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Barry's new artwork

by Barry


Posted 18-Jul-2015


My current artwork has mainly been generated on the computer. In truth my artwork has been going through a bad time and I haven't produced much. For years I tended to use a combination of hand drawn and computer drawn artwork. This has matured in doing much more using the computer and tablet.

When I started printmaking computers didn't have that much capability and I used to use photo opaque and tracing paper or acetate to produce the separations to make the screens. Indeed back in the 1970's this was the only way of doing it without excessive cost. Since the improvement of technology I have used Photoshop and In Design since about 1998 and have since about 2003 I have produced the separations for screen printing digitally. I have a large format Epson printer which uses Chrome inks which produces digital prints often referred to as Giclee and print onto a special transparent acrylic film. Each colour is a screen and I take the artwork and separate this into acrylic transparencies for each colour. The way that screens are prepared is that the screens are coated with a photosensitive emulsion and then exposed using with ultraviolet to produce the screens in a similar way to old contact printing. A couple of years ago I decided to produce my Christmas cards as actual screen prints and produced many over several weeks. It takes time to produce screens. The process is slow with time taken preparing screens and then printing them. Only a handful realised that any of these prints were hand done and many do not realise that the current prints are often just a digital copy. Discourages one to do things by hand. I have also been spending much of my time learning php and also I have started to do a lot more life drawing.


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