I began researching this artist as someone whose work I had seen in postcards and greetings cards in shops, but not really explored beyond that. I began by looking at her own site:
Whilst looking at her site I found a link to her Flickr stream, which showcased her working practice through photographs of her studio, sketches, influences. The link to that is here:
Looking on YouTube I also discovered a short film, showing Angie Lewin working on a woodcut print. Whilst it’s not a long film it’s nice to see how she goes about her work. You can see a great deal of work goes into preparing her block for printing, she meticulously draws the image on the block in great detail before carving. The link to the video is below.
I then took some time looking at the photo’s from her Flickr stream and writing about it critically in my sketchbook.
Please note the images in my sketchbook in this photo are taken from this site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7769631@N04/sets/72157623433688028/ And are the property of Angie Lewin.
I found it very inspiring to see images from the artists sketchbooks, see photos of her studio, see the objects she collects and draws from for her composition. It encouraged me to pull out things I’d collected in the past and wasn’t really using for any reference at the moment.
I did a rough sketch of some shells, a piece of drift wood and spent 20 mins or so doing a drawing in the garden. I wasn’t aiming for a perfect sketch rather an good capture of outlines/light and dark areas so i could come back to it later if I wanted.