New Release: Ross Miller Waterless Lithographs and Drawings.

Ross Miller, Overcast 2, Waterless lithography, 34.5x38.5cm, £185

Ross Miller has been experimenting with printing techniques lately, specifically Waterless Lithography – a clean, simple and ecological process. Releasing small batch runs alongside a number of charcoal drawings that have informed his prints. These early works represent an exciting development in Ross’ practice.

“The woodcuts I used to make would often inform my charcoal drawings and visa versa. With that in mind, I wanted to try out a new technique to expand on my drawing skills. It’s a relatively unforgiving process, forcing me to be more considered with my mark-making”.

New Release: Ross Miller Waterless Lithographs and Drawings.
Overcast 1 | Waterless Lithography Ed 1 of 3 | 34 x 39 cm | £185 | BUY

“Overcast 1, 2, 3 and 4 are my early experiments with waterless lithography. The process involves drawing onto aluminium with watercolour pencils and ink. The eventual print recognises anywhere where drawing material covered the plates surface, hence these early studies are quite dark. But I like that about them – they’re much darker than the charcoal drawings and indicate a different type of light source”.

New Release: Ross Miller Waterless Lithographs and Drawings.
Sketch 1 & Overcast 4 Waterless Lithography Ed 1 of 3

To create a waterless lithography, drawings are worked directly onto a printing plate. Heat is applied to the image to ‘fix’ it to the plate. A very thin layer of silicone is applied to the surface and smoothed into the grain on the plate – the silicone takes the function of a grease repellent. The drawing is then removed from the plate with acetone. At this stage, the plate is ready for inking – this is done in an even and thin application. The ink is only retained on the surface of the drawn image as the silicone repels the ink. The plate is now ready for printing using a printmaking press.

New Release: Ross Miller Waterless Lithographs and Drawings.
Sketch For Duality & Duality Waterless Lithography Ed 1/1

“Sketch For Duality as the title suggests was sketched to create the ‘Duality’ waterless print. I started by making quick, gestural marks with a sharpie onto the metal plate to map out the face. Then, I started drawing the same face again but slightly off-alignment. As I worked to resolve this image, I sought to achieve a ‘balance’ of tight pencil marks and bolder lines with ink, to arrive at something visually unique”. 

New Release: Ross Miller Waterless Lithographs and Drawings.
Girl In Profile | Charcoal & Acrylic | 42 x 59 cm | £310 | BUY

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