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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,


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