Archive for November, 2009

Aquatint

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Stranger things have happened, but still I’m quite surprised: because of yesterday’s post I convinced myself to show some real art school makings! These are two prints of the same etching, in two different stages. The first one is after etching only the lines, and so the print is called a line etching. The second one is a print after I processed the zinc plate in such a way that some areas are corroded in lighter or darker shades. This technique is called aquatint. Yesterday was the first time I did this. It turned out OK, I think.

etchings

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I did more etchings last week and yesterday, I’m spending quite some time in the graphics workshop these days. Tomorrow I’m getting feedback on photographs again. Last week I got some nice comments so this week I invested some money in nicer, bigger prints to show my dedication to photography. I printed 7 Holga shots, and they are so pretty and square and saturated! If the feedback is nice again, maybe I’ll share them with you.

more photos

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Assessments for drawing, painting and image development were all OK, so now we’re investing in all the new classes like 3D, graphics (etching, lithograph etc.) and photography.

And still I don’t feel very comfortable taking picture of my work and putting it up here. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a lot harder to take a good picture of a piece of real work than it is taking a picture of a building, or that the problem is just that I don’t have a good story to go with the works. They all just exercises up until now, and even though I’m happy with most of them, I’m not sure how to present them. ‘As exercises’ is probably the answer to that.

In the meantime, here are some more pinhole photos!

Jvoorhekboom

I’m getting better at guessing exposure and all that (at least when the sun is brightly shining), and I’m teaching classmates how to do this now. Next step for me is a matchbox pinhole, with colour film! I’ll need an empty film canister for that, so that’s what’s holding me back right now. I haven’t got one. Plus, with 35mm colour film you have to shoot an entire roll before you can see the results, and because pinhole photography is one big learning curve, this could result in one entire roll of ruined pictures because your first assumption about exposure was all wrong, but you had now way to test it. Scary.

sitting there