Digital By Default 'Mr Blake's Pencil'

Digital by default Mr Blake's Pencil etching
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Limited edition etching featuring a flat carpenters pencil over digitally printed text. 

Mr Blake's Pencil Etching


Etching over digital print. A flat carpenter’s pencil drawn, etched and hand printed over digitally printed text. The finished print combines traditional analogue and new digital printing methods. The title of this print is a line from the 2016 Ken Loach film, 'I, Daniel Blake', where (amongst other things) a time served craftsman faces digital discrimination. The film described the life of a skilled joiner, Daniel Blake who suffers a heart attack and is unable to continue working. When he seeks help from the state he is told the only way to receive this is by filling in forms on line, but he has no computer skills. He uses the phrase ‘Pencil by default’, when told the system is Digital by default. Although the digital world is here to stay, many people, myself included, remain pencil by default

  • original etching on zinc over digital print
  • printed on German Etching paper
  • small limited edition of 20
  • pencil image size 11 cm x 6.5cm
  • image plus text fits a mount aperture 20cm x 18cm
  • also available as an art postcard
  • signed with embossed monogram


  • 0.8 kg
  • Shipping Time: 2-4 weeks1