Exercise 2 : Transfer Method
A whole lot more satisfying than the ‘Found Objects’ exercise, though it really felt like drawing blind. I used the end of a paintbrush for the lines, a stiff brush and roller for shadow.
I like the simplicity of this. From repeated errors I realised that rolling was the best way to get the depth of shadow – though it’s a shame the line is so clear here. Despite that I like it – the face has expression.
This is one of the last prints I did. I wondered what would happen if I didn’t work blind – so I traced around the drawing using tracing paper, laid this onto my sheet and traced the line in to the ink. The result seems devoid of everything that I’ve gained in the above. It reminds me very much of the tracing drawings by Warhol that I saw in Oxford – they also didn’t impress me much – bland and sterile, though I’m guessing that is quite possibly what Warhol was after. Despite the tracing I’ve managed to forget part of the scalp! As I write this I wonder if there is an in-between – using a pencil to draw so at least I can see where I have already been – though perhaps the temptation would be to try to correct and overdraw? What I’m happier with is getting the deeper pattern of shade behind the face – cleaner areas of light and dark.
This was my first print – I got such a shock when I turned the paper over. Not sure what I expected but it wasn’t this. Nevertheless it gave me a way in into how I wanted to take the image on. I took from this what I liked, using less ink, slimmer lines and being really careful to leave some areas blank of ink.
Exercise 3 : Drawing directly onto the plate
Ashamed that I’ve given up on this, in sulky teenage mode. I’ve looked through the OCA video tutorials on mono prints, the technique is briefly discussed for an abstract print, but I’ve had real difficulty removing the paint cleanly. I couldn’t find oil-based paint as specified, I have something called ‘Encre Linogravure a L’eau’ (linogravure water-based ink), maybe this is part of the problem? I tried scraping, rubbing with cloth, brushes, using water, using white spirit – with a messy result every time. I think this is one of those techniques where in the absence of endless clear days stretching out in front of me in which to experiment, I could really do with some hands-on practical advice. Here they are, in all their glory.