Hi everybody! Instead of just posting a picture of my latest print, I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about about the process. So in this post, I have included images from the planning stages and of the print in progress. This is another combination silkscreen/ woodcut print. I hope you enjoy!
I started by selecting a reference image. This is from Google Street View. I’ve been working on a series of prints lately based on places that I’ve lived. This is a view from Highway 101, between Santa Barbara, California, where I lived previously, and Fresno, California, where I live currently. As you can see, I sketched a bit directly onto a print out of the photo as I began thinking about how I would compose my image.
These are a few of my initial sketches and notes based on that reference.
This is the drawing I made based on those sketches.
Here are more notes and a few mock ups I made by scanning that drawing into Photoshop. In Photoshop I experimented with color and finalized my plan.
Here are all of the screen printed background layers.
Here is the block still being carved.
The fully carved block.
The final print.
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This is my latest screenprint. It is another image of Fontana, Ca, where I grew up. On the bottom half there are rolling hills and a smoggy sky. On the top half is a representation of Nitrogen Dioxide, a very nasty, brown-colored gas that is one of the many components of photochemical smog.
Note: I feel that my prints depicting Fontana have had a fairly negative tone. The themes that I’ve been exploring lately (pollution, economic decline, gang violence) have been, and continue to be, very serious problems for the city. I just wanted to say that I know that there is more to Fontana than it’s problems. I actually loved growing up there. I had the good fortune of knowing a lot of really wonderful people there, and attending some truly outstanding schools, specifically Jurupa Hills Elementary and Sequoia Middle School (Fontana Unified represent, what WHAT!). So it wasn’t all bad. Fontana does have good things going for it. The air quality is just not one of them.
Fun fact: I have been up to a lot of screen printing lately. This is the latest in a series of prints I’ve been doing based on different places I have lived. This print depicts the city where I grew up, Fontana, California. The “K” at the bottom stands for Kaiser Steel.