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ANOTHER THEORY OF EXTINCTION Intaglio Etching, 5 inch x 8 inches, 2010, edition of 25

* featured in http://bespokezine.com/ -BESPOKE Vol 3, pp 29-32 May 2011

Raven is a "trickster" in Native American stories and myths, especially in the Northwest region of North America. He's sometimes a hero, a troublemaker, a glutton, a buffoon, a destroyer or a creator. In some narratives, he is the evil antagonist, the “Devil”; he is also “Creator”, the father of mankind, and a potent conductor of spiritual forces in the form of sacred dreams.
youtube video of crow as instigator : http://www.break.com/index/epic-troll-crow-starts-fight-between-two-cats-2287705/

This image was originally created for a poem in an upcoming book called RAVEN


"Another Possible Theory of Extinction"

Once upon a time Raven, Unicorn, and Bear were preparing for breakfast.
Raven was a troublemaker and he started an argument
As Bear and Unicorn began to fight Raven wisely flew away.
When Raven returned, Bear had just finished his breakfast.
That is why there are no Unicorns Around Today


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HOW I CREATE MY PRINTS
I often find inspiration from a traditional or historic account of the raven. First I decide on my title. Having a title helps me with the image and mood of the piece. Humor is often important but I also select titles that force the viewer to think more about the imagery.
Next I look through references to find the right pose or gesture for the raven or ravens. Then I spend hours doing preliminary sketches, followed by a series of drawings using pencil, traditional gouache (opaque watercolor), ink and charcoal. My next step involves using digital technology. I scan the drawings and rework them with Photoshop. This digital tool allows me to adjust the value of the drawing and I can even move and reorganize the image. I use filters if needed. Next I print the drawing from my computer and continue to draw with the traditional tools. I repeat this process several times so the traditional and new technologies merge seamlessly.
In 2009 I began working with photopolymer etching plates. In the past an etching involved coating the plate with a petroleum bases sealer then emerging the plate into vat of acid, cleaning with solvents, recoating, and more acid baths. The process was extremely hazardous to the artist as well as the environment. In 2009 I began working with newly perfected and safe photopolymer etching plates. These are UV light sensitive printing plates, which are exposed in sunlight and processed in tap water!! In the past I would has spent 20-40 hours creating the printing plate. Now I use that time to do my finished drawing. I use my computer and printer to transfer my drawing onto a transparent sheet of plastic. This serves as my negative for the exposure to the sun! I use the photopolymer process to transfer the original drawing to a printing plate from which I can hand print an edition. Finally, I write a narrative. This usually takes me the most time of all!

Copyright Larry Vienneau. All Artwork is property of the Larry Vienneau and may not be reproduced, duplicated, or resold. The artist permits it’s for use on blogs or for educational purpose when image is not sold but is attributed to Larry Vienneau. Original artwork shall not be used for promotional/for profit or non-profit uses without permission. Copyright is retained by the artist following the sale of the item.
Larry Vienneau Jr.

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