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“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.

*NCW*

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Interview on the “Products of the Mind” Podcast.

by ncwinters on February 1, 2016

My first podcast!

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You can listen to my interview on Products of the Mind, a podcast about the intersection of business and creativity, created and hosted by a great friend of mine: David Lizerbram. We talk about a range of subjects, including a bit of my artistic history, my entry into the art world and how I’m slowly trying to phase out of making art exclusively about pop culture. And of course, I ramble on about other stuff I’m interested, such as the mind and how headspace-related topics in conjunction with art. Give it a listen, and if you dig it, please give it a rating in iTunes! As I understand it, it really helps with ratings or somesuch for the show. You can listen direct here.

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*NCW*

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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.

N.C.

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