May 30, 2004

'tangent'

soft-ground etching with aquatint, Spring 2004

This started out as a print that I was going to do for a friend of mine (Dave), but I messed up the aquatint ... too goopey. I may go back and retouch it, but the effect that I was trying to go for was suppose to be sort of controlled chaos.

Dave has this amazing mind that just wanders in tangents and I really wanted to get that across. The face is a bit off though because he's generally a happy guy, but I like the fact that it looks very thoughtful.

dave.jpg

'HEADTRIP'
soft-ground etching with aquatint, and multi-drop monoprint, May 2004

Tried to add a textured and colored "frame" around this print, got a leeetle bit too complicated. The mindtripping part is the double line, stare at this too long and you will get frontal lobe damage. I actually laid the print down twice to try to make the etching pop, but the plate slipped and so ... brain damage effect.

Kinda like that effect though. It think the color mix is pretty cool, but doesn't really work well with the print.

headtrip.jpg

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May 12, 2004

three is the magik number...

Amazing what you notice when you look up.

gemalos1.jpg

I think it's by these twins called 'Gemalos'. Right on the side of the building on 6th and Mission. The best view is from across the street but you look up and *bang*, right up there in orange and red. Brill. (I love British slang, one word sez so much . Dodgy. Snog. Naff. Randy.)

Let your eye wander down a bit and there's Barry McGee.

barrymcgee2.jpg

So yeah, here's something I've discovered... (this is a bit of tangent ramble, but hang on, there IS a point)... so anyways, Eric Ericson (yeah, creative parents) is this famous human developmental theorist (sort of like Freud but without all the sex connotations and the cigar). SO anyway, Eric has all these theories about childhood development, different stages, one of which mentions something about egocentrism - it's around when a kid is about 3 years old or so, they think that the world exists for them. When they close their eyes, the world disappears, only to return when they open them again. Basically, things do not exist until they see it, touch it, taste it, experience it.

Think Aborigines in Australia. Songlines ... singing the world into existence. It's not there until they've acknowledged their existence.

My Point
So there are all these amazing things in the world to see and learn and yet for some bizarre reason, I seem to be stuck in Esquared's 3 Year-old Stage sometimes.

Graffiti art. Discovered. Wow. Did this exist before?

Let the fun begin.

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May 11, 2004

'MUD'

multi-drop monoprint, May 2004
Am charting my progress with this one because I have to donate it, so it'll be lost, gone forever ...

Update May 2004:
Hmmm... didn't turn out how I had planned. I've discovered that tint base and too many layers of colors leaves a very muddy mess, planning is key. I was trying to get some textures and colors into the face and in the end, it just became mud. Ack well. Try try again.

drunk.jpg   drunkmud.jpg

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'west'

multi-drop monoprint, May 2004
Pretty self-explanatory... tried to get a muted quality to the monks so that the altar could pop. The print is actually brighter then this, but you get the idea...used a lot of layering especially for the monk robes which were two-toned. The overwhelming colors that were always present during all the Buddhist ceremonies were muted oranges, reds and browns so that is what the monks are bathed in. I tried to keep to reds and bright colors for the altar to represent a bright, good life.

Kinda has a orange Yoda-feel dunnit?

gpaprint.jpg

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May 09, 2004

'thai door guards'

soft-ground etching with aquatint, Spring 2004

Inspired by a picture of Thai door guards with a little creative embellishment on the armor (quasi-Chinese).

guard.jpg   guardcolor.jpg

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'masks'

reductive linocut (varied edition), Spring 2004
My first attempt at the reductive linocut (a.k.a. 'suicide print') ... makes sense, I nearly slit my wrists trying to carve out the lino... (if you want to know what a reductive linotcut means, there's description at the bottom of the prints).

maskredorange.jpg   yellow.jpg   redmaskblack.jpg

redpur.jpg   maskgreen.jpg   greenoutline.jpg

purface.jpg   greenorangemask.jpg   redpurple.jpg

reductive linocut
Reductive printing is unique and brain-challenging way to make a color print. It is usually used with the linocut ('reductive linocut'), and is most commonly found in the fine arts. Pablo Picasso produced some of the most famous examples.

In reductive printing, there is only one printing plate. After using the plate to print the first color, the artists carves out more of the plate and prints the second color, then carves more of the plate and prints the third color, and so on for each additional color. Especially with complicated designs, this type of printing takes great planning, because there is no turning back. This is for artists who like to live on the edge.

Actually, there are reasons an artist makes reductive prints, other than the fun and challenge of it. One is that you don't have to deal with the hassle and cost of making several printing plates. Also, since you are working from a single plate, carving away as you go, it is easy to make sure your designs and proportions match.

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May 02, 2004

'inspired'

soft-ground etching with multiple-drop monoprint, Fall 2003
This image was the first thing that inspired me on this track... simple... It was a pain in the ass though trying to getting the color to sit.

side dude one.jpg   side dude stars.jpg

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'po-llution'

multiple-drop monoprint, Spring 2004
Know how the gorgeous pinks and red come out in the sky in the city when the sun sets? Know where that comes from?

Yeah.

overprintguy.jpg

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