Oxytocin Madonna Part 2: The Big Inkening

Hey everyboy!  A while back I shared an image I was developing for an oversized woodcut called “Oxytocin Madonna”.

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Tali Supervises the transfer and carving process.

What I didn’t mention at the time was that the image was for an application to participate in BIG INK at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Shortly after submitting, I was accepted to participate, and last fall I and six other artists got to print our giant woodcuts on “The Big Tuna,” BIG INK’s oversized portable press.

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The aroma of fresh lavender and oil-based ink was mixing together beautifully outside the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.

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“Oxytocin Madonna” a.k.a. Big Lupe getting inked up.

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Paper getting lined up, and Lupe sliding into place on the press.

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Hot off the press!

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Chilling in the drying rack.

Participating in BIG INK was an incredibly fun and overwhelmingly positive experience.  If any of you reading this are interested in oversized woodcuts, I strongly recommend that you apply to a BIG INK event.  Or at least attend one and watch the oversized magic happen.

Oxytocin Madonna – Part 1

Howdy everybody!  I just finished up the design for a new woodcut.  This is going to be another oversized block and I’m super excited about it.  There’s a lot left to do; I still have to blow the image up, transfer it onto the block and actually carve and print the thing, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some images from the design process.

I started with this drawing of the Virgen de Guadalupe which I originally created for this print.

OXYTOCIN_leeanndicicco7For the new print, instead of standing on top of the moon and being held aloft by a tiny baby angel, Lupita here is going to be riding around town on an oxytocin molecule while breastfeeding.  So the first thing I did was erase the bottom of the original drawing and re-draw it.

Two different versions of the Virgen de Guadalupe with the oxytocin molecule. I ended up going with the one on the right. (ART SECRET: Add maximum majesty lines to all artworks all the time. )

Two different versions of the Virgen de Guadalupe with the oxytocin molecule. I ended up going with the one on the right. (ART TIP: Add maximum majesty lines to all artworks all the time. )

 

Next I needed to change her hands from their usual praying position.  So I added a transparent white layer in Illustrator, printed it out…

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…and redrew the area.

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Pencil drawing.

 

 

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The inked drawing.

 

I then added a background, pieced everything together.  and here is the final design.

 

Print

I’m planning to put this on a three foot by four foot block (same dimensions as the Periodic Table print) and I am beyond excited. Stay tuned for updates as the carving/ printing progresses.

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