This next piece was created by Fan Min, using the technique of etching. Etching is done on a plate of metal, normally copper, or zinc, which is covered with a waxy ground plating over it. The artist then scratches off the ground form the plate showing the metal underneath. The plate is then dunked into acid, which cleans off the scratched off ground, and then is inked. Then the plate is inked, and the ink is wiped off, leaving the ink in the etched lines. After this it is put through a high pressure printing press with a sheet of paper, taking the leftover ink and making a print. This is a great idea, because the picture can be printed over many times, making as many as you want until the plate starts to wear down.
Lines create contrast, motion, and noise. Fan Min used these to his advantage. There is both bold and thin lines in this image, giving contrast. Because there is so much contrast to this image, the noise is even greater. The eye’s movement is drawn to the lighter areas and follow the curves that are used. Because there is nigh contrast, you see the positive space before the negative, and even though the negative space outweighs the positive, it is clearly more dominant because of the contrast.
In this image, the base of it is centered, but not going straight up. You can see that it branches off to the side slightly, not going straight up. There was a thin framing on the piece, trying not to take away from the picture itself.
This first piece of work is called the Big Elephant by Zhang Yifan. The print making technique used was digital printing on laser cut plexiglass. Mounting a picture onto plexiglass can be very difficult, and requires it to be done by a professional. It must be framed in a specific environment, to help keep air bubbles and dirt out of the framing. It is worth the time thought because it is one of the most impressive ways to display your work and is commonly used in art galleries and museums around the world.
The piece has a very thin framing, and not much covering it. There isn’t any decorative framing on the piece because it would distract from the piece, and take away from the piece. This piece is centered, even though there isn’t equal space on all sides. The image is slanted, but is still centered perfectly.
This piece was created by Li Jun, using the technique of woodcut, sometimes called xylography. Woodcut is carving an image into a block of wood, and using the parts that are level with the surface is the part you use to create your work. There are three basic tecniques to woodcut, stamping, rubbing, and rubbing in a press. Stamping is using paper or fabric, and putting it on the table and putting the wood on top of it and pushing down. The next technique, is the opposite, and is more commonly use din the far east. In this technique, the paper is set on top of the woodcut, and the paper is rubbed onto the wood using tools. The next technique is by the use of the printing press, which is used in Asia. Printing press’s were used during the 1480’s for European prints and woodcut book illustrations.
This piece was purposely positioned off to the side, giving a more realistic look to the picture. It makes the boy in the picture look like he’s looking off to the side, and looking at something outside of the photo, letting our minds wander to what that could possibly be.