Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Today’s art is an etching, which means there’s several prints, though I only have 1 of each edition below. All of my prints are hand-pulled the old-fashioned way using a printing press, whether they’re etchings or monoprints, and while I still have some of my old plates I doubt they’re in any shape to be printed from these days.
I’ve always been fascinated with our rigid ideas of gender, and the way that costumes that were considered the height of masculinity in their day (including the ruffles and corset in the image) are considered effete and downright kinky nowadays. This image was drawn with the help of a model, though we didn’t lace him fully into the corset, and uses a painstaking cross-hatched shading style that I vowed never to try again after this image. I’ve gone back to the technique now that I’m older and more patient, but it’s still one of my least-favorite methods due to the time and precision required.
Click below to see all three editions on their full pages. Don’t forget most images you can click on to see a bigger version, too.
Man Dressing 1, 4″x6″ etching on 10″x10″ watercolor paper, 1/1.
Man Dressing 2, 4″x6″ etching and chine colle on 9″x11″ handmade paper, 1/1.
Man Dressing 3, 4″x6″ etching and gold leaf on 11″x9″ handmade paper, 1/1..
All three of these single editions would require matting or framing for proper display. The handmade paper would look especially nice in a float frame, or floated onto a black matte background behind glass, so the natural paper edges could still be seen.