When not out on location I spend most of my time in the studio. I don't actually have a designated studio space at the moment so I divide my time between the print room and the illustration block at uni.
My work has developed over the last year in exciting and surprising ways but drawing and printmaking seem to be at the heart of what I do. I am heavily into processes and find the act of making extremely soothing, challenging and productive. I have also been able to develop my digital skills and find that by drawing and making regularly, I have a wealth of images at my disposal for editing, reproduction or reuse.
Printmaking is traditionally used to reproduce the same image over and over again. I use print in a slightly different way, preferring to experiment with mono prints and screen printing to experiment with images that can only be made once or to create textures through stencils made of newsprint. I then either draw back into these prints to create mixed media images, use the textures to design digital work or reuse them as stencils or cut outs.
I love the ritual and immediacy printmaking allows and feel as though as I am drawing with the medium to create unique pieces of work every time.
I have also used mono prints in other projects. In order to create a body of work for the book War Horse, I mono printed whilst listening to the audio book. The final illustrations are made from a combination of reused, photographed and original prints.
During April and May this year I was lucky enough to be accepted by Lulworth Estate as their in resident illustrator, using drawing as a research tool to investigate Point of View – how I and others see and connect with the landscape.
For the whole of April and the beginning of May I made Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the space between my second home, visiting up to three times a week and immersing myself in the landscape, battling the elements (yes it did rain and there was lots of wind) and filling sketchbooks with observational drawings, talking to people and discovering the personalities of the place.
After a brief hiatus to complete other project work, I am returning to Lulworth to pull together a drawing walk and complete a series of illustrations that reflect the shapes and textures of the landscape, and helps to connect the place, imagination and the emotions of those who visit.
My blog posts will be - albeit edited - a catch-up of the weeks leading to this point and then commentary on my current working practices and reflection up to the project end in September.
The project so far has been a journey of discovery through drawing and I don't want it to end!!