Process, Process, Process

5 Mar

Artists make art, well most of us do anyway. And making art is all about process, starting with a germ of an idea and ending up with something on a wall, or a plinth. And that’s what I’ve been doing for a few days now, as well as fending of a nasty lurgi. I’m planning a group of small lino-block portraits. I’m starting from photographs but I want to work quickly so I’m Photoshopping them to speed up the process. Here’s one, starting with the original photo, then turning it to black and white, reversing it (so it transfers to the block properly), then finding a Filter that will minimise the tonal values. That’s as far as I’ve got today but I’ve been working on 25 of them. Eventually they’ll be printed as 4″ squares and mounted in a 5×5 square format.

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Tomorrow I’ll be transferring them to blocks for cutting.


13 Responses to “Process, Process, Process”

  1. Judith Hladik-Voss March 6, 2014 at 12:33 #

    Like the idea- working in a series. Display in a grid?

    • Rosie Scribblah March 6, 2014 at 16:42 #

      Yes, progressively getting bigger. Start with a 2×2 grid, then 3×3, working up to 5×5 on a very specific topic. But I wont go into that until I’ve done a bit more 🙂

  2. Russell. March 6, 2014 at 05:00 #

    Looking forward to seeing how they turn out, Russell.

  3. The Crow's Gift March 6, 2014 at 02:16 #

    Lurgi! I haven’t heard that in 20 years! Don’t want to get that or you’ll say “yakaboo!”

  4. paperstew March 6, 2014 at 00:40 #

    I think photoshop is a lovely tool to use. Especially when you need to figure out things quickly. Looking forward to the block progress tomorrow!

    • Rosie Scribblah March 6, 2014 at 08:02 #

      Transferring the drawing to the block will be a challenge. I have that very dark vinyl stuff. I guess white chalk will be the thing to use?

      • paperstew March 6, 2014 at 17:34 #

        That would be my guess, the chalk that is. Keeping my fingers crossed for ya. Love to see progress photos. Knowing your work, it will turn out splendidly! 😀

    • Rosie Scribblah March 6, 2014 at 17:39 #

      Thanks, Gale, I hope so. I used white conte in the end as the chalk was too dusty, then infilled with white acrylic ….. hang on ….. that’s my next blog lol 😀

      • paperstew March 6, 2014 at 17:42 #

        Spoiler alert! 😉

    • Rosie Scribblah March 6, 2014 at 17:42 #



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