My Linocut

08May10

This is a little bit embarrasing coming as a follow up to the work of all those amazing linocut artists I posted earlier, but here is my first foray into the mysterious world known as printmaking!

My brief was to design a 6×4 block incorporating a letter of the alphabet and an illustration to represent that letter. I chose the letter W at random, and chose to depict a web which, in hindsight, probably wasn’t the easiest choice. After much stress and redesigns I settled on this as my final design.

This was then transfered onto a piece of lino and I began the long and arduous process of chiselling it out!  A day later, and I was left with this:

 

Can’t wait to get into the printroom and see how it turns out!


Been doing some research into linocut printing as I have to produce one as part of my media and techniques module. Found some cool artists that I wanted to share.

Sherrie Yorke

I really like the sketchy, textured style and the feeling of movement you get from this piece.  Check out more of Sherrie’s work on her website http://www.sherrieyork.com/ which also has a reduction printing  guide- I found this very handy and it’s something I’d be interested in trying sometime.

Graham Spice

I like Graham’s bold, graphical style and the way his prints almost look like  photographs in their accuracy. Check out his website here: http://www.spicelinoprints.co.uk

Ian Phillips

I adore the texture and lighting in this piece, the colours are beautiful. I almost don’t believe it was made by linocut! View the gallery here: http://www.reliefprint.co.uk/

Now that I am suitably inspired, it’s back to the tedium of preparing my own linocut. It’ll all be worth it in the end…I hope!


Thorns

01May10

What a tangled web we weave.


Tattoo Design

26Apr10

Ah! Haven’t updated for a week, so while I’m in the process of writing up something a little more PDP related, I thought I would post up some more personal art.

Another one my favourite illustration related interests is tattoo design. I don’t have any myself and I’m not sure if I ever will, but I find the art behind them fascinating.  I rarely watch TV, but when I do you can bet it’s gonna be something along the lines of LA/Miami Ink! I find the process of not only getting a drawing to look good as a piece of art, but also to work asthetically with someone’s body really interesting.

These are some designs I’ve drawn up for friends/fictional characters.


Phobias

17Apr10

Just an observational page out of the sketchbook I’m working on for the ‘phobias’ brief. I’ve chosen to look at ornithophobia, which is the fear of birds. I’m not actually scared of birds and never have been, but I thought it could make for an interesting picture, which is what it’s all about, right? :)

 I’ve kind of decided to take it down the route of obsession/insanity and see what creepy, outlandish things I can come up with.

“The thing we’re most afraid of often becomes the thing we’re obsessed with.”

I can’t remember who said that, but I think it was a singer talking about lyrics and/or death. Possibly Gerard Way. Not that I’m obsessed with him or anything…>.>

On the off chance that any of my fellow illustration students are reading this, let me know how you’re getting on with the brief! I find them kind of cryptic at the best of times, and to be working on one without any input feels a bit strange. :/


Eye see you

15Apr10

I’ve been wanting to get some of my work up here for a while, so I’m gonna put this up and hope no one notices that I haven’t updated for the past couple of days >.>

Eyes have to be my favourite thing to draw in the whole world. Sorry for the grainy-ness of this scan, wordpress hates big files.


Chris Wahl

10Apr10

Just randomly surfing the net for inspiration/research I came across a cool artist I wanted to share, or in the likely event that no-one’s reading this, preserve here for my own future reference. I love his style and, though seems he does a wide range of work, what I like most are his portraits/caricatures.

Check out this amazing video of him creating one of his pieces, and be envious of how easy he makes it look:

More images and info can be found at: http://chriswahlart.blogspot.com