Workshop: Print, Book, Box

Monoprinting with Glen Skein.

January saw me at Sturt Summer School for 5 days of printmaking.  The program included great live-in accommodation, excellent food and several hundred people all involved in a range of workshops.

Unfortunately I was struck seriously ill a few days before the event and was only able to participate in the last 3 1/2 days – having recovered sufficiently to drive the distance and find some brain power to produce some meaningful work.  So glad I went, despite having missed some of the content.

Super facilities.  A huge classroom for all the planning, cutting, designing, book and box construction and the like.  And plenty of space to lie out prints as they dry.  A separate print press room (how spoiled we were!) with tables around all walls for inking up, cleaning and so on.

Continuing my theme of Linear Containment from late 2017, where I was printing designs based mainly on triangles, I moved to more rectangular shapes and chine collé overlaid with black print.

I missed the entire book construction part of the course (but can do that myself once I have a cover designed and printed) but I managed to make a full set of artist pages.

These will be combined into a book of a type I haven’t made before I but understand the concept.  The design work for the cover and spine is underway and will be produced from collagraph plates over the coming weeks.

I also managed to print a very large piece of Japanese tissue paper, with chine collé inclusions.  This print was then used for the lid and interior of the box I made on the last day, plus the covers of a small concertina book which lives in my box.

Already looking forward to next year.

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 9

A shell.  I’ve done this before and got either a very flat unrecognizable piece or some very nice sylised drawings, like this one here.

Today I’ve gone for something more realistic.

Took about an hour to complete.

Fun – hard and not brilliant but I see a shell and it has some dimension to it.

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 8

A bit of doodling to get the hand moving, then a simple sphere with shadow.  Learning how to match the light source and the shadow direction.

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 5, 6 & 7

Slightly behind and only a short amount of time each day, so I’ve got one project completed over 3 days.  Continuing along the landscape theme I’ve added more detail than previous days.

Day 5:

Day 6:

Day 7:

It’s interesting seeing it photographed and on the blog, it looks so different to the drawing right in front of me.  It’s easier to pick up a lot of the places where I’ve gone wrong from this photo.  Still, I’ve done the best I can.

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 3 & 4

Last weekend a quick stop in the newsagents found me leafing through the magazine shown here.

I particularly liked some interesting tutorials and examples of work where landscapes have been roughly produced in a quick time frame without too much detail.  The idea is to get the hand and eye to see shapes and to try to record them giving a sense of space and depth, not to accurately reproduce the exact scene in front of you (or from a photo or picture).

I thought this looked like a bit of fun and also continues along the same lines as my watercolour landscapes I’m still struggling with.  Frankly, I’m a pencil kind of person rather than a paint person (of any type, other than printing inks).

Day 3:

Day 4:

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 1 & 2

I’ve had a busy start to the year with printing and travelling overseas so my normal routine didn’t really start until a few days ago.

I’ve set myself a challenge for February: my weekly one-and-twenty drawing exercise is being changed a little for this month.  I’m attempting to do a little drawing each day throughout February.  I was inspired by a blog whereby the person drew each day for a year.  That’s a bit too much for me so I’m starting with a month.  Some days it may not be a lot, just a few minutes, but let’s see if I can keep it going for 28 days.

Day 1:

Day 2:

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One and Twenty: 31/12/2017 – Extended

Today I’ve had my drawing materials out.

My One & Twenty focus is a simple exercise to get me drawing.  I pick something, observe it for one minute and then spend twenty minutes drawing it.  The idea is that I don’t get too immersed and concerned about making mistakes and I should be able to do it more frequently as I’m not investing huge amounts of time.

A few days ago I picked up a dead Banksia pod.  I’ve always liked them and, as I walk my dog daily, I watch the emergence of the flower, the beautiful colours, the gradual decline and then the formation of the dried husk.  They are weird and wonderful things.

But then this amazing country is full of all sorts of plants that result in stunning dry nuts and pods as they age and dry each season.

Pencils are my preferred option and, using an HB and 2B, after 20 minutes I came up with this:

I thought it was quite a reasonable start and, as I had some time (a miracle in my life!), I chose to continue.  Fast sketching hasn’t managed to lodge itself in my brain yet so I spent about another hour working on it.

Great day, lovely to have sufficient time just to muck about and see what I can do.

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