Sunday, January 18, 2015

Putting Together a Print, I Hope

American Goldfinch. Pencil Sketch by Ken Januski.

I always hope I won't jinx whatever I'm working on by posting sketches as well as thoughts before I've actually finished the work. That's even more so today because I haven't even started the print yet. Instead I've been doing pencil sketches of the main characters.

Following the Killdeer of the last post I've spent part of the last two days on fall plumage American Goldfinch. I observed some particularly handsome ones in the middle of the Goldfinch on Thistle woodcut of a few months ago. Based on those photos I did the previously posted watercolor below. However I didn't think I wanted to use this pose in the print. More likely I'll use one of the two lower sketches in the sketch above.

American Goldfinch. Watercolor by Ken Januski.

I'm still undecided on what type of print this will be. I'm a bit tempted to make it a reduction linocut, where I keep cutting away from the linoleum after printing a color. It's been quite a while since I've done one. If that's the case though I'll lose much of the detail and precision that I've gotten in the recent pencil sketches. Still that might keep it close to the initial pen and watercolor sketch below.

The next step is to rework the composition, at least as a thumbnail. After I have a better idea of what the final composition will be like then I'll also have a better idea of how to portray it in print.

American Goldfinch, Great Blue Heron and Killdeer Along Manayunk Canal. Pen and Watercolor Sketch by Ken Januski.

To get back to the danger of writing about this all in advance. Obviously there is a fair amount of work going into it. Let's hope with all this mountainous buildup that I don't produce a tiny mouse. I'ts been known to happen.

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