Here's Rob, looking delighted with his first ever linocut.
It was a strange and very satisfying collaboration working with Rob. He's an extremely accomplished, award-winning engraver who regularly editions Hilary Paynter's work and yet he'd managed to avoid making a linocut up to this point.
Of course someone with his understanding and experience isn't going to need much teaching and so that boiled down to a mark-making demonstration. Then the next week was printing. It's always a thrill pulling a proof for the first time, and that thrill is compounded when it's a large print. This is a trial run for a properly large linocut 70cm x 100cm which is what he is working on next.
This is the result, glare coming from the wet ink but still it's easy to see what an accomplished first attempt it is.