Spent about 7 hours applying different levels of aquatint to this 9” x 12” plate. I’m always surprised at how long printmaking process(es) take. I’d like each row of petals to be a different tone. I considered making them all the same tone, and then scratching away what I needed to, but I’m curious about going this route.
Asphaltum has been used to create the eye, and I used sharpie everywhere else around it. This let me remove the blocking I needed to without compromising the eye graphic. I reapplied the asphaltum where needed after every aquatint bite…. Looking forward to seeing how it will turn out in print; that’s always the clincher ;)
When Poe’s 1908 collection of short stories, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was reprinted in 1919, a copy of the “deluxe” edition would cost you 5 guineas (in today’s money, that’s about 300 USA Fun Tickets).
The book was printed on handmade paper, bound in vellum, and lettered in gold. But its cost was mainly due to new illustrations: 24 full-page drawings by young Irish illustrator Harry Clarke, whose ink illustrations brought Poe’s characters to life with mesmerizing detail. Each copy was signed by Clarke, and according to rare book sellers, the edition topped Christmas lists in 1919.
The popularity of Clarke’s edition feel foreign to us today; DVD box sets have long since eclipsed books as the favored medium through which to consume spooky stories. But as some who owned the book as children have said, there was something meditative about being able to study a single image indefinitely, returning to it with every reading. These drawings invite dissection by the reader, something popular images rarely ask of us today.
Despite being known mainly for his illustration work today, these drawings were simply a side project for Clarke, who trained with his dad as a stained glass artist before being swept up in the Arts & Crafts movement. He died early of tuberculosis, but his work remains in churches and homes throughout Ireland.
Recent oil work by “ThomD”
An intense experience from the film Renegade, aka Blueberry: L’expérience secrète. 2004.
Ayahuasca, like 5 years of psychotherapy rolled into 5 hours.
I updated the previous print. It was bothering me and I feel like adding the purple to ‘frame’ the watch helped a lot (although not in this crap photo). I’ve posted a before and after. The warmer purple does a lot, well for me anyway.
This is like watching a show about food. The host is always going on about how great it tastes and you’ll never know if they’re right or not.
I’m the worst photographer ever but I swear some of these prints do look good in real life.
Nearing completion on these 3 etchings. There are a few things to fix tomorrow - add some more varied aquatint to the waves, fix the vulture’s feet, add some blood falling from the heart into the water (spitbite!) - but after that, I’ll just call it good.
The black specks are ink, asphaltum and who knows what else splatter. I’m sloppy with proofs.
Sverd i fjell (Swords in Mountain), Hafrsfjord, Norway. You really should go and see them some day, they are larger than they seem. A perfect type of public art, as opposed to most new “expressionist” (etc.) creations made these days.
In any case, the monument was unveiled by King Olav in 1983 and commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872. The swords represent the different districts that took part in the battle.