Monday, October 29, 2012

Print Making

EmmaLi Tsai
1.     Describe the overall composition of your artwork (balance, unity, rhythm and movement).
The overall composition of my artwork turned out pretty well. I thought that I balanced the different contrasts nicely and carved most of the stray areas away. I did have some parts that should have been cut deeper to not catch any ink, but overall the lines turned out smoothly and clean. The only thing that I wish I could have fixed was the margins. They were a bit unclean with a tad bit of smudged ink.
2.     How did you add texture and contrast to your print? Is this important? Why?
I added texture and contrast to my print by using different types and widths of lines to define the edges. This created the effect of larger, more fluffy hairs, and smaller, more furry hairs. This is important because it adds depth to the picture to make it seem more real and not so flat. If you never added texture, the picture would just look like a sheet of paper with some ink on it. The texture and contrast adds the third dimension.

3.     Explain how you used positive and negative space to show your image.
By using positive and negative space, I defined my image. The positive and negative space helped show the image clearer and display the different types of lines that were inside of the print to create the depth. I was very careful to not add too much positive or negative space, doing that could result in the image looking like a big blob. When I added my leaves, I was careful to make sure that I added a dark, thick line to show the viewer that the two white spaces were different things.

4.     Describe the craftsmanship of your print. (How good the project is technically crafted)
The craftsmanship of my print was very tedious. I did my best trying to really make the lines clear and really cut them deep enough so that they did not catch the ink. I did have some areas that caught the ink when they were not supposed to, and some smudges on the margins. If I could change something, I would have made the lines deeper and more connected.

5.     Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain. Yes I was able to achieve depth. I added the leaves in the middle ground to help the viewer get the idea of actually being in the rain forest. I used the foreground to show the bird in front of the leaves, making it the closest to the reader in order to capture the different types of texture. For the background, I set the rest of the image and put in different trees and branches to complete the image.

6.     Explain your experience with Printmaking. What were the obstacles and advantages?
During the printmaking, I really had trouble with trying to plan the different negative and positive spaces. I didn't want to have black spaces touch black spaces, or white spaces touch white spaces. I also found it really confusing when I had white on white with the leaves and the sky, it really made me think about how to make it look good and correct. To not make the lines blend, I added one really dark line in between the two white spaces to define that they were two different things. Overall, I thought it was really fun and a very different way to make art that I've never really thought about before.


  1. This is how everybody should make an eagle/hawk. Spring Rolls always makes it perfect.

    1. Oh Loaf Head, you always know what to say.