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My very first lithograph, way back in Litho 1, October 2006. After we spent a week learning how the process worked and a week learning how to grain the stones, Paul (my teacher) gave us the assignment: When you come to class on Tuesday, have an image on a stone.

So naturally, I thought of rocket-powered-snail-riding Puckish things. Because really, why would you bother riding dragonflies when you have snails?


Stone lithograph, 12 impressions, approx. 8"x10" on BFK off-white.
©E. Patrician 2006, all rights reserved.
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MSTUDIO Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Its very imaginitive and it has a rustic children's story feel to it as well. Any chance you will continue to develop this skill?
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007   General Artist
Thank you!

And yes, I have continued in lithography- I haven't uploaded very many yet because they're larger and harder to scan, but they're coming. ^^
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lostsenshivulcan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Student General Artist
YAY Snail!
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007   General Artist
SNAAAAAAAAAILL!!!!

I love that little bastard.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Nothing like a little litho crayon for a first litho project. I really like the image but the fact that you are new to the medium shows a little in your lack of comfort with the lines. I am not saying it is bad ESPECIALLY not for a first litho in fact I think you may have quite a hand for it. I would really like to see maybe a pencil sketch of this image too. The little legs in the bottom corner I am not too crazy about but rocket snail all the way!

Good luck! I hope Litho class doesn't beat your ass like it did mine.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   General Artist
Thank you for your lovely comment! Part of the problem with the lines is that I used mostly hard crayons and I didn't even know what rubbing crayon *was* at the time- so all of the smoke and tonal areas are rubbed #5 and #4 crayons. Frankly, looking at it now I'm surprised that they didn't burn out entirely. The scan itself isn't that great- I'm probably going to rescan it as a lot of the detail was lost.

I originally scribbled out the image in openCanvas while networked with my friend: [link] If I were to revisit this image I would definitely make it a color litho since it just doesn't have the same impact as a black and white.

And thank you for the well-wishes- turns out it wasn't litho 1 or 2 that beat my ass so much as senior studio- THAT was the killer. I'm still a little burned out, and I finished with that class three months ago. ^^;
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
What a great sketch! I understand about scanner bull... I recently scanned a bunch of my intaglio aquatints and all my pretty grays turned out super chattery off the scanner. I didn't see your other litho when I made that comment either. HOT DAMN... Now are you a painter who takes printmaking classes or a printmaker.... *big eyes* I just learned I could find fellow printmakers on deviant.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   General Artist
Printmaker all the way, baby!
I started with painting in high school but once I discovered printmaking at uni I never looked back. I actually haven't picked up my paints in a long time, bad me.

I think printmakers are a rare breed on dA- it's awesome to find somebody else who does prints!
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
I know! Then you have all the people who have no idea what "traditional printmaking" is and mislabel it all up the time on DA. I used to paint in high school but like you I haven't touched paints since I came to college.
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Ubastyyat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still love that stoned snail.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   General Artist
He's got AAAAAAAAIIIIIIIRRRRR eyes.
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Ubastyyat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No he doesn't.
He has "I just spent 5 minutes in Kizai's stash" eyes.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007   General Artist
Those too.
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mizutamari Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Student Filmographer
*giggles* I am frightened! XD
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   General Artist
You're just saying that because you secretly want to ride snails too. ;D
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mizutamari Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Student Filmographer
well DUUUUUUUH! XD Who wouldn't?!?!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
While I'm not overly familiar with lithography, the techniques used here are certainly both well caried out, and very effective. I particularly like the sketchy quality this picture conveys, which seems both dynamic and intricate, and is especially effective with the smoke and snales shell. Sadly some on the details on the flight uniform are lost, but this is really a small price to pay for an otherwise very effective technique.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   General Artist
Thanks, Brendan!
I really think I need to rescan this, when I compare the original to the scan I see that a lot more detail was lost than I originally thought, oops.

I wound up over-etching the image and it printed rather light, which I suppose is to be expected with my very first litho, but I still have a fondness for the image. :}
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
You're so very welcome. ^_^

As I've said, I'm not particulaly familiar with lithography, but perhaps using a darker crayon ( it is crayons that you use for lithogaphy, right? ) might help. I'm unsure wether pressing harder would help you get more details, or just make everything turn into a big messy blob of colour?

A re-scan wouldn't really hurt I suppose. It would certainly be interesting to see all those cool details a bit more clearly.

Yes, it's a very cool image, and it's even more impressive considering that it's your first go with a new medium. You're certenly showing a lot of tallent and potential here. ^_^
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