“Bad Omen” Wave Two.

by ncwinters on January 27, 2021

As promised, the gang’s all back for the second wave.

Happy to finally be announcing Wave Two (of two) of my recent Bad Omen release. I split the run into two drops to better handle orders of multiple variants. The cotton rag paper is pretty beefy, and even two variants in one tube was pushing it. These are the last variants (a total of four- two colorways, in both regular and hand embellished) for this print, printed all at the same time by the stellar crew at EndHymns.

There was a bit of consternation when I was deciding on the above colorway (“Vintage”), as it almost became the main colorway. When tweaking the final colors for output (a notoriously long and stressful process), I came across this combo and just fell in love. It’s one of my frequent go-to’s: tweaking the colors ever so slightly towards a yellowed, muted scheme. The slightly faded, nostalgic sort of vibe really lights me up. I was torn which version to go with for the main colorway, but had to go with my original (“Classic”). The whole image was set up in that color scheme, and had absolutely the best mix of all the tones I was originally shooting for. But this one may still secretly be my fave (don’t tell Classic).

In addition to the penultimate “Vintage” scheme, I couldn’t resist a desaturated monotone colorway. I’ll admit, a big part of why I always like a print completely devoid of color is that I get to show off the painstaking linework these prints take. Ultimately, I feel most skilled with detailed linework, with color being my less strong suit. The “Mono” variant lets me emphasize my strengths. In it you can see the image reduced down to the main four shades of transparent brown that make up the full tonal value range of the print. There’s something about this one I particularly love, as to me it ends up feeling a bit like an old weathered etching. It makes the subtle washes in the hand embellished versions of these some of my favorites of the four (don’t tell Vintage).

Prints go live for purchase this coming Friday, January 29. As always, to get the exact drop time, you’ll need to be subscribed to my newsletter. In this ever-changing landscape of social media platforms, I find the good old archaic newsletter the best and simplest way to keep everyone up to date with the details of my various art goings-on.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and sane in these (continued) unprecedented times. There very much seems to be some light at the end of this tunnel, but also still some looming darkness just out of sight. Take care of yourselves and each other. I love you all.

On to the prints!

Bad Omen “Vintage” colorway
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 75.

Seven color screenprint including spot clear varnish on Neenah cotton rag paper.
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by End Hymns.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $150 each.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Bad Omen “Mono” colorway
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 50.

Four color screenprint on Neenah cotton rag paper.
(Please note that there is no spot gloss on this version)
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by End Hymns.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $100 each.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Hand Embellished “Vintage” version
(also available in “Mono, not shown)
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 10 of each colorway.
Uniquely hand embellished with ink wash, acrylics, interference inks, clear varnish, gold leaf, etc.
Each print is hand signed & numbered. $400 each.
STRICT LIMIT of one hand embellished print of each colorway per buyer/household.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

detail views.


Interview on the “Products of the Mind” Podcast.

by ncwinters on February 1, 2016

Which Type of Vape Kit is Best for Me? A Guide to Choosing your Next Device

Ex-smokers, vaping enthusiasts or complete beginners – there is a vape kit suited to everyone.

Men with beard vaping outdoor in sunglasses, focus on steamIf you’re looking to start vaping or move over to a new device, it’s important to choose one that fits your situation and preferences. A bad experience due to having the wrong kit is surprisingly common, yet easily avoidable. Vaping has been around for quite some time now, which means there are thousands of different devices available to you. With choice comes variety, and variety can be confusing. When browsing for your ideal vape, the different vaping terms can be a little intimidating – but they needn’t be. This guide has been put together to identify common points of view and reasons for vaping, and which type of kit would best suit each of them.

1.) “I am a smoker/recent ex-smoker and I’m looking to start vaping as a means to quit for good.”

It’s no secret that vaping is one of the best ways of quitting cigarettes. The danger here is that choosing the wrong device may hinder your chances of stopping for good. If this applies to you, you’ll need a kit that has considerable nicotine content, is ultra-convenient and is easy to get started with. The best kit for you would be…

Cigarette style kits.

