pair of paws

10 Feb

Only a few pages left to share of my 2012 Art House Co-op sketchbook and today I am SUPER excited because I am sharing another one of my favorites from both my lost 2011 sketchbook and this new one. Below is the original drawing Pair of Paws from my “Figuring You Out” sketchbook.After the above sketchbook went missing, I created a few homages using printmaking (one of which I have already talked about in the post filigree deer). There were two other images that later inspired prints; this pair of dog paws being one of them. This particular gocco print has been a hot seller on the etsy shop and at art markets:The original graphite drawn spread was of course an image that would be re-created in a new spread of my 2012 sketchbook “I remember you.” Choosing my second favorite domesticated animal as a subject was an easy thing to do, because really, who doesn’t love kitties and their cute little paws with claws? I was thrilled with how this tabby cat “portrait” turned out. I do love my graphite pencils! Drawing hundreds of little lines is something I find mesmerizing and relaxing. Staring at the finished drawing up close, my eyes dance and navigate a maze of beautiful textures.Just like the pair of dog paws that inspired the above creation, I wanted to use this newly finished image for a screenprint edition. Unfortunately the printing process is taking me longer than I would like, as I have already shot three separate screens – none of which have worked out to my liking yet. Hopefully if the textures can come through in my next attempt (or two) I will be able to hand print an edition of these beauties and get them listed in my shop by the end of next week.

8 Responses to “pair of paws”

  1. Charlotte Vallance 10/02/2012 at 17:04 #

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    A small tip, if you’re looking for a bit of texture in a screen print? I tend to draw my Design onto tracing paper and then get it photocopied onto actetate. For some reason it comes out in little lines on the acetate which produces quite a textured feel and look to the print!

    Just an idea :-)

    • naturesmyfriend 10/02/2012 at 18:08 #

      What process are you using though? I am using a thermofax machine and carbon based stencils – also tried with my gocco machine but it wasn’t the best either. I am a champ when it comes to the uv light process for developing screens, but I don’t have a dark room here in my home studio. Unfortunately I believe that you are trying to give me advice for that process instead of the carbon-based one I am using. Thanks anyway though Charlotte!

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 10/02/2012 at 18:28 #

    I love the texture you create with all of your lines. My favourite part of viewing any artwork is getting really close so I can see the brush strokes or lines.

  3. Charlotte Vallance 11/02/2012 at 01:44 #

    Oh doh! Yes I was referring to that process…my bad! But in that case…you don’t need a dark room, just as little natural light as possible when exposing the screen (cloudy days are good) I print with a friend in her bedroom this way all the time!

    I do love your graphite sketches…how do you not smudge?

    • naturesmyfriend 11/02/2012 at 07:29 #

      People ask me that all the time lol. I just am really careful about where I place my hand. I often draw with an extra sheet of paper underneath my hand to protect anything I’ve already drawn. I also TRY my best to work from left to right, although it doesn’t always work that way. A white eraser can also work wonders for little smudges or small lines!!!

  4. Anna Jane Searle 11/02/2012 at 03:49 #

    I love it Jess, it is beautifully detailed.


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