Well, the phone’s camera isn’t so good for some things, is it? Here are the cards, in a more visually appealing presentation.

Added bonus: I laid down too much black ink, and so figured that I would just go ahead and print the giraffe plate, even though it’s not finished. I’m just glad to have that done and on the finished shelf.

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No, I don’t do much two-color work. So here’s a little example of my branching out. I do enjoy that mid-1950’s illustration vibe.

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The final holiday of the Fall season, Thanksgiving, is finished here at home, and it is time finally for the Winter holidays. Though that knowledge doesn’t improve the sickly sweet omnipresent Christmas music experience one iota.

Testing the handmade brayer again. My apprentice was underfoot the whole time, constraining my workspace. Without freedom of movement, I couldn’t work the ink as much as I would have liked, resulting in some gloppiness. It’s most visible (or not, if you like) in the sun’s rays, which are just about all filled in. You can still see they’re there though, due to the lay of the ink, so all is not lost.

The paper is a coarse, inexpensive drawing paper for kids. After dampening, it held onto the water for a good long time.

I can’t lie; I’m a sucker for these low-angle shots. Please pardon my indulgence.

 

And here we see the awesome swoopy line that made such a statement, except that you can’t see it in any but one of the six prints. Grrr.

Having realized my old brayer was unsalvageable (don’t be like me, kids. Clean your brayer after each use), and having a deadline to meet, I found a solid wood rolling pin at Daiso, wrapped it in clear packing tape, and ran an inking test.

Somewhat uneven at the edges, but not gloppy in the details of the stone or body. This was a quick, late-night test; with some sleep and better-organized setup, this workaround should do the job sufficiently for the actual print (the giraffe, seen in the lower right, below).

Progress on the giraffe lino; further work on the body and face

Partly inked to give some idea of the final result

In an attempt to order my work somewhat, I signed up for a print exchange that I must mail my package out for in two weeks. It’s working; I’m making steady progress on this piece.

An initial sketch

At the end of tonight’s work

Detail of the lower spots