Day two – Screened

Went today to hang with Dave in Screen Printing to do an introduction on Mark Making. Given my foundation education was design/architecture, I’m kinda missing some arts basics, like screen printing, so I had a bit of fun tooling about with dip pens and scratching into acrylic paint and doing rubbings (over some of my laser-cut stainless patterns) and the like. And of course making the screen and the prints themselves. Dave is a master craftsman in this area, his knowledge and precision were easy to admire, especially once us novices had had a go at the process. Why screen print? Well, using different media one is able to screen print onto transfers that can then be placed onto a layer of enamel and then fired, rather gently. Could come in handy…

Then back in the enamel studio I made 3 quick samples, all of which impressed me more than the previous day’s efforts. There’s something to working quickly without thinking, (with the advantage of some practice under my belt.) I was reminded of how I like to work with enamel.

more drawing software

My last drawing software post was a little more serious than this one. This time I’ve been fooling about with some 3D drawing programs that are internet browser based, which makes them a little less serious, but a bit more fun too.

Thanks to Ponoko again I’ve had a play with Sketch, an HTML based platform that allows you to ‘animate’ your sketch. Mostly that means have cute wobbly lines on you drawing, or the more clever part of being able to rotate the image in perspective around an axis, like the images below.

Sketch made via:
Sketch made via:

Then there’s another browser-based drawing tool called 3D tin that was profiled on another blog I read, Butterpaper, a couple of weeks back. This one uses cubes exclusively and is a little more sophisticated, meaning that the views and colours are changeable and the sketch is all in 3D. Which also makes it a little like drawing with Lego.

While I won’t be making my final drawings in either of these web-based tools, I can have some fun now, and wait til something that’s as powerful asAutoCad appears in a browser window.  Never say never, eh?

artist at work

got a few deadlines looming before I nick off to England for a month. Here’s some drawings in progress.

These process drawings rarely make it out of the computer. They’re used to work out things on the way to making the full pattern, that I will eventually print and cut.

That first one came last. In model space it’s just as easy to work left to right as right to left.