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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.
The 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.