Monthly Archives: May 2012

Rough Draft of ‘Thank You’ Postcards

I was messing around on Photoshop today, and I whipped up a rough draft of the Postcards for the *Lucky 13* on my Kickstarter project. Keep in mind, this is just a quick sketch and the final product will be hand-drawn/carved, letter pressed, and printed on hardy printmaking paper. This picture shows the front and back of the bi-fold card. Keep checking back for more renditions of this idea.

Copyright – Marcus Benavides – 2012

Getting Ready


This week has been dedicated to getting supplies ready for my residency next month. Above is an image of drying paper that I just stained. I’m bringing nine of these 4 ft x 10 ft Masa sheets along with carving tools, ink, and a roll of Stonehenge paper. The paper roll was donated by Takach Press, a fine art printmaking supply company.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Takach, they have been manufacturing presses and print supplies for 31 years and remain the premier source of fine art presses in the US and around the world. If you’ve printed works at any major university, chances are it was on a Takach press. I was surprised and very grateful to hear of David Takach’s interest in my work. He was at the most recent Southern Graphics Council International Portfolio Review promoting his presses and caught a the preview of my MFA show lying on the floor of the Sheraton ballroom. It wasn’t the most professional way of displaying prints, however David has shown a great deal of appreciation for them. I’m glad to say that with his recent support of Ink, Paper, and Brayers I am a few steps closer to realizing this project. It’s an honor to have reinforcement from the nation’s top Printmaking Press Company.

But Takach isn’t the only supporter of this project. My Kickstarter fund has been growing and growing over the past month, and it’s because of some of my very close friends, supportive professors, fellow artists, and new fans. Without you guys, this project would have never left the ground. This week’s Shout-Outs start … NOW:

Sarah Noreen – Fellow UW – Madison Printmaking graduate, Sarah currently teaches at Corcoran College of Art and Design. She prints and constructs amazing sculptures highlighting her distinct cultural background. Click the link above for a sample of her work.

Sarah Horowitz – My previous neighbor and current close friend, Sarah is a student at the UW – School of Medicine and has just finished her 2nd year. She is a super-smart student, actress, and small animal-lover. A very special Thank You goes to Sarah for she even got her family to donate to the Kickstarter goal! Thank you brother Jason, and super-mom Mary Harrowitz.

Leo Johnson – Leo is a fellow comic book lover, a Biology graduate,  and currently lives in Jacksonville, AL. He runs his radio show called Panel Pals Comics Podcast. Every week, he and co-host Michael record a podcast bringing listeners the best in comics, video games, web-comics, and more. Check it out!

John Hitchcock – UW – Madison Professor and artist John Hitchcock has always been a source for inspiration, and a supportive force in my work. In this project specifically, John has provided advice and professional reference. Many thanks go to him and his uplifting character!

Richard Martinez – My uncle Richard lives in Hemet, CA with wife Donna and family. He is a Merchandising Execution Team Supervisor at Home Depot and can destroy you at a game of darts. I here they call him ‘Shooter’ back home …

Anna Gratovich – I’ve never met Anna, but she has also supported fellow printmaker and extremely talented artist Matt Rebholz Kickstarter project. This leads me to believe she is a printmaker herself. Hmm …

Separated Rose by Judith Curiel

Sabrina Krueger – Sabrina and I have been friends since High School, and she currently teaches Astronomy at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She is resident bad-ass in Corpus Christi, TX shares my passion for all that is GWAR! Rock on, Sabrina.

Judith Curiel – I had my first photography class with Judy as my professor, and she just so happens to be the sweetest woman on Earth. Check out her beautiful photographs by clicking her name above. Do it!

Mark Sammaritani, Karsten Osterby, Lisa K,  Mike Walsh, and Edward Hayes – I don’t personally know any of you, but thanks for your support and I hope you like your future prints!

We’re not done, yet! We still have 9 days to reach our $1,600 goal. And that’s why I have added a new Kickstarter Reward. For a $30 dollar donation, donors will receive the $5 prize, $10 prize, and 20 custom made ‘Thank You’ postcards. The bi-fold design will go up sometime this week. But, hurry because this reward is limited to 13 donors!

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Half Way Point

We’ve officially reached the halfway point of the Kickstarter deadline. Donations have been slowly trickling in, but we still have 12 days to reach $1600. This is a good time to remind everyone that it’s still possible to donate to the cause. If you’ve been thinking about pitching in or spreading the word, you only have a couple more weeks. The extended 250% goal would ensure that all costs associated with the trip are covered. Not to mention that more people will receive killer woodcut prints! Tell your friends, and fellow art collectors. This week’s post will conclude with more nods to my benefactors:

Lucas Urbain – Lucas is the Student Director of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee. He is a current student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and was my very first Kickstarter Supporter! He will receive a very special version of the print of his choice. (It will more than likely have gold leaf in it) Thanks Lucas!

Steel Wagstaff – Steel is currently a  PhD student at UW – Madison in the English department. He and I met at an art show early last year, entitled The Beast in Me. The show was curated by fellow friend and local Madison artist, Trent Miller.

Michaeleen Roark – Mother to one of my best friends and currently one of my most enthusiastic fans, Michaeleen lives in Jefferson, South Dakota. Thanks so much Mrs. Roark!

University of Wisconsin’s Department of Graduate Studies – Many thanks to the Graduate Department of UW – Madison, and there generous support through the Vilas Travel Grant.

Selina Arredondo – An Executive Chef based out of San Antonio, Texas, Selina is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. We attended Texas A&M University together and she remains one of my best friends and most avid supporters. I wouldn’t be a functioning human being if it wasn’t for this lady.

Laura Felley – Laura is a student in the UW School of Medicine and just finished her second year. Go Laura!

Lydia Roussos – Also a previous member of the WUD Art Committee, Lydia recently graduated from the Art History department of UW with her graduate degree.

Precariousness by John Medina

John Medina – A close friend and fellow Corpus Christian, John recently graduated from Northern Illinois University with his MFA in sculpture. He currently has an art  show up in Chicago at EbersMoore Gallery. If you’re in the area go check it out. It’s sure to be killer!

Kirsten Flaherty – Kirsten is an artist/printmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She works at the Illustration Mag Carrier Pigeon and just recently became the Director of the New York Society of Etchers. Alright Kirsten!

University of Wisconsin’s Art Department – Many thanks to the Art Department of UW – Madison, and there generous support through the Professional Development Grant.

That concludes this weeks Shout-Outs. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed and re-posted my Kickstarter link. Come back next week to see the latest supporters!

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