Monday, November 19, 2012

WUNDERPOP!

Last spring I was hired by Wunderpop to design some fabric ribbons and I just got the samples. The embroidery looks great in person and Michelle from Wunderpop did a nice post on her blog about the project: Wunderpop Blog

Check em out! They are available for sale on the Wunderpop Etsy site, right here: WUNDERPOP ETSY




Friday, November 9, 2012

I LOVE READING Stickers!

Pretty excited about these! Pro-reading stickers featuring Kroc from THE WATERMELON SEED. I ordered a bunch, and they will go out with future orders from my etsy shop.



Saturday, November 3, 2012

FREE (U.S.) Shipping on all prints til Nov 18!


FREE (U.S.) SHIPPING ON ALL PRINTS!
Now through November 18 I’m offering free domestic shipping on all prints in my etsy store. If you’re in the market for some easy to frame art for kids, visit my store and use the coupon code HOLIDAZE12 for free shipping!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/doctorpizzoli - Thank you!



Monday, October 8, 2012

#Process

I've long been hoarding various stages of drawings and drafts that have to do with THE WATERMELON SEED with the intention of someday soon putting together a comprehensive series of blog posts, or a section of my website, or something related to process.

I was looking over this stuff and came across this little scribbled sketch of one of the thumbnail drafts of TWS and decided to see what it looked like next to it's final version. It's the title page from the book and I'm really stoked with how the whole thing came out but it's cool to see the little weirdo sketch I drew at the kitchen table over a year ago, early in the AM, before I went to a job that wasn't as fun as this one . . .




Seven short months til you can get your own copy!


Friday, September 21, 2012

F&Gs!!!

I told myself (and my editor) that I was going to wait to post stuff about THE WATERMELON SEED until the book is at least available to pre-order - BUT I JUST GOT THE F&GS IN THE MAIL AND I'M FREAKING OUT!!!

Take a look!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spooky!

Sorry for the radio silence - lucky for me, things have been super busy! I've got some new children's books I'm working on, a new zine I'm having offset printed and the proofs of THE WATERMELON SEED are in and I really want to show you guys. 

I am on some tight deadlines, but I'll get to it all soon. 

In the meantime, here's a lil' mummy:


Monday, August 27, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I have no idea if this will work or not . . .

 Wow, I guess it worked! (Quick one in PS using the Animation tools)

Foody Repeat

Back from vaca and still getting used to working instead of swimming. I made this foody repeat pattern this morning:


Sunday, August 5, 2012

I'm having an art show on Saturday


Lickable Wallpaper
Screenprints by Greg Pizzoli
Saturday, August 11, 6-8 pm
B2 Cafe, 1500 E. Passyunk Ave
If you're in the Philadelphia area, hope you can make it!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Postcards and Bookmarks

My friend Tim Gough snapped a really nice shot of a promo pack I sent him last week. I sent out a bunch of these to publishing types and included my new postcard, a bookmark for
THE WATERMELON SEED, a personal note, and my usual custom stamps. Check it out:



Friday, July 6, 2012

Letterpress Giveaway!

*UPDATE*: The random number generator (Random.org) came up with 24 and that is Ellis! Please email me at info@gregpizzoli.com with your address and I'll send them right out. Thanks everyone for the comments! And thanks to Pointed Press for the fantastic job of letterpress printing.

Today I'm giving away 2 complete sets of letterpressed postcards from INDEX 2012 - lovingly printed by Philadelphia's Pointed Press and featuring artwork by The Heads of State, Katie Smith, Scotty Reifsnyder, Mikey Burton and yours truly - just leave a comment here and I'll pick a random winner at 6pm today.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

From the UArts CE Blog


The post below was originally distributed on the Creative Consumption Blog by the Continuing Studies Dept at the University of the Arts. I'm reposting it here for fun. My work is up in their building on Broad Street in Philly if you're interested in checking it out.


In March of 2011, I was lucky enough to receive a Faculty Enrichment Grant from the Continuing Studies Department at UArts, where I was teaching screenprinting.  My plan was to use the money from the grant to attend the SCBWI Conference in LA, and use what I learned there to develop a course for illustrators who aspire to work in the children’s publishing market.  Having attended the previous SCBWI conference in New York in January 2011, I knew that the panels and workshops at the SCBWI Summer Conference would build on my knowledge of what art reps, literary agents, editors and art directors are looking for in a solid portfolio.


I was fortunate in my second ever conference experience in that I won an award for my portfolio in the Annual Illustrator’s Showcase (this was my second Portfolio award, as I also won a Portfolio Honor Award at the SCBWI Winter Conference back in January) and I attended many sessions about what should be in a portfolio to make your work stand out.
One of the main things everyone looks for is a sense of narrative. These drawings are presumably for books after all, so a portfolio should showcase characters in a narrative; the same characters over multiple pages, doing different things, etc. Another thing you definitely need is kids! This seems obvious, but I was stunned at how few portfolios had drawings of children. You need them!

