First try at lino-cutting

I planned earlier in the year to practice my lino-cutting, but every February and March it is always my busiest time for work. After I have done my assignment 2 I had some free time to practice these skills.

This is a Yorkshire landscape picture, photo by Andrea Hargreaves that I have found on google.

photo by Andrea Hargreves

Now I am drawing some sketches to start my lino-cutting.



I have also drawn a black and white bird which is a imitation of some gift wrap I saw in Paperchase.


Today I would like to try a Yorkshire landscape for my lino-cutting.

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Well this is my first effort at trying the lino-cutting. I will forgive my rough work and sum up my experiences with it. For example: 1. A6 lino cut sheet need to be bigger or the nib I use smaller if I am cutting a lot of detail .2. The last 3 pictures have problem with rolling the colour on so it covers evenly. 3. When I tried to use colours (rainbow effect) on the same page I found that the roller I was using was too small for the size of paper. Etc…


Reading an image (Exercise)

For this exercise we were asked to study this image:

Reading an image

Breaking the image into its constituent parts:

Dragon – flame breather – it is sleeping – it is guarding golden/treasure/throne chair – it is quiet now but will be ferocious anytime

2 children – a girl – a boy – adventurer – narrative

Treasure/golden/throne chair – The cause of the story

Cave/ cavern – background of the story – dark/cold – deeply

Armour/weapon – failed attempts

Firebrand/reflection – yellow red hot colour

Mouth of the cave/cavern – it seems moonlight came in

Floor – shadow of the children – shadows of armour/weapon – from moonlight the deep dark

Colours – red dragon – yellow golden/treasure – green (with reddish frame throne chair) – yellow red firebrand – dark cave

And answer the questions:

1. What the image is about. What is it saying?

This image seems to be talking about two children’s adventures. They are in a cave where a dragon is sleeping, but is still guarding the treasure/golden/throne chair. The dragon could awaken and attack them anytime. At the moment they are talking about what they are going to do because they are seeking something. Maybe something that has been protected by the dragon?

2. Work out the narrative and identify the story.

The boy is behind the brave girl and the girl suggests to just go and steal the things while the dragon is still sleeping. Her right hand shows that she is sure something maybe just down by the side of the dragon. But the boy doesn’t agree with her derring-do because it is too dangerous. He is pointing to outside the cave maybe he want to return for a tool to use (something they can use so they don’t have to get close to the dragon). The firebrand in the girl’s left hand (yellow and red hot colours in the reflection) is very bright and has made everywhere very clear to see in the cave. The armour and weapons that are on the floor are from previous failed attemps to defeat with the dragon. Perhaps they were here in the daytime but they just came back when the dragon is going to sleep at midnight with a clever plan to drive it away.


I have found out this image came from the children book  “Tom’s Clockwork Dragon”  illustrated by Mark Oliver.

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When Tom, a young toymaker, offers to rid the kingdom of a ferocious dragon, the king just laughs in his face. But then Tom meets Lizzie, and together they come up with an extraordinary plan.
The two children wind-up in a thrilling adventure in which the dastardly dragon finally meets his match.

3. Describe the palette and tonal range which has been used. Note if the colours are hot or cold, whether the elements are detailed or textural, and where these approaches are used.

The palette are used the mostly dominant reds (hot) and blues (cold) to contrast each other.

The hotter area works out for the foreground. The cooler areas sit further back in the visual hierarchy for this image.

a. The hotter areas:

The tonal range for the dragon is from yellow red to purple with primary colours. The treasure ranges from lemon yellow orange to reddish brown. The Flaming of the torch from yellow orange to red. Then the slightly hotter area of the 2 children’s faces and hands is yellow orange and red.

b. The cooler area:

The middle of the cave has red in grey blue ceiling, cooler blue for the shadow of dragon. Turquoise starting from the mouth of cave getting cooler with grey blue as it gets deeper into the cave.

c. The green colour:

The illustrator used green for the throne chair, the girl’s dress and the armour and weapons

Overall the colours are highly saturated for the elements so you can feel the heat of a ferocious dragon from the hot reds. The detail on the dragons face was painted in different hues of red to show it is sleeping. The treasure is gold and stunning yellow. The reflection of torch is lighting the ceiling of cave showing that  the texture of the cave is probably uneven or dripping water.

4. Is there any connection between hot colour and the importance of the element in telling the story?

The hotter colours link to the story to creating the important elements to convey and atmosphere the narrative for the image. The hotter colours are the first thing that you focus on and your eyes are drawn to the image. The red colours make the dragon look ferocious, emphasising its power and you can imagine that when it wakes up it will be a  fire breathing dragon.

The reflection of torch is also reflected on the 2 children’s faces and hands to convey they are tense in the situation.

Refer back to the hierarchy within the image. Which are the most important elements in terms of carrying the narrative or conveying the ideas and how have these been treated?

