And this first blog of the year goes to!!
As an artist I find love in many mediums, fashion being the number one followed by painting, and printmaking! I think my favorite thing about printmaking is the concept of making multiple pieces at once, but each print is different. It's like right in between painting and graphic design. Its quick too, and easy if you can get pass the carving process without stabbing yourself...
"Printmaking is the process of creating artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a print. Each print produced is not considered a "copy" but rather is considered an "original". This is because typically each print varies to an extent due to variables intrinsic to the printmaking process, and also because the imagery of a print is typically not simply a reproduction of another work but rather is often a unique image designed from the start to be expressed in a particular printmaking technique. A print may be known as an impression. Printmaking (other than monotyping) is not chosen only for its ability to produce multiple impressions, but rather for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to."
...that's from wikipedia..sorry
BLAH BLAH BLAH you kind of get it right?
So I fell in love with the process of printmaking in high school and again in college. Mainly because the process is quick and easy, and by the end of class I have completed pieces and I feel accomplished. This is of course opposed to painting and drawing which is a touch and go process over time for me. Most of my classes explored all media of printmaking including silkscreen, linoleum carving (my favorites), monotypes and etchings while focusing on a theme. In high school I remember choosing aquatic animals, and in college I choose birds (I needed something broad). Not until recently I found myself gravitating towards it as a way to creatively express myself outside of clothing and painting, which takes time. Each print I can do in one sitting, after work mostly.
It all started with a T-shirt really, the most universal piece of clothing in my opinion.
It took me awhile to get exactly what I was looking for. Although I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do, I started by making simple prints and trying to add depth and texture. I followed with mixing colors (only using red, yellow, blue, and black), being unconventional and messy. Only after using all the paper from both sketchbooks did I take the time to look and see what I actually created. Assessing the damage it seemed that my best pieces consisted of mixing colors, multiple layers, and texture.
My next series I'm looking to expand to a different medium, possibly silk screening or even printing on fabric. The concept of printing on fabric came from a fellow artist friend and I'm completely swooned by it, also silk screening will give me this smooth finish that could work well with my subject matter. I'm also looking to work large, I am a fan of working BIG!! The next series I'm looking to create an amazing composition, so it may take some practice. I would stay tuned to the process if I were you..
This series of work I’m calling Closet#1 features several prints of T-shirts!
My next step will be putting them online as prints (I will be keeping the originals.) Looking to print them on metal sheets through my job, with maybe an anti glare.