A New Beginning!

First day back at Uni. A quick change of plans the day before from the book illustration module to a intaglio printmaking module meant my new timetable started on the Monday.Early morning start instead of a three day weekend ,urghhh ! Today consisted of a 9 AM lecture outlining the week by week plans for the semester and a short but sweet introduction into some of the history of Printmaking. Next was a 6 hour practical demonstrating various techniques for lithography and etching. We were asked to design a simple quick drawing on a group stone using any preliminary ideas we wanted to explore throughout the semester. The aim of this class was to generate a understanding and become more confident with the materials used in lithography. Lithography is brilliant for emphasis of rich blacks and contrast is also a effective technique, aware of this I drew two different types of shells onto the stone using a ink and nib pen for detail, shading some parts of the shell to create form and depth with a crayon suitable for lithographs.When printed by the instructor this turned out very successfully, although the correct level of ink opacity took some time to achieve.

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Final group print.

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My own design within the group print.

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