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.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

William Blake


Nearly time to slink from the shop PrintFools. Find your place and rest until we begin again in January.



Nebuchadnezzar
1795
Copper engraving with pen and ink and watercolour, 446 x 620 mm
Tate Gallery, London
(click the title post for much more on Blake)

 Note that William Blake is mixing media, something you're doing right? Note also that his next two prints are examples of what you won't be doing in the remaining days:



William Blake Two of the Malebranche quarrelling, Dantes Inferno Canto XXII

Materials and Techniques: Line engraving
Dimensions: Plate: 281 x 356 mm (11 1/16 x 14 in.);






William Blake The Malebranche tormenting Ciampolo, Dantes Inferno Canto XXI

Materials and Techniques: Line engraving
Dimensions: Plate: 281 x 356 mm (11 1/16 x 14 in.);
 
Unless of course you mess up the shop, forget to print me an archive print or forget your secret printmaking friend...



14 comments:

Katie said...

Adding watercolor to prints is an interesting idea. After I thought I had mastered my first multi-plate it turns out I need to do even more with it or something... I don't know. I need to experiment with different techniques and combine them.

Christina said...

The "Tormenting..." print looks like a shanking. I also like the idea of using watercolors with prints. I used them in my prints last semester, and i might again with some of my color prints. I have a question for the Tuesday/Thursday people - are our final prints due on Tuesday or Thursday?

Rachel Albrecht said...

Christina, I believe that our prints are due Thursday the 8th.
Watercolor would be a great addition to litho prints. Just trying to decide when to add it in.

Britt Vogt said...

Twisted Man that William Blake. Nebuchadnezzar is definitely slinking off somewhere to hibernate. Check out the toes on all the figures in these prints, ick. Final push to the end of semester!

Sweet Marissa said...

I knew I had a reason for wanting to improve my watercolor skills. Not really sure I follow the explanations of the ideas behind Blake’s work. Lost me at “dualisms of adult consciousness”; I need a translator for that kind of pretentious shit. Anyway, I really admire the amount of images he creates for each series…lucky if I make two about the same subject. The use of color in some of the text seems random, but it’s probably not. I’m impressed by the wide range of line Blake uses (ex. For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise, object 10). And this really has nothing to do with anything, but he has pretty handwriting! Yay secret friends! P.S. I got a knife for shanking...I mean woodcut for my birthday :)

megan said...

What timing. I was planning to add a touch of watercolor to one of my woodcuts! Blake is very skilled at it, obviously. But I really like the idea of adding watercolor to prints or to pen and ink drawings. Hope to have time to try it out at some point!

Crack Baby Anna said...

I love the emotion that these prints have. And I love the watercolors, I was hoping to add some to my series before the end of the semester, but we'll see if that happens.

Keriann said...

Interesting..... I just started a watercolor lesson with some of my classes and I thought to myself....

"gosh I've forgotten how much fun watercolor can be, maybe I need to try to do this when I have time for myself again."

Then BAM I check the blog tonight and see watercolor. Maybe it's a sign....... spend more time in the print shop and add watercolor to your prints

Molly said...

Christina you are right...looks like a shanking to me!

These prints are very twisted, seems we have a theme this semester...
I have never thought to use watercolor in my prints, but it really does add to Blake's pieces. Is watercolor what the Shining used on her tarot card prints?

Nate Shields said...

molly, yep watercolor is what shining used. Blake uses it pretty damn effective here as well too. I dunno personally, I've always been wary about watercolor on a print. I've seen it turn too many good prints to shit. But, then again, if any of you were in intro drawing with me, you saw that I have made watercolor skills :/ Guess I'll just stick to getting the color in the print during the printing process, good luck to those of you who try!

LiARS said...

the first print looks like me the last two nights. lurking late at night wary that the end is near. O for shame. well, i hope i wake up for class tomorrow...

Jenna Phish said...

Well watercolor is a cool effect...too bad I'm a baby and don't get to use color :( But I'm sad and excited that the end is near. Can't wait to see everyones prints and enjoy lots of food and secret friends!

Dani W said...

Mixing media is very interesting. I have never really thought about adding watercolor to a print; however, this idea really makes me start thinking.
The print shown clearly touches on the fact that we really have to be careful with not shanking each other. Dangerous times in the print shop. We have to print like mad these next few days.

Elizabeth Rose Bowman said...

Du-uude, I love William B! I spent plenty of time oogling his work and reading his poetry back in high school (such a girrrll) and they always stuck with me. I also experiment with employing other media to my prints and think its really interesting (varieties of paint, thread, glitter, polish, etc).