May 082013

Another great monoprinting class today at Pratt Fine Art Center. I’m spending my time making simple tests, trying to find ways the unique ways that printmaking can make animation interesting. I created this rudimentary video from snapshots of a print I was working on today:

Rudimentary print test from Tess Martin on Vimeo.

There are some subtle things happening in this sequence. Between each printing I am rolling more ink over the whole plate, and redrawing the circle with a cue tip. The result of this is that as the sequence progresses the previous location of the circle fades into green. Also, the entire print gets darker because I am adding another layer of green with each printing. So basically, the circle and it’s path are being erased as they are being created. Kind of exciting.

It’s an interesting contrast to this print test that I made in Vermont in January, and started my whole printmaking kick:

Print Loop from Tess Martin on Vimeo.

In this test I etched the movement of the ball into the acetate plate, and then animated it by changing the ink – I inked each different position of the ball before printing that on its own sheet. So this example is an animation made with lots of different prints, which are then photographed consecutively, the same concept as traditional drawn animation. The first example is an animation made by photographing one piece of paper being printed over and over, more akin to modified base animation like paint-on-glass.

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