Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Other Side of Paradise, ink, 1994

The story by Andrew Whitmore, published in Eidolon in 1994. It's about the devil being tricked into a bottle, which it turns out is just what he wants, as a world without sin turns out to be unbearably dull (hence he looks happily incarcerated in the picture). The technique here is one I used a lot in my 20's to simulate woodcut printing. What you do is paint all the open areas with white gouache (which is soluble) and then cover the whole surface with indian ink (insoluble). When all dry, wash the paper with water: what you are left with is irregular lines where indian ink has filled the gaps not masked by gouache.

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