intro to print

If the King hadn’t already met Nell at Madam Ross’s house, then there’s little doubt that she would have caught his eye crying oranges below the stage. Flushed with the attentions of the gallants, she must have presented an enticing spectacle. According to the anonymous ‘Memoirs of the Life of Eleanor Gwin’ (1752): 'no sooner had she appeared in the Pit and behind the Scenes with her Oranges, than the Eyes of the Players, and those sparkish Gentlemen who frequent the Theatres were fixed upon her, all anxious to the Story and Birth of the handsome Orange Wench.’ And she in turn must have gazed across the green baize benches of masked ladies and their witty suitors to where the King sat with his auburn-haired mistress, confident that there was everything to play for.

But what would those sparkish gentlemen who frequented the theatres have actually seen when they fixed their eyes upon the delightful orange wench with her back to the stage. She was undoubtedly small and fine-boned (with the smallest and prettiest foot in the country), but with a full figure and the confidence to make it show. According to Dryden’s description of her as Florimel, she had an oval face, clear skin, dark eyes and thick brown eyebrows that contrasted beautifully with her warm, bronze-red hair, which was streaked with gold. Biographer Arthur Dasent, who considers this contrast as 'perhaps the greatest beauty of her face,’ claims that it is a feature 'seldom or never found in those of plebeian birth.’ Her cheeks were dimpled when she laughed and her face alive with mischief. Her portraits too reveal something more profound in those large, melting eyes: the melancholy of the jester.

—  Nell Gwynn: A Biography // Charles Beauclerk

I wish I’d carved that cool eye, but it was from a lino block that our Weekend Intro to Letterpress Printing instructor had carved - we used it to make our first prints and get the hang of using the Vandercook #4.  Black gesso (above and below the collage) and a mixture of a white Gelly Roll and a white Signo Broad for the writing.

“But you take the skyway
It don’t move at all like a subway
It’s got bums when it’s cold
Like any other place
It’s warm up inside
Sittin’ down and waitin’ for a ride
Beneath the skyway.”

-The Replacements, “Skyway”
Although I prefer Jeremy Messersmith’s cover of this song…

I thought you said you want to be successful?

He said, “I Do.”

He said, “When you want to succeed, as bad you want to breath, than you will be successful.”

I don’t know how many of y'all have asthma here today, but if you ever had an asthma attack before. You short of breath, you wheezy (gasp). The only thing you trying to do, is get some air. You don’t care about no basketball game. You don’t care what’s on TV. You don’t care about nobody calling you. You don’t care about a party. The only thing you care about when you’re trying to breathe is to get some fresh air, THAT’S IT! And when you get to the point, where all you want to do is be successful, as bad as you want to breathe, than you’ll be successful.

I’m here to tell you number 1, that most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad, you just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder than you want to party. You don’t want is as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep. Some of you love sleep more than you love success.

And I’m here to tell you today, if you’re going to be successful you’ve gotta be willing to give up SLEEP!

—  Eric Thomas, No Shortcuts Intro (Gramatik)

Decided to put sketchy lines for characters that are suppose to be IRL’s or Cartoons in real life. And also an summery explanation at the beginning of the next issue, like Avatar’s intro.

Gonna print out a preview comic and pass it out during comic con like last year, before I post the full thing online. Don’t know when it’ll be done but it’ll get there.

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