Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Palace Grounds – 16/04/2017

A pencil sketch of the Alhambra Palace grounds from a couple of weeks ago before I went on holiday.

Alhambra Palace Grounds (© Catherine Cronin)

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Cardoon Seedheads – 16/04/2016

 

Cardoon seedheads are wonderful to draw, globe shaped with tough outer spines and fluffy filaments.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Succulent – 20/03/2016

 

I should’ve posted these pencil drawings up last Sunday, better late than never. I like the patterned background in the second sketch even though it takes the focus from the patterned leaves. I’d like to turn this into a linocut print, I can think of a few ways to keep the patterned background from dominating the succulent.

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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

 

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Fourth Design

 

FINAL DESIGN

FINAL DESIGN

(© Catherine Cronin)