Scribble Book is a self-portrait that emerges step-by-step out of the printing process, one plate and one color at a time. The viewer follows a series of 9 individual plate proofs along with a corresponding series of 9 progressive proofs. By comparing the plate proofs against the progressive proofs, the viewer may ascertain not only the effect as one color is added to another to create the final 9-color self-portrait, but also the compositional decisions and careful modifications made by Close at each stage of the project.
Scribble Book is presented in this Steidl edition as two accordion-folded books.The first shows series of plate proofs, and the second the series of progressive proofs, culminating with a 9-color self-portrait. For those seeking more a detailed understanding of the printmaking process, these books are accompanied by a separate text booklet in which the artist gives a personal account of the drawing process as recorded through the soft-ground etching method.