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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Linocut, stage 1

Straight on with the next print...

Cobalt blue mixed with lots of white for the first layer. Actually, it's the second layer: first, I printed the square of lino in white with a tiny bit of yellow; I find it easier to print the coloured layers onto an existing ink layer than onto plain paper.


Monday, 29 August 2011

Pink, blue, and purple linocut, final stage

Final stage: Darker-still mix of red and cobalt blue over the previous layers to complete the print.

Linocut: Number 27

Number 27. Four stage reduction linocut, 10 x 10 cm.

This is one of the houses in the North Laines of Brighton: endless rows of small, late Victorian, urban housing, most of which have been carefully restored. There's lots of inspiration here.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Pink, blue, and purple linocut, stage 3

Third stage: I cut away the sky, the window panes, and some of the pavement, and then printed the block in a mixture of red and cobalt blue.

Linocut: Pink house, stage 3

Oops. Not sure I like the way that this is going. Some of the cutting of the details is clumsy. The windows are wobbly.

As compensation, here's something else in the same colours.

It's a rabbit.

In a flowerpot.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Pink and blue linocut, stage 2

Second layer: I cut away what I want to remain pink, and then printed blue over the pink. I was worried that the blue printed over the pink in the sky area would turn lilac, but luckily the blue was opaque enough to hide the pink. It's a mixture of cobalt blue and white, both of which are relatively opaque.

Linocut, stage 2

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Pink linocut, stage 1

A new print starts.

Linocut, stage 1

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Watching the detective

A nice twist to our usual life drawing poses: the model was dressed in trenchcoat and hat, giving a Forties' detective feel.

Life drawing

Life drawing

This is the same pose as the first drawing, drawn immediately after it, but the model seems to have slumped a bit -- or I got the proportions wrong.

Life drawing

Another pose. Lots of linework with a hard pencil and a soft pencil; smudging to create tone; and then lifting out the lights with a putty rubber.

It makes an interesting change to draw a clothed model: there's a suggestion of a story; a reason why the model is there.

Each pencil on paper, approx A3.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Normal service has been resumed

It's been quiet around here later. Too busy working! Normal service has now been resumed.

One of my photographs has just appeared in the National Trust guide to White Horse Hill. Here's the cover (not my photo):

My photo's inside.

It's in the middle, at the bottom. Their caption is "Sheep on the ramparts" (of Uffington Castle). Here's the original:

 Uffington Castle, White Horse Hill