Alongside the illustrations the connection between each panel is colour.
Initially the colours are visualised, just as a guide. The aim between each panel is that there should be a continuity and link, so some colours will overlap as will the images, which will provide visual"bridges" between each section. The illustration below is merely a part of the process. From this basic outline there can be many changes as I work between computer sketches like this, and the actual enamels as I make the piece.
It also helps to think about the pieces in a room setting. Here the rough computer mock up gives some sort of idea of scale. Each of the panel set overall will be 80x80cm in size, and every square is to be 15x15cm.
The next stage is to develop the artwok in readiness for planning the screens that will be used for printing onto the enamel surfaces.
Photos are selected, and then manipulated with a mixture of digital and hand drawn approaches. The main factor at this point is to create a line drawing from the visual aspects in the photgraphs. Quirky views like this work really well to start a dynamic in the collage process once the screens are applied. This is one of the globes which form part of the War Memorial on the waterfront, with a view of the Liver Building in the back ground.
Slightly different views where studied to create this version. Defining the King Edward Sculpture adds another element and gives a better impression of the space between the architectural points. Removing the buidings in the background give the image more clarity and less "visual noise".
NHS Broadgreen Commission
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