Tuesday, April 27, 2010

water based etching

with photopolymer plates
8.25" x 11.5"

this first plate, line drawing, will stay black
but I'm not sure if it goes down first, or after the second plate is printed


this will be some kind of blue or green


this one will be on top of it all, in white

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Solarplate etching

technically, the plates I used are KM photopolymer plates
http://www.takachpress.com/access/tyobo.htm
the solarplate brand is also available from Takach Press
I'll have to try those as well



Encouraged by good results on Monday night, I went back to the exposure unit and made four plates.
The top one is inked with Charbonnel Etching Concentrated Blue. The range in the plate is good. I think I will change the color since this is the first plate to be printed, and with be the background. (probably some kind of green) I also will experiment with a couple of different off-white and ochre papers.



I decided to test the rest of the plates with black, to make sure I would get the saturation I wanted in a color plate. Testing with black ink on white paper makes judging value very easy. And, if the color is not working out later, at least I know its an ink problem and not a plate problem.
This one will be some kind of lighter blue, and fairly transparent.



This is the main image. It will remain black. No matter how subtle I can get the aquatint, I still have a preference for some kind of strong-handed graphic-looking image in the picture.
Technically, this is still an aquatint style plate. That just allows any width line that I want. I am pleasantly surprised by the variety of line I can get, from super delicate, almost disappearing, to very bold.



This last plate is going to be the top layer of ink. It will be a transparent white. (the black part will be white, so you have to image this image in reverse)
Since everything underneath will be a dark or middle value, (and the paper is not white) I'm curious how transparent the white will have to be. Much of the underlying image may already show through with very little transparent base mixed into the white.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photo Polymer Gravure

I've been looking to try this process for a couple of years and tonight a few of us got the process to a semi-predictable work flow with the equipment available at school.

Here is a nice quick blog post from someone else discovering this technique
http://suzannerevy.blogspot.com/2009/01/photo-polymer-gravure.html

I'm excited to do more and will post the results when I have an image beyond the first few test images we made tonight.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Self Portrait


this will be on display on April 23rd at the Brooklyn Art Library,
and will be included in a book that documents a self portrait project.

It is wood, with acrylic paint.
8" x 10" x 1"

(click images to make them bigger)


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Rescue Me Phone iPhone app

http://www.rescuemephone.com/

My youngest brother graduates this May from Stevens.
He is on the design team for this project, so check it out.

from the front page of the website
here is a brief description:

"What is RescueMe Phone?

In recent earthquakes, those trapped underground could signal only their presence to rescuers by striking a stone, shouting, or blowing a whistle. From these percussive signals, rescuers know that someone is still alive, but not who is trapped, where they are, or what their status is. The RescueMe Phone application digitally encodes the information rescuers need into the timing between the victim’s percussive signals. Rather than just signaling their presence, the trapped person can send their location or cell phone number. Once their location is known, the rescuers can begin digging. Their cell phone number tells rescuers who is trapped. At the disaster site, rescuers use specialized radio equipment to make a cell phone call to the victim."

Ever been in a subway or a tunnel and lose cell service?
Ok, so then how does THIS work to make the underground connection?
http://www.rescuemephone.com/aboutfaq.php

Friday, April 02, 2010