Try Hard Don't Bitch, is a single sheet zine. I made this little guy as a kind of art school philosophy guide. These are the basic skills to master if you want to be successful in a college level art class. The truth is though that these simple concepts can be applied to a lot of other disciplines. So from me to you, Try Hard Don't Bitch is now available for a free download. Help yourself, and tell folks where you got it.
Syd Webb Studios is now 4 ACRE PRESS. Inspired by our little piece of Texas, 4 ACRE PRESS will be my DBA for all things hand-printed. Growing a young business can be daunting, especially in the DFW area where there are so many other very talented folks in the printing business. The truth is rebranding is a reevaluation of my place. My shop’s small but my will isn’t. I print because I want to.
Hey look! Here we are
A respectful display of the flag of the United States of America.
"Tell the truth and sing about what you know"
The first time I visited Herron School of Art and Design for an open studio day, I wouldn't even go in the printshop. My mom took me to an event and tried to encourage me to at least "peek in." My dad took me several months later for my first portfolio review, after which, I cried.
Flash forward to my first drawing class at Herron. My instructor was Meredith Setser, a printmaker. She took us to see a visiting artist in the shop who was there producing an edition of etchings. It was beautiful. Vibrant color, printing like I'd never understood it. Now that I'm a parent, it makes sense to me why I needed someone else to bring me back to print.
Either way, that was probably the catalyst for my undergraduate experience. The real driver of course was my folks all along. Mom and Dad still run a RISOgraph out of their home. It's not unusual to go home to stacks of paper on the kitchen counter. They understand registration, layering, the frustration that can build during the process. As I work from my new shop at home, I'm reminded of them doing the same. It's a good feeling to walk in steps of your elders, blood or otherwise.