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I was examining several of my proofs up close today, and noticed that the grain of the tone was quite different in many of the proofs.  In some proofs, the grain was coarse looking, while I found a few others that lacked the grain and looked significantly more refined.  There proofs had an almost velvet-like texture. Even the color of the ink seemed slightly different; the coarser proofs looked more grey while the smoother proofs had a warmer, brownish tone. (the ink I print with is Renaissance black, a black ink that has a lot of burnt umber mixed into it)

I concluded that I’ve been over wiping many of my proofs, which is what creates that coarser texture. I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it earlier, but upon closer inspection I could see that the difference is really quite dramatic.  I had been frustrated by the coarser proofs because they lacked the subtlety in tone that I’m looking to achieve.  It’s nice to know that it is simply a technical printing issue, and not because I am doing a bad job of the scraping the plate. Now I know that I have to stop wiping the plate much earlier to achieve that smooth velvety surface that I want.


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Clara Lieu
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am a professor, writer, and visual artist. I currently teach as a Critic in the Division of Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. In the past I have taught in the Illustration and Printmaking departments at RISD, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, at Wellesley College, and at the Lesley University College of Art and Design. For four years I was the Director of the Jewett Art Gallery.

My work explores isolation and mental illness through drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. I have exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Bromfield Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Currier Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center.

I am a blogger for the Huffington Post, where I write an advice column for visual artists called "Ask the Art Professor". I published my first book, "Learn, Create, and Teach: A Guide to Building a Creative Life" in 2013.

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33M Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
after vacation I was delighted to see your newest deviations come through....Wonderful work.  I learn very much from your work and your writing.

imFragrance Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   General Artist
Your blog is very helpful ! Thank you for your helpful advices.
Odistrait Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I just finished going over a few of the post on your advice column and watching a portion of your lecture video. It has been truly inspiring so far and I will definitely share your advice column with the teacher who oversaw my work at the magnet art school I attended in high school, so that other students might benefit from your advice. I hope that's okay.

thanks again,

claralieu Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course!  I am delighted that you found the columns and video interesting.  Thank you!
GraveyardBat Featured By Owner May 10, 2014

Since you used a lot of Dura Lar in your works I've always wanted to try some.
I found some in the art classroom so I jumped at the opportunity to use it. I have to admit, I really like it and I want to keep on experimenting.
Here's the work.…

I did another work using the paper, but I haven't uploaded it yet.

Have a nice day!
claralieu Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks for sharing!
33M Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
miss seeing your work.....had to come and see if you are still here....Hooray, you are....Just stopped by to say Hello....

curtis-macdonald Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work. Truely stunning.
Fajoor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Loved your work
Retep1994 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great blog post on drawing faces, I found a link you posted to it on forums. I need to be more confident and certain when drawwing faces I guess I need to get more use to the human head structure.
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