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Project Commentaries: Lithography, drawing and experimentation (overview)

By Al R. Young
When I began experimenting with lithography in 1996, I focused on tonal rendering instead of line drawing because tonal pencil drawings had occupied much of my attention as an artist up until that time.
The work of artists whose interests draw them toward line as a means of expression has always delighted me, but my own interests invariably drew me toward tone instead.  I came to realize that were I to pursue line, I would have to study idiom and technique before I could express the subject; indeed, before I could even discover my own artistic identity in terms of line and then complete the long and arduous journey toward mastery... Read more »

Tags: Elspeth’s Hollyhocks, North Shore, Nasturtium, Wald Kirche, Old Dominion, Scabiosa, A Boy’s Prayer, Foxglove, Moonlit, Waiting, Untitled, Narcissus on beige paper, Narcissus on gray paper, July, The Almira, Columbine, Maine, Final Draft,


Limited Edition Prints: All 14 editions by the Artists of Al Young Studios

By Al R. Young The Limited Edition Collection consists of 66 artworks hand drawn as lithographic images by Al R. Young and Ashton Young, respectively.  These finely crafted miniatures were then printed in collaboration with artist and master printer Wayne Kimball.

The process by which these artworks were produced, including the documentation of their creation, make them collectible in the finest tradition of original, signed, numbered, and limited-edition fine art prints.

Links to the following editions take you to the documentation and commentary for the edition as well as the commercial product page for each artwork in the edition... Read more »

Tags: Elspeth’s Hollyhocks, North Shore, Nasturtium, Wald Kirche, Old Dominion, Scabiosa, A Boy’s Prayer, Foxglove, Moonlit, Waiting, Untitled, Narcissus on beige paper, Narcissus on gray paper, July, The Almira, Columbine, Maine, Final Draft,


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 14 published

By Al R. Young The key image(s) for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs (was) were hand-drawn by the artist on a single slab of Bavarian limestone some time ago.  The pale colored flats were prepared on an aluminum plate by the printer.  Processing, proofing, printing, and all curatorial work were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in his studio.  Trial proofing took place early in July 2003, and final edition printing was completed on 19 July 2003.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is (are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: Anne Girl, The Pond, Tacy, Anthony Trollope 1, Ratty’s River, 2003, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 13 published

By Al R. Young The image for this edition of original lithographs was hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, printing, and all curatorial work were done by hand by Wayne Kimball of Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing occurred on 14 July 2001, and final edition printing was completed on 17 July 2001.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is (are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table.  All other lithographic impressions of these images have been destroyed... Read more »

Tags: Haven, 2001, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 12 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 12
2000 August 12

The key image(s) for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs (was) were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone, which served as the printing element for Edition 11 and Edition 12.  The gray colored flats for Edition 12 were made on an aluminum plate by the printer.  Processing, proofing, printing, and all curatorial work were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing occurred in July 2000 and edition printing was completed early in August 2000... Read more »

Tags: Stamp Page 1, 2000, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 11 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 11
2000 August 12

The key image(s) for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs (was) were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, printing, and all curatorial work were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place in July of 2000, and edition printing was completed in August 2000.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is (are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: Jane Austen 1, Robert Louis Stevenson 1, Miguel de Cervantes 1, Mark Twain 1, William Shakespeare 1, Arthur Conan Doyle 1, J.R.R. Tolkien 1, Fairy Tales 1, Louisa May Alcott 1, 2000, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 10 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 10
1999 November 19

The key image(s) for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs (was) were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  The beige colored flats were made on an aluminum plate by the printer.  Processing, proofing, printing, and all curatorial work were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place in November 1999.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is (are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: Captain Jim’s, Butternut Center, Black Island, Green Island, Lock Willow, Murmuring Lake, Bonnie Belle, Mist, The Unnamed, Marsh End, Broek, 1999, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 9 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 9
1998 November 25

The key images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs (was) were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  The beige colored flats were made on an aluminum plate by the printer.  Processing, proofing, printing, and all curatorial work were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place in early October 1998, and edition printing was completed on 31 October 1998... Read more »

Tags: By Candlelight, Snow White, Meadow, Lakeshore, Charity, In the Clearing, Mill Creek, 42° North, 70° West, Back Country, 1998, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 8 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 8
1998 March 27

The images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs (was) were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, printing, and all curatorial work were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place on 20 March 1998, and edition printing was completed on 23 March 1998.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is(are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: Land's End, Solitude, The Limberlost, Perdita, Evening Post, 1998, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 7 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 7
1997 September 26

The images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, and printing were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place on 20 September 1997, and edition printing was completed on 26 September 1997.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is(are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: Summer's End, Gifts of Morn, Black-eyed Susan, North Wood, 1997, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 6 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 6
1997 June 18

The images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, and printing were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place on 16 June 1997, and edition printing was completed on 18 June 1997.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is(are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: Final Draft, Unfurling, Back Shore, 1997, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 5 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 5
1997 May 23

The images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, and printing were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place on 18 May 1997, and edition printing was completed on 21 May 1997.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is(are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: July, The Almira, Columbine, Maine, 1997, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 4 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 4
1997 May 9

The images for this edition of lithographs was hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, and printing were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place on 7 May 1997, and edition printing was completed on the same day.

