|Man Among the Palms 5.75x5 collagraph with colored pencil|
I made the plate for this print 5 years ago, while experimenting with the abstract effects of layered construction paper on collagraphs. I have two new collagraphs using this same process in the studio now, and it's always interesting to see how work evolves, and skitters off into new directions when you repeat a process enough to get familiar with it's potential.
I added a tint of color to this black ink print with colored pencil, buffed into the paper to give it a soft, expressionistic look. The process shots begin at the bottom of this post, and more details about building collagraphs like this can be found in previous posts here, here and here.
|Man Among the Palms in scale|
|The collagraph print before adding color|
|The collagraph plate, inked, lightly wiped and ready to print|
|Detail of the collagraph plate|
|The collagraph plate with details of layered paper and incised lines|
|Made from scrap mat board and kid-grade construction paper, |
cut, layered and adhered/sealed with Liquitex Gloss Medium Varnish
|The collagraph plate under construction|
It is unfortunate that [Degas'] execution is always so inadequate & that his taste leads him to the bizarre or ugly, rather than the graceful. He has an unfortunate weakness for pink-skirted dancers and yawning laundresses. Unhappily, Degas does not have the eye of a colorist nor always the hand of a draftsman. ~C. Bigot,critic from La Revue Politique et Litteraire 1876