Who doesn’t love a good book?

I know that everyone around here can’t refuse a good book, we’re always getting ourselves lost in one – if not two or three. But we do love a good book. And like I said last time, we’ve been busy. So when we got contacted by an author, Nate Payne, to do the cover for his book, we couldn’t help but accept.

Living in a floating city among the clouds wasn’t the strangest part of Lucius Quinn’s life. Neither was being recruited by a band of rebels to thwart a groundbreaking but dangerous new invention. For a mercenary posing as a private investigator, such mediocre thrills paled in comparison to the adventure that awaited him now.

So why not check out this thrilling tale and take a look, or head on over to the shop and see some of our other designs?

New Tesla Prints

As always, we’ve been busy around these parts. Always something new we’re working on and creating. And lately has been no different. We were contacted awhile back by the owner of the fantastic blog Hyphen Interiors, Kristy Swain. She asked us about some digital downloads of Tesla Blueprints that we had in the shop, and we worked with her on them. The end result, six lovely blueprints for her husband’s office. So why not go take a look at her website and see what all she has posted.

If you are interested, we’ve got all of the new 8″ x 10″ blueprints listed in the shop, as both digital and physical prints.

So why not take a look here and get in touch with your inner nerd?

Exciting Pulps Tales all your own!

As far as art goes, some of the greatest and most evocative that there was comes from the magazine-rack of the golden age. These were actually where a lot of legends got their start, within the bizarre pages of these graphic serials. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, and H.P. Lovecraft just to name a few. It was where tales were spun and legends took shape, it was where we learned about new worlds and let our imaginations lead us down a rabbit hole, to where we did not know till we got there – and even then, you knew only if you were lucky. Places like the savage world of Barsoom and Hyboria as well as the wild Jungles of Tarzan. Even if you were in a more mundane location, the story was sure to be anything but.

But as strange and wondrous as these tales were, the cover art was just as equally evocative and fabulous, lulling us in like a siren’s call and serving only a taste of the magic that was to come.

We’re happy to say that we’ve just added a bunch of magnificent covers to our shop, all sorts ranging from bizarre tales, strange stories, even those from mechanical and machine magazines! So share a little vintage fun and take a pulp adventure of your own!

You can’t always find Sunshine…

Its true… sometimes you can’t always find sunshine in your day. Sadly that can be the case many a cold, dreary wintry day. The sun is hiding behind the clouds. The rain is coming down softly, forming into frozen puddles. And maybe even a little snow is wafting and drifting its way down, collecting into frozen drifts.

But don’t worry, we understand. Because even if you can’t have a little sunshine in your day – you can always have a little Moonshine! So why not check out our latest print, available in both 8×10″ and 13×19″ posters to enjoy on those long winter days – or whenever you feel a little down.

You can find this print – as well as all of our other fun, retro and geeky inspired prints in our Etsy Shop.

More Retro Sci-fi Goodness!

Oh yes, we’ve been busy around here, getting together another wave of greatness! The wait has been a while, but we now are releasing wave two in the Retro Sci-fi Travel Posters, this time, we’ll be exploring the outer reaches of our beloved Solar System and see what the rest of the planets have to offer! So strap into your Rocket, grab your patented Doctor Lioniser’s Proton Pulse Blaster and get ready for an adventure of a life time!

Explore our two biggest planets – and one of their moons, Jupiter, Saturn and her moon, Titan, see just what is beneath the dense clouds and descend into their murky depths…

After that, go see Neptune, a beautiful world covered in cool, clear water. But it’s real treasures lay beneath the surface, so be sure to grab your scuba gear and get ready for a submarine tour!

Our next two worlds, Uranus and Pluto, the eighth and ninth planets in the solar system – yes, you heard us right. Cold, Chilly and just about freezing, explore their icy peaks and be back to the cabin in time for a nice warm beverage with a friend or two!

Poor Uranus, its just the butt of everyone’s jokes… We couldn’t help but make a special edition of the Uranus Poster, just for a good laugh or two. These special posters will be made available as well, but are limited edition – so get them while they last!

And at the end of the day, why not return home – or perhaps, the home of the future that is. Come see New Earth in all its glory, Humanity’s Shining Beacon guiding you back home to where it all started. So go out there and enjoy your travels and be secure in the knowledge that you can always come home to somewhere familiar – and remember to grab a poster or two while your out there, a memento of your travels!

All of the New Prints are now available in the Etsy Shop, so go ahead and check them out!

Fresh Typography!

