The Colt and the River: Final Artwork

In the last couple of months I have finished artwork for a book based on the pothi “The pothi was invented in India, where palm leaves were used for the pages” (van Schaik, [online: blog] 2007).

Sketching out the design for an illustrated page for The Colt and the River.
Sketching out the design for an illustrated page for The Colt and the River.

This is an image of the process I used to make the illustration:

Monoprinting the illustrations. These are one-off prints involving drawing on the paper, which is laid on the rolled-out ink on a flat surface.
Monoprinting the illustrations. These are one-off prints involving drawing on the paper, which is laid on the rolled-out ink on a flat surface.
The print is then pulled and revealed as if by magic, the mirror-image of my pencil drawing! (This means some pre-planning must go into working out the composition.)
The print is then pulled and is the mirror-image of the pencil drawing.  (This means some pre-planning must go into working out the composition!)

Then, I used watercolour pencils to colour it. I think if I were to do this again, I would use the monoprint technique for the colour as well to keep the print-aesthetic continuous. However, the reason I used paint was to allude to the painterly style of miniature paintings and the murals in the Ajanta caves which are multi-layered and textural. I’ve learnt that to translate a story into another visual language, some of the detail of that language is inevitably lost, just as textual translations are.

The final artwork was displayed at North Edinburgh Arts Centre in an exhibition called The Imagination Mill.

Final artwork on Japanese paper. Monoprint and watercolour pencil.
Final artwork on Japanese paper. Monoprint and watercolour pencil.

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van Schaik, Sam Early Tibet (2007) [online: blog] http://earlytibet.com/2007/06/15/scriptorium/ Accessed: 08/12/2014

Ajanta in National Geographic (2008) [online] http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/geopedia/Ajanta?rptregcampaign=20131016_rw_membership_n1p_intl_ot_c1&user_id=12117209&email=katie133%40hotmail.co.uk&conf=df9fa70c-7e3c-4129-bc57-67d79d14e1ef&rptregcta=reg_free_np# Accessed: 2014

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