Dr. William Allen Jones was the first dentist licensed in BC. He was born in 1831 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA and died in Barkerville in 1897. I have not yet succeeded in finding his grave in the Barkerville cemetery. Many tourists peer into his dental clinic on the main street of Barkerville Historic Town near Wells.
Using a photo kindly supplied by the Barkerville archives, I designed a silk screen portrait in 8 colours (above).
These variations in the background blend show the process of achieving a variety of results:
Next step: printing the shirt:
Printing a gradient base for the jacket:
Next: the underprint for the head and face:
The first posterization of the photo:
Second posterization printed:
Third posterization printed:
Fourth posterization printed:
A printed gold frame (clear ink mixed with “gold” powder) “traps” the perimeter of the print and any minor misregistrations:
I had a minor problem printing some of the text: a brand new container of black ink was unusually runny and bled a tiny bit on three prints. To solve this, I made a new photostencil with “stroked” text (enlarged) so I could overprint the flaws with white ink. Then I printed the text again with some older, thicker black ink that did not bleed. Problem solved!
In the end, I used a total of 11 colours. Here are three samples of the final prints with variations among them:
Thanks to Mandy Kilsby, Caroline Zinz, Silvia Mangue, Claire Kujundzic, Andy MacDougall, Sophia Isajiw, Annerose Georgeson and Richard Tetrault for their assistance and support.