Friday, 13 October 2017

2017 INKTOBER..8 - 14

downloadable pdf from http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober/

The second week of art challenge INKTOBER created by Jake Parker. Seven new prompt words and I find I've established an approach that I'm using for each drawing. Black brushpen creating dense solid areas, patchy areas or uneven lined areas. In contrast to pattern made with bottom left to top right shading overlaid with circles and dark to light filling in. White areas help inked areas pop.

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Days 1 to 7 have the Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words: 
CROOKED SCREECH GIGANTIC RUN SHATTERED TEEMING FIERCE













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Sunday, 8 October 2017

2017 INKTOBER 1 - 7

downloadable pdf from http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober/

That time of year when INKTOBER bursts upon the art scene. A challenge devised by artist Jake Parker. 

31 days 31 drawings. I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year mrjakeparker.com/inktober

Days 1 to 7 have the Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words: 
SWIFT DIVIDED POISON UNDERWATER LONG SWORD SHY 









Pens used were: M&G0.5 ultra fineliner, Pentel brushpen, Pilot G-2 07 gelpen. Paper is Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker A5 pad.

When the drawing is done upload it to Instagrasm with the hashtags #INKTOBER and #INKTOBER2017 If you do share the challenge on a blog or video then give credit to its creator, Jake Parker.



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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Bounce! workshop: Script Writing with Hanna Slattne


A Swedish dramaturg called Hanna Slattne held a script writing workshop for Bounce! arts festival. We were a motley crew gathered, creators of poetry, short story, performance and film. All interested in developing a different facet of writing to hone our own skills. 

Hanna explained the difference of script writing, that it wasn't a literary exercise but one that 'tells a story with action'. So, all the efforts I take to conjure a short story were of no consequence here. When we'd been taught the basic toolbox and set a group task re-writing the story of Little Red Riding Hood we were then set a personal task. To script write the 1st scene in our story.

I had to begin the task three times before being able to drop my usual short story process. And this is what I came up with...

Lily's Journey

Lily is lying awake in her truckle bed at the foot of her parents' bed. They are asleep in the dark, her mother breathing softly, her father snoring. Lily is fully dressed and wearing her red cloak beneath the covers. She arises slowly, trying not to make her bed creak. She stands and looks over to her parents.

She moves slowly to her mother's side of the bed and slowly begins to slide her hand below her mother's pillow. With every exhale in her mother's breathing she slides her hand a little further, bit by bit until her hand touches the keys. Curling her fingers around them Lily slowly retrieves the keys in the same way. Her father snorts and her mother turns in her sleep towards her daughter. 

Lily holds her breath until she's sure both parents are still asleep, grasps the keys tightly in case they rattle and moves away from her parents' bed. She bends down to reach her backpack from below her own bed and quietly leaves the bedroom.

She tiptoes down the stairs in the darkness missing the steps that creak and makes her way to the back door. She finds the key that fits and slowly turns it in the lock, tensing at the loud sound in the silence. She stands still, listening until she is satisfied that no one stirs upstairs.

The back door is now open and Lily is free. She quietly closes the heavy door, slips the keys under a plant pot and hurries down the path.

The moon is bright so she stays to the shadows of the houses along the street, running when the moonlight breaks her path. She hears the strike of a match and stops, holding her breath.

In the shadow of the house ahead stands the woodcutter. He's watching her, his eye is lit by the flame.

WC: You're out late, or is it early?

Lily stands in fear, looking at him. The woodcutter inhales his lit pipe.

L: I'm...I'm..going to see my grandmother.

WC: She'll not thank you for waking her at this hour. Or do you mean your other grandmother?

Lily struggles with emotion.

L: I love her. I need to see her.

WC: No change in your father then? We all miss her. But you need to bide by your father's counsel. Go back to your home.

Lily's eyes have filled with tears but she stands her ground.

L: I'm going. If you stop me I'll just go again some other time.

The woodcutter puffs on his pipe staring down at the girl. He sighs and spits on the ground.

WC: I'll walk with you. No young girl should walk through the forest alone. There's a beast that hunts there. He'll have you in a single mouthful.

The Woodcutter bends to lift a large axe. Lily sniffs, wipes her eyes with her sleeve and follows the man towards the forest edge.

I felt the approach was a more informative way of writing a story. It is about how I tell the story but contains nothing of me or my emotions in that telling. Once I got into the rhythm I found it straightforward although when I re-read it today I did edit it, losing anything that I felt was unimportant. I daresay a seasoned script writer might edit it further. 

Arts & Disability Forum (ADF), the charity behind the Bounce! Arts Festival, may well be holding more of these workshops. I hope it does - I'll be signing up for more.



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Monday, 2 October 2017

Bounce! workshop: Monotype Printing with Alice Burns


I love the Bounce! arts festival, look forward to it every year and go to as many events as is possible. Plus, I really enjoy the free workshops. 

