Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Alternate Realities

I can't believe I'm posting this on the net. This is one of four cursory proofs I pulled of the Alternate Realities blocks. It kind of makes me throw up a little bit. I mean, that's the purpose of proofing; to see where you are and where you need/want to be. For the most part, the registration isn't THAT off but it's irksome to me. It's especially irksome because I completed carving 8 kentos in a few days and now five of them need tweaking. There were bokashi and other things I left out because I just wanted to see how things lined up. I think, if I remember correctly, I carved the gas tanks first and pulled proofs that way. From there, I traced the other images one by one from the original drawing and there is where my problems lie. My original kentos were virtually nonexistent and if my drawing wasn't spot on, this is what I end up with. Lesson learned. The ink mixing was another pain. I love spring greens: celery green, grass green, parrot green, mint green, seafoam green. You see where I am going with this. The greens I have mixed from cadmium yellow and cobalt or prussian blue look like vomit. I just don't like them. The orange created with cadmium red and cadmium yellow for the solar panel key block matches too closely to the middle sienna color block of the geothermal image. They are close to the same in my eye.
I don't want to toss these because I've kept them for so long and also I've put a good deal of time into them. I think I might ditch the idea of color blocks to save hair pulling and do something I've always wanted the time to play with: Chine Colle!


cpierson said...

Hi Lana,
Don't ditch the color blocks!
I have never done Moku Hanga so forgive my ignorant questions. Do the kentos of the color blocks line up to each other without the gas tanks block? Could you do the colors first and then only have to adjust registration for the black and do it last? It is a excellent image anyway.

Annie B said...

Hi Lana,
As someone with the luxury of not being able to see the image in your head that you're holding up next to this, I think it's looking good. The message certainly comes across, and I would have supposed that the off-register was intentional. I also don't see a problem with the yellows/oranges vis a vis the browns/tans. The two areas read as "different."
As for green, can't help you there. I've yet to find the elusive, mysterious, perfect green myself!

Guadalupe V said...

Annie: This print looks fabulous to me. It gives me a felling of rural/urban topics.

If you would like to send it to the Prints for Peace México 08 call I would be enchanted. I do not want to insist upon you to participate though.
Greetings from México, Guadalupe

Pistoles Press said...

Guys, thanks for all your feedback! Unfortunatey, it seems like MOST of the kentos are off by a bit and this is due to the fact that I hand drew the images on backwards instead of the keyblock transfer method. I have come up with another incarnation for this piece but I think I might cannabalize the blocks I'm not using for other things. I can always use reclaimed wood around the garden!