Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reserved for you- Linocut limited edition print

Reserved for you
Linocut reduction print
6x6 inches
Edition of 3

Wow first post in ages! Here's a new linocut print I did of my painting 'Reserved for you'.

This was a bit of an experiment for me using the reduction printing method. Basically the whole image is printed from one single block one colour at a time. White areas are carved out first, then the lightest colour (skin in this case) printed. The printing is done by hand using a barren (or in my case a wooden spoon!)where pressure is applied over the surface to imprint the paper against the inked block. Next the areas that are to remain skin coloured are carved out of the block and the next lightest colour printed (sky in this case). This is repeated for each layer.

There's a fair amount of planning to do this as well, working out the correct sequence of layers and number required. The carving of the block is tricky also when you're trying to keep an overall picture of how it should work out! With this technique you can't make any corrections!

Its the first time I'd tried this method as my previous two attempts were just black and white. The trickiest part is the registration- getting the positioning spot on for the different layers. Out of the ten images I started out with, only 3 were worthy of being in the edition. With five layers of colour, its not surprising that there are some positioning errors- especially when all done by hand.


Tadeusz Deregowski said...

you're definately on the right track!

Ryan Evans said...

Thanks Tadeusz!


junebaby said...

your seriously a really good artist. i love looking at colors and shapes:)

Julie Mardell said...

Love the lino cut, Ryan.

Julie Mardell said...

Love the lino cut, Ryan.

tsandy said...

Nice one

Jane Marie said...

I,being an artist myself, loved my introduction to lino-cut medium!
Love it!
I have not been as brave as you, in carving out, piece by piece, until the original lino-cut, itself, is rather bland/blank!
I have done a series of three images, similar, but DIFFERENT. I had the freedom to hand color each, as I pleased, making each unique....Not the "easy way out" necessarily, but the method you have done with this piece, leaves you with what ever works out...
WOW...I love the print and am looking for the price of on, it...Very cool image, along with the work creating!