Wedding gift commission

I have done quite a few of these wedding commissions now, but none more complicated than this one. Between the arched setbacks in the front, the stained glass windows, and mostly skewed perspectives reference photos to adjust, the layout was quite long and extensive. It took a long time to get the square tower to look square. I am happy with the final drawing, though, even if there is no color required.

All inked up
A very simple preliminary drawing

From My Linocut class

Gradient prints

You know, I haven’t taken a printmaking class since college in the 70’s. When a linocut class appeared at our local state junior college, I decided, what the heck, I wanted to do it. So I enrolled. We are covering basic linocutting (which I can do) as well as 2 color printing, color gradient printing, and pattern printing. I want to learn more about papers, also.

I basically taught myself the linocut method a few years ago as I think all we did in college was a wood cut and some press etching. I have learned a lot already, including how to sharpen my tools. I never learned to do that and sadly have been using my old dull knives forever. I ordered the appropriate slipstrop and look forward to having sharp tools once again. Here are 2 prints I did for the class so far.

Finished fall pumpkin painting.

I didn’t like the way the pumpkins were floating on the canvas in the previous photo, so I reworked the background a bit and added a few more details to the pumpkins themselves. I am actually rather pleased with it.