Prints
LANDSCAPES IN OSAKA
1994-1997
By Masaaki Sugita

This is the copper engraving print format 350 x 530 mm which I began concentratedly to make the copper engraving prints in 1994 along the drawing LANDSCAPES IN OSAKA 1992-1994 util 1997.
Unfortunately, I couldnft complete to engrave the 12 works of drawings. I had been completely exhausted by so long working one and a half year, 1300 hours over to engrave only the image size 260 x 520 mm for the last work No. 4 Serial No. 1007 without any compensation.
I printed each three works, 1005, 1006 and 1007 for 4 different print variation with the different ink-wiping method, i.e., basic Normal print by the clean wiping, Black print by leaving the ink-oil-stain around the line, Medium print for Black print and Normal print wiping methods combination, and Gradation print by the Black and Blue inks printing.

I began to create this work as my main work since 1994, but I hadn't enough experience about the printmaking then, especially about the printing, I had to get the printing skill and to make actually me sure that the matrix could bear how many printings, so I had printed rather them on the large edition, 1004 for total 71 copies, 1005 for 78, 1006 for 171 and 1007 for 78 copies during 1994 to 1998.

The prints listed on this file are available for reasonable price.
Please contact / e-mail: ml-o-o-lm-sugita@kbf.biglobe.ne.jp




Serial No. 1007073A@(work number 1007, 73rd print, Normal print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 4 Umeda Aug. 1993
Edition 78
Printed on Oct 17, 1998

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on May 6, 1996 to Nov 25, 1997
Total work time 1337 hours





Serial No. 1007069A@(work number 1007, 69th print, Black print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 4 Umeda Aug. 1993
Edition 78
Printed on Sep 30, 1998

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on May 6, 1996 to Nov 25, 1997
Total work time 1337 hours





Serial No. 1007065A@(work number 1007, 65th print, Gradation print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 4 Umeda Aug. 1993
Edition 78
Printed on Sep 23, 1998

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on May 6, 1996 to Nov 25, 1997
Total work time 1337 hours





Serial No. 1007059A@(work number 1007, 59th print, Medium print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 4 Umeda Aug. 1993
Edition 78
Printed on Sep 9, 1998

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on May 6, 1996 to Nov 25, 1997
Total work time 1337 hours





Serial No. 1006165ABCD@(work number 1006, 165th print, Black print, state ABCD)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 3 Nishinakajima Jun. 1993
Edition 171
Printed on Sep 10, 1997

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jul 28, 1995 to Feb 3, 1996
Total work time 515 hours





Serial No. 1006161ABCD@(work number 1006, 161st print, Normal print, state ABCD)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 3 Nishinakajima Jun. 1993
Edition 171
Printed on Sep 3, 1997

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jul 28, 1995 to Feb 3, 1996
Total work time 515 hours





Serial No. 1006160ABCD@(work number 1006, 160th print, Gradation print, state ABCD)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 3 Nishinakajima Jun. 1993
Edition 171
Printed on Aug 27, 1997

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jul 28, 1995 to Feb 3, 1996
Total work time 515 hours





Serial No. 1006156ABCD@(work number 1006, 156th print, Medium print, state ABCD)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 3 Nishinakajima Jun. 1993
Edition 171
Printed on Aug 20, 1997

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jul 28, 1995 to Feb 3, 1996
Total work time 515 hours





Serial No. 1005076A@(work number 1005, 76th print, Gradation print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 2 Nishinakajima May 1993
Edition 78
Printed on Dec 16, 1995

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jan 18 to May 5, 1995
Total work time 399 hours





Serial No. 1005047A@(work number 1005, 47th print, Normal print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 2 Nishinakajima May 1993
Edition 78
Printed on Sep 27, 1995

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jan 18 to May 5, 1995
Total work time 399 hours





Serial No. 1005046A@(work number 1005, 46th print, Medium print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 2 Nishinakajima May 1993
Edition 78
Printed on Sep 27, 1995

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jan 18 to May 5, 1995
Total work time 399 hours





Serial No. 1005028A@(work number 1005, 46th print, Black print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 2 Nishinakajima May 1993
Edition 7
Printed on Jun 20, 1995

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jan 18 to May 5, 1995
Total work time 399 hours





Serial No. 1004058A@(work number 1004, 58th print, Black print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 2 Nishinakajima May 1993
Edition 77
Printed on Sep 27, 1994

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jul 7 to Aug 23, 1994
Total work time 220 hours





Serial No. 1004036A@(work number 1004, 36th print, Normal print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 2 Nishinakajima May 1993
Edition 77
Printed on Sep 13, 1994

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) Chine colle
Engraved on Jul 7 to Aug 23, 1994
Total work time 220 hours





Serial No. 1004031A@(work number 1004, 31st print, state A)
Title / Landscapes in Osaka No. 2 Nishinakajima May 1993
Edition 77
Printed on Sep 13, 1994

Image size 260 x 520mm
copper plate size 350 x 530mm
sheet size 400 x 650mm
Paper / Gampi on Velin Arches 250‚‡/‡u
Techinque / copper engraving (C2) coloring
Engraved on Jul 7 to Aug 23, 1994
Total work time 220 hours



About the wiping method

1. normal print:
cleanly wiped off the ink on the copper plate surface.

2. black print:
wiped off only by tarlatan, without hand-wiping, so there still remains thin layer of ink around the edge of engraved line, because the section of engraved line is triangle-shape, so the ink in the line is dragged out by wiping-cloth much easier than etching's line having square-shape section with flat bottom.
I happened to find its effect, that gives some nuance and soften image to the thick contour, rather HARD impression. This effect couldn't be reproduced except by GANPI print with adhesive bond, acetate.

Honestly, this type of print is suitable only for earlier works, 1005,1006, still unexperienced engraving. It was UNEXPECTED EFFECT.
I was impressed by the two prints about its "BLACKNESS", one was mezzotint by maybe, Yamaguchi, other was wood engraving by Kobayashi. I saw these at Miyako gallery SHINSAIBASH on Aug. or Sept., 1994. So, I wanted to press my prints much blacker and more tried many inks and press-condition. The black print is that result.

3. medium print:
the combination of above mentioned two wiping methods, i.e., the wiping of normal print is used for the part of distant view, and the wiping of black print is used for the part of middle and near view. So, the combination emphasizes the perspective effect.

4. gradation print:
This is variation of the medium print with color ink, i.e., Ocean blue and Snow white TI, gives the impression of the much more emphasized effect of perspective than medium print.
I can say it as the one of aerial perspective.
wiped off by the medium print method and then apply the whity blue ink (mixed ratio: Ocean blue: Snow white TI=1:5, the mixed inks are diluted with turpentine for easy wipe) to the part of distant view, then wiping with the normal print method.

About Ganpi print
Ganpi is one of the traditional Japanese papers, slightly luster, very thin as see-through but strong. I use the paper, slightly yellowish, manufactured by machine. Ganpi 's yellow and its luster suites well with Charbonnel Black 55981, it is quite different from European paper, I think and I love.

(from the comment of May 25, 2003)