For Postcard Club #2, I returned to my Japan sketchbook for inspiration and made a 4-color print from drawings of vending machine beverages I drank while there (my favorite was the DyDo Grape Soda Jelly). I started with a line drawing and separated into color layers real quick on the computer. Computer colors can be deceiving! I'm not satisfied with these prints because the yellow in real life has much less contrast to the paper than the digital mockup. I resisted the urge to "fix" the prints, reminding myself that I started this project to push things out quickly and regularly, and to not get too bogged down in the details. They are like screen printed sketches. When I remake this art I will know what to do to make a print I'm happy with.
For this artwork, I used the basic concept of process colors — cyan, magenta, yellow, and black — that are by nature transparent and overlay on top of each other to make more colors. So cyan + magenta makes purple, cyan + yellow makes green, etc. I used fluorescent magenta instead of standard magenta, which changed the hue of the purple and orange a little.
I made the layers digitally really quickly from a line drawing and did not fuss too much over the trapping (which is adding extra strokes to the edges of things to make them overlap so that setting up the registration of each layer does not murder you).
I printed cyan first, then magenta, then yellow, then black. You can see in the photos how each layer goes down and the artwork starts to come together.
Like I mentioned above, I did not anticipate how low contrast the yellow ink would have to the paper in reality. I’d make some changes if I printed this artwork again to resolve that issue. Lesson learned!
The black layer was printed last — here is the finished print:
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