Category: Line Drawings

A bit lost by Chris Haughton

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I really love the simplicity and boldness of the images here, and the effect of the screen printing is amazing.I am very much drawn to the strength of the singe line image, and think that Chris’s black and white work is very effective. This  has certainly given me some ideas of techniques for my own work.

Over the summer i was given an opportunity to ‘try out’ for an illustration job.The offer came out of the blue, from the husband of an american author i know. He has also written a couple of books, but had now written a children’s book and was looking for an illustrator. I naively thought that the email i received was only sent to me, i leanred the hard way that this email had most probably been sent to the whole of their database, and so i was up against a lot of people for the job!

As i was not at uni, and had no one to ask as to what to do, i instantly went into a state of panic as i tried to remember what the ‘process ‘was..but only indulged myself with 5 or 10 minutes of panic before then realising what i needed to do! He had asked for a link to my website, and also for some samples of my work. The first thing i did was to reply to him telling him that i would be interested in hearing more details and being involved in the project, and also informing him that i would send through samples and the link within 48 hours ( i thought. in my ignorance that this was a reasonable amount of time, what i should have done was to send the link to the website straight away, and then sent the samples in 48 hours!). I didnt get a reply to my email.

Within 48 hours i had done about 7 hours of research, performed initial realistic sketches, pencil drawings, character development, and even roughed out some basic scenarios based on the two lines he had sent me, and then converted them to dip pen and ink drawings.I also scanned in another 40 images onto my newly created website  and sent him a quick email to tell him that he would receive the link and the completed colour and inked up drawings the following morning….

i thought i was doing really well, and was pleased with myself, that was until i get the email about an hour afterwards. The email thanked me for getting in touch but informed me that he had turned away over 100 really talented artists and that he had now chosen his final few that were now going to ‘bid’ for the work! i cannot even begin to tell you how low and hard my heart sank.All that work, all that effort, and he hadn’t even got to LOOK at what i had done!

If anyone knows me, they would know that there wasn’t a cat in hells chance that i was going to back off that easily, i didnt really mind if i hadn’t got the job, especially as he told me that there were so many great artists involved, but i wanted him just to look at the work i had done, for the sheer principle of it! So i emailed back!

I thanked him for his correspondance but told him i felt a little frustrated because of the work i had put in over the last 2 days and wondered if he could at least look at the samples i had attached,and also at my website. I receieved an email back in hours.He had looked at my work and changed his mind, i was now in the final few, and had just by passed hundreds of artsists! This felt great!!

He asked me to sign a non disclosure agreement, which i did, and airmail it over to him, which i did.I waited in anticipiation for the manuscript to arrive, so that i may then start the laborious process of costing and timing the work out.The manuscript never came,and  only after 2 emails from myslef, with me checking on the situation,and a wait of over 2 weeks, did i finally get an email back, thanking me, but telling me he had already chosen his artist and was now stopping his search.

i did wonder if he would have ever let me know, if i hadnt contacted him? It does however, not matter, what matters was the ‘process’ and the learning. The learning was invaulabe. i got help from other illustrators and advice, i learned more about the process and where i went wrong, and to be honest there was a part of me that was worrying about how i was going to fit it all in with the year 2 work at uni as well..

All is well that ends well!! Here is one of the ink drawings i sent through to him, that i had created so quickly. It was the picture that for that moment in

time changed his mind!!

Dip pen/ink and watercolour rough

Jack and Ben - still at last!

As i continue to work on my autobiographical book that i started a few years ago i am now toying with the idea of incorporating images and illustrations, as i now face the daunting task of  adding in the early years of my life – and find myself struggling to find the right words to say. I also think that as i am now training in illustration it may be a good way of bringing it all toagther.

I feel so passionate about the fact that someone needs to speak up for the silent child, the child that has no voice, no opinion, and no rights the child that lives a secret life of suffering ,neglect and abuse, and the child that is so desperate to be listened to – if only they could find their true voice.

These are very very rough…but it is at least a starting place in the journey of silent people like myself finding their voice.

I would really appreciate peoples feedback on the emotional impact of the images, and whether or not they convey the types of message i am trying to put across.


Ian Phillips has been kind enough to create some really easy to follow instructions and images on how to create a Lino Cut, they are listed below:-

What is a relief print or Lino Cut?

Printmaking tutorials – pages 1 – 9 :-

Ian also opens his studio in Machynlleth for three days every month, where he runs printing workshops!! Now i know what i want for Christmas!!

Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips lives and works in Wales, and his main focus is often the Welsh Landscape

Oh my God,,,the one below is amazing – i really need to go on this guys course!!

Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips



Ian Phillips

The one above is such a beautiful illustration it is hard to believe it is created in Lino!…I could go on forever posting images of his work, but to see more visit,med:6,2,3660

As a teenager, studying Art O’Level (showing my age now) i remember coming across this print – “The Hollow of the Deep Sea Wave of Kangawa”and being totally fascinated by it, so much so that i used the design aspect to create my own ‘sea and wave’ scene, which now hangs in my downstairs bathroom! I love the boldness of the colours, and the clear lines, but then i am also drawn to the intricate patterns created in the waves.It is only now, as a mature Design student, that i have become aware of how it was created, and that it was a woodblock creation rather than a painted image – this leaves me totally in awe of this amazing man!


“Paul Catheral is a London-based printmaker and illustrator. From the late 1990s he has worked predominantly in linocuts. His prints beautifully reconstructed urban landscapes and architectural details. They build up seemingly abstract blocks of colour into perfectly balanced compositions, which unite as one representational whole. Cezanne and Sickert have been a recurrent influence on his use of colour and construction of form. He also greatly admires the progressive commercial designers of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly Edward Mcknight Kauffer and Tom Purvis. His work has featured on posters and book covers for British Airways, Marks & Spencer, Bloomsbury and Harper Collins.” (…/paul_catherall)

The print shown above was ” created to celebrate the opening of the new Pallant House Gallery in 2006, Catherall decided to focus on where the two buildings meet, surely the biggest challenge of the project, with a print that could be interpreted as an abstract design. Perhaps appropriately for a print of a building that has been the subject of intense discussion and dispute, the previous buildings Catherall has focussed on have themselves been subject to a split in opinion: the Southbank, the Trellick Tower and the ‘Gherkin’ have all divided opinion and no doubt will continue to do so. If anything, Catherall’s prints are an advocation of bold contemporary design, remembering that even St Paul’s Cathedral was contemporary once.” (…/paul_catherall)

I really like the boldness of his images, and the strength of the design. He is very much known for the cleaness of his line, and his sharp linocuts of architectural landmarks. as well as illustrations for high-profile clients. Each limited edition print is created using high quality oil based inks and acid free paper, and produced entirely by hand. right through from the initial design, through to the carving, inking and editioning! On top of that, I’ve seen his picture and he is really cute!! ( sorry …a tad unprofessional i know!! :0) )

One of Rudyard Kipling's Woodcuts

How absolutely beautiful is this image created by the Author and Illustrator Rudyard Kipling? Woodcuts is an area that fascinates me, not only for the cleanness of the line, and the amazing textures that can be created, but also i greatly admire the amount of time that has been put into these creations.

My motto with reference to Art is – why use ten lines when you can use just one! and i feel that the woodcut demonstrates this beautifully, and yet there is also a softness that is created with the fine cuts and lines, fo example just look at the expression on the elephants face, and then image this image drawn with a pen and ink – would it have the same impact ? Just a thought……

I have attempted Lino cutting last year and quite enjoyed that, i would like to think that i may have a go at woodcuts over the summer break, but will definitely be researching into Japanese woodcuts, block printing, and Lino cuts as i progress,,,,,of course there is also the added benefit in the fact that you can use these plates several times instead of it just being a one-off image…sounds good to me!!

A new Museum has opened in Belgium to celebrate the works of their famous illustrator Georges Remi – the creator of ‘Tin Tin’.The Museum has now been officially opened in the small town of Louvain-la-Neuve (not far from Brussels), Belgium.

Tintin evolved from the brush of Belgian artist Georges Prosper Remi. The hero, Tintin, is a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures by his faithful little dog Milou (which means Snowy in English). The first adventure story was published in 1929. In the sixites it was made into a television comic series 

The museum houses examples of the art of Tintin’s creator Georges Remi, who died in 1983. What makes it unique as a museum is that it was designed by Christian de Portzamparc, who based his design based on the art Herge. The interior has a simplistic style, one of the hallmarks of Hergé’s cartoons. The goal of the museum is to spread awareness about Hergé’s art and its influence, a campaign which began with the Hergé foundation in 1986. (


The building’s architecture alone is enough to make it warrant a visit!!


Georges Remi (1907-1983), better known as Hergé, was the creator of Tin Tin (Kuifje) and many other world-famous cartoon characters. He was born in Etterbeek, Belgium. His creation Tin Tin is thought to be based on his brother who was five years younger than him.

As a young boy, the only thing that would keep Hergé quiet was a piece of paper and a pencil. In school he was a very able student and always top of the class, except when it came to drawing. He was only interested in one thing, cartoons. Read more about this article at:-(

I decided to look at this early illustrator because of my interest in powerful line drawings.I find that Herge used the simple line to create extremely animated characters without the need for unnecessary detail (a man after my own heart – why use ten lines when you can say it with one?)

Tin Tin