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One From The Archives 16: Dystopia

28 Sep
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Dystopia

This is an etching of one of the male models I work with. It was developed from the nude study below, which I drew with Renaissance materials, inspired by artwork I did for a television series about da Vinci.

Each printmaking technique has its own advantages. This one allows me to indulge myself, using all manner of materials to make the image. I can push the ink around and draw as freely and as quickly as I like, knowing that the engraving process will capture all of the detail and subtleties.

I first blogged about this work in 2012 when I was introduced to the technique at Swansea Print Workshop.

It’s quite a bleak subject and I love the way the figure seems to be struggling to pull himself out of the darkness, into the light.  I suppose we all feel like we are surrounded by darkness at some point in our lives and art is not and should not always be about sunshine and landscapes. Sometimes it has to show us our fears and fragility.

Using more than one medium means I can explore a subject in greater depth and develop my thoughts and feelings about it as I go through the range of options available. You have to go deeper into a subject before you can come out the other side.

The print above is a photopolymer steel plate etching, hand-printed by me using oil pigment onto BFK Rives cotton rag paper.

The drawing below is in Indian ink using a traditional dip pen, on handmade paper, prepared with black and sepia ink washes.

Rinascere #1

Rinascere #1

The print “Dystopia” and the drawing “Rinascere #1” are available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the links here and here to go directly to them or click on the top right of this page to see other works for sale.

One From The Archives 15: The Warrior Gazes

26 Sep

The Warrior Gazes

Here is an illustration of how the natural differences in original print methods can work. These two pieces are taken from the same original drawing but because of the nature of the processes, one is reversed.

The three colour separation monotype above is done by removing ink from a transparent sheet, then applying that sheet to a piece of paper. This is called the reduction method and gives you a reverse image compared to what you see when you are drawing.

You can compensate for this easily these days but sometimes I prefer to use the natural qualities of the traditional printmaking methods. A detailed description of the process can be seen in my techie section.  For this print I used oil-based litho/relief pigment onto BFK Rives cotton-rag paper

The direct line monotype, below is done by working on the back of an inked-up sheet, which is placed on top of another piece of paper.  This means it will produce a direct copy what you are drawing.

For this I used archival quality oil-based litho ink onto Zerkall paper

The Warrior Pensive

The monotypes, ‘The Warrior Gazes’ and ‘The Warrior Pensive’ are available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the links here and here to go directly to them or click on the top right of this page to see other works for sale.

One From The Archives 14: Jaunty

25 Sep

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I never know who I will be drawing when I turn up for my weekly life drawing session. The models can be in their seventies or twenties, male or female. Because of this they each present different challenges and opportunities. Older models bring a lot of experience which is often visible on their skin or in their style of posing.

Younger models can bring a jaunty confidence, just because they are still full of the strength and exuberance of youth. This is exactly what I think this pose demonstrates. I have tried to capture the physical strength with the use of bold lines and a lightness of colouring which echoes the easy going optimism that we often have when we are young.

For this drawing I used Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens and watercolour washes onto beautiful Somerset paper.

This drawing, which I have called ‘Jaunty’ is available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the link here to go directly to it or click on the top right of this page to see other works for sale.

One From The Archives 13: The Gathering

24 Sep
The Gathering

The Gathering

 

Sleep. Dream. Nightmare. This is an etching of one of the female models I work with and is developed from a nude study drawn with Renaissance materials, inspired by artwork I did for a television series about da Vinci.  One of my initial drawings can be seen below.

For the etching, I worked on the drawing, using nib pen, Indian ink, ink wash and black oilbar onto transparent film. You can see this and other prepared drawings in my previous blog here. From these, I was able to make photopolymer plates which I used to produce etchings. You can see a detailed description of how I produced the etchings here.

Each etching is hand-printed by me using oil pigment onto BFK Rives cotton rag paper

Rin 13

Rinascere #13

I draw every day and don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t. Describing very specific aspects of the world and more to the point, the people in it, helps me to stamp my own vision on my surroundings.

Each drawing is an exploration of that vision, which means I can tackle the same subject in many different ways. Using different media means I can go even deeper into a subject and tease out threads of meaning I perhaps wasn’t initially aware of.

This drawing is in Indian ink using a traditional dip pen is on handmade paper, prepared with black and sepia ink washes.

The etching, ‘The Gathering’ and the drawing, Rinascere #13 are available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the links here and here to go directly to them or click on the top right of this page to see other works for sale.

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