My old hydraulic lino cut press finally gave up the ghost last week. After a period of lurching rather unnervingly to the right when loaded, it pulled one of its bolts right out. So I’ve spent the last couple of days building a new one with a new oak worktop base and four steel rods to hold it all together. I haven’t printed with it yet, but it barely creaked when I powered it up.
This afternoon I was back at the life class, where we did a portrait, starting with a detailed pencil drawing, and then painting over it with acrylic. Quite pleased with the outcome.
I spent a day at a coptic stitch bookbinding course at Ardington School of Craft last week. Produced two quite acceptable sketch books as a result. I don’t like these open backed books all that much, aesthetically, but they do work very well as sketchbooks as they open out completely flat. I may get to love them.
I skipped one term of life classes as I was fed up with how few models we had. Back for a new session and very pleased we had a new model, who was very good. She had modelled for sculptors before, so was very good at keeping still. Standing poses, which is rare. I have an idea for a painting which needs a standing figure. Working in graphite first, then willow and compressed charcoal
E were working in charcoal this week. Rubbing it in to blacken the paper, drawing into that with a rubber to create the basic shapes and finally adding some white chalk for highlights. Drawing eggs and stripes…
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