Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Creation and process of "self-sufficient"

At the end of last year, and early in January I finished the print "self-sufficient". Here are some process images. "self-sufficient" is a reduction print, which means that all the separate colour layers where printed from the same block. With the last layer often barely having any material left.

First I draw the outer edges and carve those. 

Layer 1 printed.

Carving the second layer.

Layer 2 printed overtop layer 1. 

Layer 3 carved and inked.

Layer 3 printed. 

Detail of layer 3. 

Layer 4 carved and inked.

Layer 4 printed.

Layer 5 carved and inked. There is always a turning point when I create these prints, when instead of getting more detailed, you start carving out larger areas to preserve the details in the areas you printed  previously in the lighter colours. That is also usually when the image starts really coming to life and starts shaping with the illusion of depth. 

Layer 5 printed. Below a detail of layer 5.

Layer 6 carved. The remaining image on the block is getting more and more delicate, with skinny lines remaining, and larger areas being completely removed. The final layer printed below.

I still have a few of these prints available.
Please contact me directly if you are interest in owning one.

I always love the pattern that is created when post to Instagram my printed progress.

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