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.
Aquatint on a hard ground etching with heavy acid bite outline.
Two police officers assist a colleague from a battle scene.
Sketch of police restraining a miner during the strikes.
The Pursuit of the Idle. Coalpickers tirelessly picking a seam (even when out of work).
Storyboarding by building narratives and playing with ideas before eventual transferral into drawing/prints at a later stage.
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.