Yesterday was a busy day in the studio for me. I worked on three new plates and proofed them. Two of the three came out great and will soon be printed in editions. The third (not shown) needs a little more work–a minor adjustment here and there before it makes the cut.
I am still considering whether or not to add color to these two prints, but for now you can see how they look in black ink as they were proofed.
Here are the plates all inked up and ready to print:
Left plate: NetSquared; Right plate: Solar Mum
The first proofed print you see below is from a photograph I digitally solarized. It was posted to this blog a few weeks ago. If you are interested you can see both the original mum photograph and the digitally solarized versions here.
This is what it looks like as an etching:Solar Mum (proof); 2014; Photopolymer etching; 8″ x 8″
I am very pleased with the Solar Mum print in black ink and will edition it as seen. It might also look great with some added color.
This second print was created from an ink drawing on acetate. It, too will be printed in black ink–but my plan is to add some background color using chine collé.
NetSquared (proof); 2014; Photopolymer etching; 8″ x 10″
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This photograph of a magnolia was taken in Pittsburgh in 2013 and manipulated in Photoshop. I duplicated the silhouetted magnolia tree and scaled it down, then layered it so it appears there are two trees. The textural overlay is composed from a wood panel I painted gold and photographed. The image was further manipulated for color accuracy, contrast and vibrancy.Golden Magnolia; 2013; Manipulated Digital Photography.
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I can’t help but think Photoshop is one of the most incredible creative tools available to any artist/photographer today.
Case in point: a humdrum and rather ordinary photograph of a mum was easily transformed into a dramatic B&W image in a matter of minutes. It still amazes me how much this technique changed and improved the original image.
Using a simple technique with the Curves Adjustment Layer tool I was able to get a Solarized (or Sabattier) effect that totally knocked me out. There are a lot of tutorials online if you want to try this technique. Careful though…you might get hooked.
Be aware that it doesn’t work with all photos, but when it does the results are amazing. Images with strong contrasts work best. I happen to prefer solarized images in B&W, but color images are pretty cool solarized, too.
A special thanks to photography friend Jim Hulme who got me interested in solarization with his lovely photo of Naked Tulips.
Here is the original photo of the mum appearing in all it’s ordinariness:
And here is the Photoshopped mum converted into a dramatic diva.
Are you impressed? I sure am!
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