Our Process - Under the Skin of Endangered Animals

Our Process

Limited edition, hand crafted screen prints

Our handcrafted approach to our work is at the heart of our values.

We’re focused on quality, and we’ve slowed things right down.

James takes weeks (sometimes months) to screenprint our limited edition artwork, with the inks mixed by hand, colour-by-colour, layer-by-layer. Everything is considered. It’s a true labour of love. It’s what slow design looks like.

Before design work begins, we do a large amount of research to understand the anatomy, behaviour, habitat, iconic body language and defining characteristics of each species.

Ed Harrison
Design & illustration
James Harrison
Design & print making
Images courtesy of Alex Sedgmond
Brothers Ed & James Harrison screenprinting together.
Brothers Ed & James Harrison screenprinting together. Photo by Alex Sedgmond.


“When I look at wildlife, I see exciting shapes, colour arrangements and endless possibilities for creating interesting compositions.

My aim is to capture the defining characteristics of each animal in simplified straights and curves; to make up a final design of satisfying geometry and colour combinations.”

The Animal Anatomy

“After the animal is complete, I illustrate the skeleton using anatomical diagrams, books and online resources for reference. This intricate layer represents the true anatomy of the animal, whilst contrasting the bold, geometric animal beneath.”


“I’ve always had a very meticulous and detailed approach to my printmaking. The exciting process is messy yet clean, frustrating yet rewarding.

In order to do Ed’s illustrations justice, I’m striving for the most accurate outcome when creating each and every limited edition print.”

Mix, pull, print, repeat

“After the screen has been exposed, it’s onto colour mixing. We only use water based pigment inks for all of our prints, meaning we don’t use any acrylics or oil based paints in our process.

I use a palette knife to spread the ink across the bottom of the screen, then use the squeegee to both ‘flood’ and ‘pull’ ink through the screen, transferring it through the mesh onto the paper below.”

There are no shortcuts,
Patience and precision is key

“The backgrounds are always printed first, with the layers built up, colour by colour, on top of one another to make up the final print. If anything is out of alignment— even by a few millimetres — the artwork can’t be used. Once the ink has dried and the print process is complete, I trim and hand number each print with its unique edition number.

And then the all-important finishing touch – our Under the Skin logo is embossed into the corner, our stamp of approval to mark the craftsmanship and quality that has gone into each print.”

Each and every print has a story

“There is something satisfying about the process going from hand-drawn to digital illustration to hand-printed. From start to finish, our process is a true labour of love.”