Fish Tank & Hank

Sunday, 18 July 2010

First post from my new studio! I'll have photos of my beautiful space up soon, after I tidy it a bit ;P
The move was so drawn out & complex, we're still having issues with rent & stupid companies, but we're here now & starting to settle down. Unfortunatley between upgrading so much stuff, trying to spend time with my lovely one & getting down to research for my dissertation, not many pictures are getting made! There's a little for your eyes to enjoy though:

This was a tiny little print of Hank the Cat for a friend's family, who amazingly bought myself & the lovely one a huge batch of groceries! I was & still am floored by the kindness; we're still eating our way through it all! Incidentally the print didn't turn out so well, but it was a learning experience about trying to print so small. I really enjoyed letting loose on the retro shapes.

This is called "Fish Tank" after a British film of the same name, which is amazing if you haven't seen it yet. The film is about a 15 year old girl growing up in a housing estate in Essex, drinking dancing fighting & the like. I liked how it constantly flipped from poignant to darkly funny, so I aimed for something similar in my drawing. I tried for something bolder & flatter with it as well- I wanted similar shapes you get from a block print but more with expressive lines. I thought I'd try something a bit different with the lines too, & shunned all my expensive pens for some fat pencils.

I don't know why I always end up prefering my lines to the fully coloured pieces, I can't help it. Maybe I'll stop colouring things at all ;P The left one is in brush & ink, the right is pencil, & I can't decide which I prefer so I guess I'll keep trying at both!