Sunday, 30 September 2012

A post on why proofing your print is important.

Here is my latest little print. I thought I would enter it in this competition Not because I thought it could win or should win but just because there seemed to be 1000's of photographs (mostly of water drops exploding) and someone should do something a bit different. Right?  Just for the sake of variety.

It's a tiny ark in a bottle. It's perfectly safe bobbing around in there. I was drawing it for a friend as an ideal domicile (you'll have to read the listing for the details of that), and I thought I've show you some of the workings.

I don't have the sketch because I drew straight onto the acetate, but I have the first proof on the right, and you can see, it's quite different. Firstly, I had to move the ship to get the cork in the right place, which meant blocking out a bit of the boat where the wave goes (you'll have to play spot the difference!) then I re-did the bottle completely, with the highlights higher up so they didn't get confused in the water, and a banner that says 'this too shall pass' (very nautical tattoo, I thought).

The thing that bothered me most, though, was the colours of the proof. The water was too light and got drowned out (ho-ho!) by overprinting the bottle, and the two colours were far too similar for it to be eye catching as an image. So I made the darkest blue print darker, and the lighter blue greener. I was very pleased with the result (even though there was a lot of extra work to fix things up). Doesn't it look much better?

I hope you enjoyed that digression into my working methods, anyway.



8 comments:

blissful chick said...

it is flippin' amazing and i want to own it... going to seek...

Deborah Champion said...

Thankyou! only available in my www.champignons.co.uk shop at the moment. So slow at listing things!!

karumina said...

Is great!!! i love it!

donny said...

great stuff. it's always tough get things working come printing time.

jess said...

wonderful, I love it!

Laura Parkhurst said...

Lovely! Really conveys the idea that in the grand scheme of things, our storms are small and temporary. Thanks for sharing your art!

Laura Parkhurst said...

Lovely! You did a wonderful job of conveying the idea that in the grand scheme of things, our trials and storms are small and temporary. Thank you for sharing your art.

Hannah Tuohy said...

Absolutely lovely! Great work! Good luck on the competition!