Rediscovering Collagraph

I am rediscovering the joy of collagraph. In a way, its pretty close to building and sculpting – with an aspect of drawing too. But mainly, all about materials and the marks that can be made with them. It suits me down to the ground.

I intend to start a collagraph club at Wivenhoe Printworks in the new year. More on that later.

Here’s one of my latest ones, I’m dead happy with it and now want to work on creating some leaves.

Sketchbook Sky Shanties

I have been working on a series of doodles, not quite certain where the impulse comes from but clearly it’s some kind of continuation of my new found fascination with architecture and home.

It must also be born out of a need for escape which I might usually experience with travelling, visiting friends and generally having a change of scene. Covid in the UK obviously means that’s not possible right now… so this helps. There are elements of Tuscany (one of my favourite parts of the world), industrial landscapes of the UK and – (from imagination only) Brazilian Favelas. Although the favelas might be more true of the model I am currently working on. Hope to be able to share photos of that soon. I bet you can’t wait now, huh?

Currently I am working on a model – I hope to be able to share photos of that soon. By the way, with the drawings – can you guess which drawings were sketched first?

Bridgerton Illustrations

A friend of mine has started writing a blog, and the first subject on her list to write about was Bridgerton. I have created some illustrations to go with her writing. I have been learning to use ProCreate and these are also the first illustrations I have ever created that are fully digital. To be able to sit on the sofa and sketch in full colour, to flit from ink, to paint, to pencil in the blink of an eye without needing to balance pots of ink on your leg, or stop the cat from knocking over your ink bottles and brushes on the coffee table – it’s an amazing app and a total revelation!

If you’d like to read some opinion on Bridgerton then my friend’s blog is at: https://nicolabarfoot.blogspot.com/

The illustrations I’ve created are below…

Allotment Shed

My latest imaginary allotment drawing. I’ve got a few of my allotment sketches (both imaginary and observed/drawn on location) on exhibition in Wivenhoe Bookshop during September. I’ll be honest, I’d really like to sell a few even though I am pretty attached to them! It’s no good just having your own work, in your own house.

I like this one despite the fact the cat should be looking at the bird! I have ideas to do something a little different with the next few, by introducing my fav material – various grey emulsions. I also wish to draw a crazy tree house, in a fabulous tree.

Allotment Sketches

Windy, sunny and rainy today. The light was constantly changing. I think I’ve managed to make the allotment look kind of threatening in this drawing. But I like it.

A pumpkin patch. I have to say it was lovely drawing at the allotments today. I met a expert ‘allotmenteer’ called Fred, he’s had his patch for 50 years. I came away with a box of purple beans, tomatoes, a cucumber and a commission to come back and draw his patch. Really decent bloke too. Makes me want an allotment.