When You Stick With It Things Unfold

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Some projects can be a little difficult to get through. Sometimes you may even abandon a project until a later date due to waning enthusiasm. I started off doing the linework for this drawing feeling pretty excited and had a clear vision of the finished image already planted in my mind. Yet oddly enough, once I started laying in the ink I realized I wasn’t completely feeling’ the direction it was going in. The thing with ink, despite it’s simplicity, is that it’s rather unforgiving. Once you lay it down there’s no picking it back up. So ever dot and stroke has to be sure. But I wasn’t feeling so sure with this one. Sometimes when I feel like this I’ll just start over. Other times I’ll put it off until another time and go start on another project that has my interest.

This time though, I stuck with it. I made it up in my mind that I would see it through even if the drawing didn’t turn out as I had envisioned.  After some time and more ink my feelings begun to change. As the face and form of my subject became more fleshed out with each carefully placed dot, I regained my initial enthusiasm and more. What started out as a drawing where I wanted to merge elements of nature with human form now seem to evoke an untold story, a story that is saying something still yet to unfold. I now find myself eager to finish to see what lies behind the eyes of this creature I call Chrysalis.

A Very Brief Demo On How I Carve Linoblocks

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1. Tools:
linoleum block
Speedball cutter
my design
Sharpie  

In this brief demo I’ve decided to do the Chinese character for “peace” as my design
2. I draw out the design on the linoleum block and since I don’t intend on using this for making prints in the usual custom so I’m not concerned with reversing it.
3. The Speedball cutter comes with six cutters that provides various forms and shapes of cuts.
4. Using the #6 blade I trace my design so that the cut can provide a stopping point for when I start removing the linoleum.
5. Using the #4 cutter I start removing the linoleum from around the design.
6. With all of the linoleum removed, my design is ready for some color.
7. At this point I take a Sharpie and color in my design.
8. …and there you have it! “Peace” all finished.