jiri trnka 3

11 02 2010

PARSIVAL – LOHENGRIN, written by GERHART HAUPTMANN was newly published in 1963 by the german ULLSTEIN verlag with illustrations JIRI TRNKA. they look like woodcuts, but TRNKA used a very oldfashioned positive/negative technique. I learned that unusual technique in school, – you have to scratch the white lines out of a painted black surface applied over a special prepared white first layer. in case you plan your illustration well you can place negative looking elements next to positive pen and ink drawn areas. today in photoshop it is less spectacular and much faster.

© jiri trnka / ullstein publishing




2 responses

11 02 2010
jung etienne


1 11 2010
Valentino Radman

Charming, indeed. At the beginning of 20th century Franklin Booth achieved spectacular results employing the same technique.

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