Black Alice Blacklight Series


Welcome to Black Alice, a black light screen printed print series by Team Eight.

As we develop each of the sixteen prints in this series, you’ll find insight into process and progress from the eight collaborating artists. We’ll share concept sketches, line work, color mock-ups, finals, interviews, ink tests and proofs and the printing process.

We just Summer 2013, we wrapped up an unsuccessful kickstarter to help fund the completion of the artwork and the very intense and careful screen printing. If you were one of our backers, thank you. We plan to return the favor by continuing to work hard to make this project happen and these prints available.

We are working hard between everyone’s diverse schedules, to complete this artwork. We are considering relaunching on kickstarter in the coming months or rolling out a poster by poster pre-order to fund the printing over a few months. Either way, subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date with this project and feel free to send us encouragement, suggestions, and feedback.

White Rabbit – Colors

Daylight view of "The White Rabbit"

Daylight view of “The White Rabbit”

Black light view of "The White Rabbit"

Black light view of “The White Rabbit”

Here are the almost completed color mockups of Frans’ large print. This 18 x 24″ screen print will feature five spot colors: green, fluorescent red, METALLIC brass, white, and a dark blue. We may decide to print this one on off-white and we do have a few more minor details to clean up. Frans will be updating the roman numerals on the black light view with hand drawn versions.

Queen Kitty – Pencils



Here are the pencils in progress. I’m still working on adding details to the robes and jewelry. For the black light view we’ll see Alice’s huge hands swooping in to snatch up the queen.

This illustration is based on the final chapters of Through the Looking Glass where Alice shakes the Red Queen into a kitten. Here’s the excerpt:

‘And as for YOU,’ she went on, turning fiercely upon the Red Queen, whom she considered as the cause of all the mischief—but the Queen was no longer at her side—she had suddenly dwindled down to the size of a little doll, and was now on the table, merrily running round and round after her own shawl, which was trailing behind her.
At any other time, Alice would have felt surprised at this, but she was far too much excited to be surprised at anything NOW. ‘As for YOU,’ she repeated, catching hold of the little creature in the very act of jumping over a bottle which had just lighted upon the table, ‘I’ll shake you into a kitten, that I will!’

CHAPTER X. Shaking

She took her off the table as she spoke, and shook her backwards and forwards with all her might.
The Red Queen made no resistance whatever; only her face grew very small, and her eyes got large and green: and still, as Alice went on shaking her, she kept on growing shorter—and fatter—and softer—and rounder—and—


—and it really WAS a kitten, after all.

Alice Progress

Daylight view of colors in progress

Daylight view of colors in progress

Black light view of colors in progress

Black light view of colors in progress


Finished linework

Detail of Alice in pencil

Detail of Alice in pencil

I Growl When I’m Pleased – Colors in progress

Getting closer to finishing up the colors on this one. I still need to draw the rest of the landscape in the background and actually draw the mist. I want the mist to have some weight and physicality–some shape.

View in daylight

View in daylight

View in black light

View in black light

Printing the Test Proofs

Awhile ago, we hand printed a small edition of test proofs to check, color, registration and the separations of James Callahan’s first print The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle. We’re very excited by the end result and thought we’d share some of the process.

Exposing and washing out the first screen

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Mixing and testing the first color


Printing: Load, swipe, remove, repeat


The printed first color


The first color in daylight


The first color in black light


The second color

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Checking colors under black light


The third color


Final test print in daylight

Final test print in daylight


Final test print in black light

Mock Turtle and Gryphon Final


Final color proof

Jabberwock Finals


Final art for the Jabberwock prints. Daylight view above and black light below.


“Drink Me” Final Artwork

AlicePoster2ANoah’s final art proof. This mock-up is for the daylight view. The one below is his idea for viewing under black light.


What is the use of a Book Progress

What is the Use of a Book?

inks in progress