Sunday, August 16, 2009


This is the process in how I create a bird print. I pick a bird I've seen, in this case the common raven and my most simple print to date, and I sketch it.

I scan the sketch and use it as a template in which I trace it in Illustrator to refine and edit the shapes. I play with the color and decide how many layers of color I want to carve.

Next, I flip the image and print out the Illustrator version and use it to transfer the image onto the block.

I carve away.

Then, I mix the paint and test the colors on paper.

I roll the color down and burnish. I let it dry between layers and hope that when it's all done, it comes out decent.

This one was easier - only 2 layers and 2 colors.


Anonymous said...

That is so cool! What a process!

Narender Kundra said...

>great job,looking good...

>see my blog.

Jennifer Cuellar said...

ravens/crows are my favorite birds ever! i am not being biased at all when i say this, but i really, really do love this print... i especially love how you handled the wood grain! looks beautiful! are you going to sell these? if you do, lemme know! (:

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