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    Default Low Tech Analog Meatballs

    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.


    -dw

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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing Dave, inspiring to see someone of your repute printing with such a DIY setup.

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    Awesome!

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    Great work David(and Anna), very inspiring work!
    Last edited by ZOMIC; 10-15-2012 at 09:10 AM.

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    rules!

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    Analog uber digital eatballs
    Andymac

    services www.squeegeeville.com
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    Todo es empezar.

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    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    Looks great David!

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    gorgeous, thanks for sharing
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    Nice process, I always dig your stuff. Awhile back my next door neighbor, a guy in his 60's came over with a couple of posters. He knew I printed posters and wanted to know if I could give him any info on the ones he had just purchased. They turned out to be two of your Further posters from the Pawtucket show. He thought they were offsets but I set him straight. I'm gonna link him to this thread so he can see how it's done.

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