Posted by Dave Bull at 8:20 AM, May 19, 2014 [Permalink]
So, after all the delays caused by the decision to 'mulligan' it and start over with a fresh piece of wood and re-cut the key block, we're done. The prints flew out of here late last week, and will be in the hands of the collectors 'any minute now'.
Was it necessary/worthwhile?
Here's the image I showed last week, a closeup of a proof copy from Keyblock Mark I:
Here's the similar area from Mark II:
The actual lines don't 'line up' because as I mentioned earlier, I re-worked the spiral pattern so that it had a slightly higher definition - more lines per inch. That helped give a smoother appearance to the tones overall, but the main difference in the new version is the carving. As you can see, it is much less disjointed, with fewer 'corners' and gaps to jar the eye.
The final version is now on the website here.
Unlike most of my work, this one is not the kind of print that is best enjoyed in the hand closeup, but should really be viewed from some distance. And if you take your glasses off, it looks even better! :-)