February 25, 2021

Adding color to the "Introspection" woodblock

By Leon Loughridge
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Adding color to the "Introspection" woodblock

 

The Key Block

The previous Blog Post showed the steps in carving the key block for the page illustration for Chaco Sojourn. So, after the key block is cut, it was then printed on a vintage hand-made Japanese paper (1910) with a warm black ink. Remember, in Japanese printing, the ink is water based with a rice paste binder and applied to the block with a brush. Sounds easy but there is so much touch to it all. 

Introspection woodblock 1

With the black printed, I used five carved blocks to add color. The first color run was a warm gray which established the shadows on the figure. When the subsequent colors are printed over this gray, they become a darker version of the color. Since the inks used are transparent, similar to watercolors, the under-color will affect the overlaid color. 

Intropection woodblock 3

The second color printed was a dusted ochre over the coat and hat. The color appropriate for the setting in Chaco Canyon where dust prevails.

The third color printed was blue. There were two areas of the block I used to print two different shades of blue. I wanted a darker blue over the shirt and a very pale blue in the sky. 

The third color printed was blue. There were two areas of the block I used to print two different shades of blue. I wanted a darker blue over the shirt and a very pale blue in the sky. 
Introspection woodblock 4 The forth color block also used two areas of the block to print a blue gradation over the shirt and a sage green in the lower background.

And the last block used two areas of the block to print a warm rose over the face and an ochre over the outside of the jacket.  The image is for page 8 in the first book of the Chaco Sojourn series written by John Macker.  

Learn more about the project at 
http://www.dcartpress.com/chaco-sojourn



Book Chaco Sojourn woodblock