Monday, November 23, 2009

Linocut Update (part II)

Things have been crazy this semester! Between writing mock grants, creating a website from scratch, attending and evaluating artist talks, making a digital portfolio, and about nine million other things I've barely had time to pull an edition! During all this, however, I still have been able to put a few more colors down on my linocut. Things are coming along fairly well, I've been masking a lot of the colors to save time and worry less about grease buildup. After color 11 I decided to do another overall color to try and even out the levels. I think another few darker layers on top and it should look quite a bit more uniform.


It's amazing how different those blues and oranges look with the purple...

It was brought up too whether or not I use Photoshop cutout for my linocuts, and the answer, plain and simple, is yes. While I don't copy it exactly I do definitely use it as a guide. Generally I'll print out the original photo and the Photoshopped image and do something in between.  I guess I've never had an issue with it, as I'm more interested in exploring the image and the process, and less about original vector design, but I suppose others might see it otherwise. Any thoughts on the issue? I'd honestly like to hear them.

In other news, I happened by "Mall" in Moorhead during their sidewalk sale and rummaged through aisles and aisles of old antiques and...well, antiques. I found one bin marked pins and got these little jewels for only 75¢.  In other OTHER news, enough with blocks. On to stones! My next post will cover a big multi-media, sculptural piece I'm creating from a lithograph, about fifteen small ImageOn/intaglio plates and drawings. :)