Monday, July 26, 2010
What happens when you have a skate, some ink and some mulberry paper?
You have a skating party!
Sorry for the lines crossing this image. Its the grouting on the floor tiles and the mulberry paper is quite thin. Most papers that I use are tissue like and translucent which make them very suitable for gyotaku as they mold around the body of the fish much more easily.
With these initial prints, I'm working out composition to find the best placement for the different fish shapes. These are like printer's proofs in a way, as they give me room to adjust ink amounts and paper used to help obtain a better print. First time is rarely a keeper with gyotaku, so the benefits of a 70 foot roll of mulberry or rice paper are much appreciated. I also use newsprint or old newspapers to take initial prints to see how they'll turn out.
Earlier this year, I found some Mermaid or Devil's purses on the beach and sketched them. These egg cases belong to this creature or a similar version of it. I'm not sure of the exact species of this skate and there are so many types. I know that smooth, thorny and barndoor skate are all caught off Newfoundland.