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Illustrations from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Illustrations from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

This was one of my submissions for my final Master’s project, and the three images are a selection from the sixteen images I created to illustrate Thomas’s text. It began as a challenge  - to attempt to try to illustrate a more complex text, but ended up as a labour of love and almost obsession. I became enamoured and friends with the characters, the setting and the story - seeing compassion and magic within the every day. I found it hard to choose three image to submit for this competition, but I feel this selection represents a range of the illustrations from the collection: Captain Cat in his dreams, recollecting lost loves and old friends, Polly Garter hanging the washing in her garden (where nothing grows but washing and babies), and finally the atmospheric interior of the Drapers shop, where never fulfilled yearning lives on.
I have used a print based process called “collagraphs” to create these images. In this process, I draw the image onto board, then both cut into and collage onto the board, creating images rich in tones and detail.  An intaglio process is then used to create a print from the collagraph “plate”. I find it both an addictive and frustrating process as, with most print process, there is a process of detachment and one has to let go of that preconceived idea and work with the process and allow those “happy accidents” to happen. I have been using this technique for 17 years now, and it still surprises and delights me.