Monday, August 23, 2010

Background Block, Cont'd

Carved some more on the background block for the little octopus.
It's weird to carve away the image.  I'm not used to carving multiple blocks, so this is new territory.


Wow, doesn't look like much does it?  Drew some guidelines so I can carve a bit more at the top.  Lighten up the water.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Carving Background Block

Started carving the background block for the li'l octopus.

I started with the initials so I could use my toh.  I haven't used it much and I thought I should get more acquainted with it.  It got easier as ideas occured to me, especially while carving the S-curves.  I only had two boo-boos, one of which I was able to glue back down.  ;-j

I'll see what all I can use it fore as I progress.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Li'l 'Pus

I printed the cartoon on transfer paper and applied it to the blocks -- twice.  Got it backwards the first time.  ;-j  Still do that, no matter how much care I take.  I think I'm image dyslexic or something.  Washed off the transfer with alcohol.  Take two was a success.

Sure hope I got the registration right!  I'm not used to doing multiple blocks.  To minimize the areas of possible conflict, I'll work in indistinct edges on the background block.  I'll also only carve the initials on one of them.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Little Purple Octopus

I found this little guy online (Facebook I think).  He's just too kewt.

I had to do something with him.  I've come up with this (I cut and pasted the little guy on my cartoon for convenience sake).

I'm thinking I'll carve two blocks -- background and everything else -- and see how that goes.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Some TPC Festival Pics

The TPC Art Festival had a successful reception.  I didn't take any pictures during the reception, but here is one of me in front of my work.

Here's our show on the Santa Clarita Art Association's self-contained display panels.  I love how they've arranged all the lights.

Here's the art display set up in the hall.  More works on easels were added just before the reception.

A number of pieces sold during the show.  It was fun to do and I'll be sure to do it again.  I got to chat with a number of artists and guests (tho not as many as I might have -- I'll have to work on my chatting skills).

One fellow does the most amazing scratchboard wild animals, and he was curious about the woodcut technique, perhaps to get some color in his work.  His style would translate well to wood engraving or resingrave.

The SCAA does a number of shows a year, plus displays at businesses around town.  They're quite active in the area.