The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The end is here Fools


Time for Flying Fools to Return to Earth:

The fall of Icarus
Gillray, James, 1757-1815

Time to drive you from the shop:

The pigs possessed - or - The Broad bottom'd litter running headlong into ye sea of perdition [copy 1]
Gillray, James, 1757-1815

Hit the title post to see a HUGE collection of Gillray prints and dont forget to work like the wind this last week before critiques.

BPJ


21 comments:

Katie said...

These prints are interesting to say the least. After the time I have been having with my 2nd plate, and the pupil of the first it just hurts to see such amazing works. I also wish I could do color.

Sarahhigley said...

How was the color achieved in these prints? It looks more like hand coloring than multi-plate to me but it's difficult to tell when I can't see the print in person. I can't believe the semester is almost over. It's time to work like the wind and remember to maintain SHOP LOVE!

Keriann said...

These prints are interesting. I like the fun illustrative quality paired with the sad content. To answer sarah's question.... If you click on the heading link it has little blurbs about his technique, which is aquatint with hand coloring. He has such a giant collection of work! Amazing!

I am super sad that the end of the semester is here. It went by way too fast, and I know this week is only going to by even faster.

Christina said...

I also love the color, and have been thinking about handcoloring a few of mine. Either way, I'm sure to be spending lots of time with my print family this week.

Stephanie said...

I absolutely love the combination of printing and hand-coloring. I could sit and look through these forever! I'm not too proud to say that my heart hurts a little at the thought of the semester ending. Is it because I'm sentimental or because I'm on the verge of a heart attack thinking about getting everything finished? Either way, I'm looking forward to making the most of the last couple of weeks.

Dani W said...

I cannot believe how fast this semester has gone by. I will definitely be living in the print shop this coming week. Got some work ahead of me for sure.
Looking at these prints make me really excited to start working more with color for next semester. There seem to be so many interesting possibilities.

LiARS said...

these are absurd. i didnt know 'corns' was used in reference to the feet in the 1800s. im drowning in satire. favorite on is 'mental energy' i relate to it well...

Molly said...

These prints are super interesting and there are so many to look through. I like the way color has been incorporated into these prints also, it definitely adds to them.

HOW CAN IT BE THE LAST WEEK ALREADY?!?! This semester has gone by crazy fast! I have so much to do and so little time! I can't wait to see everyone's final prints though, and also I WILL remember "dip day" #2. It would be so sad if I forgot my own day twice!

Britt Vogt said...

HIlarious. Love the caricatures and satire nature. What a joyful, lighthearted way to end the semester ;) Don't forget secret friends everyone, print like the wind!

Sassalyn said...

I'm not sure how I feel about hand coloring and if it detracts or adds to a print. I like his work though, very interesting.
Next week it all ends.

Marissa said...

These remind me of the illustrations in some of the books my Grandma used to read me.

The end of spring semester always sneaks up on me...scary! This is the only class that I really don't want to to end.

Cruel Ass said...

Hand coloring, huh? Never thought of that. I wish there was an option to see these prints without the coloring as well.
End of semester... Ugh, don't remind me :-\

sarah mc said...

The soft quality of the colors in these prints is amazing, especially after working with color this semester, i'm blown away!! I really like The Storm Rising and the detail in the water and the waves. You can really see the quality of a print in those details and still achieving that color, its very impressive. sad to leave the shop :(

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Sikorski said...

I cannot believe that the semester is almost over! It went way to fast...I on the other hand like Gillrays etching "A peep into the cave of Jacobinism" because it has so much more active energy rather then his cartoon like illustrations.

Hax said...

"HOW CAN IT BE THE LAST WEEK ALREADY?!?! This semester has gone by crazy fast! I have so much to do and so little time! I can't wait to see everyone's final prints though, and also I WILL remember "dip day" #2. It would be so sad if I forgot my own day twice!"
-Lars

mmmegan said...

I enjoyed Gillray's wide range of characters: some realistic and other exaggerated. Made for entertaining viewing. I can't believe this class is almost over.. Very sad, and time to DO WORK!

Sarahhigley said...

That first print "The fall of Icarus" is very interesting to because the artist we worked with in Barge, Nick, uses Icarus as a main subject in his work, but the artwork on the blog and the work I saw from Nick are so comletely different. It's interesting how two artists can interpret one subject in such different manners and bring new meaning to an old story.

Joanne said...

definitely was inspired to do some sweet hand coloring on my final print for the semester! gotta love being in the shop of love for over 15 hours today :)

Nate Shields said...

Hells yeah! printing like a madman! Sikorski's totally right "A peep into the cave of Jacobinism" is definitely one of the strongest pieces. Love the energy in it. Sooo etching...is the shading an aquatint? if so it's super grainy, which i think kind of works for the print. I sort of agree with Sass too. I'm not sure how I feel about hand coloring. I think it has it's place but it feels like much of the time it is an excuse to wuss out and not throw that color on the plate, (or a second plate)

lachness said...

yes, the end does creep up on you quickly. But no matter how far away you go.. you are always drawn back. I think BPJ puts something in the acid