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May 18, 2019
Instructors: Nathan Fox – Illustrator/Artist/Comic Book Guy/Chair, MFA Visual Narrative at SVA
Illustrators have always been pushing the envelope of print technology and at the forefront of printed matter.
From bookstores to Etsy shops, MoCCA to SPX, comic-cons, book fairs and beyond, the Risograph duplicator has seen a resurgence in the past few years as a low-cost spot-color, “one-stop-shop” print production medium of choice for illustrators, designers, graphic novelists and visual storytellers worldwide. The Risograph duplicator has become a vital print production tool among the illustration, cartooning and printmaking community for its use as a low-cost, high-yield medium for experimentation, collaboration and self-promotion. This technology fuses analog and digital printing techniques, combining the vibrant colors of silkscreen printing with the speed and automation of digital and offset printing.
In this boot-camp style workshop, students will be given a rigorous two-day introduction on how to use this medium effectively as a tool for self-publishing. We will explore mark-making, color and form through the Risograph reproduction, along with how to approach color separation, pagination, and self-publication through the Risograph printing process.
This workshop is exclusive to the Society of Illustrators – seating is limited. Each student will receive training to operate the Risograph duplicator. Students are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks and a few dry-medium drawing tools. Post-weekend, further classes are available to continue Riso skill-building and experimentation at sva.edu/ce.
Visit risolab.sva.edu for more information on the RISOLAB’s facilities, open-access fees and resources.