Weekly Sketch – Decorative Elephants – 23/01/2016

I’ve had three little wooden painted decorative elephants since I was a child; I have no idea where they came from or how they came to me. And no one in my family remembers either. Anyway I am very fond of them, I used to make up stories as a child that they were a family and went on adventures and travels together. The blue one is slightly bigger and so is the Dad; the red one is the Mum – her eye used to made me think of make-up,long eyelashes and eyeliner; and so the orange one is the baby. They still stand in that order on my shelf after all these years and I wouldn’t like to change it.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Letter G Linocut Design

I have joined a linocut group on facebook, where members can sign up to print a linocut letter for different themed alphabets. I have chosen the letter ‘G’ for a freestyle alphabet, image size 15×15 cm. The deadline for the final image is the end of January. Here is an insight into how I came up with my final design: as a starting point I already had the idea that it would be be a graphic image made up of coloured triangles where the letter would be part of the background pattern but at the same time different enough to ‘read’ as a letter; I also limited myself to 3 colours as I don’t have much time to execute the print before the deadline. It is interesting to see that the second design settled the form and colour of the letter, but it took another three designs to settle on the background and a realisation that for clarity the letter had to be very different to the patterned background. The letter only shares the triangle form with the background. I really like this image and I might carry on with a whole alphabet in this style.

First Design

First Design

 

Second Design

Second Design

 

Third Design

Third Design

 

Fourt Design

Fourth Design

 

FINAL DESIGN

FINAL DESIGN

(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Jay – 26/05/2014

I find birds fascinating; I have made artists’ books about swifts and crows containing poems, and I have always wanted to do a print series on birds. So here is the start: sketches of a Jay; in black pen, oil pastel and ink; in charcoal; and in black pen.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Water Lilies – 12/04/2014

Two very different sketches of water lilies; one a pen sketch looking at form, structure and reflections; the other a quick study of colour in oil pastel and ink – which is a bit garish!

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Daffodils Still Life – 05/04/2014

I love yellow flowers, and daffodils fit the bill. They come in fantastic zesty colours, and with their bold trumpets they are the perfect harbingers of Spring. Strangely I don’t like drawing the flowers as they are, when I draw their shape they seem too flouncy, not bold enough. In the below sketch I decided to square up my daffodil blooms to escape ‘flouncy’ and I much prefer them this way in 2d. Funny that!

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DaffodilsCUweb

(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Flowers – 23/03/2014

Quick sketch of different flowers using a fountain pen. I was trying for simple flower motifs; but ended up drawing some in too much detail. I often draw in pen, as I tend to just go for it, knowing mistakes have to be adapted or worked in or just left alone. I am a more hesitant sketcher using pencil; if I end up erasing parts of an image, I will obsess about correcting it, and perhaps get stuck in that moment. I like seeing my mistakes and working on new images around them.

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(© Catherine Cronin)