Friday, July 22, 2016

Cacao... Coco... Chocolate! (Part 3)

This is the last part in our Cacao series! Part 2 ended with all the borders being replaced and all the holes in the poster filled.

Restoration is the final step and is often the most time consuming. This poster needed at least five different colors airbrushed, which also means five different masks. Pete got to work, laboriously covering up or opening up areas using a low tack tape, acetate, frisket and misket. He has quite the arsenal of tools!

Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of Aaron in action during airbrushing. However, his work speaks for itself. Pictured below are before and afters of several of the layers of colors he was working on.

It's been a while now, but I think this is the border was the final area that was airbrushed. 
After airbrushing, the boys (excuse me, men) with all the colored pencils get to work filling in all the small details that make a good poster. My favorite photos of Gabe were when he was working on the longitudes and latitudes of the globe.

The final step was to put the original printing house's information in, which had been partially trimmed away at some point. In order to do this Gabe first found the correct information and then scaled it to the appropriate size before he and John silk screened it back on the border.


Just as a reminder here is what the poster looked like before we began work:

After several weeks of work, here is the finished poster:

Voila! Fully restored poster!

Next week we will do our final post about the Women Love Diamonds poster!

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