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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Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Woodcut)

Hey everybody!  A while ago I shared some process photos from the Virgen de Guadalupe print I was working on.  Today I would like to share some images of the completed piece.

Here I'm trimming out the light-weight chine-colle paper that i printed the block onto.

Here I’m trimming out the strips of light-weight chine-colle paper to different lengths.

 

Tali being an excellent studio assistant/ demanding cuddles as always.

Tali being an excellent studio assistant/ demanding cuddles as always.

 

The completed piece! the light-weight paper all nicely mounted onto Reeve's BFK and all ready-to-hang in a fancy mirrored frame. Yay!

The completed piece! The light-weight paper has been mounted onto Reeve’s BFK and it’s all ready-to-hang in a fancy mirrored frame. Yay!

Print in progress: Getting weird with the chine-collé

Hey everybody!  Here are a few pics of the Virgen de Guadalupe woodblock I’ve been working on.  Last night I had the chance to test it out and pull some proofs!

Proof on newsprint.

Proof on newsprint.

Looking serene on the press bed.

Looking serene on the press bed.

 

My plan was to print the block onto strips of neon paper, so I inked the block in transparent red.  The transparent ink would appear to be a slightly different color on each different strip of paper.  I’m pretty pleased with how this effect worked out.

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I then pulled a few versions with thinner strips of paper, which I liked a lot.  I think that is how I am going to proceed with the rest of the edition.

Strips of paper on the block, ready to be put through the press.

Strips of paper on the block, ready to be put through the press.

Woo! I'm pretty excited about this!

Woo! I’m so excited!

 

To finish this piece I’m going to trim down the strips to different lengths, and the paste everything down onto some nice rag paper.  And I’m considering adding some gold foil details.  You know, just to punch it up a little. We’ll see how it goes.  I will be posting updates as the piece progresses.

Print in Progress: Virgen De Guadalupe

GuadalupeWoodcut1 Guadalupe2New woodcut I’m working on.  I’m super excited to print this thing.  I recently found some acid-free neon paper and plan on using it to do some weird chin-cole with this block.  I can’t wait!

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