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With the drawing, printing and hand-colouring finally complete, these little (each one is ±9x9cm), colourful specimen screenprints are now available in my shop >

I was glad to use this project as an opportunity to play with lots of colour, but while I was at it I couldn’t resist pulling a few clean, black-only prints. I do love the clarity and simplicity of a velvety black screenprint! These are also now available in my shop >

And I love the cobweb-on-a-frosty-morning quality that white ink on a darker background has, so I made a few variations in white on coloured pastel paper. These aren’t currently available in my shop, but if you’re in Amsterdam you can pick ’em up at the always awesome Otherist store [Leliegracht 6, 1015DE, Amsterdam]

I have at last completed the new series of little screenprints (the largest is ±9x9cm) I’ve been working on, loosely entitled ‘An amateur naturalist’s specimen collection’ (the larva of which you may have already met here). I have been patiently waiting for some bright, natural light (not a common phenomenon in the depths of a Northern winter) in order to photograph them and make them available in my shop. The beautiful, crisp, bright days came earlier this week (along with some bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures!), the photos have been taken and, after a bit of tweaking (bright winter light is still winter light), they’ll be ready to go. In the meantime, as I love to see pictures of other peoples’ studios, projects or processes, I thought I would upload some process pics* of my own over the next couple of days (and buy myself some time to get the prints listed in the shop!).

I was inspired to make the series by all the small, wonderful remnants of nature I’ve found on long beach walks, mountain hikes and woodland wanderings (or, in the case of the iridescent blue-green beetle encased for all eternity in perspex and pictured below, at the curious natural history treasure-trove ‘Evolution‘ in New York City). I wanted to make a series of vividly coloured, graphic and emblematic images in homage to these beautiful, precious things that always seem to fit perfectly into the palm of a hand, or reassuringly into a pocket.

The first step, of course, was to raid my ‘specimen’ collection for inspiration…

… and make some choices about the things I wanted to draw (there were also some critters/specimens I really wanted to draw but don’t have in my collection – e.g. a chameleon skull, a sand dollar skeleton, a larva! – so these required a bit of book and/or internet research).

Research done, I started on the ink drawings…


always happy when the early morning light hits my desk and studio walls just so (and it appears that my ammonite drawing was unconsciously informed by two stripey studio-mates!)

the initial brush and ink drawings were made at 2x the intended final print size

Once completed the drawings were scanned, tweaked & resized and digitally manipulated to create the ‘colour separations’ necessary for the screenprinting phase (a separate ‘image’ is required for each layer/colour to be printed, as can be seen in the photo below of some of the colour separation transparencies I made. These are used to transfer the images onto the screen before printing, by coating the screen in a light sensitive photo-emulsion and, when the emulsion is dry & with the transparencies positioned on the screen, exposing it to UV light).

As I don’t have the facilities to screenprint at my home studio (I work at the wonderful Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier when I want to screenprint) it’s important that I ‘front-load’ a project as much as I can to ensure that when I do arrive at the Atelier I can work as efficiently as possible.

Next post… let the printing begin!

* This is not intended as a step-by-step guide to screenprinting or a tutorial of any kind – it is merely a collection of roughly chronological process pics… for anyone who might be interested in the general anatomy of a screenprinting project (from this person’s perspective ;)

This is the last of the ‘above & below the earth’ / ‘cross-section’ drawings.

pen & ink, 23.7 x 31.7cm

One can get through a lot of CDs when drawing all those minuscule grains of dirt.
This drawing’s soundtrack:
Throwing Muses ‘In A Doghouse’ | Whip ‘Blues for Losers’ | Songs:Ohia ‘Didn’t It Rain’ | Angels of Light ‘How I Loved You’ | Appendix Out ‘The Rye Bears A Poison’ | Codeine ‘The White Birch’ | Arab Strap ‘The Week Never Starts Round Here’ | The God Machine ‘Scenes From the Second Storey’ | Füxa ‘Commits Suicide’ | James Blackshaw ‘Litany of Echoes’ | Bowery Electric ‘Bowery Electric’ | Fugazi ’13 Songs’ | Big Black ‘The Hammer Party’

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
Venetian grafica, part II - #venice #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #vermeer #scubamask #architecturalsculpture #stonework #pinecone #water #reflections #canals #seaweed #shrine #jesus #lion #planetearth #strongman #flare #emergency #climatechange #pattern #texture #colour #art - Credits: The ‘woman in scuba mask’ street art is by Blub, based on Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ c.1665. Other artist’s unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
The only thing crazier than one one-lunged-wonder is two one-lunged-wonders! - #grayson #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #GraysonTheGreat #doppelgänger #doublevision #tightsqueeze #thecrazies #grey #cat #greeneyes #darkroom #blackoutcurtain #window #reflection #russianblue #catsofinstagram #catsofholland
Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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