Wednesday, 30 December 2015

NUA - Lino Printmaking Masterclass with Illustrator Clare Melinsky

We were offered a Masterclass with Illustrator/printmaker Clare Melinsky. Clare's lino cut illustrations are so detailed and delicate. Absolutely amazing work.

The theme of the workshop was 'chance' so we were encouraged to work spontaneously and experiment by overprinting each others work and being adventurous during the cutting, inking up and printing stage.I was amazed at the marks you can create with the tools and the layering of transparent inks. 

I decided to create a lino from my sketch of St Paul's Cathedral I had drawn from the 32nd floor building in London the previous weekend.

Sketching London from a height - Sunday 29th November 2015

I was lucky to be invited to sketch London from the comfort of the 32nd floor of an Office block in Moorgate London along with a group of other urban sketchers. The views were incredible and over whelming.  Thank you to James Hobbs and Carlos for organising a great sketching event.

See my post on London Urban sketchers Blog.

Reportage Masterclass with Rachel Gannon

I signed up for the Reportage masterclass at the House of Illustration with Rachel Gannon. It was a great to meet like minded people and learn new ways of documenting and creating reportage drawings.The weather was absolutely freezing and windy so we had to take plenty of coffee breaks and warm up. A great experience.


For part of my MA project for this unit I was exploring the process of Screen printing. Using my images of Anglia Square I separated the layers into four stencils to create a manual Screen-print. The quality of the ink and colours are so rich. I would like to explore this process further possibly using hand drawn elements rather than creating parts of it digitally.  

My entries for the John Ruskin Prize 2015

My Entries for the John Ruskin Prize 2015 communicating the theme of - Recording Britain Now - Society (in rapid transition)

There were over 700 entries and only 30 shortlisted. I managed to get into the last 150 which I was really pleased with. My images reflect society on the margins of Norwich - Anglia Square.




Sunday, 8 November 2015

Documenting Aylesbury Estate London

I joined the London on location drawing group on Saturday 31st Otober to sketch the Aylesbury Housing estate. We met in a cafe along the Old Kent Road called the GB ice cream parlour. I was pretty hungry having left the house early to catch the  6.30 train into London to deliver my framed sketch to Timberyard for 10am for the london Urban sketchers exhibition in Soho. Fabiola recommended the Saltena which is a type of Bolivian baked empanada which would fill me up for the days sketching.The waiter recommended the Runa tea from the Ecuadorian Amazon, all very delicious and home baked. Great start to the day.

Here are some of my sketches and photographs documenting the Aylesbury estate which is the largest in London accommodating about 7600 people and is being regenerated. Protests are taking place to save the estate. Residents are being moved off the estate, block by block, re-homed and split up all over the country.  it was a good exercise in perspective drawing!! Certainly was a challenge.

I started of with my torn paper drawing trying to capture the urban tattered feel to the place ,using torn paper represented its looming prospect. 

I stayed on the lower level but some of the other sketchers went up to the top for birds eye views. I couldn't believe the size of the place. There were children out playing in the playground and on bikes and they were inquisitive and keen to take a look. I focused mainly in one area as there was so many options it was over whelming. I would like to go back and sketch from a higher viewpoint or try to capture the shear scale of the place and also more of the rich and diverse cultural community.


The plan was to meet at Burgess Park life cafe at 3.30 to share sketches. The park itself was a great location and also gave more of an impression of the scale of the estate. Unfortunately I didn't have time to capture this in sketches but here are a few photographs. A choir were practising in the park which I thought would be an interesting shot against the Estate in the background. We were so lucky with the weather and light making it even more dramatic. A great day and place full of culture, character and diversity. Thanks to Fabiola for organising such a great and thought provoking location.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Battersea Power Station London

Sunday 11th October  

With new Glue stick in hand I was determined to capture Battersea Power Station so I stopped off at Vauxhall station on my way to Waterloo, and walked along the Thames Path to sketch the Power Station from across the river. When I was in my late teens I used the train line  that passed Battersea Power Station quite a lot and it was always an iconic land mark for me as the train approached London. I thought that drawing with torn Paper was an appropriate medium to capture the regeneration taking place. 

My inspiration for using collage paper and mark making comes from the amazing collages by John Piper. The piece below is Titled the Martello Towers at Hythe 1932 and he used ink, gouache, pencil and collage. I love the naivety and combination of media.

John Piper in 1930s Abstraction on the Beach

Juggling with Paper and glue on a windy day can be quite a challenge. I perched on the wall edge by the railings and being careful not to loose anything else in the river I started to create some patterns and textures on to a variety of papers from observation of the Battersea Power Station to draw/collage with.

Media - variety of papers, brush pen, cool grey and ivory marker pen, digital colour