Monday, October 22, 2012

Printmaking



1.     Describe the overall composition of your artwork (balance, unity, rhythm and movement).
  I used balance in my artwork by trying to make the amount of black and white equal to make the drawing pop.  I tried to fill the background with coral and sea life to make the eye move around the page, but the fish is the focal point.
2.     How did you add texture and contrast to your print? Is this important? Why?
      Texture and contrast were important because there were only two colors you could have on the pictures; the paper and the ink.  I didn't want the print to look totally flat and lifeless, so the stripes and dark parts of the fish were kept, and I cut out the rest so the fish would pop out against the background.  I also tried to use a variety of thick and thin lines to add some texture.

3.     Explain how you used positive and negative space to show your image.
       Negative space is the parts of the linoleum that I cut out.  Most of the fish is negative space, except for the stripes and eye.  Most of the background is positive space except for the coral and seaweed which I cut out.  I think there was a nice balance within the piece of artwork.

 
4.     Describe the craftsmanship of your print. (How good the project is technically crafted)
   I think my craftmanship on my print is good because I chose colors that go well together, tried to be neat while printing, and have a satisfying final product.  Something I'm not happy with is the white splotches where the ink didn't completely cover the paper.  I also think that the drawing looked better on paper and kind of got worse as a print, but it still turned out pretty well. 
5.     Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain.
     I achieved depth by putting tiny pieces of seaweed in the foreground on the bottom, the fish in the middle ground, and a lot of coral in the background.  This created an entire scene, rather than just a drawing of a fish.  It was important to have details in the main object and the background.

6.     Explain your experience with Printmaking. What were the obstacles and advantages?
     I had a hard time getting my print in the registration marks and carving the little shapes into the linoleum.  An advantage was being able to not worry about making the cutting completely even inside the big spaces because it wouldn't show up on the print.  Overall, it was a fun project!

1 comment:

  1. You are such an inspiration to us all i hope i can some day be as goood as you at art. Gosh just such an inspiration to this world. i am amazed at your talent. i can only aspire to be as good as you.

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