Children’s author, journalist and filmmaker, Kate Jaimet, has interviewed me for a recent film project. Please follow this link to see a demonstration of my linocut illustration technique: https://vimeo.com/178057701
The final cover art is accompanied by photos of my process: the rough dummy, a collage of carved linoleum, my printmaking press, and some final black and white prints. The next step is to scan the prints and colour them in Photoshop.
Here is a montage of photos demonstrating my lino-carving technique. It is a relief printing technique similar to woodcut. The parts that are carved out are negative spaces and the remaining raised surface is the art. It is virtually the same process you used when making potato prints in kindergarten.
I was commissioned by Andrew Perro Design to create a mockup for a Canada Post stamp. To illustrate this portrait of Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to visit Canada in the early 1600s, I researched his life as a free African employed as a translator by French traders and explorers. Da Costa spoke French, Dutch, Portuguese and possibly some North American aboriginal languages. My interpretation of Mathieu is a hand-carved linocut with digital color.
Tomson Highway’s magical cabaret is now a 72 page picture book illustrated by me! It was such a pleasure to create 47 linocut illustrations to accompany Tomson Highway’s script about a wingless mosquito from Manitoba. The entire script is here, complete with song lyrics, stage directions, Cree vocabulary and challenging tongue twisters. Published by Fifth House/Fitzhenry & Whiteside.