Posts Tagged ‘stamps’

Bugs and Diggers

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I have been printing a bit!

I pulled out some invertebrate stamps I carved a while ago and made prints to send to my students in my online class Collaborative Printmaking:

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I also did some more construction observation with my son. This backhoe with loader and jackhammer caught our attention and we followed it along University Ave until I finished sketching it:

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I then re-drew my sketch directly onto a woodblock using pencil and watercolors. I changed the proportions a bit and my son added some gestural marks:

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Here’s an image of the block after I’ve done much of the carving. I carved some of my son’s drawing but not all of it. Next to it is a block with a drawing of a sow bug (or wood louse or whatever you like to call it) that I drew from life directly on the block from a live model scurrying around in a jar. I have just barely started carving this one.

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And here is an ant I’m about halfway done carving. I drew this in pencil on the block from a macro photo of an ant that my dad took.

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Stay tuned to see if I can put this all together into a finished print before I leave to teach my class at Peninsula School of Art next week!