It’s All About The Process

28 Jan
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Detail of “The Darkness”

I am so fortunate to have worked with the artist Marc Rees, filmmaker George Morris and my long-term life model, David Williams, to create a unique monotype for the “Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr” art happening / event / extravaganza that will climax at the end of September. I worked from one of the drawings I did in the Brangwyn Hall (see yesterday’s post) using one of the fabulous antique presses at Swansea Print Workshop.

Darkness 2

I used a monotype process similar to that used by Impressionist artists Monet and Degas. If you want to find out more, check out the process in my “Techie Stuff” section here. It’s called the three colour reduction monotype technique and it’s a complex process. The final monotype took a full day’s work at the print workshop. A long day, too.

You can see the process and the inside of the print workshop in George’s film below. It’s a very honest reflection of the relationship between an artist and model, where inspiration comes from and also the technical processes we use.

Nawr Yr Awr \ Now The Hero is an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts.

Drawing on an epic poem, some rejected paintings, and an intimate portrait of a Swansea soldier serving today, Marc Rees’ bold production brings the stories of war to life, but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope.”

4 Responses to “It’s All About The Process”

  1. Emma Cownie January 29, 2018 at 11:36 #

    I quite agree the process is essential, possibly more so in print making than in painting; quite meditative. I am very intrigued by the Mark Ress extravaganza, especially as I saw the acrors/artists having their photos taken on the steps of the Brangwyn Hall (I was invigilating in there) on Friday.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 29, 2018 at 12:09 #

      I think that going through the process brings in new ideas, inspirations, approaches in a way that doesn’t happen in design, where designers hand over the process to someone else. Not that I’m criticising designers, it’s just a different way of working

  2. anna warren portfolio January 29, 2018 at 06:46 #

    Love the monumental quality of this drawing.

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