All I can say about these is that after nearly a year of not doing them, its really fun to do them again. When I was last doing them, they had lost their "skews", which I am trying to put back in.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Thanks to Asakiyume for her characterization of these lino cuts as "creating a world of souls and personalities". I really like that, because it does seem like, on some level, that's what's going on. One of the things I really like about making art is that as I draw, I do fall in love with the person who is emerging on the paper. It's a little different with the lino cuts, because when you're cutting, it's just cutting. The magic happens initially in the drawing, and then when you pull the first proof, but you have to do the middle cutting step, which can be very rewarding, but in a different, more zen way, but not in the same way as drawing. (I don't know if that made any sense at all.)
So here are three more. They seem like they could all live in the same world. A couple days ago I was putting groups of three together to print together, and out of 53 blocks, there were only three trios that wanted to be together. I tried and tried to get more, especially of these little 3 X 5 blocks, but the three had to all have the same sized heads and the same style. But that wasn't what I was thinking about when I was making them, so most of them don't belong together. I did print a block of 20 (of the 3X5s) and 16 (of the 4X6s), but for that, since none of them go together, they all go together, since they're all black and white. If I haven't posted any of those yet, I'll do that sometime soon.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Oh, these are bad scans. The paper wasn't quite flat, so only the parts that are flat on the scanner bed are in focus. But it's getting late (6:17 am), and I need to go walk the dog, so I don't have time to rescan them right now.
But I LOVED the line drawing of David, and I had to go aquatint the whole thing, and while I like the result, it's not the same drawing at all.
But I'm thinking something is the matter with either the acid or the ground, because here is another line drawing etched for 30 minutes, and the lines are really nice. But if I etch them for longer, the ground disappears between the lines, and it gets all spready.
So I aquatinted this one too. It still needs some work.
And here's the one that I thought should have been black when I over-etched it last week, but wasn't. So this one is aquatinted pretty heavily, with some light areas burnished back in.
Friday, November 29, 2013
This project is the REFRAIN of my artistic life right now. Since falling in love with the old Mexican printmakers when I was in Mexico a couple months ago, I have been working on learning how to make linoprints. Actually, I have always loved prints, but those fired up my interest in doing them myself.
My goal (right now) is 100 of them. It really takes a lot of carving to learn how to do it--what works and what doesn't work. I hope they're getting better, and more interesting, though there are some early ones that I think are very interesting. But I've learned a lot about carving, and am starting to get the hand of midtones.
But this is a "refrain" because I am working on other projects as well. But I keep coming back to this again and again. Also, if you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you will see other recurring themes. The faces (I do love faces), the wrinkles, the grins.
Three more. I am just plugging away at them. This one is a second stage. The first one just looked like a theater mask. If you want to see all of them, click on the "linocut" tag on the right.
This one is also a second stage. The first one with too flat.
And this last one, I didn't think would work out. The drawing felt stilted. But the print doesn't (to me, anyway).
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
There is only one week left of my print-making class, and then maybe one week after that that I can still use the studio, so I had better make the best use of my time. What's different about doing intaglio this time is that I figured out a whole lot of stuff when I took the 8-week class last time that I can basically just get right down to the business of making images, and I must say that drawing on the hard ground is really really pleasing.
All of these are from reference photos I took myself, and all of these I drew straight onto the plate, and I must say that I really like this little portrait of David. I'm not done with it, though I'm not sure what else I'm going to do. I'll probably give one of these proofs to David. That's what I decided to do for all the people whose photos I've used--give them a print! (And hope that they're not mad that I used their image!). This one actually looks a lot like him. You can probably tell that he is a gentle soul.
Now here's the mystery: I left this one in the acid for 51 minutes (as opposed to the 30 minutes for the portrait of David, which I thought could have been etched for a little longer), and instead of delicate lines (like I'd drawn on the plate), they were big coarse lines (and all the hard ground between the closely hatched lines had been eaten away). I thought it would print really dark, but as you can see, it didn't. Why not? Did it wipe it too much? Are the lines broad, but not deep? Had the paper not soaked long enough?(it seems there was a lot of ink still left on the plate, and it LOOKED a lot darker than the David print after I wiped it.) And what do I do to MAKE them dark? I should probably try printing it again, and see what soaking the paper longer, and wiping less aggressively does. I bet it was the paper. I only soaked it for the time I was wiping the plate, and the wiping went really fast. The paper for the image below had been soaking a long time, and that plate looked like it had hardly any ink on it at all after I wiped it, and look how dark that turned out.
So this is the second stage for the bass woman. I added more etched lines (not that you can tell in this little format). The scan isn't so great because the print isn't flat since I propped it up next to the previous stage while it was still wet.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I might as well admit now that my plan is to do 100 of these. I'm not sure if I have enough little linoleum blocks, but I can easily get more.
The only way to get good at something is to do a lot of them (plus really think about and evaluate what is working and not working).
These four all need some more work done on them, but these are the first state.