The sessions were great, and it was very helpful to meet other working illustrators, editors and art directors to hear what they thought about the work, and what aspiring illustrators should be doing to get their work out there.
This past fall I taught my first section of “Children’s Book Illustration Portfolio Development” for Continuing Education and the class was a big success! The class size was very small, only four students, and I was able to focus on each student’s unique goals. Each student came out of the class with four finished portfolio pieces, including an edition of postcards to be mailed out in order to promote their newly revamped portfolios.

Many thanks to the Continuing Studies Department for making these Faculty Enrichment Grants available – it was certainly an enriching experience.

All images copyright Greg Pizzoli 2012.
Greg Pizzoli’s screenprints will be on view through the month of June.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Look out!

New print! This will be 5 layers and is part of the train series I'm working on for my show in August. Look out!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

My train engine

I'm having an art show in August in Philadelphia at a cafe called B2, and I'm making some new screenprints for the occasion. This is 1 of 6 prints that will all be part of a train series. 5 more to go!



Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Hey guys - check out the work of my friend from Providence, James Quigley: http://www.theheadlight.com/gallery/artwork/exhibition/quigley/

When I was a kid with one semester of screenprinting under my belt, James taught me how to use color overlays and a lot more about printing.

His prints are AMAZING in person - so if you like something, buy it! A wise investment!




Monday, May 14, 2012

Big News!

Hey! Big news! I have been sitting on this for about 6 months - but I got the go ahead to blog about it now aaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnddddddddd I signed a 2-book deal with Disney*Hyperion! I am writing and illustrating both books - and the first one will come out next May! It's honestly been the dream my whole life, and I couldn't be happier with the experience so far. It happened last fall but I was asked to not talk about it online until now. I am wrapping up all of the art for the first book this week, and then it's on to book two!

The first book is called The Watermelon Seed and is about a crocodile who loves watermelon more than anything in the world, until he swallows a seed . . .


My Editor, Art Director, and everyone at the publisher have been really great to work with and have been terrific about investing time and energy into making sure the books look and feel just right. The Watermelon Seed will be printed in 3 spot colors and on matte paper and the whole thing should feel like one of my handmade screenprinted books, but hardcover with a jacket and actually in book stores. 

I'll be posting lots more about The Watermelon Seed (Summer 2013) and the next-still-secret-book (Summer 2014) here and on twitter and facebook. I'm really excited to show everyone the work I've been doing, and I hope you like what you see. Lots of sketches, process posts and giveaways to come.

Stay tuned . . .



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

VS.


The class I teach is doing a zine for our final project. Here's part of the cover. It's not a Pearl Jam reference.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Group show opens tomorrow in Philadelphia

I'm in a group art show that opens this Friday (April 13) at Chapterhouse, 9th & Bainbridge in Philadelphia. I'll be hanging around at the opening, so stop by if you're in the neighborhood! These are the 6 pieces I have in the show. Thanks!



Monday, April 2, 2012

New 12 layer silkscreen

Printing this at Muhlenberg College in Allentown this week as part of their visiting artist program. So pumped!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Starting another Rubylith piece

This is the first layer of a print I think will end up being 6 layers. It's a Ruffed Grouse.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Message to you, Ruby

This weekend Tim Gough came by and we started working on a new collaborative print. We both typically work in our own odd analog/digital hybrid ways, so when we make stuff together we level the field a bit and work with rubylith. I like how tactile it is to work with, and it always prints great, but it does hurt my brain a bit sometimes. Here's some pics:

We start by making a drawing. We both make thumbnails and talk about what we want to try and then we make a sketch to the size of the print, in this case it's 11x14 inches. We set a stopwatch to 5 minutes and then each take turns, 5 minutes for Greg, 5 minutes for Tim, etc. We draw this way til it's done. 


So then we have a drawing! This one took 20 minutes.

 This is a fresh sheet of rubylith laid over top of the drawing.
 Rubylith is two layers: a layer of clear acetate on the bottom with a layer of thin red film adhered on top. We use x-acto knives to cut through the layer of red film and pull it off of the clear acetate. Any of the red film that we leave is what will show up as ink for this layer of our print.

We cut for a while...

Always smart to make me stop for a snack or I get cranky. Tim knows this and comes prepared. 

After we cut for a long time, we have this thing! We use that to burn a screen which ends up looking like this thing:


And here's what the first layer of our print looks like! 

I would guess we have 4 more layers to do before it's done. Maybe more, stay tuned...