Artist Research – Max Ernst

In my latest report from my tutor he advised looking at Max Ernst Collage’s and I remembered a book that I’d brought recently which mentioned Max Ernst. The book is called ‘Just Draw it!’ and offers an alternative improvement to drawing course. It mention’s Max Ernst’s invention of a technique called “frottage”:

p.100 from 'Just Draw It' by Sam Piyasena & Beverly Philp

p.100 from ‘Just Draw It’ by Sam Piyasena & Beverly Philp

p.101 from 'Just Draw It' by Sam Piyasena & Beverly Philp

p.101 from ‘Just Draw It’ by Sam Piyasena & Beverly Philp

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Project 13: ‘Feels like home’ – Pt.2

In my mind making a mask to go over the printing plate with circles would be easy. However I realised in my first attempt at printing the circles using a thick paper as a mask was restricting how much ink I was getting onto the paper. I remembered I’d encountered this problem when using masks for the first time at the start of the course.

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Project 13: Research – Edward Hopper

I’m still thinking about the concept of or phrase ‘feels like home’, just pondering what do I feel about this home, what is it I want to convey through the print. As this project requires a series of prints I think that allows for different prints that represent different response to home. As I was considering this I came across an article in a magazine I was given that shed some interesting light.

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Project 13: Further idea development

Following on from looking at Edward Hoppers work I took some photo’s of the outside of my house in different lights to see how this changed the feel of looking into the house through windows or doors.

I then used these photo’s to make black and white back pen drawings of elements of the house that I thought could be drawn together to create a design for the lino print. I wanted to keep these black and white so I could think about shapes/lines before thinking about colour schemes for any prints.

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Project 13: ‘Feel’s Like Home’ – Combination Prints

In my last post (http://movedbybreath.com/printmaking/project-13-idea-development/) I mentioned towards the end of the post, wanting to take a bit of a risk and try a different combination print to what I first thought would work.

More on the process here:

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Project 14: First combination print incorporating chine colle

I wanted to give myself a chance to get used to the chine colle method and the combination print before having settled on a final design for the project. So I found a lino block I’d cut in a previous project, based on a house across the road, and set about figuring out a way of incorporating chine colle.

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Project 14: Ideas in Sketchbook

In my last post I mentioned using a drawing from my small sketchbook as inspiration for a print. I’ve taken that sketch and reworked it by changing the scale and a few elements by re-drawing it. Here’s the result below:

Original drawing of 'House with Chimney'

Original drawing of ‘House with Chimney’

Reworked Sketch of original 'House with Chimney'.

Reworked Sketch of original ‘House with Chimney’.

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Project 14: making mistakes

I’ve been trying to produce the final prints for this project for the past week or so now but my results aren’t exactly what I hoped for.

Below is a photo of my first attempt at one of the designs I’d drawn in my sketchbook. It didn’t go to plan…

First attempt of Chine Colle print of sketchbook designs

First attempt of Chine Colle print of sketchbook designs

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Project 15: Developing a series of four combination & experimental prints

As this is my final project of the course I’m aware it’s important to try and chose a subject or area that I can showcase my ability/ how my printmaking has improved. In the course material there is a suggestion to try something very different, and for me that would probably mean doing something abstract. But I don’t think this is the best time to try something I’m not used to doing and have no idea about how to do ‘well’.

My current thinking is to produce a series of prints based on a reworking of a series of prints that Eric Ravilious produced. My inspiration comes from a book called ‘High Street’ written by J.M.Richards & Illustrated by Eric Ravilious.

 

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Project 15: Research & Initial Ideas

In my first post about this project I had suggested doing a series of prints based on my local shops.Earlier in the week I took a brief trip out to take some photo’s of these shops with an aim for a starting point for sketches. Ideally I’d also have sat and done some sketches whilst I was there but knew I didn’t have the time to in that particular moment.

I tried to take the photo’s from different angles of the high street and also from varying distances:

Long distance photo’s:

Far right hand end of street

Far right hand end of street

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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – printing experiments

I wanted to do a trial run of a painted mono print incorporating back drawing, so that I could make any adjustments to my technique before printing in A3.

Here is a photo of the results, in the rest of the post I’ll break down the process that lead to the final print:

Bosworth's Butchers - painted mono print with back drawing

Bosworth’s Butchers – painted mono print with back drawing

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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – colour theme’s

As I’m working on a series of four prints I felt like I needed to give some time to finding a few different colour theme’s to work from. I find researching colours quite tricky, so I’ve tried to look at colours in settings where they’re already in an arrangement that works. I looked into clothing magazines, company catalogues (John Lewis, Next), art books.

Here’s what I found of interest:

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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – rainbow roller linocut

Design of print 1 in sketchbook.

Design of print 1 in sketchbook.

This is my initial design for my rainbow rolled lino cut incorporating a mono print/ collage background. In the photo above you can see I’ve tried to show how the rainbow rolled effect might work, and how it would sit against either a coloured background or paper collaged background. This was the point I had reached when I managed to get an opportunity to photograph the inside of the butchers.

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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – Rainbow Roller Linocut pt.2

In my first post about Rainbow rolling I talked about the design process, see here:

http://movedbybreath.com/printmaking/project-15-bosworths-butchers-rainbow-roller-linocut/#more-1743

This post is all about the printing process and the final print! The photo below was taken at the start of the printing process as I got ready to rainbow roll my lino.

Ink before rolling

Ink before rolling

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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – painted mono print with back-drawing

I wrote an early post about the process of deciding on the design/format for this print, see link below:

http://movedbybreath.com/printmaking/project-15-bosworths-butchers-printing-experiments/

In that post I wrote about experimenting in A4 format before working on the final print in A3, this post is about the process of print in the larger format…

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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – Linocut & Collagraphic print

I had this particular combination for printing in my mind pretty much from the start of looking at project 15. But I hadn’t really given lots of consideration to what the design would be, so my first port of call was considering colour and layout combinations…

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Assignment 5: Improvements to Project 13

Following my tutor’s report on Assignment 5 I felt that project 13 had the weakest outcome and was the project I should dedicate time to improving. Here’s a before photo of the first series of prints from the project:

Complete series of combination mono and lino prints

Complete series of combination mono and lino prints

And here’s a photo of some of the prints in the series after ‘improvements’:

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