Dinosaur magazine’s David Bowie tribute issue. Two of them are hand-drawn (water soluble crayon on watercolor paper) and the remaining 18 are digital illustrations – looking a lot like screen prints – made layer by layer, in Illustrator.
(see Tilda.gif at the bottom of this post)

Dinosaur cover boy: Perfume Genius (Egon Shiele inspired photo spread by Steven Miller) and my drawings of Giorgio Moroder – now and then:

 

From Dinosaur’s first annual “50 Over 50 List”:

Prince, Iman and David Bowie by Jim Winters

Prince, Iman, David Bowie

Tilda Swinton, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond and Rei Kawakubo by Jim Winters

Tilda Swinton, Justin Vivian Bond, Rei Kawakubo

Debbie Harry, Nick Cave and Ai Weiwei by Jim Winters

Debbie Harry, Nick Cave, Ai Weiwei

Billy Idol, Viv Albertine, Vivienne Westwood

George Takei, Chuck Close, Bryan Ferry

Duff McKagan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Des Barres by Jim Winters

Duff McKagan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Des Barres

 

Tilda.gif:

Tilda Swinton by Jim Winters

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I’ve gone .GIF crazy!September 25, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Thanks to my good friend, Robbie Daniels aka Jer Ber Jones, who recently suggested that I try animating some of my paintings, I have binged on making animated .gifs of my prints, stickers and portraits. SO MUCH FUN!

The first four I made were of my reduction screen print landscapes of San Francisco. I scanned each color during the printing process, so the resulting .gif shows the prints being constructed, color by color.

 

18th & Taraval

 

Douglass Street

 

Ocean Park Motel

 

Van Ness and California

 

Then I moved on to portraits. I made one of a print I collaborated with Robbie on – a portrait of Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie (!) – and then on to portraits of my talented friends – Juanita MORE!, Kenny Mellman and Justin Vivian Bond (as Kiki & Herb).

 

Caroline by Jer Ber Jones

 

Rainbow Juanita MORE!

 

Kiki & Herb

 

My dearly departed friend, Gregory Nelson, also gets the treatment from a portrait on a sticker I made of him in the 1990’s (Golden Brown).

 

Golden Brown

 

My 2013 show, Presence, at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art featured 60+ reduction screen print portraits. I scanned each color during the process and my partner, Jeff Stallings, made a film of them blending into each other. You can see that film here.
I made this .gif which sort of acts the same way, but I love this one because it creates a kind of life-like portrait, (in this case, Jeff). I intend to animate more of the Presence portraits and also explore the idea of the animated portrait more in the future. Lots of exciting possibilities here!

 

Jeff Stallings

 

And, last but not least, a wee bit of atheist humor – my reduction screen print of Frankenstein and Jesus. Love this one! Not an intentional nod to the third album by the Dead Kennedys, but a nod nonetheless..

 

Silver & Gold

 

More to come!
Stay tuned..

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Room With a ViewAugust 12, 2015

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by Jim Winters

The second half of my July was spent in San Francisco painting a landscape mural in a Pacific Heights residence.

The clients told the designer (from Ken Fulk, Inc.) that they wanted the view of the bay from their upstairs balcony painted downstairs in their media room where there is no view except that of the back yard.

The walls are over 10’ high and the project took 12 days to paint.

I am very pleased with how it came out – like one of my landscape screen prints on a grand scale.

Instead of just clipping off the image in a straight, vertical line at the top of the stairs, we decided to have some of the elements (foggy clouds, in this case) trail off into the walkway..

Here are a couple detail shots:

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DINOSAUR magazine: Kate Pierson!June 22, 2015

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by Jim Winters

I just received my latest issue of DINOSAUR and it is BEAUTIFUL! Kate Pierson is on the cover (looking fantastic) and I can’t wait to read her interview. The B-52’s were so influential during my early, new wave years.. I also look forward to hearing her new, solo music – Guitars and Microphones. Go, Kate!

 

The last issue (volume 01, issue 03) featured my portrait and interview with icon, John Waters, and for this one I was asked to draw one of my favorite writers, Armistead Maupin, for a Q&A with Sean Timberlake. (I must admit I was thinking of the art of Tom of Finland when I made this piece. Even daddies need daddies..)

 

Also included in this issue are short pieces about San Francisco by current – and previous – residents. The photos are absolutely stunning and I do think I got the best layout. Thanks, Jamie Betts for the incredible images!

 

Congrats to Steven Gdula and the DINOSAUR crew for another gorgeous issue.
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Pride of Place: Santa Cruz landscape printsJune 16, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Santa Cruz, California, is a wonderful place. You can tell how much people love being here because everywhere you go you see bumper stickers, clothing and outdoor gear emblazoned with those words. (It doesn’t hurt that all of the surfing and skateboard graphics are really cool..)

I am jumping on that train, too, by making new landscape reduction screen prints depicting this great place I am now lucky to call home – a vacation destination for many people. I hope the images evoke good memories and that the pieces become cherished mementos of happy times.

 

 

Capitola Venetian
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

Four Palms
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

 

End
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

 

Capitola by the Sea
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

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