Chris Lucero Answers...
What's your favorite riso color or color combo?
Mint & Flo. Orange/Violet
Share 1-3 things about your technical process. (ie. how do you color separate?, how do you decide which colors, binding method, or paper to use?, is your process traditional, digital, or both?, if it's collaborative what does the back and forth look like?)
After I found out about Photoshop, I almost always make my final illustrations digitally. Final output can be any medium, but it has mainly been a combination of Riso and digital printing. As for paper, maybe it's because I like it too much or because I ordered a lot, but my go-to stock is French Paper Speckletone (any weight).
Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
I usually just do the entire sketching, and brainstorming process digitally. If I can't get it right, I would resort to drawing incoherent sketches in a notebook until I get something that makes sense. If I'm drawing people, I start posing in front of a mirror/camera to get the right angles.
What did you have on your mind when you were working on this project/piece (or in general)? (ie. Does your work (this or other) relate to a particular current movement or concept?)
Old Man Days is a series I started 4 years ago. I was feeling bored out of my mind at the time and started channeling it all by drawing a full-page layout of an old man doing mundane activities. It evolved into a series of zines exploring this character's everyday life. The print series is a compilation of all the full-page layouts created for each zine's inner cover.
Do you have any risograph-related tips and tricks you'd like to share?
Really plan ahead for the final look of your print/zine/etc. This would really inform how you color separate, organize, and produce the project. You can save a lot of time with a little bit of extra planning.