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UWE BLOG: 2020: YEAR 2: SEMESTER 1: DRAWING & PRINT (BA Hons): TIN STANTON 

This blog contains highlights of my 2nd year at UWE, and includes ideas, discoveries and works which I feel are relevant to the course made both inside and out of the studio, as well as outlining the processes I have learned.
 

The blog also includes my 'Studio File' ( A collection of personally influential artists and recent gallery visits) as well as my Professional Practice experiences.

The second part of laser printing involved taking my treated blocks (a layer of PVA and water and a layer of shellac) and printing them in exactly the same way as lino printing.


From my original drawing I had made two halftone blocks with slightly different half-tone patterns. I found that a combination of these in different colours or tones allowed me to pull both the dark areas and the details out of the print.


The accuracy of this method and both the elements of the printing and the natural feel of the wood itself give a very warm and human feel to something that was created digitally.


I am already considering a large (A0) print from a digital design which could utilise both the router and the offset printing press, working in the same way with completely different tools.


Every morning for the last 150 days I have created a quick postcard sized portrait drawing (180 if you count my previous month of drawing eyes). The first 100 were just random faces and covered a range of materials, but this latest 50 are just biro and all of movie stars.


Some are good drawings, some are bad. Some are good likenesses, so aren't. Some take 45 minutes, some just 20.


Am I improving, learning, developing? Yes, I can safely say that I am getting better at drawing the human face and capturing a likeness. The important thing to me is that I draw everyday.