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Topic: Copernicus- Lino block print  (Read 8589 times)
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« on: September 04, 2008 11:54:43 AM »

This is Copernicus and his planetary system:



Copernicus is shown in green with a lily of the valley, the standard Renaissance symbol to indicate a medical doctor, since like most proto-scientists, or 'philosophers' (doctors of philosophy) he learned his astronomy incidentally, since astrology was considered a vital diagnostic tool for medicine. His planetary model is shown as he conceived it in gold. Using the ancient Greek and Roman symbols, the heliocentric solar system has the following planets: Mercury (the fleet-footed messenger with his serpents and staff, the caduceus), Venus (goddess of beauty - the mirror, like an ankh), Earth (4 cardinal directions), Mars (spear and shield), Jupiter (thunderbolt) and Saturn (the scythe of Time). The outer planets had yet to be discovered. Beyond Saturn, he envisioned the sphere of the "fixed stars".

Here are the two blocks I carved:


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I like how he turned out, so I thought I'd share.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008 12:02:02 PM »

What a beautifully detailed lino block print!! I love the shading and all the little details. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008 12:04:36 PM »

That is abserlutly gorgous and amazing. I'v done some lino before and I can really appriciate how time consuming and difficult it can be (not to mention dangerous!!) I would be interested to know how long it took you.
Thanks for sharing! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008 12:08:06 PM »

I have post-school day mush brain so I'm just gonna say: "wow."
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008 12:17:43 PM »

This is like, super awesome cool! Amazingly detailed. Very awesome.

How do you find working with lino? I've only used rubber so far, but I really like the largeness of lino prints!
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008 12:36:31 PM »

wow that's awesome! good job! the detail is amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008 01:24:34 PM »

Thank you very much folks!

mizuhana - I love working with lino. I've never tried rubber actually. But you can get all sorts of different lino products. You can actually carve linoleum flooring (cheap, but difficult). You can get "softoleum" at art supply stores, which is probably much like rubber. I find that it's my preference. I like the way the cheaper no-name stuff carves. But they are different. Just buy some small pieces (you can get soft stuff from say Speedball) and a brayer (the roller) and give it a try! I recommend water-based inks. They are safer and more environmentally friendly.
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2008 01:32:02 PM »

How breath-taking.

Your work is beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008 02:08:00 PM »

this is the most detailed and lovely hand carved stamp I've ever seen on here. Make more and show us!
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2008 05:58:51 PM »

WOW!  I very very rarely leave comments, but this took my breath away. 
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2008 06:48:14 PM »

It's wonderfully executed. I can't believe the fine lines and detail. I love it - well done!!  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2008 07:19:18 PM »

That's amazing!
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2008 08:02:27 PM »

you are just so abso-freakin-lutely fantabulously talented girl. my goodness, your work blows me away. i see vast improvements in style and technique with every piece you post as well. you're unbeleivable.
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2008 09:33:18 PM »

having done lino printing you have my full respect for that amazing job. I woudl have cut his nose off or something equally rediculous!
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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2008 04:14:35 AM »

Those are really great and your shading is amazing (something I really struggle with). Excellent job Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2008 06:53:58 AM »

Wow, that is really beautiful. Did you draw Dr. Copernicus yourself or did you use a source? It looks like something straight out of a really old book--awesome either way.
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« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2008 10:50:50 AM »

Thank you very much everyone!
MonkeyThumb, you're so sweet. Smiley
schnerby - cutting off his nose would be more Tycho Brahe (the Danish astronomer, who could never quite accept the heliocentric system, who was one of the world's best experimental scientists in the history of science, but had a gold nose since he lost his... in a duel... over a woman... of questionable repute! Wink

audsnico- I did draw Copernicus myself, but I used some portraits as reference. I wanted it to have that Renaissance print feel. There is a painting of him in Poland, a woodblock print and an etching which were all made during or shortly after his lifetime. The prints (an influence) are based on his own drawn self-portrait, which is cool.

puppybreath- I've posted others and promise to continue. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2008 11:13:38 AM »

Wow, I am impressed!  I am in awe about the detail you incorporated! Beautiful!
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2008 12:00:26 PM »

This is so perfect! Wow! Really, I absolutely adore it!  Shocked You have mad skillz. lol  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2008 12:40:44 PM »

thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2008 02:40:18 PM »

Oh wow! This is so beautiful. I don't know how you did work this fine. I've tried carving blocks . . . it turned more into a lesson on how to carve up my own hands Sad. But your work if fantabulous!
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« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2008 04:48:26 AM »

what a great carving! the detail on his face is fantastic!
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« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2008 12:04:35 PM »

Thanks echo & Avril Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2008 05:50:03 PM »

beautiful! linoleum is one of my favorite mediums. this is so well designed, carved, colored, everything works! keep it up =)
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« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2008 03:30:41 PM »

Thank you! Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2008 02:36:50 PM »

Thats so cool!
I have not done lino printing since at school. Really want to give it a go again.
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« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2008 08:35:47 AM »

Thanks!
Go for it... lino is easy to do in one's home, unlike some printmaking techniques. Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2008 08:14:00 AM »

he's sexy Cheesy that's really amazing.
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« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2008 01:26:51 PM »

LOL!
Thanks!
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« Reply #29 on: September 23, 2008 06:53:36 PM »

This is in-freakin'-credible. 

Very very nice.  I love all the details and I hope that someday I'll have the patience and guts to try something as intricate.

Beautiful.
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« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2008 09:49:49 AM »

Thanks! Patience and practice are a large part of it... I say go for it! I love seeing more printmakers around here.  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: October 01, 2008 02:53:54 PM »

i like the details you achieved with the different weight lines and the color selection is beautiful too. great job!
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« Reply #32 on: October 02, 2008 07:24:05 AM »

Thanks very much. I had different colours in mind when I first started this, but they seemed to dictate themselves as I went along. Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2008 08:42:50 AM »

last night i carved up my very first 4x6 lino block EVER! and it was frustrating and i cut myself, a lot. i began to question whether or not venturing into this medium was worth it. after seeing this, i'm motivated to keep it up!
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« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2008 11:55:21 AM »

Hey Dropkick Mick,

Good for you! Just remember to ALWAYS carve away from your body (I guess you might have learned that the hard way  Undecided) . It takes practice... but I'm always happy to see more printmakers around here. Best of luck!
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« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2009 02:44:02 PM »

Congrats on best of 08.

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« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2009 09:55:17 AM »

Wow! Thanks knitting_nyxxie!
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« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2009 09:56:42 AM »

Wow! Thanks knitting_nyxxie!

I didn't pick them but I wanted to congratulate you!
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« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2009 12:00:17 PM »

Wow this is so amazing! Now I might get out my old linoleum stuff!  Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2009 10:43:15 AM »

Thanks staticstasy! Go for it! Smiley
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