Artwork - Lee Goater
Leeds Print Festival 2016.
Although it's coming up to a year since myself and Lee worked on the lollipop print, I thought it's still worth talking about in further detail with some shots of the process along the way.
Despite it's initial simplicity this print was a tricky one to begin with. It was difficult to imagine the outcome of the over printing, well until you've done it really, and that's not always an option. So with no time for experimentation we just had to rely on Photoshop and Illustrator previews along with our previous experience.
The first decision was to print the background colour with full bleed onto white stock instead of sourcing a coloured stock. This was mainly due to the use of a halftone in the highlight of the lolly which could be achieved at the same time as printing the background. Two birds one stone. You then also have the added benefit of mixing your own colour, and also the density of the colour in comparison to coloured stock off the shelf.
The next step is to mix the yellow ink for the lolly. The key things to consider at this stage are that it needs to be bright enough so when printed over the grey it doesn't look dirty. Secondly, that we will use the same ink for the next three layers, and so the intention is to mix the middle opacity colour (main body of the lolly) so when over printed on top of another layer, or when it's over printed itself, it looks balanced.
One downside to printing the background colour and over printing onto dark, is that there's no option to use trapping on this particular print. Trapping helps to hide any movement in registration between each layer, and also any movement that may occur when putting down large blocks of colour. This was my main concern with this print.
With the second layer of yellow and the main body of the lolly down, we can now see the opacity of the ink in comparison to the white lolly stick, the grey background, and also the first band of yellow running round the back of the lolly.
The final yellow layer and I did actually increase the opacity of the ink ever so slightly as it didn't quite look right. This is more often the case that things need to be tweaked along the way, as it's really tricky to get all the opacity's right first time. But I was pretty chuffed with how this print came out.
Thanks to Lee for his vision, pushing my print boundaries, and always getting me involved. Always a pleasure.