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January 3rd, 2009 #1
Help before it's too late
Well this is an illustration of some characters of mine called the aardvark scouts. I am going to take this image and make a wood engraving out of it that will be about 5"x 7". I wanted to get some feedback on it before I start carving. My main concern is if it reads well and if you can tell what's going on. Any other comments about it will also be appreciated.
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January 3rd, 2009 #3
Oh thank god you saw what was going on. I hope others see it too. Should I make them both scorpions? This is based on a real life event where people I knew fought a scorpion and a taranchula. The taranchula didn't have much of a chance.
January 3rd, 2009 #4
January 3rd, 2009 #5
Well I've never done an engraving before so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it will turn out ok.
While you wait, feel free to see the rest of the aaradvark scout prints I've done: http://wolf-atha-door.deviantart.com...ardvark-Scouts
January 3rd, 2009 #6
January 3rd, 2009 #7
Ok here's a tiny update. I changed the spider to another scorpion and touched a few things up. I'm really hoping for some more feedback. I feel pretty good about this, but I just want to make sure things are as good as they can be before I start with the carving/printing.
January 3rd, 2009 #8
January 4th, 2009 #9
Very cool idea, I'm curious about the outcome! Please post it!
Overall, you've done a very neat job on the crosshatching and the outlines. That's why it bugs me a little that the crosshatching on the guy's head at the rear left goes through the outlines of his jaw / lower head. Other than that, I don't see anything distracting. The image is very clear, even for people who've never in their lives seen an aardvark scout, like me.
January 4th, 2009 #10
You know, I've been looking at this for a while... I've struggled to find anything at all. I'm not sure it would over do it, but maybe some folds in the clothes where their knees bend?
January 4th, 2009 #11
Agree with everyone that it's a really nice image, and can't wait to see the result. (I really miss printmaking) If you're going for a 5x7 image size a lino block would work too, and it is possible to get some super fine lines (~ 0.5 mm) with a lino cut if you don't ink up too heavily.
January 4th, 2009 #12
very nice work. It's nice to see engraving here, it isn't that common. I really like the scene you created and agree that two scorpions are better than a spider. But I prefer the first image before you flipped it. For me it just reads better. Nice job on the linework, I just hope it's not too small for the print. Good luck with your project.
January 4th, 2009 #13
January 4th, 2009 #14
Hey guys thanks for the comments and advice.
Life machine: I would have to agree that that part of the image is a bit sloppy. He was the last character I drew in (an afterthought in fact). In the engraving I hope to be a bit more patient and aware of my mark making.
Ayem: Thanks I will consider some folds.
Aphotic Phoenix: Thanks . I've done lino/wood cuts before (I've also done screen printing, lithography, etching, and monoprinting). Someone gave me a couple of resingrave blocks and some tools to do engravings with and since I've never done it before I'd like to try it just to have a variety of printing types in my portfolio.
Janos: The first image is actually what it will look like-- the camel always comes out of the left side of the image in my prints. I just worked on it backwards when I was drawing (what you draw gets reversed when printed)
Noodle Doodle: LOL. I'm new here but I'm pretty sure I know what wasp you refer to.
Also, sorry to keep bugging the boards with this thing, but someone suggested in another forum to try a background. I'm not so good at them in general and I am afraid it might look too cluttered, but how do you feel about this compared to the just white/grey?
January 5th, 2009 #15
January 16th, 2009 #16
here is the final, printed version. The background didn't turn out as well as I hoped but I think it came out quite nicely for my first wood engraving.
January 16th, 2009 #17
January 16th, 2009 #18
Here is the carved block. It is carved out of something called resingrave which is a cheaper, smoother surface that a lot of engravers use nowadays.
The dark parts on the block that are dark in the print are actually from the transfer process-- that is, I took a xerox copy of my photoshop drawing, laied it face down on the block and rubbed the back with acetone. This showed me where I was supposed to carve. The only ink still left on this block are mostly in the recessed areas where I carved and didn't wash out thoroughly enough.
You may also be able to see where the block cracked through the Kammal's ear. This probably happened because I had dropped it a few times. Luckily, the crack (like in a lithography stone) didn't show up in the print.
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January 18th, 2009 #19
Awesome characters and amazing concept! I'm so envious!
Plus for a first try you've got some mad wood carving skills... I seriously hope you do more.
I think this turned out perfect!
January 19th, 2009 #20
well, I've done wood and lino cuts before. This is sort of similar, just a harder surface and different cutting tools. Chances are I will be doing more of these since I'm trying to get into graduate school for printmaking