Thursday, November 7, 2013

Black and white and grey

Ah, decisions. Is this Edward Gorey illustration from The Shrinking of Treehorn better in black and white,

or black, white and greys?

I love Edward Gorey's illustrations. I found The Shrinking of Treehorn at a library book sale for a quarter (!) at the same time I was taking a polyester plate lithography class at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. I made polyester plates for a few Treehorn illustrations, to see how the medium would handle such fine lines. It handled them surprisingly well! The top picture is a lithograph I printed, the second is a lithograph + colored pencil. I'm having a hard time deciding which I like best. I have a few more prints, I'll try more colored pencil variations. One variation will eventually go in the artwork rotation in Isaac's room.

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