"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Three more colours

After printing the last colour in the previous post. The next colour is a small but significant amount of red for the birds eye. There are three options for tackling this.

1. Ignore it altogether and leave it out.
This may be fine if the picture showed a diver floating around a mile off shore, but isn't really an option here.
2. Cheat and paint it in after I've finished printing the rest of the colours.
3. Do the job properly and print the colour.

We'll go with the last option. Firstly, I need to cut a stencil from a piece of tracing paper. I don't want too much of the block covered in bright red ink.

I've used the ink unmixed straight from the tin, as its a transparent water based ink when over printed on the previous colour it will darken to the correct tone.

It looks a bit of a mess but trust me, most of this is going to disappear under the next colour. Which will be a dark slate grey to establish the main tone of the birds back.

And then a slightly darker tone of the same colour.

One more dark tone should see it finished.


Jennifer Tetlow said...

Beautiful - bravo!

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Thanks Jennifer

Almost done now.