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October 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm

The preliminary single-color version of the Polish Home drawing, which Olneyville Housing will use as publicity for their re-dedication, is done.

ink drawing - computer tones

The gray computer tones are useful for showing the shape of the building, & differentiating the bricks and the stone trim. They are little too clean, maybe, but when the image gets printed out, the texture that the printer makes — even though it is fine-grained — warms it up a little bit! And the final screenprint will be more complex & messy: the chaos will get its chance.

By looking at one of the pictures I took as a photo-reference, we can see what the real purpose and function of “Art” is in the world: removing awkwardly placed urban infrastructure!

photo reference

I’ve been reading the great new book The Printed Picture, by Richard Benson, which is all about how images have been transferred to paper across the years, and goes up through the present digital printing technologies. It is super excellent, super nerdy, and right up my alley. It was a gift — thank you Rob!


  1. Excellent. Will the poster be in color? Sorry if that’s a dumb question. I presume the gray tones are for making separated screens?

    Re the removed telephone pole: Elaine once saw a retouching instruction that said “make boy tree”.

    Comment by mark sawtelle — October 21, 2009 @ 6:16 pm
  2. Mark — yes! The poster will be in color, and will have more detail, as well as words, sky, trees… and a little bit of the neighborhood around the building will show up in the background. The texture & patterns of the bricks on the building, which are decorative above the door & on the cornice, will also be part of the print — they will be a messy challenge to draw, I am excited!

    The grayscale image above is for OHC to put on a postcard or flyers… it will be reproduced small-scale, 4×5 inches or so, so I didn’t want to have too much detail that would make the smaller reproduction too dark or cloudy.

    Also, it is a good exercise for me in terms of project pacing to get the black line drawing above — which will also be the ‘key’ color of the print — done early… then I am in good shape schedule-wise for getting the print done on time, and am not putting difficult decisions about how to draw the details off till the last minute. Yup. Discipline!

    Speaking of removals: as part of the street work they’ve been doing up & down Manton Ave recently, in front of St. Teresa’s Church there is a nice city-worker spraypaint scribble at the base of a little stunted sidewalk tree: “Remove Tree”. Urban retouching…

    Comment by jean — October 21, 2009 @ 6:52 pm
  3. I am jealous of your book, and your time to read! I am enjoying watching this print grow, will copies be for sale, I am so busy working I suddenly find I have money to buy art with!!!

    Comment by deb — October 26, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

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