Cockerel

The ‘Cockeral’ lino print original Christmas card design was produced in the 1980s and measures 5½” x 4¾”.  Jean Royle experimented with printing her lino cuts onto different types of paper. Here she has used white tissue paper and made the composition more dramatic by dispensing with the decorative backgrounds of the preliminary pencil sketches shown below, in favour of a simply expressed sky and landscape with the dynamic form of the cockeral in the foreground. This gives the design greater drama and makes maximum use of pattern and shape.  She has confined her design to black on white and concentrated on the pattern qualities of the subject – a crowing Cockerel standing high on a midden heap with the dawn sky as his backdrop. She makes maximum use of the pattern qualities in the sky which is influenced by wood block prints