Saturday, 25 December 2010

Doe Monoprints

Some monoprints exploring a few more of my ideas for "The One Eyed Doe." Im really getting into these, as the style and themes are very similar to my personal work I have been enjoying creating them and working into the project over the holidays... oh and nearly all of my monoprints are done on newsprint now, because it allows me to create much sharper and finer linework :)
I might add in some golden halos...


I got a project from university to illustrate the quote by Kurt Vonnegut "Here’s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey."

Unfortunately the one week project coincided with when I had a REALLY busy week, so I didn't end up dedicating enough time to it and ended up with something I hated. Over the past week I've been reworking it and developing a few ideas that I initially had. I had several drawings in my sketchbook of a figure manically hacking up an animal, desperately after the fossil fuels they eventually create, although when I tried to develop most of them I wasn't satisfied. So far I have produced these prints which I like, although I am still working on the project:

(Sketchbook page with my drawing that inspired the print above) I don't know if I prefer the image in white?

I also created the following two Monoprints which I was intending on working in two, but now I really like them together as complimentary images. I don't know why exactly, but I really think these two work... maybe something to do with Fossil Fuels being so necessary, maybe 'building blocks' of our society? :s I know I won't use them as my final images, I still like them though :)

 I bought some (ridiculously expensive) gold monoprinting ink, so I might have a go at redrawing these in that :)
Any feedback would be appreciated! 

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Life Studies

 Sleepy Dogs make great models. Im at my parents for xmas, and I left my graphics tablet in London. Damn :'o

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The Death of The Doe

Digitally reworked Etching

Printmaking Update

Im due an update (well, a few actually) on how im getting on with my printmaking. I was only briefly in the studio this week, I spent most of my time in the uni library scanning in images and working on photoshopping them. The week before I created lots of Monoprints in a bright orange, which is the main colour I have adopted for my project just because it is so unnatural. 

Friday, 10 December 2010

Too Fast Designs

I was Contacted by Too Fast saying that they needed new designs for their hot shorts, so I came up with several ideas for themes and created some mood boards to send over to them. They really liked two of the three ideas and decided to run with them, and in the end bought 8 of my designs... 4 main back designs and 4 smaller motifs for the front. They just wanted the linework, which meant all in all it was completed in two days! A sneak preview of two designs, and a motif at the bottom:

(Im only showing a few as these as they were commissioned and are incomplete, the printed versions will be coloured) Obviously I wanted to go for a classic tattoo inspired feel, which was lovely and refreshing. A lot of my older work used to have this sort of feel, and I find it really easy to draw up, it was nice going back to it :)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Two Fantastic Digital Artists

I thought it might be nice to post a couple of my current favourite digital artists. Both have a lovely digital collage feel with their work, with interesting imagery, textures and colour combinations. I find their work very inspiring, particularly with my printmaking where I am focusing on creating digital collages with my prints :)

Jessica Singh


Printmaking Sketchbook

 A few scans of drawings and plans from my printmaking project, ie. The One-Eyed Doe. As I want my work to be really layered, I find it best to work into my drawings with different coloured pens, otherwise they become way too messy and difficult to understand. My book is full of drawings, developing different ideas and concepts, but these are a few of my favs :)

 As my digital collages so far have surprisingly not taken very long, (about an evening each, and the final piece only requires 4) I estimate that when it comes to creating my final piece it won't take very long. Also, as the piece will be assembled in photoshop then digitally printed off, I will easily be able to construct the pages of the twist book and produce several copies :) I already have each page planned out, so I know how to assemble the final on photoshop ready to be printed, which means I can spend a little bit longer on thoroughly developing all my concepts and ideas. Also, as I have several plans for each page that I really like, I am tempted to create two different copies, one portraying the death in a softer light and that it is a natural thing, while the other is harsh filled with sadness and despair for the doe... so that the viewer can choose which they like better depending on their own view towards death, meaning the piece will be more personal to its audience. All I need now is to produce a few more prints (etchings and monoprints, as shadows and moods you can create with these processes work very well) then I can start on the final pieces. I didn't go into the studio last week as I was feeling really ill and only got a few hours sleep the night before. I have been feeling quite sickly on and off for the past week, although a lot of people I have spoken to have been sickly as well so I think it is probably a bug going round :( Thankfully, I can still produce my digital collages from my bed, so I won't fall behind :)

Saturday, 27 November 2010

My illustration in Companion Dog World

Just a quick photo of my ringcraft illustration in the newspaper Companion Dog World! Oooo!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Three Etchings

Three absolutely tiny etchings, of the three main themes in The One-Eyed Doe.

Mortality, Death, Blindness


I haven't worked digitally in years, im kinda rusty. But getting there. 

(Digitally reworked Monoprint)

Monday, 22 November 2010

Kako Ueda

Another artist who has inspired my printmaking.

Elsa Mora

Loving these right now, even though I am not using papercut for my printmaking project, I find her style very inspirational and similar to the look I am going for :)

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