Mute Swans II: Limited edition print

The Print
Only the finest materials were used to make this limited edition print, which I have produced myself. Both the paper (Somerset Enhanced Velvet) and the inks (Epson UltraChrome Pro) are of archival quality, meaning the print could last up to 400 years.

The Technique
I draw with Bic biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The Bic ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can smudge it, and a sepia tinge can be achieved by layering white oil paint over it. The paint interacts with the ink as it dries, changing the colour.

The Inspiration
Ever since seeing swans on a misty lake, where they were dark against the white, backlit mist, I’ve wanted to do a piece of art based on the vision. It’s taken me a while to build up the courage for it, and this is the outcome.

With their stunning white plumage, swans appear to be the epitome of calm and grace. However, they can be aggressive and certainly cannot be thought graceful in flight or during take off and landing. It is this dichotomy that attracts them to me artistically and I have painted them many times, and will continue to do so, I am sure.

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The Print
Only the finest materials were used to make this limited edition print, which I have produced myself. Both the paper (Somerset Enhanced Velvet) and the inks (Epson UltraChrome Pro) are of archival quality, meaning the print could last up to 400 years.

The Technique
I draw with Bic biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The Bic ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can smudge it, and a sepia tinge can be achieved by layering white oil paint over it. The paint interacts with the ink as it dries, changing the colour.

The Inspiration
Ever since seeing swans on a misty lake, where they were dark against the white, backlit mist, I’ve wanted to do a piece of art based on the vision. It’s taken me a while to build up the courage for it, and this is the outcome.

With their stunning white plumage, swans appear to be the epitome of calm and grace. However, they can be aggressive and certainly cannot be thought graceful in flight or during take off and landing. It is this dichotomy that attracts them to me artistically and I have painted them many times, and will continue to do so, I am sure.

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