Saturday, February 7, 2009
Woodcut relief print cat PROOF- another feral kitty
Back to woodcut printing! I actually cut most of this in my fabulous woodcut printing class I took last fall at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Our excellent teacher, Jeff Dentz, was so good at listening to what I saw in my mind's eye and helping me develop a plan to accomplish it on wood.
This is the proof. Which means, sort of a test run. I see more areas I want to develop, so there's more cutting ahead today.
While I like the woodgrain to show, I don't like the darkest stripe of woodgrain that goes right through the center of this guy's eye, making it look like he has no iris.
The dark stripe is where the wood is harder, and therefore, the ink doesn't sink in as much. To compensate, I'm going to go back in and cut deeper. Of course, the eyes are scary to cut, one mistake and the piece is trash.
This piece is 19 x 10, my largest piece yet and virtually lifesize. I really like working larger.
Anyway, I thought I'd show you what I'm up to. I'm also working on another children's portrait in colored pencil. And the big news is I took apart the vacuum cleaner and found the giant clog of shredded paper that Otto so kindly decorated the rug with!
Comments most welcome...especially before I start cutting again!
I'm American Artist, Robin Zebley. My pet portrait website is http://robinzebley.com ...stop on by!