A Dax Giclée Print begins with a series of conceptual sketches, drawings and preliminary designs, which are then artistically rendered by freehand into a digitized original artwork. The final template is artist-proofed and individually printed on gallery museum paper with pigmented archival inks.
The matrix used to create an etching begins by applying a chlorine cleanser to scrub the flat surface of a metal plate with an abrasive sponge, wire brush, fine steel wool, wet #600 emery-paper or corundum paper. A second scrub using isopropyl alcohol is applied before coating the plates’ surface with a ground mixture of varnish or beeswax. Next, a conceptual artwork is drawn freehand into the ground using special etching needles and cutting tools. The metal plate is then immersed in a solution of nitric acid (HNO3) and water before being removed and cleaned with a solution of baking soda to neutralize the acidity. Next, turpentine is used to thoroughly remove all the resist-material covering the metal plate. Next, an oil-based ink is applied to the metal plates image, and pressed onto etching paper producing a final singular original printed etching.
MIXED MEDIA ARTWORKS & SCULPTURES
Mixed Media artworks always begin with a series of observations, conceptual sketches and drawings by the artist, which are then combined to produce an original artwork.
PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY
I like to use a minimal amount of equipment and control as much optically within the camera as possible. Stabilization devices capture images at slower shutter speeds, but shooting “handheld” allows shoots to move quickly and organically. “Micro-jitters” and “rolling shutter” can become problematic when shooting handheld so a shoulder-rig, cage or glider, are some stabilization devices that can mitigate problems. When it comes to lighting, I lean toward “available-light”, otherwise I primarily use strobes as opposed to continuous lighting to allay any concerns with ratios and color temperatures
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