Colour: Inspiration and Frustration

I think the names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it's at its most powerful. A.S. Byatt I'm slightly obsessed with colour right now. I'm spending lots of time reading about colour theory and the history of colours, thinking about colours, and looking at them. And combinations of colours … Continue reading Colour: Inspiration and Frustration

Chop chop!

Recently I've been looking at a lot of printmaking – linocut and drypoints mainly – and I noticed that a lot of printmakers use a little (often red) block to sign their work – this is called a 'chop'.

Product Testing: water-soluble pencils and linework

I'm working towards a project I've had in my mind for a long time. In this project I want to use washes of water and linework together, and I'm fascinated with combining drawing and painting, which is why I currently have a mini-obsession with water-soluble pencils. (I may change my mind later and work with … Continue reading Product Testing: water-soluble pencils and linework

Product Testing: Derwent Inktense pencils

Adding tone to a simple line sketch – 'Spaniel' A very quick test of the potential of Derwent Inktense pencils in a simple line sketch – tone is so easy to apply with just the addition of water. The possibilities are endless. First of all, apologies for Part Two being the wrong way … Continue reading Product Testing: Derwent Inktense pencils

Product testing: Derwent Inktense pencils

Adding tone to a simple line sketch – 'Eye' A quick video to demonstrate the magic which transforms a very dull and unimpressive line scribble into something else entirely. Ingredients: one Derwent Inktense pencil (Indian black), and plain water. I'm really enjoying the possibilities of this. Combining drawing and painting is a strong interest … Continue reading Product testing: Derwent Inktense pencils