When printmaker Alice Burns was giving a workshop on Monotype Printing I got excited. At art college I did a week in printmaking learning to etch a plate and make a print I, unlike my sister who loved to etch, got so exasperated with the intricate process. I irritated the hell out of my tutor after putting the plate into the resin box and then turning the handle (other way round prevents the plate getting stuck in the bottom of the powdered resin) twice. 

For me the almost painterly process of monoprinting is faster and freer. 


We used water based printing ink, sheets of thick acetate as ink boards, hand rollers and because of the heat in the room Alice added a medium to keep the ink from drying too quickly. Smaller sheets of acetate became our plates upon which we placed a sheet of paper and traced/drew onto with a pencil. I found the eraser at the end was useful to create softer lines.


There was some guesswork as I frequently forgot, when tracing over a drawing, to remember which lines I'd traced. Some prints ended up missing an eye or a leg!


After the initial print a ghost print could be made, a 'negative' by placing a second sheet of paper over the plate and using a clean roller with a lot of pressure. Results are apparently better using a press. 




The lurcher image I chose was one Alice had drawn, among a selection provided for us to use. It was a friend's birthday today and she has a whippet called Breeze. I used this image to trace and added various marks as shadow and background. 

I'll be buying some inks, some acetate and digging out the lino-printing rollers I've held onto over the years. Knew they'd come in handy.



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Monday, 18 September 2017

Sketchbook images


Working in my sketchbook, doing a few drawings per day, catching up on time lost during block...


Love making soft watercolour images, sometimes use pan watercolour, sometimes water soluble pencils or crayons.


But there's a part of me that likes more dramatic images using black ink brushpen on top of colour on top of textured paper. Using white acrylic markers I build up texture and allow to dry before working on the treated surface.


Have been doing a lot of figurative work, sometimes from life and sometimes from visual research. 


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

WASGIJ



Found a small blank jigsaw and broke it apart. 


Painted a face freehand using watercolours, added black ink, allowed to dry and then reassembled the jigsaw. This took a while - next time I'll number the pieces on the back beforehand!





Curious random image when the jigsaw is together. Fun to do.


Materials used - Winsor & Newton portable watercolour set, Daler-Rowney no3 round synthetiic brush, Pentel black ink brush pen.



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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Thirty Drawings Pt 2


Part 2 - the remainder of 30 drawings from a 1978 Summer Project challenge I reset myself. 

10 drawings - Wherever you are (3 remaining to complete)
  • How you spend your time 
  • How you use your time 
Because I play online Solitaire I wanted to include the element of chance. I wrote a series of words on pieces of paper and then drew out the following...Themes: Future, Comic. Colours: Blues, Earths, Skies. Tools: Glue, Tracing Paper (Vellum). Paper: Bristol Boars, Embossed Card. Materials: Ink Stamps, Alcohol Inks, Acrylics.


I embossed a piece of Bristol Board to attach as the final box and liked how the watered down acrylics tinted the surface and the depressions. 
Vellum was cut to fit the first box leaving the shape of the rocket man's head free. White ink pad was used on the edge of a curved piece of thick card and printed on top of the vellum to indicate movement.
The storyline could follow a number of different routes and for that reason I left the page unlettered.

  • What you come across that triggers the imagination 
  • What you pick up/find that you can use at a later date 
Picked some ivy vines from the garden and found some butcher's cord from a parcel. Made 'brushes' with them and used Letraset alcohol inks. Doodles were made with a Pentel brushpen used over the top of the colours.




4 drawings, each one done on the day, about the day - Summer events/controversies (completed in pt 1)

16 drawings - Cities, Landscapes, Seascapes (10 to complete)
  • 4 distant views 
Line drawings of Cavehill from various angles and from inside the cave. Cavehill is most famous for looking like a sleeping giant from the Antrim Road below.



  • 4 unusual views (2 to complete)
Two more drawings of my street through the vintage coloured glass that's in the hall door. The red is a postal van driving past. Different panes gave different degrees of distortion. Would like to draw more distorted views - perhaps carry some portable glass panes to photograph through. 

2 more street views through vintage glass

  • 4 imaginary views of the same thing 
I chose the 4 Cavehill views to base the imaginary drawings on. I thought of the past and of the future and of also of myth. 



And a notebook/sketchbook, some part of which will form the basis of a future project (ongoing)


water soluble wax crayons - Cavehill views

white acrylic base, water soluble coloured pencils,
coloured pencils on top and black Pentel brushpen

black ink line drawings - 
Tollymore and Gortin Glens

5 drawings I chose from the 30 completed:






I liked using other paper/card on the comic page - without completing the 'chance' element I wouldn't have previously considered this. 
Drawing through vintage tinted glass was strangely chaotic but I'd like to have a few portable pieces of glass to work on other scenes. 
Using simple black ink on white paper was refreshing after many contrived drawings. 

I'm glad I completed the challenge - it helped kickstart the end of a block that was worrying me. Some of the pieces I didn't like at all but others I did were the result of my having to look differently at my life and surroundings.



Thirty Drawings Pt 1 




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