Friday, November 29, 2013

Illustration Friday--Refrain

This project is the REFRAIN of my artistic life right now.  Since falling in love with the old Mexican printmakers when I was in Mexico a couple months ago, I have been working on learning how to make linoprints.  Actually, I have always loved prints, but those fired up my interest in doing them myself.  

My goal (right now) is 100 of them.  It really takes a lot of carving to learn how to do it--what works and what doesn't work.  I hope they're getting better, and more interesting, though there are some early ones that I think are very interesting.  But I've learned a lot about carving, and am starting to get the hand of midtones.

But this is a "refrain" because I am working on other projects as well.  But I keep coming back to this again and again.  Also, if you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you will see other recurring themes.  The faces (I do love faces), the wrinkles, the grins.

Three more.  I am just plugging away at them.  This one is a second stage.  The first one just looked like a theater mask.  If you want to see all of them, click on the "linocut" tag on the right.
This one is also a second stage.  The first one with too flat.
And this last one, I didn't think would work out.  The drawing felt stilted.  But the print doesn't (to me, anyway).


  1. They all made me smile :-))
    Great to see some laughing people and they are awesome!!
    xxx Marianne

  2. Yes, that's what I love about the faces you carve and print, they are not 'perfect' or 'beautiful', and their appeal likes in the reality of the character, the wrinkles and lines on the faces. I am always so impressed with your work.

  3. I love your lino prints! They are so expressive. I went on a linoprinting course last spring and although I loved it found it much more difficult than I thought!

  4. Sorry for the slightly off-topic post but since you said you weren't on flickr much, and since it's taken me almost a month to get back to you about the Portrait Party, I wanted to let you know I just sent you a message to your flickr in-box. Looking forward to hearing back from you! Julia (of Julia Kay's Portrait Party)

  5. And these prints are super - I love your work!