December 15, 2010
Finished another page in the Bestiary (Bestiary/Study guide to animal taxonomy and behavior… being created for my MFA show in May, 2011). Detailed printing info follows (below). This is part of the chicken section/signature of the book (there is also a pig section, dog, turkey, cat, deer, and so forth….). All the sections in my book will have a medieval bestiary page (like this) near the front, and on this page, the text is the actual text from MS Bodley 764, a mid thirteenth century Bestiary. The images are my own creation (style closely modeled after the late Gothic style, with gold), with me taking center stage. Here I go medieval, about to axe one of my roosters:
Page dimensions: 14in x 14in, hand-colored (with acrylic, including the gold) lithograph (all text and black on this page is litho). Click image to enlarge.
And a closeup of the image: 8in x 6in.
Text: a gothic font face I found that was as close to the “MS Bodley 764 bestiary” font as I could get. The text sections were then printed out (with laser printer) onto Pronto Plates. Then those plates (and the murder scene, done in Sharpie on another Pronto Plate) were inked up with litho inks and printed onto good papers (Somerset, Arches…) on the Takach Press. Finally, the scene (and the drop caps) were hand-colored with Golden acrylics–gold and other colors. Pretty 21st century for a 13th center knock-off, huh?
December 9, 2010
Just what everybody needs on their frig—Carcass refrigerator magnets!
Each about 6in tall. These are woodblock-printed magnets.
December 1, 2010
New print for a folio exchange called “Little Big Monsters.” This print shows the little, cute turkey poults and then the big monstrous toms they grow into. Click any image to see larger:
20in x 16in, 5-color reduction woodcut, with litho baby turkey poults
And the poults in detail:
Turkey poults (the dark line drawing) was done with lithography, then all the color layers of woodcut were printed over the top of the litho.
Cutting for turquoise blue after printing the blue:
The print so far (in background), and cutting for the blue (foreround). Block is about 24in x 24in--birch plywood
Some of the final edition, hanging to dry. All printed on mulberry and some on masa. Final count: 31 prints plus some others printed on different size papers for inclusion in upcoming artists’ “Bestiary” book.
some of the final prints. Color seps partially visible at far left (5 colors: yellow ochre, turquoise, red, green, black)