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Birchwoods by Rowkey Birchwoods by Rowkey
Another lithograph, a proper old-fashioned stone process this time! So basically, I drew this picture on a lithograph stone with grease/litho pencils, did some detail scratching with a razor blade, chemically etched the drawing into the stone, and finally printed fifteen of the things.

I'm quite happy with this...and was so afraid of breaking my stone, overdoing the etch, over-inking, and generally messing it up every step of the way, holy jesus
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Pixx-73 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great idea... :D
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Ninjerina Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student General Artist
nice. the values make it look like everything's cast in firelight
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rrrugops Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Beautiful concept. Great work :)
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Hfoursaur Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
I think this is my favourite of your works so far, Katie, and I'm really loving this series of tree-creatures. This sounds like it was a labour of love, and it looks fantastic!
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Verlidaine Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student General Artist
I want your skills. :I

And a print of this lol. but paypal I no has ;A;

This is fantastic though <3 I like the shadine how one side is white and the other dark. xD You sort of have to reverse-shade in a sence on the stone right? Scratch where the highlights are etc
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, here's an interesting thing- The lithography process is not drawn in negative! Here's a photo I took of the 80% completed drawing on the stone: [link] Usually the image is drawn directly onto a grained stone with a litho/grease pencil and is then a chemical etch is applied, which essentially makes the lighter parts 'permanent'. Other chemicals and solutions are applied to the stone after etching which makes ink repel the etched lighter bits.

Lithography is actually magic, I'm sure of it. :noes:
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STorA Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
I love this one. So mysterious!
Light and shade are gorgeous!

PS I admire your attitude to the process of creating lithographs!
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: It's such a pleasure to have learned the process. c:
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STorA Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
You're welcome! Yes, I agree.)))
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
YOU'RE GETTING ONE OF MY PRINTS when I come back. Just so you know. Your choice. >8]
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Or, y'know, you could stop replying to your own damn comments, moron.
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
FINE, I WILL.

loser
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YugiGirl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
DINOTREE. I WANT.
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
YOU'RE GETTING ONE OF MY PRINTS when I come back. Just so you know. Your choice. >8]
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YugiGirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
YES. VICTORY. 8D

I'mma frame it~
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Don't you go making me CRY now. ;~;
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YugiGirl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
TOO LATE.
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Dahlia86 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awesome. Really good job with the etching on this. You got a really nice array of values and your reductions really pop! I'm in Litho right now and I gotta say, the process of stone, from the Lavigator to pulling prints can either be nerve-racking or extremely meditative. I've found stone to be a lot of fun though because you can really beat the hell out of it compared to the plates. You should give Maniere Noire a shot if you haven't already because your use of light in your drawing I think would really translate.
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OH! Look at this one! It's beautiful! Your values on this are much nicer than I thought it would be. Lovely Rowkey, just lovely. I really like that he/she is rippled with splits like the aspens. Really nice.

Omg, convo a few weeks ago did not ease your 'Gonna mess this thing-up' mentality did it? It's gorgeous even if you didn't mess it up. XD
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I HAVE CONQUERED THE LITHO STONE! (this time)

Oh man, I totally forgot to ask for your address in order to send you a print, didn't I? Pff. I WILL NOTE YOU SOON.
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You beat that stone into submission. How big is the stone? It looks like a big piece would be needed to get that level of refinement and shading.

That's okay. XD I look forward to your notations.
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The stone is roughly 15x11, perhaps a bit bigger. It's amazing how delicately the printing process captures -every mark you make-...I'm still convinced that lithography is actually a lesser form of magic.
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That is big. I'll bet it's quite weighty too. Wow. Y'know for a long time it probably did seem like magic to people who would see these prints within a book or sumsuch describing the scene of a Worlds Fair or the crowing of a regent or a historical event.

It's such a beautiful process and such a shame that like traditional photography it is fading from our high-schools and colleges. You're very lucky to be taking this class Rowkey.
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I got a whooole bunch of photos of the stone before I re-grained it, which I'll probably upload when my final lithograph is ready to post. c:

Litho is particularly amazing because one person discovered the process and thoroughly documented it, which you can't say for any other widely used technique. [link] History is so fascinating. :heart:
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wait. So you just re-grain or sand it down to use again? Right? If so that is so cool!

Woah hang on. Really? Oh my gosh, that is amazing. I never knew that and wow. One person on a whim experimented with something novel. That's just incredible. I can't wrap my mind around it still. I wish I had my 'Whut?' icon for this. This is highly deserving of it. ;)
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, regraining is how it works! Most of the stones at our school have been in use by faculty and students for 50+ years...so incredible. @_@
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Psshaw Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You make lithography sound so fantastically not-fun.

But WOW. The values on this guy are just lovely. Your types of textures really seem suited for this stuff. And I like that it's also just... a little creepy.
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
IT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Rather, it is not for people who greatly exaggerate everything that could possibly go wrong and therefore lose sleep at night. :thumbsup:

Thanks, too. Lots of lithography seems to come off as creepy- One of my favorites so far is John Bauer, who drew very cute/folky things, but litho really brought out the creep factor. They're toward the bottom of this post on the BEST BLOG IN THE WORLD: [link]
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spinachwrap Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
This.
Is.
COOL.

It has a dinosaur thing with spikes and a tree neck. The best things.
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:heart: Heheh, I'm inclined to agree!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Lithography is the bane of my printmaking existence! I had the worst luck getting my images to come out right despite every precaution I took to get it right. My professor didn't even have any advice for me :(

Seeing this makes me insanely jealous. It's got a good combination of drawing and scratching. The shading came out great! You've got the full range of values. I also like the subject and composition.
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much...I'm sorry none of yours turned out, though! Were you doing stone lithography? It's strange that nothing worked out for you- no one in my classes seems to have much of a problem with it. :/
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Yes, it was stone lithography. I would like to try again with it... one day.
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Pahul Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love it!
Did you do this on your own or are you in some kind of art school and this was an assignment? Are you personally familiar with the process itself? I'm really curious, i know xD But i really like the final render!
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Rowkey Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm enrolled at an art school for illustration and I'm taking a lithography class as an elective. I wouldn't call myself a master at the process, but I can get something from a transparency, to a photo plate, to a finished print in a semi-okay fashion when left alone. :lol: Stone lithography is a lot more finicky, so I was glad to have my instructor at my side for this one.
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Pahul Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome n_n
Thanks for the detailed answer!
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