Asterix and the omni-shambles. Our Gaulish hero is in the company of a couple of burly tribesmen, who are accusing him of causing mayhem, chaos, an omni-shambles.
The word was invented by writer Tony Roche, and it was first used in 2009 in the BBC’s political satire The Thick Of It. This screenprint was commissioned by his wife, the TV producer Kate Norrish.
The strangeness of the tribesmen’s language is conveyed by the strange lettering.
I’ve coloured the background in Asterix-moustache yellow, but done so loosely to convey movement and energy.
The screenprinting medium is good at colour – the method allows a lot of ink to transfer from the screen to the paper and keeps it very flat. I like to use quite a wide-mesh screen (normally used for fabric printing) for this reason – so that there is a lot of ink on the paper, enriching the colour.
The panel is taken from the Asterix books. I am currently the only screenprinter in Europe to have permission from French publisher Editions Albert Rene to use the firm’s archive of images for my work.
Asterix first appeared in 1959 and 35 books drawn by Albert Uderzo and written by Rene Goscinny were published until 2010, although new titles are now being issued with new writers and draftsmen.
The official website can be found here http://www.asterix.com/
Large size: 76cms x 56cms
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds