- about Love & Lust
- Songs and stories of the Decameron
- THEATER POSTER3 Colors Screenprint
42cm x 70cm - 16,5" x 27,6"
Edition of 45 - Signed & Numbered
Handprinted by Drukte, Ghent
- - Some details -
1348, the plague is ravaging the city of Florence and people are dying in great numbers. Ten young people flee from the city and seek refuge in a countryside estate where they pass the time telling stories. Stories of warm affection and unbridled lust. Sometimes tragic and poignant, sometimes comical and obscene.
- - Proces -
Hubert -one of the theatermakers- suggested to do something with the Pest Doctor.
That was a useful starting point. The plan was to make an image that is dark but at the same time playful.
This is my first screenprint experience since artschool, a decade ago.
To be continued...INSPIRATION
Some imagery to get in the mood: medieval miniatures, the Pest Doctor, play cards, neo-medieval holy cards,...
- The Romantic neo-medieval castles Neuschwanstein & Schlosslichtenstein
- Other sources of inspiration are vintage poster designs, the contemporary American West Coast Scene.And the work of contemporary illustrators Jon Classen (left) and Carson Ellis (right).
I like the decorative style and the geometric stylization of the architecture.
- Oops, I had the wrong title... The adjusted version below was aproved
I started with the central image - Rough pencil sketch postcard-size
- To get it sharper, I scan in the sketch. Print it out at double size in a light color. And draw back on it in pencil.
Tracing on the lightbox
- COLOURING (photoshop)
I was curious how the castle would look like without the contour lines
- I like it, much fresher
- MONK CHARACTER
I'm not so satisfied with the monk's face. The style is a bit to realistic and detailed to fit the rest.
The character in my first sketch was more appealing.
1. First Sketch - 2. Inked - 3. New inked version based on the first sketch (and pasted in digitally)
That's more like it...
- After the lettering is set right, I trace and ink the lettering by hand.
Extra work but the handdrawn lettering fits the drawn image better.
For the ornaments I was inspired by some holy cards.
- PEST DOCTORThe pendrawing is made very small, because I like the ragged edges I get when blowing-up the image
I put the image toghether and coloured the doctor
Remains to be done: medieval floral ornaments + a falcon and a rat
- I took the elements that I could use and cut & paste them together in photoshop.To fit the drawing I also draw some extra branches as connections with wacom and I ad some details like thorns.A lot of work but worth it...
- FALCON & RATpendrawing - photoshop colouring - fit into place
- EDGES, TEXTURE & GRIDAnd to give it a more outworn look.Ragged Edges: Because the central image was drawn on a large scale, the edges are very straight.
To also have more jagged edges -like the pest doctor- I use a bit of the photoshop filter glass rimpel.
You can see what I mean in the woman's chin and neck.Texture: I ad some grainy texture to the colour fields (I used a scan of a monotype sheet)Grid: because it's going to be screenprinted I have to give the halftone-greys a rough grid.
- SOME LAST CORRECTIONSA bit of rotation of the hand
- The light and shadow on the hat didn't fit the light on the masks
- - Finished -
- Thanks for watching!