Proofs of the first Aluminum plate.. of many more to come.

So a preface to this post. Normally I would not post a proof, especially in the conditions in which these were photographed. I took these in the lab with an iPhone 3GS. Not to hurt on the iPhone (I think it is a fabulous camera for taking photos). The light is glaring on the wet ink, the photographs are not taken directly over or in front of the image, so the perspective may seem awkwardly skewed. The light once again affects the color, which is a more greyish-tan of Newsprint. Not to mention that these are PROOFS, and do not represent the final image in any way. They are just a step along the way to a complete image. There are dark tones in the plate I want to make richer, areas I want to print lighter, and many details hidden in these over inked proofs.

So, why am I even showing these? They are the first prints I have pulled from an aluminum plate lithographic plate, and the start of a love affair with the process... sorry Etching, I love you. But you are old, and Lithography is new.

Printing these plates is fast, requiring you to make decisions after every print is pulled. Lithography is a process that forces adaptation on the printers side during the printing process, itself. The speed in which you ink your plate is a factor (I love quickly rolling my brayer across the plate as fast as I can). There is also a constant resist between grease and water that you must fuel. After every pass your inked up brayer makes against your plate, you must sponge it down, dampening the blank areas, so when you ink that plate again your brayer doesn't leave a trail of ink on your plate, and sticks only to the grease (the grease being the drawn image that you wish to print, and the damp areas repelling the ink).

You may recognize these images as the proofs from the drawing I did last week at Bold City, on vellum. The drawing was exposed onto a photo-sensitive lithographic plate using ultra-violet light.

So, here are the photos to give you a small idea of how this first plate will turn out. I intend to print on bright white arches paper.  Enjoy these proofs, make no judgements, and wait for the final image, which will be 11" X 14".

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