Printing the light purple (aka lavender) color was a success!!! For the most part….A few of my prints ended up shifting during printing and got a little off set….*Sad panda*….
BUT!!! For the other prints, they came out great!!!!!!!! SUPER HAPPY!!!! XD
It is a little blend-y with the blue in some places, but it’ll work out great once I start getting into the darker colors. 🙂 It’s the perfect wisteria color too!!
I’m so glad this layer got printed though…that blue layer took freaking forever and a day to carve >__< And now I get to carve the tiny TINY details in the flower petals XD Ermergersh…but it’s all good ^__^v
Working on carving my next layer out….SO MANY TINY DETAILS…!!!! >__< I just printed the blue layer:
The fourth layer
And since blue is the background color, I am now working on carving out the entire background….which means….
CARVING AROUND EVERYTHING…!!!
Tiny details….>__< The “V” gouge tool has been my best friend…O_O
Because of all the details and carving I need to do, I apologize for not posting sooner…it’s taking a lot more time than I planned…But stay tuned!!! I will continue to post the progress of this layer of carving!!
Here is my next layer!!! It kind of mutes my pink layer, but I think it’ll all work out perfectly in the end. As one of my Open Ground Studio ladies said, “The orange is a transition color.” I completely agree with that statement. Even if it’s a transition to cooler colors…!! Yikes!! I wonder how the blues/greens/purples will lay on top of this brightness…. O_O
Orange layer compared to pink/salmon layer
Close up of Geisha face and fan
Progression of lightest tone to darkest, top to bottom. I stuck with the lightest. You can’t really tell the difference between the prints, but I promise there is one XD
Next: The cooler colors!!! O_O 3/10-ish layers…..>__<
I am starting my new Geisha project!!! And I must say, I think this will be my favorite one thus far. It’s an image of wisteria, which is part of my family crest and my last name. So it has a lot of meaning in that respect.
I started off making 16 prints. I knew I wanted more prints to make it to black just in case I screwed up one or two… But after printing today, I realized that just by adding three more prints to my edition size, I am EXHAUSTED….>__< blooooop…..but I think it’ll be well worth it 🙂
The colors are going to be different. I decided that it was too busy so I’m changing the colors as I go along…O_O That might be a bad idea, but that’s what will keep things interesting XD
The images below are from the first two layers so far:
First layer: yellow
Carving part I
Carving part II
Layer two: pink!!!
Next layer is most likely going to be orange….I think….I wrote it down as such, but I have a bad habit of changing it as I go….so we’ll just have to see what I actually decide….o_O
AND WE ARE FINALLY DONE!!!! (And of course by “we” I mean, me, myself, and I….O_O)
This project has been a very interesting experience for me. I did a subject matter that was pretty foreign to me (I do not own a cat/interact with cats very often, though I do have two cats that like to wander in my backyard….), it was my first commissioned project of my career, and my first time using a big-scale block of shina plywood. The project itself was also a test of creativity. Ajax, the cat, was a beloved family member of a family friend and I wanted to make sure I captured his essence in the piece.
I research the origin of Ajax the Hero to begin with. He was a descendent of Zeus and cousin of Achilles, known for his courage, strength and intelligence. I wanted to convey that intelligence and playfulness in the cat’s expression and face. This was one of the hardest things for me since I don’t particularly do portraiture/people as subjects…but in the end I think it came out alright 🙂
For the background and borders I went with geometric shapes like the window Ajax was photographed against, plus a Grecian border to pay homage to his names roots. The flowers behind him also pay respect to his name and origin. It is said that the gladiolus flower blossomed from the blood Ajax the Hero spilled at his death. It is also the flower that represents remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation (frans-flowers.com) which is appropriate since the subject of my project had to be put to rest last month due to complications and old age. I am very sorry for Ajax’s family loss and I wish I got to meet him before the end.
But throughout this process, with every layer I printed and every update I gave my clients, I felt closer to Ajax in a way. I could almost sense his playful nature, his curiosity and even a hint of mischievous energy. I hope I got to convey all of that in my final print. I started this project for Ajax and his family but in the end, I think I got something from this too. I fell in love with this playful spirit of Ajax and felt privileged to be the one to immortalize him. I also learned that when one puts their heart and mind to finishing something for someone else, the end product means a whole lot more than if you do something just for yourself. When I think about it, when I finish my Geisha prints I feel great and love my prints, don’t get me wrong, but for this one….it was very special. Being able to help someone cope with a loss, in any small way that I can, means a lot to me. Thank you for letting me create a portrait of Ajax.
The woodblock: The “Key” layer
Before the black
After the black
Here are a few more detailed photos of my woodblock so far!!!
As of right meow
V-gouge to get the starting lines
One of my U-gouge tools I’m using to carve the border
CURLY!!!! It’s fun to see all the curly-Q’s as you carve 🙂
It is my second to last layer!!!! SO CLOSE TO BEING DONE!!!! >__<
Running through the press
Pulling the print
Here are a couple of photos of my wood block currently. I am going to wait a few more days for my last layer to dry before I print again…..
Wood block already carved and ready to go for the dark gray!!
Close-up of his face =^__^=
Here is my 3rd to last layer!!!! ERMERGER!!!! 😀 So excited, he now looks like a cat!!! MEOW!
On the ink slab it was a very unattractive color, but I think it works on the print!
Here is the gray!!! It’s lighter than I wanted it to be, but I didn’t want to get too dark too quickly….that and I really should’ve put the red AFTER this layer….-__- oh well….still came out nice.
Here are a few close-ups of Ajax’s face and his belly…..:) He’s so cute ❤