10 August 2006

Today Is Orange

Today I started printing my "Playing With Fire" tai chi guy. First I did a little bit of blue underneath: 

Then I put down a yellow: 

Then a separate yellow block for the guy's suit. This will have blue on top of it later: 

Then I started to build up layers of orange, trying to get a long bokashi. It was difficult to keep the gradation smooth: 

 I think I'm going to need to print one more layer over all of it so the white really pops, but now is a good time to take a breather and stare at it for a while.


Hugo Sleestak said...

Really wonderful how you're combining figural stuff with more geometric/abstract material. Especially with the little Tai Chi guy, it reminds me a little of Steve Ditko's psychedelic "Dr. Strange" comics from the 1960's - here's a link to a sample of that:


Just out of curiousity - I'm wondering if you're doing a full print run during this phase, or if you're experimenting with just one print just to see what wonderful thing develops.

Karen Jacobs said...

Just to let you know how much I am enjoying your blog. I've tried many mediums but not woodblock. What a wonderful process to watch. Do you know of an online source of definitions for the terms you use, such as 'bokashi'? Google is a bit iffy in that dept.

Annie B said...

Hi Michael,
Another cool comics link! I'm delighted to be compared to a 1960s comic, so thank you.

I'm working with a short run on this print; I've got 15 sheets of paper going and I've lost a couple already to experiments. I find that I like to work with 10 - 15 prints at a run. Don't like to work with just one, because I'm afraid I'll do something I can't repeat and don't like to work with too many cuz I get bored!

kj, thanks for saying hi. I've defined most of the terms somewhere along the line in this blog, so you can use the "search this blog" function at the top of the page. If you can't find it here, you can also go to the Baren Forum Encyclopedia and click on the "Dictionary" link.

Cin said...

this looks so good, love the colors, and that wonderful subtle texture!