Grotesque Dollhouse: A Close Reading of Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary

The following post is based on a course assignment from a few years ago that offered me the opportunity to closely read and trace a few pages from Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary, one of my favorite autobiographical comics. My New York Diary is also an early contemporary feminist classic of graphic autobiography. I … Continue reading Grotesque Dollhouse: A Close Reading of Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary

Adventures in Printing

Cover illustration from the beautiful graphic novel, Back and Forth, told in linocut illustrations, made by Toronto artist Marta Chudolinska Recently, I decided to take a break from hand drawing and learn how to create block prints, mostly using the linocut printing technique, which is a type of relief printing. Having taken a rare books … Continue reading Adventures in Printing

Photographs of Masks, Marionettes, and Monsters from past travels around Italy and Prague

I used to make clay dolls as a hobby, and I love masks and marionettes, so while traveling I take photographs of these items where I can find them. Most of these images were taken around Italy (Venice, Rome, and Florence), Prague, the first two photographs were taken in Israel, and the last two are … Continue reading Photographs of Masks, Marionettes, and Monsters from past travels around Italy and Prague

Surrealist Drawing Game: Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse is a drawing game that the Surrealists played frequently to produce collaborative drawings and images; this version was made up in the 1920s in Paris by the surrealists Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert, André Breton and Marcel Duchamp. The name, "cadavre exquis" in French, was extracted from "le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau' … Continue reading Surrealist Drawing Game: Exquisite Corpse