End of second week at the studio developing new techniques and finding our feet in a new art making space. Use of new equipment, sourcing materials and realising things are done differently everywhere! It's a great thing to have a wife who is also a dedicated and beautiful print assistant. Thanks Alex.
Pencil on paper porthole study for 'violent confrontation' banner.
Pencil on paper. Study for Durham gala banner portholes in etching.
Aquatint on a hard ground etching with heavy acid bite outline.
Sketch of police restraining a miner during the strikes.
The Pursuit of the Idle. Coalpickers tirelessly picking a seam (even when out of work).
Essential project reading for that flavour of 1860's northern France. The novel is about poverty and hardship during the time of a major strike. The title translates into a time for germination in nature but also has a double meaning as a political uprising that caused the starvation of millions of Parisians at the time.
Interesting process this one have been taught at The Royal Drawing School. Using sugary substances it is possible to etch a metal plate. Simply draw onto a greased surface then treat to biting through acids in usual technique. Aquatint applied afterwards will give varying depths of shade/darkness. Prints can be made in the usual way.
First etching using an aluminium plate that is smoked using a flame. Metal cleaned with chalk before rolling ink to an even honey colour. Plate transferred still hot to a precariously wedged in angle at the bottom of an infinitely black chimney. Drawing process in stages from here.
... eventually spills out onto paper.