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PIER PROJECT

December 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Why do a pier project?

Well I have always had a love and been interest in our beautiful British old piers, their history and architectural design.  My first love of piers probably stems back to my childhood of visiting relatives in Preston and been taken to Blackpool as a treat. They are associated with a fun time, family holidays, a escape from work and normal life etc. They are so typically British. “To promenade” its part of our language. I wanted to record them before they disappeared for ever. We have lost so many of our piers and many are struggling with funding and keeping up the maintenance.

Technique, materials and workflow:

I have been trying out Derwent Graphitint pencils and I particularly like the Shadow Graphitint pencil it adds shadow effects very well. What I love about all Derwents water colour pencils is how well they all blend and complement each other.

The brushes I like to use for this fine detail is the Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold II 101 Round Size 00 brush. The Sceptre Gold range works very well for me as they have a mix of sable and synthetic which gives the spring and helps holds it shape well for the detailed work I do.

Images 1, 3 and 4 are approximately 22 x 15 inches. The image 2 shows an enlarged detail showing my hand colouring.

I have had great fun exploring my pier images and trying new techniques and methods of painting with my Derwent water colour pencils.

My work flow was as follows:

I used Nix Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert my image to Black and White. Once I was satisfied with the tonal range and detail I then printed onto St Cuthberts Saunders Waterford archival Fine Art Paper. I needed to leave the paper for a couple of days to dry. Once the ink was dry I then started to add selective colour using my watercolour pencil and wash brushes therefore creating a original piece of art.

The finished Pier results so far can be seen below and as soon as I complete my next pier which is Worthing Pier taken during the recent stormy weather I will upload to the blog and website at: janinekilroe.com Facebook at: facebook/janf64

Let me know your thoughts and if you like any images you see please contact me for more details and prices.

Useful Links:

This is a brilliant site I can recommend re Piers http://www.piers.org.uk


1. EASTBOURNE PIER
EASTBOURNE HANDCOLOURDE IMG 0248 Snapseed2. EASTBOURNE PIER DETAILEASTBOURNE DETAIL P1030084 Snapseed

3. BRIGHTON PIER

BRIGHTON HANDCOLOURED WASH P1030058 Snapseed

4. BRIGHTON OLD PIER

OLD PIER HAND COLOURED COMPLETE P1030160 Snapseed

 

 

 

 

 

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New Hand Coloured Photography Website Launch

I have just launched my new Hand Coloured Fine Art Photography website janinekilroe.com ready to go live which is very exciting as I have all my hand colour portfolio on show there. The poppies above are a series of photographs I took last year. I shoot in Infrared which I like as it reveals a world hidden from normal view.

My workflow and materials are as follows:

I am often asked what my materials of choice are and my Post Processing work flow. So here it is.

After the photograph I  post process first using Lightroom to catalogue and back up and then I open my images in the wonderful http://www.niksoftware.com/site/ Nik Software Efex Pro2 enables me to totally control how I want my image to look. It enables me to go old school but in 2012, the equivalent of Dodging and Burning with Nik Software U Point Technology but with far more control then ever possible in my film days.

I then move into Photoshop CS6 and print through my Epsom Pro 4900 onto Saunders Waterford Fine Art water colour paper http://www.stcuthbertsmill.com/st-cuthberts-mill-paper/saunders-waterford-watercolour/ made by St Cuthberts http://www.stcuthbertsmill.com  in Glastonbury England. Finding the best quality archival fine art paper has been quite a journey but I have now discovered St Cuthberts and am very happy with the very high quality and consistency they produce plus the fact the paper is archival and that they are a British company makes it even better!

My colouring medium has also been up until this year a case of trail and error to try and find the medium that was subtle enough for me to create a naturalistic finish to my work without overpowering the photograph itself. I don’t want the added colour to detract from the photograph itself but to simply complement it. The hand colouring aspect of my work is really the  “icing on the cake” for my photography.

So you may ask how did I find my perfect colour medium? Well I will not use anything other than archival inks, paper and pencils. It is paramount to me that my art work will last for as long as possible 100 years plus. 

The background to my Derwent Pencils http://www.pencils.co.uk  choice is as follows.

I love The Lakes as you can see from my two websites: Photography at http://janinekilroe.photoshelter.com and Hand Coloured Photography at janinekilroe.com.

I went to the Lakes as a photographic student in 1983 and fell in love with the grandeur and majesty of The Lakes vistas. I’m from the North, born in Preston Lancashire and very proud of my Northern roots. I had visited the Derwent Pencil Museum  http://www.pencilmuseum.co.uk/shop/ in Keswick and did a project there as a student.

My family actually owned the Derwent Pencil Factory in 1901 for approximately 20 years then in 1916 it was called the Cumberland Pencil Company. So adding this all up it was a natural decision to give the pencils a try out, see if they could be subtle enough, archival and workable on my choosen St Cuthberts paper. The answer was an emphatic yes they could!

Not only are the Derwent Watercolour Pencils brilliant but I have recently discovered their Inktense water soluble pencils which I use on my Brighton Carousel Horsehttp://www.janinekilroe.com/gallery.php photograph below they are perfect for that style of image. I have even used them for some of my Poppy images http://www.janinekilroe.com/gallery.php to great effect.

To enquire or buy any of my art work then please go to http://www.janinekilroe.com/how-to-buy.php

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