So I thought I would detail my process on the prints for my solo show Distant Lands. I wanted all the prints to have a coherent feel but still allow me to be accurate to the source and have fun with each of them indivdually. The first way of doing this was to make them all the same size, so they are all 12x24 inches. I also decided to try and limit myself to no more than 4 colours on each print (I did break this rule, but hey it's my art). Next I took a look at my previous work and noticed that I tend to follow a similar composition in most of it, especially my most popular prints. This led me to creating a base composition which I intended to follow on all of the prints, or at least use as a starting place for them all. This had the added effect of instantly making all the art feel more coherent.
For this blog I am going to be detailing the process on my Jurassic Park inspired print. So now that I had my base composition it was a matter of doing some doodles on paper or just in my mind until I come up with an idea. In the case of Jurassic Park a few people had actually mentioned that they wanted me to tackle the lagoon scene, which I was more than happy to do as I have always loved that scene. Here's the composition pencil sketch that I did to make sure it was going to work-
Next up was drawing some detail elements so I could get a feel for how I wanted the dinosaurs etc to be posed.
Then I took everything into the computer and started to paint digitally. At this stage I never worry much about limiting colours or even it needing to be a screen print. I am more concerned with getting the art to look how I want. I also import my sketches and use those as a base.
Once I have finished my digital painting I need to break down the image into a screen print. I could use a lot of screens to recreate the digital painting exactly but I prefer to limit myself and use as few colours possible. Becuase I have all the different layers in my file I can select different zones of the print and use those shapes to define areas and add depth before I combine eveything into a layered screen print. With the Jurassic Park print I wanted it to have a painterly feel and concentrated on getting the hazy light and dapple on the water right. Here we have the image broken down into it's 5 different screens.
And there we have it, that's basically the approach I took on all of the prints for the show. Here is the final screen print art-