I’m just getting started on a new linocut today. It’s of one of my favourite parts of Soho.
Walkers Court is a narrow alley connecting Berwick Street Market with Brewer Street and it’s lined with the sort of seedy establishments you’d expect in that neighbourhood, with Raymonds Revue Bar at one end and a ‘book’ shop at the other….
This will be the third time I’ve used Walkers Court in a print. Here is one from a couple of years ago, called Soho Sunrise, looking through the alley from the Brewer Street end.
I’m currently hard at work on a new print featuring a street scene with the Windmill Theatre in the centre. I’m trying out a slightly different and more interesting perspective on this one. I’ll post some drawings as soon as I can.
Had I realised how difficult this subject would be, I doubt if I’d have even started it.
I think it’s because there are three separate areas within the picture to tackle – inside the room where the viewer is sitting, outside in the street, and then inside the empty shop opposite – and the light needed to read properly too.
It was very difficult to get enough variation between the three parts – oh, well, it’s done now…