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SLICE OF LIFE
Definition: “an example of what ordinary life is like”
Remember when you were in your adolescence, and an hour in class felt like it dragged on forever? But when you were having fun doing whatever you liked doing, it felt like no time had passed at all. Everything you felt back then was amplified to the max, seesawing up and down; and that was just a day in the life.
Pearl Law is an illustrator, zine-maker and comic artist.
Hong Kong born and raised, she graduated from University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration. Much of her work takes inspiration from humour, literature, history, and behavioural observations. She loves to play around with visual wit and exploring the best narrative possible through problem-solving.
WHAT IS CYANOTYPE?
Discovered in 1842 by an English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel, cyanotype is a photography printing process that produces a cyan print. I can’t say I am an expert, but I will try my best and explain how I’ve done it. First, you mix the two cyanotype solutions together (please follow the product’s instructions). Then coat heavyweight watercolour paper in a dimly lit room. Leave to dry in a dark cupboard overnight or for 24 hours.
Meanwhile, think about the image you want to produce. The way I do it is to invert my drawing in Photoshop, then print it onto copier paper / transparent acetate sheet.
Make sure there is enough sunlight before you start to develop (otherwise use artificial UV light). It’s advised that overexposure is always better than underexposure.