Tag archive for the Crucifixion

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 7

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 7

I took a hiatus from etching for the last month. I finished this today. The Virgin’s mouth is a bit fuzzy, but I think I’ll leave it that way. It was arguably the worst day of her life. A sword pierced her heart. Now I…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 6

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 6

I put a softground on this and also did a spot etch for the Blessed Virgin’s face. I put the etching solution on with a brush locally and let it sit for two minutes. I scraped and reshaped the cliff next to the Virgin and…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 5

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 5

I wanted to give the print more contrast, so I did a lot of drypoint and engraving, and polished the areas I wanted very light. Now I have to adjust everything else in relation to what I did. The Blessed Virgin’s face is still in…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 4

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 4

I did a lot of scraping and burnishing for this proof. No etching bath for this one. I toyed with the idea of soft ground, but I may not need it. I’m getting the tenebrism I want without it. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 3

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 3

The print is just beginning to solidify. I’ve taken my time with this print. The subject matter is very important, and it is paramount, for me at least, to give it the weight it deserves. The figure of Jesus is starting to gel, and I…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 2

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 2

I guess this is the awkward adolescent phase of an etching. There is a lot that goes into the first three or four proofs that doesn’t make the final cut. My usual routine is to really mess it up and find the beauty in the…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 1

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 1

The first proof usually doesn’t merit a trip to a scanning bed. In keeping with that, I just took a pic with a phone camera and fooled around with it on the phone’s Photoshop app. The first proof usually doesn’t merit a trip to a…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY DAY 3

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY DAY 3

Major revision. Erased the two figures on the sides in the foreground and moved St. Mary Magdalene over to the right. I was able to reveal the Blessed Virgin’s entire body and give her a place to plant her feet. The elimination of the figure…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY DAY 2

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY DAY 2

This is a lot closer. I have to define the crown of thorns better. Then maybe it’s time to go to the plate. I redrew Jesus’ legs and hands. Redrew the Blessed Virgin’s face. Redrew Mary Magdalene’s face. Redrew Mary, wife of Cleopas’ face over…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY

For the past nineteen days or so I’ve been struggling with this, first in my mind, and then on paper. It started out as 12x18in. but I cut it down, There was too much going on. I had Roman soldiers reacting to the earthquake and…

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