My son Tom lives and works in Australia and one of his friends runs a Madchester Event each month and he asked if I could produce some portraits of Richard Ashcroft, Liam and Noel from Oasis, Damon Albarn from Blur, Jarvis Coker form Pulp, Ian Brown from the Stone Roses and Alex Turner (although he is from Sheffield).
Here are the results
These Limited edtion prints can be found on my Artfinder store
I have produced A5 versions of some of these in two colours
These digital prints will be soon avaiable on my Etsy store
Kirkstall Abbey Multi colour print
Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in north-west of Leeds in West Yorkshire England. It is set in a public park on the banks of the Aire River It was founded c.1152.
It was partially destroyed by Henry the 8th as part of his purge on the wealth of the Monasteries.
The picturesque ruins have been drawn and painted by the great William Turner and now my hmble attempt – this is a multi colour print based on two Lino Blocks
The first plate cut was the Black based on a Photo I took recently, then a second plate cut and printed in Blue and green – with the black then printed over the top
Where to buy
The Limited edtion prints are all available on my Artfinder page www.artfinder.com/jaggerart
I wanted to try a portrait of an animal and the Tiger Tiger print was the first one, this took about 16 hours to cut using my finest Pfeil tool to create the fine fur like effect.
After I recovered from this I cut the Leopard print in about 12 hours, I’m now looking for two more animals to make up the series
I also used the Tiger Tiger print as a digital version for a small A6 card and these and the Larger TigerTiger print sold well at the Kirkstall Art Trail recently
Were to buy
Feature in Creativpaper
I recently was contacted by the great guys at Creativpaper who have very kindly featured me on their website in February 2018 and have now added me in the June edtion of their magazine
you can see the website link here and the magazine link below
CreativPaper Issue No. 009 Vol 1:
And available in print below:
How exciting is this to be in print
Rihanna two colour print
As you will see from my website most of the images of Rock Icons are men – mostly old men – the reason – they are the people I listen to and admire and they are easier to cut using Lino because they have weathered faces. Women and young women on the other hand are harder as they have smoother skin. This print of Rihanna was an attempt to find a way of overcoming these obstacles. using the second colour to create the tonal planes on the face. I think it works? but I would be happy for you to let me know.
According to Wikipedia – Rihanna is one of the best selling artists of all time, with 230 million records sold worldwide. Rihanna is the youngest solo artist to earn Fourteen number 1 singles in the USA and has a total of thirty one top-ten singles. Among numerous awards Rihanna has won nine Grammy’s twelve American Music Awards and twelve 12 billboard Awards. Furthermore. Rihanna received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the in 2014. In 2012, Forbes ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity, while Time Magazine her on the annual list of the most influential people in the world..
A true superstar and a great role model for women
You can buy from here Artfinder
One of my heros, from the early days as Ziggy, through the dance period and my alltime favorite the Berlin period. I started with a small 10cm x 15cm Lino of the famous finger pose, folllowed this with a bigger version and a number of people at craft fairs asked for a Ziggy image, so I cut one of these.
There are three versions of the small Lino print of Bowie, Black on white, Black on Blue stock and the latest a digital A5 version in Blue and Black, the larger A4 version has more detail and I have two versions a straight forward black only and a Blue and black one printed on a sheet of Bowie music, these are really Monoprints as each one is printed slightly differently and on a different song sheet.
The Third image of Bowie was a request from the people I met at Craft fairs, so the prints above are now available, when cutting a multi plate Lino – in this case two a red and a blue one of them the red plate also worked as a single colour print. This is unusual as in most cases the top Lino is the one that is cut first and used to position the others – but in this case the red Lino was cut first and the Blue after.
Were to buy
Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page, Limited Edition prints are here
The Digital prints of the Blue and Black print in the Black frame and a smaller A5 digital print of Ziggy can be bought from my Etsy Store here
see the gallery for more Rock Icons
Eric Clapton Acoustic print
This is my largest print to date measuring about 75cm wide by 65cm high- if anybody knows a good supplier of larger Lino please let me know. I planned this using 3 sheets of Lino and tried to hide the joins in the printing see below. Eric Clapton is god like in his ability to play the guitar and his solo material, the bands he has played in and just the tracks he played on for other artists show a huge amount of musical craft. This is my tribute.
