Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Update on the Masters

It's been a while since I blogged on about my Master's Project so here goes...as always you can see an image full size by clicking on it; use your browser's back button to return to the blog.

Color proofs of the Fool and the Magus were done. After discussion with my adviser it was decided I should stick to western techniques, using water based relief inks.

My adviser suggested Graphic Chemicals inks and a few days later my friend Rachel asked me if I wanted some Graphic Chemical water based relief inks she didn't plan to use again...

I don't care for the garishness of the pure pigment dispersions in these two proofs and I plan on eliminating some of the cut marks. For instance most of the red marks in the sky behind the Magus' curtain.

I completed the Priestess Keyline block and proofed it.

I'm mostly pleased with this keyline and will work on the color plates after I've reached my semester goal for designs and keylines. I do want to clean up the gap between the numbers at the top and give just a little more definition to the letters at the bottom; though I do like the way it weaves into the image.

As usual, I was so gungho at the beginning of the semester to get started on this work again that I wasn't paying attention and carved nearly the entire Empress plate before I realized that she wasn't
backward...

I've re-carved the keyline and am about to the same place I was when I discovered my error. Eventually I will finish carving the 1st one and varnish it as a bas relief work, and a reminder to "pay attention stupid!"

I completed design of the Lovers card and have the basic composition for the Chariot. I still want to go into it and eliminate the cacti, replacing them with skyscrapers and I want to replace the rottweiler on the left with a great Pyrenees. I also want to include some symbolism on the gas tank and an amulet on the rider's chest. Oh and of course I need to put in a number VII and the name of the card.

I have my composition for Strength in mind and have begun the research on the Hermit. Someday soon I will start posting my research on the cards. I should have started out doing so...

3 comments:

Ellen Shipley said...

This is coming along great! I love it!

Annie B said...

Hi Patti.
It's great to see your progress on these Tarot cards. You still have my deep respect for even attempting it! I love the Empress image a LOT - but sorry to hear you had to cut it twice. And I like your improvements to the Chariot design in the following post. (Are you a biker?) Would love to hear more about the symbols you're choosing and your research.

Phare-Camp said...

Wish I could afford to be a biker!!! 25 years ago I wanted a bike to ride to and from college classes in Los Angeles. Hubby said no way, he'd worry too much about my crazy ass driving clashing with other crazy ass drivers in bigger vehicles. Now he gets two bikes and I have to choose between toys and tuition for the masters...sigh...nope can't ride one of his bikes, he's a big boy and his toys are to tall and heavy for me to straddle! Huhm could be an idea for a graduation/50th birthday present...

My son and his fiance, two bikes each; one foreign number for everyday riding and one custom for showing off...I'm so jealous!