Exercise 3 Collatype collage printing

walton lighthouse Santa crux

I chose this picture because there were clear definitions between sea, rock and sky. However when i drew it, the colours werent as sharp or had dark tones and think this was because it was late at night and was drawing under lamplight. However this could be useful observation for future work, and see the difference between daylight and false light drawing. The collage was made up of card, hessian from a flower basket and wool.

Two photographs were taken and due to the light direction caused shadow, but i like the way it has taken the focus of the picture from the foreground to the distance.

The sugar paper is muted and feel the background colour was a bad choice, as the yellow paper is harsh. The second print was enhanced with nail varnish. Up close its quite messy but viewed at a distance looks better. It also has a contrasting textural feel, from the matt of the funky foam and the shine of the nail varnish.

When transferring this print to my sketchbook, i remembered the exercise from a previous assignment and extended the drawing, with pleasing results, trying to keep the colours as close as possible. Although both of these are simple they are both effective in design and colour.


The same print was photographed in different light altering the colour of the paper. Having researched the technique of Chiaroscuro, it needs further exploration by possibly exploring the work of Leonardo da vinci or Carravagio and more contemporary artists like Bruce Monroe.

Although the essence of the picture remains the same, the effects are very different, not compositionally, but tones, depth and colour.


Author: huggywitch

I have been doing textiles for a number of years and recently started my degree. I have always had an interest in theatre costume design and this is where my passion lie.

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