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.