Friday, March 27, 2009
A day at the beach
I was looking for inspiration and found an image I had sketched previously and thought it may make an interesting lino print. Its sort of a cross between Alfred Hitchcock and someone's Uncle Vinnie. :) I mean doesn't everyone have a rather portly relative with a wonderful profile like this?
I sketched it onto a 4 x 6 lino block and then carved out the shapes and light. I did a quick loose print early this morning using a wash of watercolour just to test it. It didn't pick up all the details of course, so I got my printing ink out tonight and did a few prints.
The background of the piece was meant to be completely bare and the water much less as well, as the purple piece is. However, adding the ink with a brayer reached all those areas that I hadn't carved out deep enough and made them stand out. I may reduce those high points where the ink hit the lino and take out some of the water ripples too. What do you think? Do the background lines add to the piece or detract from the subject?