Inspired by Australian artist Tracy Verdugo I used the scratch foam of a pizza base to create a printing block. I chose to draw a picture of a bird on a branch over the sea.
The etching process was quite a satisfying sensation. Once the design was on the foam I added paint to sections of the picture and printed onto paper. I repeated this ‘paint then print’ process to gradually build the detail of the printed picture.
This is the final version, which I worked into with my trusty white gel pen.
I liked the texture of the printed paint, I feel that I used too many colours, I should have limited my palette to maybe four colours or chosen shades that worked better together.
My second printing experience was done inking up a glass plate using a breyer then placing my paper onto the ink before drawing from magazine photographs. The first print had too much ink on it, but that became useful for an inverted image, as explained below.
For this picture I put together three pictures to create the new printed image. I like the effect on the female character in the centre.
This image has contrasting subjects which are fashion models and running refugees. I constructed this print from two different media sources. I liked how the following print worked on this cartridge paper, I think this is my favourite print of the bunch.
For this final one I made the printed image colours inverted in an app and then printed the new image before working into the picture with white gel pen. I do love white gel pen. I enjoyed the freedom of this drawing style, I couldn’t see my drawing so I wasn’t judging the line. Also it’s important to work quickly as otherwise you forget which areas of the picture have been drawn. I feel that this swift drawing and line choosing has helped my general drawing skills.
I enjoyed the printing exercises but wasn’t comfortable ethically with copying a line in this way and it raised lots of questions of plagiarism in art and about the question of the original thought. I chose where to draw and the arrangement but I question whether that enough. I guess if I did this process from my own photographs then I would feel that work was original and truly my own creation.
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If you’re intrigued to see more art challenges then here are some key posts:
Painted Bird House – Art Challenge 31
Animating Paper Pictures – Art Challenge 15
Polyfusion – Art Challenge 45
My First Art Commission – Art Challenge 33
Life Drawing – Art Challenge 44
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