Saturday, November 21, 2009

Horsefly -- test prints

Did some test prints of my paleo-horsefly this afternoon, working out some colorways.

Yellow ochre or vanilla print. ;-j

More like what I'm aiming for: yellow ochre, red and thalo blue, with a touch of white to lighten up the colors.

Had to keep adding water as the ink was drying fast. Must be dry today. My hands feel like sandpaper, but that's par for printing. Used my baren and wooden spoon and some sketch paper.

I'm feeling smuggly productive today, after days of displacement. ;- j

Friday, November 13, 2009

Paleo-Horse Fly -- Possible Colorways

I can displace all day. ;-j Trying out a couple of colorways in colored pencil.

The blue-green is more eye-popping.

But I'm leaning toward this orangey-purple colorway.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paleo-Horse Fly -- Faux Print

Faux print -- darkened mirror image scan of the block, to see how it's coming along. Not bad. A couple iritating chips that leap out at me. A little more work around the lower right wing.

Don't know if I'll carve out the black background or leave it as a frame.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Paleo-Horse Fly WIP

Started carving.

It's going pretty quickly. Not happy with a couple of choices I made. I'll see if I can carve my way out of a corner or have to start over. Maybe I'll try it both ways and see which one I prefer.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Paleo-Horse Fly -- a sketch

Getting back into carving. I want to have something new for the Loscon art show in a couple weeks. Something small.
Here's a computer-cobbled sketch for a new paleo-mythos critter, a paleo-horse fly. I sketched the horse from a Przewalski horse and added some dragonfly wings I found on google. Still working up the details. I'd like the wings to be lighter than the background, but that may not work.