This edition of original lithographs is comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table.  All other impressions have been destroyed... Read more »

Tags: Narcissus on beige paper, Narcissus on gray paper, 1997, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 3 published

By Al R. Young Limited-edition Print Documentation

Edition 3
1997 February 21

The images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, and printing were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place on 21 February 1997, and edition printing was completed on the same day.

This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is(are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table... Read more »

Tags: Foxglove, Moonlit, Waiting, Untitled, 1997, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 2 published

By Al R. Young
The images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs were hand-drawn by the artist> on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, and printing were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place on 16 November 1996, and edition printing was completed on 18 November 1996.
This edition (these editions) of original lithographs is(are) comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table.  All other impressions have been destroyed... Read more »

Tags: Wald Kirche, Old Dominion, Scabiosa, A Boy’s Prayer, 1996, Limited Editions Collection, News


Limited Edition Prints: Glossary of terms

By Al R. Young
See Lithographic fine art printing process for a brief, illustrated explanation of the context, or printing process, to which these terms apply.
AP    Abbreviation for artist proof.
Arabic    The number in the Arabic column indicates the quantity of prints comprising the numbered part of the edition.  For example, 50 indicates that the Arabic numbered edition includes fifty prints, numbered 1/50 through 50/50.
BAT    Abbreviation for Bon a Tirer... Read more »

Tags: 1996, Limited Editions Collection


Limited Edition Prints: Lithographic fine art printing process

By Al R. Young
The following photographs summarize the lithographic printing process by which Al R. Young and W. Wayne Kimball collaborated to produce 55 of the limited edition prints available from Al Young Studios.  Wayne also collaborated with Ashton Young to produce a limited-edition of prints in 1999.
Limestone slabs, quarried in Bavaria, serve as the printing element, placed in the press bed, from which the prints were made.  Each stone weighs approximately 100 lb., is 3 in. thick, and has a drawing surface measuring 16 in... Read more »

Tags: Elspeth’s Hollyhocks, North Shore, Nasturtium, Wald Kirche, Old Dominion, Scabiosa, A Boy’s Prayer, Foxglove, Moonlit, Waiting, Untitled, Narcissus on beige paper, Narcissus on gray paper, July, The Almira, Columbine, Maine, Final Draft,


Limited Edition Prints: The printer's chop

By Al R. Young
This enlarged image shows Wayne Kimball's printer's chop embossed near the deckle edges at the corner of a print.  The embossed image is 7/16 in. tall.
As noted in edition documentation, the chop appears only on prints whose size and margins accommodate it.... Read more »

Tags: 1996, Limited Editions Collection


Limited Edition Prints: Edition 1 published

By Al R. Young
The images for this edition (these editions) of original lithographs were hand-drawn by the artist on a single Bavarian limestone.  Processing, proofing, and printing were done by hand by Wayne Kimball in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Trial proofing took place in early summer, and edition printing was completed in late July 1996.
This edition is comprised only of the impressions enumerated in the following table.  (The numbers are identical for all three images.)  All other impressions have been destroyed... Read more »

Tags: Elspeth’s Hollyhocks, North Shore, Nasturtium, 1996, Limited Editions Collection, News


Wayne Kimball, artist and master printer

By Al R. Young
W. Wayne Kimball is a Tamarind Master Printer (Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, 1971).  He received a Master of Fine Arts (University of Arizona, 1970), and a Bachelor of Arts (College of Southern Utah, 1968).
He is a retired professor of drawing, lithography, and other subjects in the Department of Visual Arts, Brigham Young University.  He has held professorships and lectureships at Arizona State University, California State University Long Beach, San Diego State University, University of New Mexico, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison... Read more »

Tags: 1996, Limited Editions Collection


Tools, Supplies & Operations: The drawing table

By Al R. Young
In January 1981, I built a drawing table to have a custom workspace dedicated to pencil drawing.  The table-top, made from a piece of quarter-inch hardboard laminated to a three-quarter-inch piece of pressboard, had once served as a restaurant table.  We had rescued it from a derelict garage a couple of years before, and the 2x4 legs, platform, and under-carriage that I made for it came from the salvage of a stud wall recently removed to extend the second-story studio floor all the way to the eave of an attic roof... Read more »

Tags: 1996, Limited Editions Collection, Lithography, Tools supplies and operations