Are those drawings for yet another lino print Dave?…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Ceonardo DiLaprio.
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I suppose lino printing is like an addiction, well, no not like an addiction, but is one!
As soon as you do a run of prints, and they look reasonably interesting, and rather classy on their lovely off-white almost transparent Japanese paper, you think, Gosh, I’m itching to do another one already, where’s my pencil and pad? This time I think that I’ll start with a few cloud-like shapes, and I’ll

Yes, there at the top is the first rough sketch of the idea, and reclining on it is the old pair of compasses that I adapted in the hope that they would cut neat curves into the surface of lino, rather than just drawing circles on paper. You can see there’s a small piece of wood fastened to one of its legs, it has a sharp craft knife blade fastened to it at a rakish angle. As I mentioned in an early post, this adaptation initially didn’t work that well, and I had to add a nut and bolt to stop the legs from wobbling and flexing whilst it was in motion doing its cutting.
Some elements in this image were deliberately included to make use of my curve cutting device; the big and obvious white disc, and the tops of the black ‘clouds’ should be a piece of cake now – far easier than trying to cut the buggers freehand with a scalpel.
The lower drawing, when finished, will be the template to transfer the image, but reversed, onto the patiently waiting lino block.
Oh, look, there seem to be some distant buildings silhouetted on the skyline, and above them what look like stripy evening clouds. Hm, I seem to have clouds in front of my clouds. But I don’t care – born to be wild me!
Is the big white disc the setting sun sliding down? Or perhaps the moon? There are two elements associated with these disc motifs – striped ‘reflections’ below the big one, and also some wayward white triangles which seem to be cascading out of the top of the sun in an arc towards the ground. Don’t worry about these dear reader, since this photograph was taken they have been erased, they have gone. I changed my mind about them.
I’ll be sure to show you the finished print when, and if, it is done. You never know, it might all go pear-shaped yet… (click)

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to Are those drawings for yet another lino print Dave?…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    So, are you replacing the triangles with pears?

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