Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Time to Test Print

Ok, time to test print and then recarve of course.  I have a tendency to carve details too lightly, and of course the block will swell a bit once I ink it.  So there are bound to be a few details to carve again, especially in the early bird.

But first things first.  8-]

Here's a faux print (bw, mirror image) to see what it'll look like:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fiddly Bits

Working on those fiddly bits around the flowers now.

Time to stretch.


Back to work on the flowery fiddly bits.

Time for another break.

More fiddly blossom bits.


Carve, carve, carve.

Getting there, one petal at a time.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Sketched in some detail on the flowers.  More carving.

Mirrored and bw:

Lookin good.  ;- ]

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

More Carving

More carving.

Still need detail in the agapanthus.

Here's the full block so far.


Another day, another session.

Hmmm.  Can't seem to upload a pic at the moment.  Later.


Now I'm working on the fleur.

It'll be easier to sketch and carve in black.


More carving.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Starting to Carve

And drawing a bit more detail.  I think I've fixed the feet.  A little more detail to the bee and flower too.

It's always a surprise to see what I'll carve first.  Looks like it's the bee.  ;- ]


More carvey-carve.

Need to take a break now, before my neck and shoulders turn on me.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Early Bird Cartoon

Early Bird cartoon transferred to the block.  Ready, set, go!


Hmm.  Giving some thought to a background block now (the reverse side, as I'm down to my last (gasp!) block).  

I'm thinking a green ground and a blue sky, with a large fluffy cloud taking up most of it.  I like carving texture into the background and I don't want to just carve it all away and leave it white.  I'll doodle some color sketches.


Colored up a cartoon.  Something along this line (didn't have enough colors to play with, but it's the general idea).

Grass of course greener, sky bluer, bird orangeyer, with maybe a bit of brown for accent.  Bee will probably be black, agapanthus a bit purpley-blue.

The trick is in the texture.  Sky in striations, cloud in billows, grass in rows of hash marks.  And of course some texture to the dino-bird, perhaps as shading.


Ok, did a better job of coloring.

My plan is to carve the foreground first, and if there's time, carve the background.  I will eventually, but I'll have to see if I get it done for this exchange.

Not liking the coloration of the bird.  Work on the plumage.

Cartoon for carving the background block:

Carve away motifs, most of cloud mass (except for the swirls).  Carve hatch marks in the grass area, some striations under the cloud.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Early-Bird Sketch

Getting closer to finalizing the cartoon.  

Bee's a bit large, but that's as small as I want to carve him!  The flower is an agapanthus, a suitably alien-looking flower if I ever saw one.  ;- j

I'm still messing with the arms/wings, but I'm nearly satisfied.  I wanted to get the velociraptor-like feet in the pic, but I may move them around a bit more.

About ready to transfer the cartoon and start carving.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Early Birds

Worked up a loose cartoon, stained the board.  I'll transfer a skeleton image when the board is dry.  I want to work out the details on the board.

Might not use that bee, or that lavender, or even that dino-bird, but it's a rough idea of the image.  I'll certainly add colorful plumage and make him more bird-like.  I like it's posture of curiosity.

The hoatzin comes to mind as a model.  Heck, it's half way back to a dinosaur all by itself.  ;- j