Printing Artifacts

I've gotten pretty decent at... I'm not sure what to call this, making things look like they were printed cheaply, a long time ago? It's not really 'printing artifacts' (I made up that word for things like smudges, bleeds, and fades), it's more like all of them combined. The above image is from the back of a postcard I made- the lines where the address goes. I'm not sure how well it'll print, but with any luck, it'll look like there was no way someone photoshopped it into existence. But, honestly, I doubt the printer's capabilities.
I thought this 27 turned out pretty good. There's that hollow look that the ink gets. I've found that unevenness is key to all these manufacturing errors. It's hard to get true, non-mechanical unevenness. I thought those turned out better than I could've hoped for at the time.

The 27 is from a... Well, a buddy (thanks Randall) gave me a pile of 80's comics, for scholarly analysis, and one thing I hadn't anticipated on me absorbing was the crazy ads. I guess it's been a while since I actually flipped through comics that were older than I am, so I was shocked at all of the ads and how they were for absolutely everything. And I mean everything.

The 27 is from a fake Preview of a card as an Ad for a tarot card set, and that's the page it was before it was imaginarily torn out of the comic.


I was looking through/for some older images and ran across the CCatTwNN page files. I know more now than I did then, and I thought I'd see what the correct tone LPI would look like.

That was one of the bigger errors I made when I drew the book*. It doesn't look like it from that image, but there's a huge difference when it prints.

*Basically, the dots that make up the tones are too big. 

Contact Card

I needed a new contact card. Before now, they've more or less matched however either this blog or the website looked- hard, solid black lines and text. Those are fine, but for these specifically, both sides needed to match, and the other side looks like this.

I'm tempted to try to update the website like this, but I know before I start it won't work- I can't make the typed text match, the grungy and faded and the crisp digital; it would look too disjointed. It's not impossible to merge them, but right now, it just isn't worth my time. I might get around to the buttons though, I've been meaning to do that for a while.

But, I do need to update the gallery. There's a ton of new stuff, and there's a bunch of old stuff I'd like to find and add.

Also, I made these for a specific purpose, so hopefully, they'll be printed and used for it.


I had something I've been working on printed. Yesterday, I took photos of it.

I found out that this stuff doesn't photograph too well. All of the (painstakingly) created printing artifacts blur and disappear in the straight-facing, normal photos.  I decided I needed some detail photos, and afterwards,  I thought they all looked like teaser pictures.

Temple again

This time it's colored. It's from a sort of series I'm trying to finish quickly. It's processed to look classically printed. This particular section of lines is a little boring, this happened to be a section that wasn't really hit with any distress or printing artifacts. 

Should be done with these within the week, then back to the comic. Just a quick break to scratch an itch.


I scanned this drawing and was looking the scan over for flecks (eraser bits and other dust show up surprising well on a high res, high contrast scan), and liked how this turned out- for being drawn at about the size of a quarter.