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Charles Brownson
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  • Tempe Arizona
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Ocotillo Arts
Retired librarian. Writer and book artist.
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Posted on October 13, 2014 at 23:33 0 Comments

A blog post from me on cover design -- remarks from a self-publisher. Another thing I do for myself. I don't read the instructions, either.

New book from Ocotillo Arts

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 23:26 0 Comments

I've got a new book,In June -- the first in over a year. Instead, I've been printing the novels on which my big projects are based. On the reorganized website. Two new books in the works -- a novel, another narrative object. Forward.

About the Old Ones

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 22:19 0 Comments

The Old Ones... Chi. Qi. The essence of story-telling. The core of all art. Breath. The source of resonance with our ancient origins. I have aspirations for the medium of artists books. I want artists books which have the range, subtlety, depth of meaning of a Cezanne, a Rothko, Faulkner, Beethoven. Big art. Big aspirations. Anyone who tries to go there is likely to fail. What's the alternative? Trinkets. I don't want to make trinkets. I want to be out looking for the Old Ones. If I make two…


The Old Ones

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 11:59 0 Comments

A rare photo of two Old Ones.

Except for John and me there weren’t any other revolutionary avant-garde troublemakers in my town. Everybody else was either a hard boy or a dutiful one. John and I got pretty close for a while because of that. We were both going to see the Old Ones, John and I. I think John might have got there. I would have no way of knowing for sure because if you get to where the Old Ones are you don’t come back

Where the Old Ones are…



Posted on May 24, 2014 at 15:37 1 Comment

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As a book artist I’m an amateur. Meaning I’ve never been through a book arts program, or any visual art degree at all. I did do an MFA in creative writing, but artists books are generally not novels. I had some help with making paper, and took a week-long binding workshop once. In photography (analog and digital) I’m completely self-trained. At Berkeley I did a year of hand printing with Roger Levenson. I studied book…


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At 19:50 on September 9, 2011, Abigail Thomas said…
Hi Charles, I added your webpage to the ebooks group; somehow in the process I accidently deleted your comment on the same page! Very sorry about that, was a mis-click!
At 8:20 on November 16, 2009, Lisa Young said…
Thanks for the links! I'll spend some time with them tomorrow.
Have you had difficulties with photoshop? My brother in law gave me some great advice when I first got it- I have the cheapie, Elements version- which was, don't try to figure out all the things it can do. Figure out what you want it to do and how to make it do it. It helped me focus amid all the magic and after about 2or 3 solid months of slogging through, I had it. I will never know all the things it can do, but I can use the ones I want. Let me know if you have questions after you look at my website. L.
At 3:29 on November 15, 2009, Lisa Young said…
I had not heard of Golden gel transfer- that sounds like something to look in to- I agree that getting text and image to blend is very difficult. When I am making my books on photoshop(see my web site) it's no problem, but with collage it's another story. I got some transparent "paper" to print type on and then put on to the collages- it has a sticky back- but I haven't spent much time with it yet- it's shiny, which may be a problem. I'll look for the things you mentioned-
The problem with my handwriting I think is just that I've always hated it- I've worked on it a lot and it's better, but still clumsy-
Any more info you have aobut transfer materials would be greatly appreciated- or info on where to look. Thanks! Lisa
At 2:36 on November 11, 2009, Lisa Young said…
What do you want to know?
At 23:37 on March 1, 2009, Natalie d'Arbeloff said…
"...I need to keep Art Spiegelman's achievement in mind, opening not only new content but audiences, increasing artist's options."

I wholly agree. Have just added a comment to that effect on the 21st Cent. book discussion. Some comics artists are breaking out of boundaries that 'artists' book makers' are puzzling over. Maybe it's not so complicated.
At 5:09 on February 22, 2009, Natalie d'Arbeloff said…
Hi Charles, many thanks for your response. I had a browse of your website and am very impressed with your work. Have downloaded the PDF of your article (Now the artist's book now) and so much of it accords with my own thoughts and experience. It would be good to discuss by email, if you wish. My email is on the sidebar of my blog:
Or, anyway here it is:
endapress AT blueyonder DOT co DOT uk

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