Paper Planes

Paper Planes

Drawings and comics by Carl Nelson

Apr 21

Apr 14
Figure Study, No. 11. Acrylic Ink, colored pencil. 22 x 30”. 2011.

Figure Study, No. 11. Acrylic Ink, colored pencil. 22 x 30”. 2011.


Apr 13
There’s a Landlord’s Daughter/Old Bottle Black concert coming up on April 23rd at Cafe Racer in the University District. Fellow artist/friend Kaia Chessen and I will be accompanying the music with live stunt drawing for the evening. Pictures start at 8 and sound at 9 - hope to see you there!

There’s a Landlord’s Daughter/Old Bottle Black concert coming up on April 23rd at Cafe Racer in the University District. Fellow artist/friend Kaia Chessen and I will be accompanying the music with live stunt drawing for the evening. Pictures start at 8 and sound at 9 - hope to see you there!


Apr 12

Apr 8

Apr 5
I had to make a trip downtown yesterday. Normally, library holds are all I need to watch and read everything I want, but today’s object-of-my-affection was a rare, 1971 catalog of Tadanori Yokoo’s design work, found only in Seattle Central Branch’s special collections wing or on Ebay for the better half of a grand. If there was ever an argument for public libraries, this sort of book was it, and for only $2.75 in bus fare, I had an hour audience with the Andy Warhol of Japan. Fans of pop-art, design, and the floating world will not be disappointed by Mr. Yokoo: His work is a loud, irreverent tour-de-force of offset printing and appropriated imagery - the kind of stuff I absolutely hated in college and have nothing but a gleeful admiration for now. The book design on the catalog is also something to look at: there’s a garish slipcase and it’s all printed on some kind of card stock (Printed by manga-giant Kodansha, no less!). Flipping through the book made me realize a huge caveat to some advice I gave a friend the other day: I seem to recall saying something like “You should never use black in a color composition because it overpowers everything”, and now I think I need to reconsider that in light of Mr. Yokoo’s design work. Anyway, check this guy out. He’s good stuff.

I had to make a trip downtown yesterday. Normally, library holds are all I need to watch and read everything I want, but today’s object-of-my-affection was a rare, 1971 catalog of Tadanori Yokoo’s design work, found only in Seattle Central Branch’s special collections wing or on Ebay for the better half of a grand. If there was ever an argument for public libraries, this sort of book was it, and for only $2.75 in bus fare, I had an hour audience with the Andy Warhol of Japan. Fans of pop-art, design, and the floating world will not be disappointed by Mr. Yokoo: His work is a loud, irreverent tour-de-force of offset printing and appropriated imagery - the kind of stuff I absolutely hated in college and have nothing but a gleeful admiration for now. The book design on the catalog is also something to look at: there’s a garish slipcase and it’s all printed on some kind of card stock (Printed by manga-giant Kodansha, no less!). Flipping through the book made me realize a huge caveat to some advice I gave a friend the other day: I seem to recall saying something like “You should never use black in a color composition because it overpowers everything”, and now I think I need to reconsider that in light of Mr. Yokoo’s design work. Anyway, check this guy out. He’s good stuff.


Apr 3

“The  end has begun. Oliver’s  classmates are getting their demons, and soon,  Oliver will be summoned  to Nexia, to meet Illisius and fulfill his  terrible prophecy. And even  worse, Emalie hasn’t returned. Can Oliver  and Dean find her, and  thwart Oliver’s fate before it’s too late? Their  only hope lies in  solving the baffling mystery of the Triad of Finity.  In this harrowing  finale to the series, battle lines are drawn, unsteady  alliances  formed, and Oliver and his friends face their destiny.”
I’ve just completed work on a cover for the finale of Kevin Emerson’s Oliver Nocturne series.  The book should be debuting this month sometime, and you can find out  more on the author’s website here. You can also view the entire  wrap-around cover here.

“The end has begun. Oliver’s classmates are getting their demons, and soon, Oliver will be summoned to Nexia, to meet Illisius and fulfill his terrible prophecy. And even worse, Emalie hasn’t returned. Can Oliver and Dean find her, and thwart Oliver’s fate before it’s too late? Their only hope lies in solving the baffling mystery of the Triad of Finity. In this harrowing finale to the series, battle lines are drawn, unsteady alliances formed, and Oliver and his friends face their destiny.”

I’ve just completed work on a cover for the finale of Kevin Emerson’s Oliver Nocturne series. The book should be debuting this month sometime, and you can find out more on the author’s website here. You can also view the entire wrap-around cover here.

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Mar 29
Figure Study, No. 8. acrylic ink, colored pencil. 15 x 22”. 2011.

Figure Study, No. 8. acrylic ink, colored pencil. 15 x 22”. 2011.


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