As March is oncoming, and the days are lighter the plants are waking.
The seeds are sown, slowly growing under all that mulch, the roses are budding and here come the peonies and the snow blossoms…Winter has carved away everything that would distract from these beauties, much like relief printing.
Creating and carving out shapes of lino blocks, soft blocks, vinyls, rubber, PVC blocks, for the rest of the remaining shapes, to print onto paper.
The idea is that you carve away everything off the block, that is not the shape you want printed on paper.
Lets walk through the process of creating a lino/block carving, cutting and printing.
Today, I present (ahem) one of the characters I have recently printed. Let’s start with the concept and go from there.
For this piece I was inspired by Dita Von Teese, her moxy and glamor. She represents the ultimate presenter, the show maker. The blood, sweat and tears. All the energy and great effort that goes into things things humans can do!
The Analyst and The Presenter; two sides of the same coin, where the conclusions derived from the analysis will need presenting across board, to speak to all levels of the audience spectrum. Find the necessary tools, Collate the data, analyse it, conclude results, present it. Every project manager, finance business analyst, business partner, ever.
The Analyst persona collates the data, analyses it to the Nth degree, creates a chart to display to the primary stakeholders. This persona steps off once the material is ready to be presented. The Presenter side emerges, facing the stakeholders, understanding the audience, weaving and creating the story which will speak to the audiences across boards, throughout multiple layers of the organization.
Both sides of the coin are skilled, knowledgeable, deriving fluency from continual willingness to learn, constant micro-improvements, and daily applications.
Starting the journey, is a nugget of an idea: Ideas are always nebulous, by sketching they become less so. If I can pull the necessary pose into a sketch and it looks proportionate, then I refine it little by little. If it doesn’t work out, I try the pose, or hand pose, or ask others to pose quickly for me, so I can get a better idea of the general shape I’m looking for. Failing that I scour magazines or browse images.
All the while I refine the image until I have a sketch I’m happy with!
Next, I either resketch it onto the lino or use a carbon copy to flip it. It’s easy to forget that the transferred image, the final print, will be a mirror image to the one on the lino.
Next month we’ll go over how to carve and print!