Gocco printng… round two

I spent last night printing my second round at gocco. This design was drawn in Adobe Illustrator. The things I learnt this time round were:

1. It’s kinda hard to even out paint in large inked areas (like the squirrels body), I’ll be trying to include more patterned or lined areas next time.

2. I need to my designs a bit smaller… as Mr Squirrel’s tail got a little chopped off this time. I think I actually learnt this in round one… but I forgot.

3. Definitive white lines like those around this paws/leg need to be a little thicker – on some prints they were barely visable.

4. Gocco ink is ridiculously sticky and you need to be well resourced for cleaning your master screen after… have more than 2 pieces of paper towel ready.

Gocco round two

My first round at gocco printing was the kitty on a cloud below, this was freehand illustrated with a carbon pen

Gocco round one
Gocco round one

Illustration Friday

So… a new year called for a new creative challenge, and that it is indeed. So here’s my ‘Wilderness’ entry for Illustration Friday.

I hope to learn to colour and touch-up my hand drawn illustrations better in Photoshop, obviously for this week I’ve just gone with colour using my good ol’ Faber Castell pencils… and I’ve left myself LOTS of room for improvement in the coming weeks. I’d encourage others looking for a creative challenge to give Illustration Friday a whirl.