Transfering the cartoon to the blocks today. I'm tracing the same image on both blocks, even tho I won't be carving the same elements on both. Partly for alignment and partly because I'm obsessvie/compulsive about it. ;- j
Here's the process. I carved a couple of kento-like notches in the cartoon to aid in placement.
Here's where I've chalked the back of the cartoon so I can trace it onto the blocks. Normally I use a pink or yellow chalk, which works really great with black dyed boards. But I had to switch to black chalk for it to show up on the stained boards. I just have to remember which system I'm using and stick with it.
I like to carve details like the stonework or the antlers freehand as I go. There has to be some surprise in the piece to keep it lively.
Enough displacing. Back to work. ;- j