Drawing as a printmaker with pencil, pen, brush, oil pastel, sharp point on metal, cutting tool in lino. Drawing the ideas that will be transferred to the plate or block starts, for me, drawing with a black ink pen on paper. The lines can’t be erased – every line matters. The lines on the metal or the block can’t be erased so it’s necessary to practice the combination of boldness and patience required when working directly onto the plate or block.
I do this in my work book with the black ink pen. If I haven’t worked on a plate for a while I have to practice the hand eye co ordination to try to get fluent – the right combination of recklessness, lack of self consciousness and attention to detail. It all flows from drawing and the practice of this as much as possible.
Drawing is the foundation for all my work.