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"Why Raven Is Black", (Raven (bird, crow) Series) hand made, limited edition Intaglio Etching. 5 x 7 inch 2010

Long ago Raven was White and he took care of the sky, earth, and sea. He never noticed the small and voracious creature as it slide into the ocean. Soon it began feasting upon the Ancient Dead buried deep below the waves. The creature engulfed and consumed them until it finally retch a dark vile material upon the water. Raven tried to skim it up but the sea was to rough. He tried to burn it but fire and water do not mix. Then Raven let the rancid substance soak into his feathers. He dove into the ocean and buried it deep beneath rock, sand and water. His feathers were stained and that is why Raven is Black.

The Ancient Dead were safely hidden for eons. One spring, while Raven’s back was turned, the gluttonous creature slipped back into the sea and found his favorite food.

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.

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: intaglio on paper, etching, ink on paper, pen and ink, printmaking press, PRINT, drawing, ink drawing, charcoal, ink
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