Saturday, 3 December 2016

Friday, 2 December 2016

Rocío Araya Gutiérrez I

It is a joy to share the illustrations of Rocío Araya  Gutiérrez, wonderfully collaged, and beautifully messy with visible overlaid working and drawing. Her work is a visual poetry full of story and joyful stories. Thank you Dom

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Suminagashi Paper Marbling

I tried Suminagashi paper marbling yesterday, you have to be very patient. The process reminded me of making a zebra cake, which having made once, I promised myself never again.
I started with quink ink, and then thought I might get better results with calligraphy ink.
I have to say the quink ink worked best, but I still don't believe it was the best ink to use so any tips would be gratefully received.
In this process you use two soft brushes, one for ink and one for soapy water, alternating between the two, gently adding them to the surface of a tray of water. when you have made a detailed tree ring of concentric circles you can use a cocktail stick or other sharp thin implement to draw a pattern through it and then print onto paper by laying the paper on the surface.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Printing with tissue paper

I am trying to prepare for an artist's book event at the end of February, and I am busy creating a range of books. It is great fun trying new book making techniques and styles. This one has a character who says unpleasant things and is duplicitous, speaking with many tongues.

Whilst working I have rediscovered printing with tissue paper. This is the unfixed, cheap tissue paper that loses its colour when wet. creating an uneven print with all the appeal of happy mistakes. I cut out stencils place them on the drawing paper paint them with water and leave them to allow the ink to be released before peeling the tissue paper away.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Lynn Arnold

Lynn Arnold has a great love of music which she sometimes commits to paper in her expressive collaged works. The works I have selected are; Above, 'Martha and the Vandellas' and Below, 'Bob Dylan'.

"In my paintings, I play with color and texture to convey a kind of narrative, translating the world around me. I use collage and objects of personal interest to me that become anchors or signposts guiding the viewer through my work. Using a combination of mixed media I also explore the human psyche as well as physical aspects through figurative abstraction. I play with a balance of the sensitive and the raw, the obvious and the vague in my artists’ world." Lynn Arnold

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Heidi Rosin

German artist and graphic designer Heidi Rosin's works are small (usually 30 x 40 cms) mixed media pieces with layered and collaged meanings. Heidi's recent works feature horses and people but have no title to assist their interpretation. They are vivid emotional works that tell strange and worrying stories in a brutal but primitive style like miniature graffiti's shouting back at the world.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Maria Luque

After the domestic intimacies of Natasha Uspenskaya today we are off to bed with bright contemporary images by Argentinian illustrator Maria Luque.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Polina Doroshenko I

 "My creative work for assistantship exhibition was a project "Herbarium". It is art-book about my family. It all started when during the last summer I found great-grandfather's notebook. I have never seen my great-grandfather. So I read there many interesting, unusual and sometimes funny notes. I carefully questioned my grandma about everything. Project "Herbarium" based on these stories. I called it Herbarium because everything described in the notebook is like memories which dried between pages. For me it is associated with herbarium of dried plants that were once alive. I am still working on all images." Polina Doroshenko

This project is stunningly beautiful, touching and funny, a lovely way to explore you family and delve into the past. Polina has a subtle eye and hand, delicately assembling her images into a beautiful portrait of her family melding old and new in a perfect synergy of documentation, imagination and family memory.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Paulina Daniluk

Polish illustrator Paulina Daniluk has made this beautiful book mapping the digestive tract, I love the graphic qualities of it the different typography, the patterns and layout. the terrible stomach (sack) of sweets and fizz.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Scribbles and Witches

Every so often you hit a block, the last few weeks was a block for me, so I found myself scribbling, angry scribbling because of drawing block and angry scribbling because of 'news sickness'. The scribbles became fires and then witches were added. 

Witches at first seemed an unfair inclusion, however now several witches have appeared on my desk, maybe they are not so inappropriate. They are from a different age of stupidity, and we now seem to be entering another one as around the world people's rights are eroded and it seems women in particular. are losing theirs.
I once did a paper on witches and I find the stories of the witch hunts both horrific but also incredible, for example, I know that one lady was burnt by the King's men at the River Severn for surfing the Severn Bore before surfing was a known thing. While an incredible 97% of the female population of Edinburgh's Royal Mile was wiped out during the worst of the witch hunts, who were the remaining 3% were they babies? or just women particularly adept at pointing fingers at other potential victims of this barbarity?

Sunday, 20 November 2016

James Boswell I

I found this little book in an antique shop last week, after 20 years gathering children's books it is rare for me to find books that I do not know.
So it was a pleasure to find 'Little Cat Lost' by Compton Mackenzie, illustrated by James Boswell (1906-1971), published 1965. It is a lovely book with a limited palette and wonderful charismatic line drawings.