Signed, sealed and almost ready for delivery

Portfolios are just about complete. I am going to finish collating them today, but am going to wait until after the conference to send them off. Mason came by on Tuesday and signed our edition. He was quite excited and really happy with the portfolio as a whole and the fact that he got copies of them all. Here is Mason with his print.

Mason holding up our collaboration.

Mason holding up our collaboration.

It was great working with him and I plan to do another one in the future. But for now, I am focusing on working on the collaboration with Stephen Evans which I did quite a bit of laser cut testing for this past week as its Maryland’s spring break and I was free to work. Here are some test images I have been playing around with for different halftone patterns.

Grouping of the proofs from each plate

Grouping of the proofs from each plate

 

Image cut with the standard halftone pattern

Image cut with the standard halftone pattern

Image cut with Jarvis halftone pattern

Image cut with Jarvis halftone pattern

Image cut with Stucki Halftone pattern

Image cut with Stucki Halftone pattern

These images were all cut on 8″x6″ Cherry wood at a 6″x4″ size to test with. I am unsure what the names for the other two patterns refer too, but you can see in the images that there is a clear difference in how they were cut and what imagery came out. Standard has a nice tonal range, but the blacks are not that solid meaning that some light information was etched into it as to not be a pure black area. Where in the Stucki image the blacks are untouched allowing the full area of the wood to ink up and print.

The grain is not that evident, but I was going for a slightly heavier inking than usual. So with a little stiffer ink and less charges, the grain could come out, but the image would not be as black.

Stephen was very happy with the possibilities seen in these samples. Its a good start to the next edition for the press.

 

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