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. :)


Jen Scheuer said...

In regards to using photo-shopped images, in the pieces you have created it is clearly evident your use of the computer to create the technique - even an uneducated viewer in the arts could recognize this. I don't think that it is unappropriate to use the computer in the use of making effects in imagery, but it does change the perception of the artist's intent. The computer processing becomes interweved with the visual statement the artist is making, but it also doesn't showcase the artist's natural visual asthetic/abilities.

Jen Scheuer said...

By the way, I can not believe the difference in how the colors responded to the violet-brown! It looks great!