Friday, March 21, 2008

prints to work on

Today I printed a copy of the portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, and a few copies of an absolutely tiny butterfly plate. The butterfly plate is only 1 3/8" by 1 7/8", and it's printed in prussian blue. I haven't decided on a title for it yet, but I will be doing an edition.

tiny, tiny butterfly

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The portrait is very much a work in progress. This is the first time I've seen it printed, so it's nice to have a better idea of which areas I need to work on. Specifically, I'll be working up the neck (which I completely forgot!), evening the background a little, burnishing out parts of the face shading, and fixing the ears.

first print of this plate

The portrait is large, 8" by 10", and all of the shading on this plate is done with lines. Little tiny lines. I used both hard ground and soft ground, and will most likely keep it that way as I go forward with the plate.

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Hope you all have a wonderful, inspiring weekend! Next week I hope to get a brief explanation of the etching process up here.

7 comments:

Daniel said...

I am so happy to see your prints appearing after the months of waiting!

Let's go print some more, right off!

Andy English said...

I can share your excitement at the arrival of the press. I am starting to learn copperplate engraving and will need something similar myself.
I am looking forwards to seeing more of your work - the portraits that you did in Florence are superb.

Katka said...

This is awesome work. Wow! I love the details.

Jeff said...

Hi Beth. Just thought I'd have a look at how things are going with your new press. It seems that the set-up/learning curve was pretty small, and that it's already being quite productive for you.

Congratulations, and have lots of fun with it!

Sherrie said...

Beth! Three cheers for jumping right in!

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1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
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Amie Roman said...

Great prints - love the Prussian blue teeny tiny print. Prussian is my favourite, and such an antique colour. So effective in that image.

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