DEVELOPMENT OF THE LINOPRINTS
Two designs were devloped based on the initial drawings explored earlier. The first design worked well as a stand-alone lino but did not leave enough white background space to maximise the monoprint which was intended for the background print.
I was keen to build on the blue colour scheme explored in watercolour sketches and on the Procreate programme. The print was first carried out using phthalo blue Caligo safewash inks on smooth dry paper. Design 1 is shown below:
A diagonal composition was selected, with the placement of the bird and the fish exchanging the ring focussing attention on the centre of the picture plane. I think this works well visually. However, the cutting of the fish as clumsy and I felt that they looked a bit more like seals than salmon so I decided to cut another block to see if I could improve the appearance of the fish and to simplify the design slightly to take account of the added detail which would come from using the monoprint as background.