here are some photos of a piece I completed a couple of weeks ago. it’s the first in a series of 4 pieces i have planned and ready to go. most of the work i’ve produced over the last year or so has been drawn by hand and coloured digitally – this has meant working more often than not with drawings of a4 size and then staring at the computer for hours while i apply the colour and collage using photoshop. for this series of pieces i decided that i wanted to go back to my more traditional method of cut-paper collage. this meant that i could work on a slightly larger scale and that the working drawings would have to match this scale. while only 89x42cm, the work was quite labour intensive and as a result i’ve not yet started the second piece (this was the reason i stopped cutting everything out by hand and developed my more digital-based work in the first place!). i also wanted to produce these larger scale pieces by hand as i intend to exhibit these at some point soonish. anyway, i was pleased with how it turned out.
it’s based on an area near to where i live, along a riverside cycle path where wild plants are able to grow freely; i’ve been observing their growth and change every few days as i’ve passed by over recent months, some of them (like these thistles), taking over large areas for a period before they die off and other plants take over. it’s a subject matter i’ve not found myself that interested in before, but have recently become really inspired by what’s going on in these areas along this riverside cycle path.