About

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This blog is a place for me to show off my artwork. I work by hand – mainly drawings in India ink with watercolor – on paper. I generally think that I haven’t been doing enough artwork… so, for 2009, I resolved to work a bit more on my art. One way of tricking myself into doing more art is to create this blog. I’ve been really enjoying blogging, which I started doing in mid-2008 – see the bottom of this page for a list of other places where I blog.

Though I don’t consider myself techno-phobic, I feel like I am one of the last people that still does artwork and lettering by hand. Some day I will learn how to use computer art/design programs… but for now, I just scan it in. That scanning is sometimes a frustrating process when I think that the color doesn’t look right, or (on black and white work) when the scanner picks up artifacts. In the past, I have spent many hours trying to fix up things I’ve scanned to make them look good to me… but I am not good at that, and I am not planning to do that here. I plan to just scan and post… the easy, minimum-barrier way that blogs are conducive to.

For now, I just plan to post new stuff. Posting pieces as I finish them. I’ve got a big pile of finished work, some of it good. At some point, I may get around to posting some of those, maybe here. A note on the dates: I date pieces when I finish most of the drawing. I often finish the whole piece (drawing, painting, re-drawing, painting more) weeks, months, or even a couple years after the date on the drawing.

These pieces are for sale. Email me at linton. joe [at] g mail dot com to inquire. Or email me if you want to give feedback, pose, or whatever.

hrn-logo-bw1The title of the blog, Handmade Ransom Notes, is a tongue-in-cheek name that I use for my art/design business. It’s meant to reflect that I do everything by hand… but then handmade conjures images of arts and crafts, so I like a tiny bit more edge to it. I don’t actually do many ransom notes, but I sometimes do collage and mixed media stuff that play with that aesthetic.

Here are links to stuff that I write about:
>>Los Angeles River Stuff – L.A. Creek Freak Blog
(if you’re into this, get a copy of the book I wrote and illustrated)
>> Bike Stuff – Bikas Los Angeles
>>Garden Stuff – L.A. Eco-Village Garden Blog
>>Los Angeles Eco-Village (where I live) – L.A. Eco-Village Blog

and lately I’ve been blogging about random other stuff (family, comic books, futbol, spelling, etc.) at The Periodic Table – a sort of catch-all personal blog space, for things that don’t fit at the other sites – a few posts there featuring some of my older artwork.

3 responses to “About

  1. You’re amazing, Joe! I love these fully colored scenes… people with towns or other backgrounds. They are really different feeling from the people on a more simple background. I get a sense of context… and this adds so much to the person’s personality and mood. It’s so fun to be able to see what you’re doing. Such an inspiration! Thank you!

  2. You’re amazing, Joe! I love these fully colored scenes… people with towns or other backgrounds. They are really different feeling from the people on a more simple background. I get a sense of context… and this adds so much to the person’s personality and mood. It’s so fun to be able to see what you’re doing. Such an inspiration! Thank you!
    +1

  3. I feel like once you mentioned Joe Orton and ‘Handmade Ransom Notes’ in reference to how you chose the title of your blog…I seem to remember such a conversation? Is there a connection there Senor Linton?
    I love yr work & have one incredible piece from early Critical Mass days that lived over my stove for eight years before I became nomadic.
    ……and to the folks with the Franklins-buy a piece now from one of the prime movers and shakers of L.A. today.

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