Drawing Through the Making Center: Myths and Legends (Printmaking)
This assignment is meant to be our interpretations of myths and legends that we selected from given readings. We were given an introduction on etching as a method for printmaking, and from there, we were to make out own plates for printing.
For my myth, I chose the story of “Orpheus and Eurydice”, and focused on trying to convey the tension and anxiety of Orpheus. I played a lot with lines as a way to create more depth and shadows, and I wanted to create different textures to properly depict the different images I included in the print. This print took a long time to make because of the number of lines I etched onto the plate.
My chosen legend was the story of “Why Fire Belongs to Man”. I found this story to be interesting because it was one that I have never heard of before. Upon reading it, I immediately wanted to do something with the fire and the bear. I used the fire as the main element in my print and wanted to create as much texture on this print as the previous print. However, even though I thought I had done enough lines and created enough texture, the plate and prints didn’t really come out to be the way I imagined.
I had a hard time etching on the plates because I wasn’t used to the feeling of the needle on my hand. Every now and then, my hand would either be hurting or cramping, so it made me take even longer to etch on the plate. It was also difficult to gauge whether or not the etched lines on the plate were enough to get the texture I wanted because it took a long time to create test prints. Overall, I really enjoyed the project because I liked how the use of lines became kind of a focal point in creating a successful print. I also think that it was a good way to see the personal styles of everyone in the class and how we interpret stories in different ways.