With all the packing, mailing, and goodbyes this week, I haven’t had much time to print. The upside, though, is that I can really take my time drafting my next design!
I had a general idea of the kind of mood I wanted this image to take, but no idea how to achieve it in the details. I once asked Marta what her method was to practicing a new medium, and she said: looking up artists that you like, and straight up imitating them.
It’s ingrained in our perception of art that all works should be wholly original. But she’s right – every child learns by imitation. What 10 year old hasn’t traced their favourite cartoon character? So, I swallowed my ingrained instincts and began to study. And by study, I mean scour the far reaches of Pinterest and Google for images of cat lino prints, and catalogue what I liked. What a found was a surprising variety of style and technique.
I was slowly approaching the style I wanted in my imagination, but couldn’t visualize. Something dark, blocky, flat, and almost occult. And that’s when I stumbled upon Brynn Perrott, aka Deerjerk.
Discovering a new favourite artist is like finding a blooming garden hidden in a forest, with mystical golden sunshine flooding over it as an invitation from the heavens. I love Perrott’s eccentric, vintage-tattoo-inspired linework, and the use of black space in each block. The distressed wood background adds a broody classiness to the whole thing, and the wood’s texture perfectly complements the knife marks of the block. I’m obsessed!
As a result of all this research, I’ve compiled a very useful catalogue of styles to try in my own design!
I won’t have time to carve at all before I leave for Canada, but I’m very eager to and will be adding to my black and white sketches on the plane!