Blue Collar Black Sheep: A Massive Comic Printed on Handmade Paper
Like I said before, the kind of artwork that interests me most is comics and cartoons. So, as an artist, it seems only natural that I would create comics and graphic narratives. And because I am a working class guy making art for other working class folks, my story is about just that.
Blue Collar Black Sheep follows a young man trying to fit his love for creating art into his not-so-artsy environment. He faces ridicule, misunderstanding, and general disappointment from his family and friends, all the while struggling to be a successful artist.
One of the issues I wanted to tackle is that art is not often thought of as hard work, but closer to a hobby or a leisurely pass time. To smash this assumption I decided to print my comic on 22" x 26" sheets of handmade paper. Making paper is one of the most laborious mediums one can practice in. It takes a great physical toll and is quite time consuming, much like, say...construction. To further underline the parallels between artwork and "real work"/construction, I created the paper to resemble different construction materials. These materials included concrete, wood, tile, carpet, and insulation. Below are some photos of the papermaking process and some results.
There are additional examples of ALL the "construction paper" in the comics section of the site.
The end result of this project yielded a total of 44 pages of graphic narrative on 22" x 26" sheets of handmade paper. As seen at the top of this post, they were displayed across 60' of wall in standard gallery/print show format. The prints are also converted into a comic book format, which I published through lulu.com and can be found at the link below.