I will cover the getting the image onto Lino in another post – but I start by ironing the image onto the Lino from a laser print – one I have worked on in Photoshop. This gives you a rudimentary position of the elements of the image – after this I was the Lino with a permanent ink and then draw over the top. Once this is done I start the cutting process. I always start with the eyes and main facial features, progressing to the other elements until complete
From left to right: 3 Lino’s with red ink and line drawing, first cut, second cutting and final head with hair
I wanted the final print to me multi coloured and the first set of Lino was for the final black plate – this was used to print onto tracing paper and then this was used to transfer the image to a new set of Lino – registration is key here so take your time – I then cut the second set of 3 plates ( I will add an image soon to show you both sets) Once the second set is cut you can start printing – I had to wait a week because I didn’t have paper big enough. I am experimenting with using 1 set of Lino’s to multi print – mainly because Im lazy and also don’t want to waste loads of Lino – The main reason though is that I want to create a more painterly image and multi colours on one Lino gives you this process. On this image I used two yellows, three skin tones and two blues.
From left to right: face in two yellow ochre skin tones and a brown, the skin colours were applied using a roller and the brown using a small foam brush, the guitar was a yellow and a red/yellow, the Blues were added on a second pass using the same Lino, I use Tern buttons for registration. the final image is the black plate from the first set of Lino
The final test prints
As you will see from the three test images below the process is experimental, The join line between the 3 bits of Lino was more evident and I hand added ink on both the colour section and the final black print using a small bit if Lino dipped in ink. By varying the pressure using a barren and a wooden spoon you can get a wide range of tonal inking. Out of the three I prefer the head and guitar of two but the hands and blue in three.
From left to right: Proof 1 Ok but lost the arm definition of 3 and the shadow under the chin is too dark, Proof 2 has the best face but the jacket is not as nice, Proof 3 has the painter type finish I was trying to achieve. When I do a print run i will aim to get the best from 2 and 3
I will also look at a smaller head only print and a short series in shades of Blue
Were to buy
Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page: I will post one on the next print run – Because this is so big I will plan to do a digital print at A3 size and I sell my digital prints through my Etsy store
Hendrix Lino print
This is in effect a monoprint of Hendrix as each print is unique as I have added multi colours to a single sheet of Lino which has then been printed over a base of yellow gold
I was trying to attempt a more painted process- the two linocuts are visable in the header the back one being the main black or multi colour plate and the front one being the yellow base colour
Hendrix was an inspired guitarist. He pioneered using amplifiers creating unique distorted sound with feedback pushing the guitar and the sounds in totally new directions. His records still sound amazing today. He led the way inspiring a whole new world of guitar playing.
Were to buy
Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page, The original Monoprint is here
The image at the end is a larger digital print of one of the Monoprints – you can see the size difference in the image above the front image is a monoprint and the image behind is the Digital print these can be bought from my Etsy Store here
see the gallery for more Rock Icons
Digital prints of Rock icons
Having seeen how good the digital image of the Sgt peppers Fab 4 was – I have added these four colourful Rock Icon characters to my list of available prints
these are A5 on a heavy gloss paper and are available from My Etsy page www.etsy.com/jaggerstudioThe above digital prints of Bowie, Jagger, Keith and Leonard are all based on an original linoprint hand cut by Steve Bennett
Were to buy
Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page, The Bowie original is here
I will do a longer post on the last image, this was from a request – following a trend on Instagram to do a ‘best 9 of 2017’ I put together my favorite 9 rock icons and a number of people asked if I could do a print – this was my first Digital print also on Etsy
Local Art Cafe in Saltaire features Rock Icons
If you are local to Leeds why not pop into Masserella’s Art Cafe in Saltaire
Ellen the owner would be delighted to see you and at the same time you can view a number of my linoprints hanging on the wall
The coffee and food is excellent and the staff are lovely
Not been to Saltaire – you are missing a real treat
Saltaire Village is near Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill and this village on the River Aire. Designed by architects, Lockwood and Mawson, Salts Mill was opened on Sir Titus Salt’s 50th birthday, 20 September 1853. In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Apart from the main Mill building, offering a permenant
Take a look at saltairevillage
Apart from the main Mill building, offering a permanent David Hockney exhibition, shops and a great bookstore,
the high street offers a number of gift shops Radstudio! being my favorite – a great place to find a unusual gift – they stock a couple of my prints as well