BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.21

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post describes more aspects of the use of printmaking in the image-making process, this time in the creation of landscapes of subconscious terrain.

Dark glade-first impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-first impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

As documented in an earlier production report Doctor Comics finds himself in a heavenly yet shadowy and vaporous landscape as a result of an intense dream experience. In an attempt to express the airy, floaty and papery feel of this etheric landscape that he must traverse in search of an exit a series of monochromatic monoprints has been utilised.

Dark glade-second impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-second impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

This landscape can be seen more clearly, sequentially, as more light is added by means of a longer exposure to each successive image. Despite the extra light he still finds it hard to trace his way through.

Dark glade-third impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-third impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

These prints were made using an etching process with a novel method of printmaking that involves exposure of the design drawing to a light sensitive plate via sunlight that marks the lines on a gelatin coated metal plate. The plate is then rubbed with a stiff brush under running water to carve the lines, so to speak. This process is known as solar plate etching.

Dark glade-the etching plate following exposure to sunlight and wetbrush. (Design-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-the etching plate following exposure to sunlight and wetbrush. (Design-© 2008 Michael Hill)

For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports. Issue #1:   No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2:   No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29

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About Doctor Comics

Creator and former Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Michael Hill has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”. A member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Comic Art, the Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship and the Advisory Committee of the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project, he has delivered public lectures on Anime and Manga and held academic directorships in Interdisciplinary Studies, Design and Visual Communication. Having donated his collection of research materials on Australian alternative comics to the National Library of Australia he is now active in the artistic domain and creating his own comic Blotting Paper.

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