Having practised some mono-printing in my sketchbook I thought I would try out a few life images. Having found that watercolour was not successful I dug out some old printing ink and worked with them. I understand that you can also use oil paints but I didn’t have any of those. Basically, you can use anything that doesn’t dry out quickly.
I started by using a half-drawn sketch of a life model that I had to abandoned Fig.1.).
This was a 30 minute drawing that I had got wrong so many times (you can see the rubbed out lines right to the top of the page!) that I had to give up on it as we moved to another pose. However, I liked some of the lines in the middle section. So I took a photo and cropped it to A4 and used that for a mono-print (Fig. 2.).
This was a fully inked glass plate; plain white paper placed on and image drawn on reverse. The cropping shows some interesting negative space and the mono-print lines add interest. I could do more work on this but decided to try some other mono-prints.
Sticking with ink I tried drawing into the glass plate again (Figs 3. and 4. ) to see if that would work. I wanted the figures to indicate movement (walking around a room). Fig. 3. I took out some ink with a cloth and then wetted the plate with dropped of water. For Fig. 4. I used a paper towel and the end of a brush to make some marks. Again, I quite like both these temporary drawings, which I am glad I recorded. Because the results on paper again were a bit of a disaster (Fig. 5.).
The watery one (left) gives some interesting blobs but the main image didn’t come across at all. Perhaps the ink wasn’t thick enough or I didn’t press hard enough. Same for the right hand print. I will have to research this method further as I think it has potential.
Then I decided to go back to the method of mono-printing I knew did work.
This very rough copy of Albrecht Durer’s Study of Eve was done directly on to a black printing ink ground on glass. The composition is interesting and shows the balance of the figure, but I have put the feet too near the bottom of the paper again. I must learn to consider the length of the figure better, even when doing a sketch. I do like using coloured paper for images/prints as it adds another dimension to the drawing. Must try different colour inks too and drawing on the mono-print.
In Fig. 7. I did just that.
I drew a mono-print from a photo of a nude reading a book. Then I added some dark lines and detail with a black Tombow pen. I started with a life-like drawing but stylised it with the marks so I think it now looks Oriental. The Tombow marks show up grey-ish in some areas of the photo but this less or not apparent in the actual drawing. Though I have noted that if I am adding to a print that I need to consider if the ink matches or if I want a contrast.