Saturday, May 30, 2020


 Here we are at color #9, and something unexpected happened: the background color is, unfortunately, blending in too much with the figurine's hood. It's not quite as blended in this photo, and I haven't yet looked at the print under natural light.

I have two options: either redesign the print so the background color is lighter, and hope that the contrast is enough, or design it as darker. The problem is that whatever I choose as a design for the background needs to work with a light OR dark color. The reason is that, if I choose to make the background light, and I find light makes the hood too washed out, I can switch to dark, and vice versa.

The case for dark is seen here. You can see the contrast. The down side is, depending on what color I choose, the pot she's holding risks disappearing.

Conversely, because the hood is so light, the hood may not pop. Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

MISTER Ulean?! That's SIR Ulean to YOU, bub!

Firs color down was a very dark Cerulean blue. I plan out my colors different than most printmakers in that I like to work dark to light. It helps me to steer colors the way I want them. I also plan the colors so one layer is enhanced by the previous layer. For example, the next color will be a lighter version of this, and the one after that will be a green. I would never put a yellow or red next, because it would change the color.

Fresh Start

It's been almost a year since I've posted, and bit longer since I've had a print to show. I've been working very hard on cartooning, which I hope will bring something to my printmaking at some point.
It's been very relaxing to study cartooning, and gives me an opportunity to study perspective, color and composition.

But, of course, it always comes back to printmaking...

The struggle to find the time is unchanged. I have remained essential, as I work in the medical manufacturing sector.

But I do have fun!