Finished the drawing on the plate, which I am highly fond of:

And started the cutting:

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I’ve detailed the sleeping swine, removed one of the pair on the right, and added shadows and other details. You may see traces of details that didn’t work out: a horse, sheep, a tractor. Save those for later.

Inspired by this book, I have begun the Spring 2010 print series. First card is The Farm.

Original sketch and lino in present state:

Sketch detail. I am fond of the horse:

When sketching the image onto the lino, one horse ended up two for better overall balance. Horse one detail:

Tree detail:

Delays, delays… But the tortoise is finally cut. The original drawing showed a fantastic contemptuous look in the tortoise’s eye as he looked over his shoulder at the sleeping hare. It didn’t carry through to this piece, which makes me think I may recut this.

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At least this time I remembered to dampen the sheet before printing.

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I am happy with the road texture and shadowing. And some of the shell work, too.

This is the largest cut of the series so far; the tortoise will be just about the same size as the hare. Here you see the linoleum itself with the print. The ink transfer is spotty this time due to the (low) quality of paper in the sketchbook.

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The intention was to make the hare a little goofy and definitely sleeping, but I think I gave him an ass’ head!

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This was going to be The Ant and the Grasshopper, but for some reason, I just was unable to produce a suitable illustration. Maybe later it will come together. Moving on to the next fable on the list, The Hare and the Tortoise. I can’t get Bugs Bunny out of my mind when working on this one, which is just fine by me.

Some pencil sketches

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Rabbits always look a little disapproving or angry in real life. The Hare in the fable would probably look a little more raw than the sleeping rabbit I sketched the above from.

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Thank you, YouTube and user vempulaaa for the vid of your running tortoise. Yes, the feet are going to be fixed. The Tortoise probably had a similar look of contempt and anger when passing the sleeping Hare.

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The English text with the title in Greek characters. The longest text so far, which means the overall sheet will have to be large. That may require a balancing corner design…

Finally, the pencil draft is done. The whole piece measures 23 x 7.

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(A better camera setup is in the works.)

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The Bird and the fable

The Ant and the moral of the fable

The Ant and the moral of the fable

Tomorrow is a class night, so I may not get to working on the final piece until Wednesday. (I am taking a drawing class at the local cc. I’ve never had any formal drawing training, and it’s paying off as I find improvements and places to improve in the work.)