Ongoing Etches

Copper plate in process, #2

Detail of proof of #2 plate

 

This is a detail of one of three (soon to be four) large copper plates ( about A2 size) that I am working on at the moment, and the first proof of it after  etching  to add more lines. they are going well if slowly!

I have tried to exaggerate the perspectives of the trees to emphasise  some of the extraordinary shapes  they make, and have been using a new process for me, sugar lift then spit biting.

Ink Drawing Workshop

I have been asked to do a Workshop for a local art group near Bristol, (Yay!) the first half will be about Drawing in ink, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a go first..

P1110577I gathered a few objects, as a still life is as good as any way to practice your drawing skills, and tried to use different techniques to draw them . Image above first attempt.

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P1110602I had another go simplifying what I drew and really aiming for a layering of techniques, but trying to keep it bold shapes, with the little samples to the side . What do you all think? good examples of using inks qualities or not?

Paper Bark Birch Part 2

Drypoint with spitbite on copper print 2014

Carrying on from last post, here is reworked print with a layer of tone added with the techniques of sugar lift and Spit-biting .

It is a techniques that  helps create a much more painterly mark. I was pleased with the outcome because of the range of tones I have managed to make.

As I am new to Spit biting I was working without really knowing what I would get at the end, hoping I was leaving acid on long enough, or not too long!

Straight Up

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Trying to draw the sense of vertigo when you look up at a tree straight up.

I might carry on working this, still a little dead I think, like the leave need to be thicker…

(Graphite powder, range of pencils and a bit of charcoal on paper. A1 size.)