Saturday, April 9, 2016

Euclid linocut

Euclid



Some time ago, I sold some of my drawings of hands with mathematical and machinery symbols. For those drawings, I used pencil, charcoal and conte crayon. I decided to revisit that drawing and work it out into a linocut.


I wanted to have the feeling of flex, movement and muscle. When I did the drawing, the first layer consisted of many thin pencil lines to achieve the shadows and contours. I wasn't sure how I'd achieve that in a linocut. Could I use numerous cuts to achieve what the pencil did?

De Atramentis ink and preppy pen drawing


Using a fountain pen with a purple mix of De Atramentis inks, I drew out my idea on some scrap paper. I would need to remember to keep the cuts close and thin. I hadn't carved in this manner and I wasn't sure if it would come out the way I envisioned. Would I be able to keep the ink out of the shallow cuts? Periodically, I'd check my carving by placing a paper over the lino and rubbing pencil over the paper. The print was looking the way I had hoped. However, I still wasn't sure.

Euclid linocut print on rice paper


My first test print was on photocopy paper. That looked great. Oh, how excited I was that what I envisioned was coming through in the print!

I used two types of rice paper for this linocut print, Euclid. One is lightweight and off-white. The other is white and a heavier weight. Both look wonderful. Above is Euclid 1 which is on the off-white rice paper.





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12 comments:

  1. you did a great job with this Juana, no easy task.

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  2. Your carved linoleum block looks marvelous. There such a unique look to prints, that you can't achieve any other way. Happy Sunday Sketches!

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  3. The linocut print came out great. I think I like it better than the pen and ink. Looks like a lot of work went into it.

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  4. those look awesome!! great job.... you can tell that took a lot of time but worth it!!

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  5. Wow, great cut! I'm deeply impressed. What a task.

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  6. Your work is wonderful. I loved reading about all of the steps that went into making this strong and powerful piece. Thank you for sharing it and your excitement at the results.

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  7. WOW! Love it! The sense of energy and movement is wonderful Juana :)

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  8. Your linocut came out wonderfully. I've been seeing a few folk playing with linocut designs lately. I remember something similar to this in high school but not something I'll be venturing off to try anytime soon. haha Hope you're having a good week! :)

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  9. this turned out wonderful.
    there is something so appealing about carved stamps to look at.
    also you can make many prints which is super awesome too.

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  10. That looks fantastic Juana! I love the way this came out!

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