A Sleeping Lady Found in “El Complejo Hospitalario Harmodio Arias Madrid”

An original screen print image on Fabriano cotton paper, 300 gsm. Based on a drawing made while waiting for my dad’s medical appointment at the main social health service complex in Panama City.

The drawing is part of my People Found in Panama series.

Since this drawing was originally a sketchbook sketch, the process of translating it into a finished screen print involved several stages, all fun.

Scanned drawing

First, you have the drawing. The day was long and boring. My dad had a litany of tests, and the Seguro Social is known for speed, efficiency, good service, or entertaining waiting rooms. People sleep a lot, and you can see some of the other patients and people that were waiting that day here. To entertain myself, I captured their likenesses in pencil on my Derwent sketchbook.

When I returned to the UK, I scanned it in, making sure I wouldn’t mess it up later, I decided to add some heavy shadows with Indian ink.

Inks

From then on, I played around on Photoshop to get the closes facsimile of printed colours I wanted. Playing around with colour palettes and textures to add to the background. In total, this screen print ended up having seven layers of colour. My previous screen print project, Al Atardecer, Picaduras helped me come up with this workflow of traditional-digital-print that I use to this day. each step allows its own idiosyncrasies, keeping an element of energetic sketchiness throughout. Because I don’t know exactly how things are going to turn out, the spirit of the original drawing gets presserved through the many translations.

Final digital version. The others are not worth considering.

And finally it came to printing. Each copy is unique in its own way. The textures created from each pass of the ink through the printing screen; how much pressure I put on the squedgee, if I mixed the colours in the same way, how it dried, where on the paper I started printing, did I mess it up by blodging? All of these factors keep it fresh. Keep it energized. And turn a mass-produced reproduction into a unique art piece.

Total prints. Drying.
Print details.