Thursday, August 6, 2015

REDUCED


 Normally when using multiple colors in a relief print, several blocks (one for each color) are used, and each can be adjusted or discarded at will. A reduction print is a multi-color relief print with all colors carved from the same block; which means your mistakes are there to stay and should you make something really great, you can never reprint it. This portrait of Sarah Conner only ended up using two colors, but i ended up also getting pix of the bonus stage, which sucks, but is interesting to see. 

So, first, the print. Ladies and gentlemen, Sarah Connor, mother of the savior of humanity.

Like i said, she's just two colors, light blue and dark blue. The white of the paper is carved out of the first state, like so....
Then all of the light blue is carved away, making the shapes that you want for your dark blue layer, which looks like this on it's own...
I went one step further and the whole thing went to pot, which is kinda fun to see. Here, i've carved away dark blue to everything i wanted to be an even darker, black/blue. If i would have left the whole upper lip in (to be printed in black), it may have been a success. I made a print with part of the upper lip left in and it just looks like a mustache, but that's not pictured here for reasons of prudence. Had i not removed the upper lip, i think i would still prefer the two color state, i find it more emotional and not quite as extra terrestrial...
the two side by side for kicks....
and the last state of the block. completely 'reduced'.
Sarah Connor will unfortunately not be available in the webstore, because i only ended up with one salable print, but if you want to pick something else up, go visit peepeehed.bigcartel.com!