Thursday, February 11, 2010

Paleo-Seahorse Block

This one's going quickly.  May still tweak it a bit, after a test print.  I want to work on some of the lines to add a bit more white.

I may or may not carve eyes.  Right now I'm planning to dab in details in ink.  That technique worked well with my paleo-horsefly.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Seahorse Block Scanned In

Scanned in the block.  Love the look of the grain.  I'm following it for the rock face background on my paleo-mythos critter for this one.

I'm not sure how many this makes in the set.  I should count them up.  Maybe a dozen.

Wow.  I just counted.  I found 26 paleo-themed prints, mostly woodcuts, but a few monoprints and intaglio etchings as well.  Add in my paleo-themed tapestries and it's closer to 30 (but I don't thing they count, so I'll leave them out).

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Carving Seahorse

Carving the seahorse block.  A bit harder to see when the block is stained rather than painted black, but I like the look of the grain.  It's coming right along.


Monday, February 08, 2010


Transfered image with chalk, then went over it in pencil.  Next is to start carving.

I love the grain of the wood.  I'll see if I can follow it for the rock face.

Blue Moon Block

This is a reprint of an old block for the Loscon Artshow last Nov.  Love the stars.  One of my larger blocks.

This should have posted to the Nov. slot, but I guess you have to have something on the page to reserve the slot, so it posted here.

Going thru and adding labels to posts.  There are hundreds.  This is going to take some time.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Seahorse Sketch & Prep

Flipped the seahorse to the right and closed his mouth. This is looking more like what I want. I've got a 6"x8" block of shina for it. Think I'll stain it with wood stain (if I have any handy).
The stain is a little warmer, but the grain shows nicely in this scan. Rainy day so it'll take a while to dry. Then I'll transfer the image via chalk.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Starting on a new paleo critter, as the scroll project will take some time. Bill is looking into getting or making a UV light box. But that's for another post.

The sketch is from a horse by Zeng Shanqing-- very angry and wild looking. I love this piece.
I liked the posture, so I drew it as a seahorse (hippocampus to be precise). I'll probably tone down the anger. Don't need that wide a mouth. And naturally I added the tail.