These prints are the first I’ve made from unmounted lino. When I bought the stuff last week, I noticed it was slightly warped, but I thought a day or so of pressing would flatten it.  Nope. I cut and pressed it unmounted, and didn’t notice any difference in result. Unfortunately, the paper that provided the best print bled the pen ink! Here you see the pencil draft (made from the second-best print):

Pencil draft, 9.5" x 6.5"

Pencil draft, 9.5" x 6.5"

These are the final prints

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My summer project for 2009 is to hand-scribe 24 Aesop’s Fables. I am using English text written in Greek characters (the transliteration table to be posted in good time), completed by September 3rd. The illustrations will be rendered in linocut and wood engravings. Below are the first two fables, The Fox and The Grapes and The Lion and The Fox.

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Detail: freehand scribing, graphite

The Fox and The Grapes, 13" x 4.5"

The Fox and The Grapes, 13" x 4.5"

Detail: fox 2 x 3

Detail: fox 2 x 3

The Lion and The Fox 9.5" x 13"

The Lion and The Fox 9.5" x 13"

Detail: freehand scribing

Detail: freehand scribing