At the end of my street is an old church. It lay empty for years but is now being renovated by the local community and turned into a Mosque and community centre. I find life goes in cycles and the influx of different cultures has brought a new dynamism to the centre of our town. I like to document the changes as I think that one day they will prove to be a valuable record.
It's a beautiful old listed building so the outside is being preserved and the inside completely redesigned. It's a large structure and has become quite a curiosity piece. This couple stopped to take pictures and I managed to get a quick sketch.
This drawing uses a mix of media. For the transferred image I print out one of my digital photographs on an inkjet printer, place it face down onto a fine quality, heavyweight artpaper, soak the back in nail varnish remover and quickly pass it through an etching press. This pulls the pigments out of one paper and into the other, diffusing and mixing them as it does so. The effect throws up unexpected and sometimes spectacular combinations of colours. I then use fine point Faber Castell Pitt artists’ drawing pens for the line work.
Transfer print and fine point Faber Castell Pitt artists’ drawing pens