Directional Change

There will be a slight directional change with the new edition with Stephen Evans, all part of the artistic and printmaking methods. Stephen and I meet on Monday to look over the samples of Masonite that I printed and posted about last week. As a quick recap, the image cut into Masonite with the same settings as the Cherry wood did not hold the detail in the same way, nor did it hold it well to begin with. See the image below.

Image cut into Masonite using standard settings and Stucki halftone pattern

Image cut into Masonite using standard settings and Stucki halftone pattern

This compared to the cherry is a big loss in the detail of the image and that was not satisfying what Stephen was looking for. Along with that, it was not printing as clean of a flat in the mostly or completely black spaces.See below for images of the cherry and both together.

Image in Cherry wood with standard settings and Stucki halftone.

Image in Cherry wood with standard settings and Stucki halftone.

Comparison: Cherry on the right & Masonite on the left.

Comparison: Cherry on the right & Masonite on the left.

So we are shifting direction in the process for the print. I will begin a series of test plates with the image printed out onto pronto plates at different densities and tonal ranges with the goal of getting a good value range in the majority of the image with solid blacks in the deep areas. I think this is probably the best direction for it with the lack of resolution in the original image and gaining it through some digital alterations.

The aim is for Stephen to come into the shop in the next few weeks to look over test prints, mix some red swatches for the secondary layer and then to hopefully be printing in June/July before he moves to Iowa for graduate school. Updates will be posted as they come, sometimes weekly, sometimes more sparingly but I will be doing some traveling in the next couple weeks along with doing other work.

Feel free to shoot questions about the concept or processes.

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