Nicole Francesca

Fine Art

ARNO

ARNO

Lithograph
2011

Arno was a lithograph 20 print series based on a photograph on my time in Florence, Italy during an exchange program.

First a drawing was created from a photograph I had taken overlooking the Arno River from a bridge. The drawing was further developed onto lithographic stone with a grease pencil, grease crayon, exact knife, and water. Acid is then applied to the stone which will etch the image into the stone. The stone is then cleaned and prepared with ink to print. A print is finally create with a printing press with high pressure to show fine details in the drawing.


WORK BENCH

WORK BENCH

Charcoal 
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Work Bench was a still life that was drawn over the course of 4 weeks. With any still life drawings, I prefer to set up rough proportions and light drawing before establishing any colors. I first establish medium hues through the drawing and then establish the darkest shadows. Bright white are finally added. In all of my work, I believe it is important to focus on the treatment of the entire drawing rather than working by individual sections.


FOREST

FOREST

Solar Print
2011

Forest was inspired by my love of winter. The print is out of a series of 5 solar based prints.

The process included taking multiple reference photos of reflections in snowboarding goggles, winter clothing, hair and bare trees during December. A reference drawing was thus created from a combination of references and then traced onto acetate with permanent market. A photo sensitive plate was then exposed with the acetate drawing on top to create the printing plate which was inked with custom colors to create each picture. The inked plate and paper were then aligned and ran through a printing press with medium pressure as to ensure high detail in the line work.


HANNA

HANNA

Charcoal
2011

Hanna is the subject of a portrait create with charcoal pencils on shaded paper. The focus on the piece was on the face and shadow placement. The drawing was done in person and took place over the course of two weeks.