We had a lot of fun with this new Primus poster so here's a very abbreviated look at the process.
I realize that there are master printmakers in these forums so I hope you'll all indulge my enthusiasm for being able to do this with a modicum of success.
So here's a window into the low tech, analog approach to screen printing that we use in our little shop.
Zoltron is the curator for the tour. He's such a cool guy to work for so this was a real pleasure all the way through.
The Primus vibe always strikes me as a sort of shit-kicking, hill-folk, pop-underbelly, funk-psychedelia in motion type of thing... So I imagined a cyclops tree who had pulled himself up by his roots and was walking along the hillside. Add a cast of Primus appropriate characters and you can make up the story yourself.
Step one. A quick thumbnail.
This was all Zoltron needed to see and he quickly approved the concept and turned me loose.
Next I refined and expanded this to a bigger pencil sketch.
From there I inked the final line art.
Then with the line art as a template I created 3 hand drawn separations with a loose color scheme in mind.
The layers together give a sense of the tonal feel of the final poster.
If I were outsourcing the printing I would do a color mock up in photoshop but when we print in house we tend to mix colors and do tests right on the paper.
First layer was a split fountain between a steel-cerulean blue on the bottom blending to a deeper ultramarine blue towards the top.
Another look at our low tech set up. Metal pins for registration. Cardboard for distance and pray for no screen kisses.
Layer 2 was a split fountain from a bright organic green on the bottom to a slate-turquoise on the top.
It's good to have a partner who has the patience to tend to the blend areas. If I was printing alone I'd be pulling a bunch of streaky prints.
Layer 3 was a bright yellow-green splitting up to a translucent fire-orange at the top.
Layer 4 was a straight dark blue line. The finished band edition on French Kraft paper.
And the same color scheme on a deep green stock made for a convenient variant.
That's pretty much it.
Thanks for looking in.