New mezzotint prints

June 2, 2011

I have finished working on a few plates, most of which are going to be exhibited at the Blackheath gallery in London starting from 11th of June as part of their Summer Show.

Decided to experiment with adding colour to mezzotint. Got varied feedback. I am posting images with colour and without colour, and would love to hear your opinion on them!

Mezzotint nude

“Sun” – 1

 

Mezzotint

“Sun” – 1

Mezzotint nude“Sun” – 2

Mezzotint nude

“Sun” – 3

 

 

 

 

 

Mezzotint nude

“Sun” – 1

Mezzotint nude

“Sun” – 2

Mezzotint nude

“Sun” – 3

 

 

 

 

 

Mezzotint. The Apple

“The Apple”

Mezzotint. The Apple

“The Apple”

Mezzotint. The Apple

“The Apple”

 

 

 

 

Mezzotint. The Apple

“The Apple”

Mezzotint. The Apple

“The Apple”

Mezzotint. The Apple

“The Apple”

 

 

 

 

The above images are rather large. Well, for a mezzotint AND for my mezzotints. Nudes are all 15x24cm, and the apple prints are 23×36.5 the left and right images and 23x23cm the central one.

I am gradually increasing the sizes of my plates. Gradually, because mezzotint IS such medium – incremental. Currently, I am working on two portraits which are the biggest ever – 75x46cm.

In comparison with hours, days, weeks and months it took me to finish the above prints, working on a couple of small plates hardly left an imprint on my memory. Still, I like them for their simplicity. Simpleton-icity even 🙂

Garlic. Mezzotint

“Garlic”

Mezzotint. Olives

“Tinker, taylor…”

I found this brilliant video introduction to Intaglio printmaking on Youtube:

Very well-edited and informative video clip.

Mezzotint is one of Intaglio printmaking techniques. Strictly speaking, it is a drypoint, as the image on the plate is formed by roughening the surface of the plate and then smoothing some areas, as opposed to incising the metal in engraving, or biting with acid in etching.

Mezzotint print by Marina kim "Alina's Rose"

Mezzotint “Alina’s Rose”

Alina is my younger daughter. At the time I made this mezzotint she was almost three.

I was looking for an image for a mezzotint on a very long and narrow plate – 40×12.5 cm. My intention was to have a flower on it, but I wanted it to be held, so that the hands would be in the picture and the flower and hands would in a way be competing for the attention of the viewer.

So, I asked Alina to model for me with a rose. And put on a white dress with intricate piping detail. She wasn’t too happy about it. Being heavily under the influence of her almost 5 year-old sister, she was very aware that dresses weren’t cool. But I loved the resulting image with the garden rose near the end of its life and about to loose its petals, and the soft baby-hands holding it. The fabric of the dress creating the background for the image was an interesting detail to work on, and quite a challenge too.