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Ille Iterium Veniet

With this year being the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, I used one of my projects in printmaking last spring to pay homage to Mr. Lash Blast by Covergirl Jenova.

LASH BLAST [Source]

The assignment was drypoint etching. We had to work the plate gradually, pulling prints as we went. I didn’t really make good use of that aspect of the assignment as I had a final image in mind. I didn’t realize that until I saw a classmate’s piece; each of the 5 prints in her series seemed to show the progression of a house’s fall into ruin. My piece was clearly just “let me see where I can hold off on details to be able to get five separate stages in print.” Even so, I’m fairly happy with the way these turned out.

State 3

The inked plate around State 3. I used an Akua etching plate, which was softer than the polycrylic plates in stock in the studio.

State 5

That was as far as I got in the class. I was mostly satisfied with it even though it didn’t really POP. I liked the lines. But, I went into it a little bit more anyway on my own time later.

The plate inked up and ready to go after many more lines were added.

I didn’t particularly like the inking process for this kind of printmaking but I did like the results. Or rather, I liked that I could make something that was close to what a pencil drawing would be. But all that dabbing away with tarlatans, and then with Q-tips…what a meticulous and time-consuming process! I think it took me 30 minutes to pull one print between inking and wiping.

Fun side note: One time I joked that the tarlatans were charlatans. One of my classmates didn’t know the word “charlatan” and thought that’s what the cloths were actually called. I guess people don’t say “charlatan” anymore? LOL

Unfortunately each one came out a bit different…a hazard of the ink-wiping process (in the hands of an amateur such as I anyway).

I’m still technically not done with this, because there are stray scratches visible in the two best prints I pulled. I contacted my teacher for advice, asking whether I should just ink the light prints by hand with a pen, or try to erase the stray marks off the page from the better prints. She said it wouldn’t really be a print anymore if I did too much with pen, but that it could be considered a mixed media piece. I’m thinking of going the eraser route.

He will come again…and give you this pear

6 thoughts on “Ille Iterium Veniet

      • I actually have no idea what the pear is about, I didn’t realize it was a pun (was it supposed to be despair, but somehow ended as “this pear”…?). It just made me laugh for being silly lol

        • That works too. It’s silly on several levels!

          In the movie FFVII Advent Children, Sephiroth says to Cloud, 「絶望あげようか」 (“zetsubou ageyou ka”) which was translated faithfully to “Shall I give you despair?” Someone on the internet (I don’t remember who) said that to them, the English dub sounded like he was saying “Shall I give you this pear?” And so it began. XD

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