Sketch Book

Drawing After Digital Exhibition

An exhibition curated by Klaus Speidel that explores what ‘the digital’ means for drawing today: http://xpo.studio/project/project2/ The below quote and conference offers a range of different perspectives where artists are both utilising the associated tools and processes but perhaps more interestingly responses are extending to ‘the digital’ as a subject to coment on. Speidel’s insights […]


Cocooning Cartography – a journey across a desktop

Jacked in, connected, online all the time …Cocooning! A mapping of yesterday’s desktop activity using the mouse tracking software Mouse Path.


Kickstarting a module

This academic year I had the pleasure of teaching into (then running) a 2nd year undergraduate professional practice module for UWE Illustration students. The majority of professional practice modules within the creative industries introduce students to a facet of their industry whilst enabling a broader understanding of professional life after University. This particular Illustration module had to […]


The world beyond the image

“One is playing with the world referred to by the image and the other world which is the image itself” Michael Craig Martin Some thoughts about Mr Martin’s observation on images and how they represent objects, albeit objects that we know primarily as images. Something interesting things about props: Many props are ordinary objects. However, […]


The Artist’s Multiple

Nicholas Sharp (of the Multiple Store) offers a succinct preview of the Print Edition and its cousin ‘the Multiple’. Good intro for next years students. 'THE ARTIST’S MULTIPLE…a brief history' by Nicholas Sharp, co founder of the amazing @MultipleStore http://t.co/krr5a97pin #edition #print — Paul Laidler (@palaidler) April 23, 2015


something about text and image

‘The best metaphoric analogies were the ‘graphic’ where the writers words should cause the listener to see things’. Aristotle suggested that metaphor by proportion or analogy is most significant to the visual arts. Although the word graphic has a number of definitions I thought it would be interesting to begin locating analogies (within fictional texts) that make use of […]


Copy Shop

It’s about print but it’s not a print: I think it is fair to say that we all have pivotal moments as artists / makers / printmakers – I’m referring to the liberating ones. For instance when we encounter a process, person or artwork that appears to hold our attention in such a way that it starts […]


Seditions Editions

Fine Art Editions but not in Print. s[edition] is an online gallery that sells screen based digital editions (video and stills) by a number of high profiled artists. Here the editioning practice embraces the inherent qualities of the digital medium and brings a further dimension to the artwork in multiple format – whilst enriching the […]


‘Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculpture to discover it’. Michelangelo More postdigital ruminations. Designer Gareth Neal combines traditional techniques and forms with modern technology. Neal’s work engages with his own personnel research (at Brighton University) into traditional processes and digital manufacture, with designs that engage with the […]


Drawing Systems

‘Unlike the remote precision of digital programmes the drawings carry the nervous rhythms and seismic waverings of the hand made’. – Tim Head Human’s imitating machines and machines imitating humans brings together all sorts of collisions and transhumanism references. Artist Tim Head’s artwork Slow Life is a hand rendered drawing created according to instructions that are similar to digitally produced images. I’ll […]


The Pond of Tranquility

One of the best things about the technological age is the way we learn now: it’s so multifaceted. And even with all the death and destruction in my work, I still feel that what I express – and the artist I’ve become – is a celebration of this technological age. – Matthew Day Jackson With […]


Rebel Relief

  Sam Burford‘s Star Wars Relief is a timelapse photograph taken from the film Star Wars IV. Burford uses a bespoke capture device to record the film footage that is then rendered as a series of extended (and abstract) film stills (see example here). In this instance the image has been transformed into a surface […]


Already Made

Gonna go straight in to it. Like Duchamp, Myers has enabled an art work to exist by an idea alone. In keeping with Duchamp’s iconic Fountain (1917) the artist (Myers) has removed his hand from the work – albeit by employing another to create a potential object to exist, rather than appropriating an existing object […]


Bleeding Pixels

Came across the artist Paul Ferragut some time ago but as this specific work is time based then maybe this is a timely post! Ferragut’s Time Printing Machine creates a pixelated aesthetic that is realized through durational deposits of ink on paper. By using a time based algorythm to drive a mechanical plotter Ferragut has devised […]


Piety of the Polychromer

The Sacred Made Real Exhibition, The National Gallery London, 2009 So what’s Polychrome? Craftsmanship, realism, hybridity, transcription and people loving what you’ve made – eh yes please. That said  the realistic quality of the polychrome sculpture and their visual presence in the 17th Century raised concerns within certain religious establishments. These concerns were observed through the […]


The Cadillac Whiz

I recently read an old Wired article entitled The New Remasters (1996 maybe) during my searches for digital printmaker practitioners. Amongst other things the article got me thinking about two areas of print; firstly the values and distinctions assigned to reproductions and secondly the ‘fine art’ of reproduction. The New Remasters summary: In short the […]


Shore to be Shore

“Most people presume thinking has to do with words that are either spoken or thought, where as visual thinking does not have these words” Stephen Shore, West Third Street, Parkersberg, West Virginia, May 16, 1974. Found an interesting video link the other day that got me on to thinking about Michael Polanyi’s tacit knowledge and […]