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Drawing Darkly

25 Feb

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I spent some time in my studio today, starting a ‘manier noir’ style drawing. It’s a type of reductive drawing, working from black to white, rubbing away areas of charcoal to reveal the highlights. It’s the very first of a substantial body of drawings and original prints I have planned.

I prepared Fabriano Accademica paper with gesso and when it dried, I rubbed it evenly all over with compressed charcoal, using my hand to get a smooth black surface. I ‘draw’ into the charcoal with steel wool and very fine sandpaper. This technique results in a subtle but dramatic chiaroscuro.

Manier noir is an alternative name for the printmaking technique mezzotint, where an engraved metal plate has the highlights smoothed away with a steel burnisher.

Some wood I found, a print I made, and some images from Ye Olde Testament

25 Feb

I had to share this wonderful blogpost from Cardiff printmaker, John Abell, showing his latest linocuts

 

Some wood I found, a print I made, and some images from Ye Olde Testament.

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