In September, Houston-based serigraphy artist Carlos Hernandez held printmaking workshops at ECU’s School of Art and Design.
Hernandez’s original focus was creating gig posters. The album cover that jumpstarted his interest in illustration was “Destroyer” by the glam-rock band Kiss. After he purchased the album, he showed his mother the sleeve. “She looked at it and said ‘Well you know that’s an illustrator, they got paid for doing that, that was their job,’” said Hernandez. That’s when he realized he wanted to be an illustrator.
He co-founded a successful printmaking studio, Burning Bone Press, located in Houston Texas. Recently, his commercial work has included beer bottle labels and printing on walls of restaurants. He has designed and printed gig posters for many well-known artists and has been recognized in Communication Arts Magazine for his design work for Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Lobos Silk, and Big Sandy his Fly-Rite Boys.
While at ECU, Hernandez offered a variety of workshops. They varied from sessions where students printed one of his designs to sessions where students had the opportunity to design and print their own gig poster. Additionally, he offered an artist lecture focused on how he finds his inspiration for prints. He offered tips and tools of the trade, which he has perfected over the years, such as the “long arm of relationships,” or keeping sketchbooks. “This is my fidget spinner” said Hernandez, referring to the sketch books he carries with him. He opened his portfolios and sketchbooks for students to peruse. Hernandez held his finished product posters next to the sketches they were based on to illustrate that “lots of times things that become posters came from the sketchbooks” and that “ideas just don’t come out of nowhere.”
Concluding his residency, he teamed up with fellow printmaker Bill Fick and ran a printmaking demonstration for students.
Hernandez graduated with his BA in Graphic Design and Illustration from Texas Tech University in 1992.
Pictured: Examples of Hernandez’s work, shared with ECU students in September.
—By Catherine Lochner, candidate for the BS in Communication