As regular visitors to this blog may already know, I am not afraid to show whom I admire, whether in music, graphics. print, art, literature or voluptuousness. If you make a visit to The Department of Something Else will find Linoprints of the cellist Pau Casals, and the actress Christina Hendricks. There are a number of other projects that have been inspired by what I have read or heard, with Tom Waits featuring fairly high on the list!
I needed to step away from skulls for a while (I’m not through yet though) and as I’ve not long finished re-reading Franz Kafka’s The Castle, I thought that I would take a closer look at some of my favourite authors. My original list was quite long, and I needed to refine my choice to a more manageable number, so I sorted them into various categories and whittled them down to five contenders in each category. I won’t tell you what the categories are just yet as I may expand the set if this goes well.
As Kafka was a motivating force for this project, he formed the theme for the first category of my favourite iconic non-english authors, which also included Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, André Gide and Jean Cocteau.
I began with some sketches and decided that Camus and Sartre fit well with Kafka. I still may add Cocteau though but I couldn’t get Gide to the same level and have abandoned him. I also simplified the design, which began with decorative borders and the like, and opted for a simple border framing a coloured block, out of which would sit each author. Once happy with the composition, each was transferred to lino on separate blocks:
After Kafka I cut Camus, and as you can see from the image above, decided to use a marker to give me a clearer view, but chose not to do it on the next one as I didn’t think it helped me all that much.
Of course, the cutting is only the first part of the process, so after all the preparation it was nice to get down to some printing, and especially good to ink up a new block – this is the first time that the cutting of the block can be really seen…
This post was originally written in June and July, but a number of events has prevented me from continuing this project. My
garage print studio is slightly out of action (needs properly organising and some serious sorting out!) but I will finish this one soon!