Tag Archives: screenprint

A Slice Of Time

14 Jun

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This screenprint represents a very specific slice of time. Some years ago, there was a Woolworths store opposite the Waterstones bookshop in Swansea. I used to sit in the window of the bookshop cafe up on the first floor, with a pot of tea, and scribble the pigeons that sat on the Woolworths signage opposite. It was large and red and stood out from the wall, giving the pigeons enough space to sit and groom themselves comfortably. It was also lit up day and night, which gave them warmth.

I found the pigeons hard to draw because they constantly fidget so I had to develop a quick impressionistic style to capture them. I wrote down my thoughts and combined them with some of the drawings to create the photographic silkscreen.

 

 

Complex Fragments

31 Aug

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I’ve zoomed in on parts of the random scribbles I’ve been doing over discarded screenprints lately. These fragments are complex images in their own right. I’ll probably end up using them for collages but for the moment I’m enjoying them as they are.

 

 

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Back To Scribbling

30 Aug

Scribble 1

I returned to scribbling onto recycled prints today. This is an old screenprint that I didn’t like when I did it but it’s on a gorgeous Zerkall paper that’s too good to throw away, so I scribbled all over it. I took some digital photos of the result and here is a small section of it that  I photographed digitally. I spend a lot of time on these seemingly random scribbles, working into many of the marks with my fingers to soften and smudge. I used top quality Daler Rowney soft pastels.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Like A Cartoon Fight

22 Aug

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Another scribbling experiment today. layering Daler Rowney soft pastels over an old screen print, I started with a rusty ochre pastel to start with, rubbing in places to alter the texture and the intensity of the colour. Then I worked my way through green to a very dark brown, then white at the very end.

The final piece of paper looks,to me, like one of those cartoon fights in a comic book, with clouds of stylised dust flying. Perhaps I should put in some little cartoon fists 😀

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Paper Experiments

21 Aug

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I’ve been carrying on doing randomised scribbles over discarded screenprints today. I’m planning on using them on Friday when I’m spending the whole day in Cardiff drawing / painting en plein air.

I started with a screenprint that I did on Zerkall paper some time ago that I didn’t like and scribbled with a reddish ochre Daler Rowney soft pastel. I did a bit of rubbing with my finger over parts of it, to get some different textures. Then I overlaid with black scribbles and finally white.

I took some digital closeups because I want to try out some digital development ideas at some time.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Scribbles On Scribbles

20 Aug

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Building on top of what I did yesterday, I scribbled randomly with a white Daler Rowney soft pastel, instinctively concentrating the marks towards the centre. Then I added small amounts of colour – yellow, rose and blue. I don’t know how I’ll use this yet, I might rip it up for collage or I might draw or paint on top.

I like the close up digital images I’ve taken. Of course, I could work on this digitally. It’s something I don’t often do but there’s no reason not to. I’m out of my comfort zone here but taking a lead from the Surrealists who used to do creative exercises like this to help them to work from their imagination instead of relying on working from life. It’s an interesting process.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Scribbles, Screens And Sketches

19 Aug

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A while back, some years in fact, I made some photoscreens using little annotated drawings from one of my sketchbooks and I printed them up onto really nice Zerkall paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t like them. They didn’t seem, to me, to make the transition from sketch to screenprint. So I stuffed them in a draw and left them for a long time, thinking that I might reuse the paper in future.

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Earlier this week I did some really abstract scribbles, layering random marks of pastels onto paper and today I decided that’s what I would try to do with some of these discarded screenprints.

So I started scribbling away with a black Daler Rowney soft pastel, rubbing with my fingers in areas to get a more intense black.

Step 5

Tomorrow, I’ll work on some more layers to add more depth and colour.

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

The Pavement People

12 Oct

Ink drawing: Pavement People.

 

Working from photographs can be controversial for many artists and causes a lot of lively discussion in our local Life Drawing group. I take a pragmatic view – I do whatever needs to be done to get the image I want and that sometimes means using a photograph as my starting point. This ink drawing started life as a digital photograph taken outside our local ‘soup kitchen’ where the Pavement People gather around 8.30 am for breakfast. I wanted an image to incorporate into a much larger mixed-media piece. I used Adobe Photoshop to turn the colour image to black and white, then I passed it through an Artistic Filter, the Cutout one. This reduced the amount of grey tones and gave a slightly abstract edge to the figures. The process also blurred some of the faces, which I like because the Pavement People tend to slip into the background and become faceless members of society.

I printed it out and drew a grid over it, scaling it up onto a sheet of tracing parchment in pencil. I then drew it it ink, using mainly Faber Castell Pitt pens and Indian ink and brush. I emphasised the blurred, faceless quality of the figures. The next stage is to rub out the grid marks and transfer the image to a photographic silkscreen to print over the mixed media piece I’m currently working on. I might also print it up as part of a series I’m planning, using a number of photos I have of the Pavement People,  along the lines of William Hogarth’s serial engravings.

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