We’ve got another big update here at Indelible Ink Workshop, once more we’ll be releasing another wave of Typographical Prints! We’ve got plenty to choose from this time around, plenty that we’re sure you’ll love!

We’ve also got another round on the near horizon – more retro science fiction posters are on the way! Something tells us that we’ll be exploring the outer parts of the solar system soon and see what else is out there…

But till we get out past the asteroid belt and see what the deeper realms of outer space have in store for us, we’ve got a large number of motivation and inspirational typography coming out this week – so be sure to stop by the Etsy Shop and check out all the new releases!

Being an Artist

There are many advantages to being an artist – one is certainly being able to create visually what you would like to see in this world. Though it takes time, you can always hone your art form or hobby, with patience and practice to be able to craft what you want to see made. Sometimes this is something that no one else is doing, no one else is crafting, something that one else has thought of. So, you yourself have to fill in this void.

This is actually how a lot of great things got there start and how countless more will find their way too.

But being an artist is like any other job, it has its perks and it has its disadvantages. One of the major perks sets it aside from most other professions and hobbies, or at least ones that I’ve always been fond of, is that being an artist is being able to do a little of everything. We get to try a taste of everything, get to learn some of this, dabble in a little of that and at the end of the day pick and choose what we take. Not necessarily “how”, but most certainly “what”.

As an artist you learn to see the world around you in a completely different way, somehow appreciating it more. And unless you were born with a paintbrush in hand, you’ll probably spend some serious time learning, studying paintings, drawings and other art – and most certainly your subjects.

I remember as a child, I was always given a pencil, crayons and paper – generally to keep me busy at group functions and gatherings, but it was something that I enjoyed doing. While modest, the pencil, crayons and simple printer paper still form the basis of nearly everyone’s artistic careers. Some just get bigger and more expensive toys – others learn to make what they started with work for them, improving on it.

My Artistic Career started when I saw my parents drawing something for me to try to copy, as I would imagine a lot of kids paths begin. When you first start to draw or paint, your picture may not look like their’s – or even close for that matter. But you knew that it was fun and you want another go – and when that happens you start to see how they did it and begin to dissect it. And this is where the magic begins, where we first start learning, in picking apart what has been put before us. Not critics eyes, no. Just curious eyes.

Maybe your next plane doesn’t look like the one that your parents drew either, so you feverishly go back and erase it or grab a fresh piece of paper when your experiments start covering up the sheet that you had and try again. In doing so, studying their drawing, you see the general shape, the feel, which helps. Then you start again, drawing the wings and end up with something that more resembles taffy on a hot day than that sleek, vintage world war two era mustang that your dad drew.

But this isn’t a problem. Its learning. And it takes time.

We realize that our wings don’t look like theirs and wonder why. So, going back over them, realizing that they are shaped differently, like elongated water drops. Then you may ask why exactly their shaped like that, which would take you down another long avenue, sparking a whole different conversation. But one that would undoubtably help in drawing that aircraft that we were after. By simply wanting to learn how to draw a plane, even as a child, you can start to figure out what makes that plane fly and why, what makes it stay up in the air and not just fall straight down like an African Sparrow carrying a Coconut – which in turn only makes your art that much the better.

While sometimes we may want something to not look conventional, go out on a limb, say Dali or M.C. Escher as examples. While both of those people drew utterly bizarre and remarkable things – they were firmly rooted in some sort of world, generally ours to some extent or other, even if one that made little to no sense. Salvador Dali with his abstract clocks and creatures from other worlds, they still bore some logic, if unorthodox. His clocks just melted rather than told time. As for Escher – his illustrations merely defied the laws of physics and architecture – but still somehow in the end made a certain bizarre sense to the eyes. Both of these men knew the world, what it looked liked – and that gave them the ability to change it upon the canvas and art across the world.

You learn by observing, other’s work as well as your own. Its how we as artists get better. We ask questions so we learn. So to do we observe. Humans are after all a very visual creature, we like to see what we’re doing.

And the best part, whether you think that you’re the greatest that ever walked or just a humble person with a pen and paper, someone who just likes to dabble or who spends countless hours on just one project, whether you sell thousands of designs or just do a drawing for your childs amusement – everyone can be an artist. Everyone puts that hat on sometime in their life regardless of if they ever make a cent doing it. All it takes is a little time and effort to keep that hat on.

There are many more prints coming out soon! The above, Art is Messy, will soon be available in the shop. Till then, you can check out all of our other available prints here!

We’ve also got a page on Deviant Art as well now, so you can go join in the art and follow along there as well!