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After much deliberation I decided to create my own external poster that is being produced by a company called Pixaprinting.

I chose a ink drawing that I had previously completed in my drawing class. Mark then asked me to experiment with this drawing on Illustrator, which I did (examples already displayed on blog).

I decided on the overall size of the image to be 400×300. This size would then be divided into 5 separate pieces. Pixaprinting provide a template for all images submitted, so Mark and I looked at the instructions on how to upload the image. It was vital the image was sized exact and guidelines on Illustrator were used to help achieve the correct size for the template.

As I am still learning on Illustrator, Mark thought it would look more effective if I ‘flipped’ my design over so it mirrored the other (as seen in final image.) Mark showed me the process of doing this. By mirroring the image it then became  one continuos design which I hope will look very effective once blown up to fit on the side of a wall!

I have really enjoyed exploring inks and bleach and have created a number of drawings using this medium. What I most enjoy about using inks and bleach is the ‘unpredictability’. Inks are incredibly fine so will inevitably bleed into one another and this is the part that I find most interesting. Inks merging together create a whole new colour and mark on a surface. Bleach works incredibly well when mixed with quink ink and again forms new shapes and bleeding which I find so fascinating. It is as though I am being guided by the inks and bleach and follow their lead to create a beautiful drawing.

An artist that I came across when researching is Greg Dunn. He has produced some beautiful ink drawings.

‘Greg Dunn creates traditional Japanese and Chinese ink drawings, Dunn’s paintings show an almost shocking contrast between pastel backgrounds and stunning black or white neuron-shaped skeins that splatter into the foreground with the urgency of captured lightning.

Look again, and you may think you are looking at an underwater scene – neurons like octopi dancing together, or regions of the brain like blooming deep-sea clams or curling sea snails. The viewer may forget momentarily, while seized by the aesthetics, that these are artistic depictions of what happens in very tiny spaces of our own heads when we think, feel, and perceive.’

I really like Dunn’s work and having had a look at some of my ink drawings, can draw on similarities of style in his work and mine.