Wren McDonald Answers...
What's your favorite riso color or color combo?
Hmm, it's hard to say. I think it depends on the project and what's accessible. I like how combos like Blue, Yellow, and Fluorescent Pink can be layered to make a wider range of colors.
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?)
For the line work, I go back and forth between digital and traditional, but the color is always done digitally in Photoshop. I keep each color and each opacity in separate layers, grouping everything by color. I like to use opacities because it helps me to think of the image in the same way the Riso interprets it. After I'm happy with the color, I convert to grayscale and then print.
Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
I thrive within the limitations of Riso, especially in a world where I'm constantly bogged down with decision fatigue. There's not infinite colors, textures, sizes, etc. So when I'm working on something that will be Riso printed it's always nice to sit down and see what's accessible. Riso printing has informed my practice in general. Even when working on digital or editorial work, I tend to approach it in the same way--limited color and texture.
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?)
This piece actually grew from an editorial illustration. I had to draw a futuristic cityscape to accompany an article about a tech company that had a strong future. Using the foundation of the city, I reworked it to talk about a topic more personally interesting (esp. as someone who lives in New York)-- constantly being barraged with advertising! Also, I just love drawing hovercars.
Do you have any risograph-related tips and tricks you'd like to share?
When working on something that's to be Riso printed, I've found it's best to keep the printing process in mind. Make work that will compliment the process as opposed to forcing the process onto disconnected work.