The cut & dried, razor-sharp linework and simple blunt impact of this image don’t lend themselves to much in the way of considered reflection, but when rolling out my fifth or sixth pad of ink of the day, I found myself gazing upon the giant steel plate, catching a whiff of mineral spirits, my hands stained in oily black… the studio filled with the satisfying clanks, hisses and smacks of the rubber brayer… and I thought: this fits. Just based on the materials alone, this is perfect. What better way to reproduce this exquisite drawing of this beast of an engine than with steel, rubber, oil, and a whole lot of elbow grease?
It reproduces a Chrysler 426 Hemi (aka “The Elephant”) and COOP tells us that that’s a Cragar blower rigged up to it.
The print is big!
We get a little bit better at solving the myriad problems that such a large relief print will throw our way every time… light blacks and sloppy linework are always a problem, and to get a decent punch we end up hitting these hard enough that the (sizing-free!) paper (Arches 88) starts to buckle, crease, and generally deform in bunch of unhelpful ways. Luckily we’ve invented some tricks to cope with all of this; here’s a glimpse at some of our custom-cut maskwork, which we use to build up the shallow areas of the plate and distribute the immense pressure that the press applies just so:
Shipping giant prints presents problems of its own… we ended up just driving the prints out to LA ourselves for the signing. COOP rolled up in this:
and got to work:
A quick trip to get an embossed printer’s chop and we had another big, beautiful edition on our hands. “Hemi-Powered” is available now on pressureprinting.com!