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Reductive Printing – Sauna

한국 사우나에 있는 외국인에 대한 그림이다. 이후 만들기 방법이다. 

This was my last project in my independent study with linoleum.  I’m not very happy with it but I learned some things, and I thought I’d post the steps here so you can at least see how reductive printing works!  I saved one of each runs so that I could display them all sequentially.  I think my biggest mistake was trying to use the colors to define different objects instead of for their values and shadows, so it wasn’t as successful as my first print and the colors become pretty hideous when put together.  And as my professor pointed out, it wasn’t really the greatest subject matter to portray something so soft with such a graphic material.  Lesson learned!  

New figure drawings

I added a ton of new drawings to my portfolio.  These are all from my sketchbook from life drawing class.  All of these are 9×11 and thusly easy to scan.  Eventually I’ll get some good images of my larger drawings and put those up as well.  Some of the pencil drawings look really great but are already smudging in my notebook so I still prefer to use ballpoint. 

Reductive printing

Right now I’m doing some experimentation with linoleum and reductive printing. What that means is I use one block, carve out (typically) the areas I want printed white and print in the lightest color. After I print as many as I want I carve away what I want to remain of that color, and then print in a darker color. You typically work from light to dark, but I might mess around with doing some oppositely with an opaque color on top.

I already finished one series which you may have seen in the gallery of prints, which is based off the photo I took of Haruka, 혜경 (Hyegyeong) and 미선 (Miseon) at Nami Island near Gapyeong, South Korea.  It was a moment I was really fortunate to catch on film, when they were walking down a hill behind me and the leaves turned out to be too slippery so they grabbed each-others hands. I don’t typically work from photographs but I wanted to focus on doing something in a variety of colors, to really muck around with some weird combinations and see if I got any unexpected successes.  I also didn’t want that time and paper to go to waste as just an experiment, so I did it as a gift.  Anyway, some of the monochromatic prints turned out nicely, though I thought they were a little obvious, and the other ones were more interesting.

Now I’m working on a couple of silly pieces where I don’t plan it out so meticulously.  I am trying to break out of my comfort zone where everything is super-precise and let the stages kind of develop on their own. As I get more done I’ll be sure to document the progress!     


I finally got all of the galleries up and running, with the exception of the misc. multimedia section. There are many pieces I have done recently that I want to add, but have yet to scan any current drawings. Nevertheless there is finally something in every section.

I also added lightbox to streamline the gallery and to prevent too much navigation confusion– now it’s all very neat and tidy.