Monday, 30 April 2012

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Here we go again

The start of another reduction linocut. Not much to see yet, but I've put a very pale blue-grey across the sky, and some orange for some rooftops.

Reduction linocut, stage 1

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Stamping out prints

This week's printmaking class was all about picture making. Keeping the technique to a minimum and using the most basic materials -- plastic erasers and stamp pads -- the emphasis was on using your imagination to create a print. Here are some pictures of how my students got on. We started with the erasers in their natural state: using all sides and edges to print from, and then enhancing the image with pencil and pen lines.




Then we started to carve the erasers with craft knives and linocut tools. Unlike previous sessions where we use a single block to create multiple images, this time we used multiple blocks to create a single image.





Finally we took this further, creating patterns from tiny bits of eraser. (Each of the sixteen little squares that make up these patterns is about half an inch square.)


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Watching ink dry

Waiting for the ink on the new print to dry... Looked out of window... Drew a bird.

Songthrush

Still waiting...

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, Roma: Reduction linocut

Finished at last, with a dark layer just on the buses to bring them to the front of the picture space.

Reduction linocut: Rome

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, Roma.
Eight stage reduction linocut, 30 x 24cm.

The view is from the Corso Vittoria Emmanuele II in Rome, across the Via Paola, to the front of the San Giovanni dei Fiorentini church. I chose this view because I wanted to make a picture of Rome that avoided the obvious subject matter such as the Colosseum, the Vatican and so on. This particular view summed up what I liked about Rome: the clutter of a modern city crammed up next to a Renaissance masterpiece.


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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Monday, 2 April 2012