Hammerhead School Print

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    From a cute hippo mother and calf to slightly edgier sharks. Not just any sharks, but the threatened hammerhead shark. I chose this as an Endangered Species entry to the WOFA competition in response to seeing Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s impactful Fish Fight series recently featuring the ghastly practice of removing fins (‘finning’) from living hammerhead sharks and throwing the finned animal overboard to die. Image-wise I was interested in an unusual take on the shark and was inspired by a photograph I’d seen of a school of hammerheads seen from below in layers of blue, the lighter ones a shade paler than those closer to the diver’s camera lens, below a high sun. There are three shades of shark, and the beauty of the Japanese vinyl, compared with traditional lino, is that it prints both sides, so I was able to print a few sharks, turn them over for a flipped image version and hey presto you have a two-for-the-price-of-one images! These were dotted around a master trace of the design and I outlined each one to verify that a space had been taken up, to avoid over-printing an existing shark. Like the two previous posts, King Crow and Hippo & Calf, I opted for a different substrate for the background. Cardboard in this case. Not the corrugated version, but the pulpy type found as a sketchbook backing. The sun images was simply cut out with a scalpel. Board is perfect when after a change of texture, when making simple shapes, or simply when lino or vinyl simply isn’t warranted. For this print, because I wanted a fast turnaround of reprinting and overprinting the same sheet, I opted for water-based (fast-drying) printing inks. For any UK printmaker’s interest, I used Seawhite (of Brighton) block printing inks available online or from Cowling & Wilcox (Soho) if you’re in London. Printed on A3 160gsm cartridge paper (420mm w x 297mm h), 1 of 5 only. See www.petergander.blogspot.com for work-in-progress photos.
    UPDATE 23 March: • 'Hammerhead School' has been selected for the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011 exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London between 6th and 11th June 2011

    the.minouette, juoksa, lorenzo dotti, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Billy Reed 51 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully executed! Great feeling of depth and 'underneathness'.

    2. djr.aquarelle 51 months ago | reply

      Beautiful work of art !
      Was seen in SEA_PAINTINGS
      P1/ C1, please don´t forget to comment

    3. Lia T 51 months ago | reply

      I love this piece! I saw a small school of hammerheads while snorkeling once. Breath taking.
      Although they were below me rather than above like in this piece. Thank you for sharing the message about them as well.

    4. kivajo 51 months ago | reply

      excellent. informative and great work.

    5. Peter Gander 51 months ago | reply

      Thanks to each of the above for your comments :-)

    6. Art Of...(I say goodbye for a long time) 51 months ago | reply

      You deserve
      *The Seascape Award*

      Post 1 - Comment 1
      Seen in SEA_PAINTINGS

    7. Valériane Leblond 51 months ago | reply

      Beautiful work of art !
      Was seen in SEA_PAINTINGS
      P1/ C1, please don´t forget to comment

    8. Peter Gander 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks Art of.... and Valériane!

    9. kumi matsukawa 50 months ago | reply

      Amazing! So graceful.

    10. Anne-Miek Bibbe 50 months ago | reply

      ~ D~E~L~I~G~H~T~F~U~L ~ & ~ V~E~R~Y ~ B~E~A~U~T~I~F~U~L!
      I love this print very much, great colour and very skilled use of technique and waterbased ink, indeed fastdrying, but often too fast.

    11. Peter Gander 38 months ago | reply

      Gracias sncevallos!

    12. Peter Gander 38 months ago | reply

      Thank you Anne Miek bibber too!

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