Cigarette style kits (also called cig-a-like kits) are exactly what you’d imagine: small vape devices which look exactly like a cigarette at a glance. They are slim, quick to charge and really easy to use, and feedback suggests may be the best vape to help you quit smoking. Cigarette style vapes normally use ‘cartomizers’, which are canister-shaped cartridges that are pre-filled with e-liquid and are ready to use simply by screwing them on to the battery pack (as shown on theHoxton Classic, pictured below). From there, you’re ready to vape. Cigarette style kits are the cheapest on our list so they won’t break the bank either, you can try these.

2.) “I’ve tried or would like to try vaping, but I find it can get quite fiddly when it comes to choosing the right hardware and accessories.”

Although many brands like to keep things simple and user-friendly, some aspects of vaping are a little harder to understand and can be intimating if you’re newer to the scene. Coils have ohms, kits have watts, e-liquids have mgs and batteries have mAhs… there’s no harm in going back to basics! If you’re looking for a simple and easy to use vape that is still capable and well-built, you’d be best suited to…

Pod mods.

Pod modsare typically small handheld kits that are as convenient as they come. You don’t need to fill up on e-liquid, just swap out your pre-filled pod and you’re ready to start vaping again. Every refill pod comes with a pre-installed coil, as well as liquid that is matched to the power output, so no more guesswork. Pod mods are an ideal transitional vape between cigarette style kits and vape pens, and are great for brand new users too.

3.) “I’d like a vape that lets me try a wide range of e-liquid strengths and flavours”

There are so many e-liquids available in some truly amazing flavours – you may want to jump right in and find a device that allows you to sample some of the best. The aforementioned devices are excellent in their own right, just they require refill packs which are only available in flavours specific to that brand. With so many tasty options out there you may want a device that works well with liquids of all different flavours, brands and strengths. If this sounds like you, you’d be suited to…

Vape Pens.

Vape pensare one of the most popular styles of electronic cigarette, thanks to the sheer diversity of kits available. Some are slim, lightweight and quick to charge; others are stocky and sturdy, with powerful output. Every possible e-liquid has a vape pen which would be perfectly suited to it. Some kits have temperature control options, while others have a simple one-button design.

Five Amazing Years…

by ncwinters on May 27, 2011

…with the woman I love.

It’s our fifth anniversary, and I realize I don’t talk often enough about the amazing woman in my life.

I’m not an easy guy to love or live with. I get cranky, I focus on the wrong things more often than not, I get frustrated, I don’t take the best care of myself, I have a short temper and I too often take for granted the amazing love, patience and care my wife willingly gives constantly without question, guilt, demand or complaint. I’m usually bunkered in my art cave or at playgrounds with our son, so I don’t often get out and mingle publicly as much as I would like. The rare occasions that I do, I catch glimpses of couples who don’t have the same relationship we do. Too often I see these couple angry with each other, frustrated, and basically on the verge of severe problems if not a breakup or divorce.

Our life isn’t perfect, and we have our own issues (mostly mine) but I think we’re in amazing shape and I owe 80% of it to her. Her patience is amazing. Putting up with me alone would drive most women over the edge, let alone the art career with the struggles, ego and angst that it entails. Too many times I catch myself taking for granted how much she gives, and never asks for anything in return. She never makes the insane demands of time to work that I do, or requires that my life be super adapted around her dream. She never does these things because she’s amazing and lately I’ve realized that she’s important enough in my life to change who I am to make our relationship better.

I make art. I paint, I draw, I make comics, I design (less so these days) I illustrate for magazines, I make and sell prints, I have gallery shows and I got to art events. I do these things because they’ve become a part of who I am. All of these things take time and energy, and there’s a limited amount of both, no matter how much I want to believe otherwise. Our life together and marriage is a choice I’ve chosen to make. I like our life. I love our love.

Our life together and our son is more important than making art.

I realized this the other day and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve always known it in the back of my mind of course, but recent events made me take a cold hard look at this fact and decide what’s truly important. I don’t want to be grinding away on this career, this dream and leave my wonderful son and amazing wife behind. I truly realized I could give up what I was doing and still be happy. Of course, I’ll never stop creating, but this thing, this stress, this dream, this grind. It isn’t more important than my happiness with my wife and child.

I’m rambling, so I’ll wrap it up. I love you, Ginger. I love our life together and I don’t ever want to lose you. Happy Anniversary.