I'm using masks to build different colours into the key block. The print above shows the engraving plate with a mask laid over it so that only part of it prints.
The image below is the print so far. The station through the window is complete. I now need to work on the cafe interior.
Although I like the colours on the print above, I felt it had got too dark too quickly. This was making it difficult to build layers.
I think I've got round this by adding a layer of white over the station part of the print. I like how this emphasises the inside / outside depicted in the print. I also like how the light spilling onto the cafe floor adds another arc to the composition.
I will fill more station details in again but much lighter.
Completed the edition for the Electric Cinema today. It took quite a bit of working out and this meant a slightly smaller edition of 22 as some of them did not make it.
The lower image is artist's proof of the key block printed on newsprint. It would make a lovely alternative print, but I would need to recut the windows and make the sky dark.
This is my first artist's proof for the Electric Cinema print. It is a chance for me to take a look at the cutting on the key block and decide where it can be refined. There are areas I'm happy with at the front (bottom) of the print, but I can see I need to work a bit more on the lights falling on the main building.
In terms of colour I will try a gradient on the lower part of the print: olive green to black and see how it looks.
Having recently returned from Brooklyn where I was able to view some of hiroshige's prints at the Brooklyn Museum, progress on my latest two prints has been a little slow.
I have been busy cutting though and I hope that Electric Cinema and Moor Street Station Cafe will be available to view very soon.
In addition to my trip I have also moved into a new studio premises, where I will be creating my 100 views and offering printmaking workshops. Details of my workshops can be found here www.mike-allison.co.uk.
Printmaker on a mission. 100 + prints of Brum inspired by Hiroshige.