I think the most important elements of carrying the narrative are:

a. Dragon  b. children   c. glowing fire

The dragon is the most delicate depiction, has largest size and is also highly saturated with primary colours in this image.

The 2 children’s poses and facial expression help to convey the narrative of the story.

The glowing fire helps to express that the adventure is a dangerous trip.

Overall these elements are all formed with red colours.


Illustrating visual space (Exercise)

I got a friends picture of a child, then cut out the image of the boy from the background. After that I changed the colour to just be black and white. I was thinking about places that a child could play. I did some research and discovered a Disney palace and a tree. I think it is easy to use photoshop to make different pictures which can be adjusted for better scales, sizes and distortion.

No. 1 Horizontal layout I feel the picture is balanced.

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No. 2 Vertical, the picture is in a order.

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No. 3 Diagonal, I suppose the little boy seems to be climbing the palace in a hurry.

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No. 4 The boy is leaving the Disney palace and the tree is front of him.

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No. 5 Trying to make the boy smaller to be more in scale with the buildings

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No. 6 The boy is carrying these 2 elements.

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No. 7 The boy is jumping over the tree and the Disney palace.

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No. 8 A running queue of the boy to the Disney palace.

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No. 9 The boy is trying to jump into the Disney palace from the tree.

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No. 10 The boy is looking at the Disney palace as though he maybe to plunge into it.

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No.11 Differing angle to each other

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No. 12 Differing angles to each other with distortion.

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No. 13 The happy boy after visiting Disney palace.

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No. 14 Adjust size of No. 13

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How does your sense of the image and its meaning change when the figure is smaller than the other elements?

The boy is the smallest in size of these objects that are the three elements but he is the core of the pictures. His size is the control for the the narrative. When he was tiny because of the perspective  then  the other elements seem more imposing. When he is larger size they are less imposing.

If the elements are at differing angles to each other and at an angle to the frame, what dynamic is suggested?

I would give the impression that something bad has happened like an  earthquake, tornado etc. It gives the impression of disorder and chaos.

If all the elements are completely horizontal and vertical in relation to the frame what dynamic is suggested? What is your opinion about this image and what sensation does it communicate?

The dynamic probably suggests that all is in order, a calm and strength in a formal sense. This image will be steady like a stable building.

Which is your favourite composition? Explain why you feel it is most successful.

My favorite is the last one no.14 because the boy leads the narrative with a joyous feeling. It gives a sense of balance and the position. All the elements scales and sizes look better than the others. They are related and the same angle  to the frame.


This exercise give me a lots of experimenting with the practice of and points about the illustrating of visual space. I like this exercise because I did get some problems when I was doing assignment 2 when I tried to put the fruits and vegetables elements in the the Summer/Autumn pictures in arranging the space. I didn’t feeling comfortable drawing of the fruits that were hanging in the air (subjective bit).

Assignment two: Point of sale display


Some research about point of sale display from google but unfortunately I don’t know where they are actually from.

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Fruits & Vegetables from Morrisons

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Some point of sale displays that were in Sainsbury’s supermarket.

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Understanding the brief

  1. To create 2 images, one for each range Summer and Autumn.
  2. To be used within a campaign for a supermarket, to package.
  3. To promote a range of seasonal foods: fruits and vegetables.
  4. To respect for the quality of foods. To promote this notion of quality in their design and packaging.
  5. To be a ‘point of sale’ display sited in a store.
  6. The final reproduction size will be 12*12 inches or in scale.
  7. The images should be objective.
  8. You may choose an individual piece, dissected or partly sliced sections, or create a group of several pieces.
  9. You can include other objects; a place; patterns; people or a combination of these.

Key words:

  1. quality foods, promote its notion of quality
  2. look delicious; appertising and healthy
  3. Summer: cool; juice
  4. Autumn: colourful; harvest

Spider diagrams

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Generating ideas and drawing ideas up (I am trying to use green and red for Summer, yellow and brown for Autumn.)

Cucumber is the best eye mask especialy for dark eyed panda, the basket has been upset by the panda, the water melon is ripe and splits.

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Happy fruits and vegetables characters for Summer.

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Choosing ideas

I really like the juicy feel of fruits and vegetables, I like the squirt and spray of the juice.

For this assignment, I have to draw objective pictures, but most of my ideas  come out as subjective.  The Autumn one will show the Autumn harvest which has the most vegetables and a bunch of bananas. For the summer one  I looked at choosing a vegetable salad but with this  I didn’t have lots of fruit which I like eating and drawing. finally I changed my mind to draw a  fruit salad for this assignment. I tried to show the juices from the fruits as much as I could. The top of the picture with the falling fruits is a little subjective I wanted to try this skill in the picture so I could practice and see how it turned out.

Assignment2 final work (1)

Assignment2 final work (2)