Monday, October 17, 2011

"A State of Graceland", lithograph

No, I haven't lost it...well maybe.  This print is for an upcoming portfolio of "The Fifty States", deadline (due in Colorado by Nov 1 "do or die!!!!!"). I found an image reference online of a southern belle from Tennessee.  Modified the drawing a bit but left some of the composition the same with one obvious exception, Elvis.   Seemed to be the only thing I could come up with for the state of "Tennessee".  Even though Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, he chose Memphis as his home and Graceland was/is a big icon for Tennessee as well as our print studio named L VIS Press.  I am still putting in the "darks" but it is taking too long to build up dark values with a #5 Korn's litho crayon.  Think I am going to add in some punch with a #4 Korns.  Still plan to etch it lightly (maybe #2 with a spot #5).
In addition to the "State of Graceland" print I did this image for the Mesa Contemporary Arts Print Calendar.  It's in my experimental style.  It takes about 1/4 the time to draw and it's fun to break loose from the tight style. Used three different etches, straight gum, 5 drop and a 10 driop for the darker #3 crayon areas. Plan to roll it slow with a really stiff ink. Probably add 2 or 3 colors but may rethink because it is a 60 print run.

I finished the "I Make Prints" drawing as well as the "Mother Daughter".  So there are 4 stones waiting to be printed in the shop.  Still need to tear, register and calendar (flatten the paper on the press) paper for 3 more editions.  Packed up my prints for one of the editions for Murray State.  Time to get to work!

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