2-D Project: Solarplate and Image Development

Hello all! For my 2-D project, I decided to make a solarplate for my Archangel series. I wanted to make a print of Metatron. So, I knew I wanted him to have a more human feel, since any archangel with “-tron” at the end of their name was once a human who supposedly “ascended” (in physics terms, this is an entity who can make the phase-conjugate shift, the EL/L/90 degrees to compress itself/aura/electromagnetic field centripetally in order to create dielectric coherence.)

I’ll post photos of my process and discuss each image step by step:

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This was my initial drawing/study. I knew I didn’t like the rendered faces and lack of editing in the face, but that I did like the hand coming towards the viewer, as well as the hand pointing up.

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I then came up with this drawing. I knew I wanted the composition to be reminiscent of Metatron’s cube, and that I liked the hands. I sort of knew in the back of my head that I didn’t like the image as a whole, but I went ahead and made a solarplate anyways.

 

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Once I made the solarplate, the reasons I didn’t like the image became apparent to me. It was too rendered, the face felt forced and not organic, and the piece felt more rendered than spontaneous (which isn’t an inherently bad thing, but it didn’t fit in with the rest of the series). That being said, I went back to the drawing board.

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I made one drawing before this one but it’s not worth posting for the sake of post length. After I did that drawing, I had a kind of vision/epiphany about the placement of the hands holding Metatron’s cube and the realization that I was trying to render something, rather than draw it and make it feel alive. So, I took the appropriate reference photos and went at it. It’s difficult to take photos and remain spontaneous during the process of drawing (or at least my process), so I didn’t even really think to do that. If I was to do anything like that, I’d place a camera behind myself and record myself creating the image.

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This was the end result! I’m really happy with how this print came out. I learned a lot about my image making process by photographing each step, as well as the importance of maintaining spontaneity during a drawing and how it effects the overall fractality/coherence of an image. I’ve started to document most of my printmaking/painting processes now, as it lets me learn about my own way of doing things, which gives me further insight into how I make art.

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