Saturday, June 21, 2008

Catch-up time


I'm back! The new renovated studio is looking much more respectable and clean. It's a nice space to work; I spend many hours every day in here either illustrating on the Mac, or wood engraving. Space-wise I'm still pretty squished, as you can see my little farley press (sheeted over still for protection) is crammed behind my chair, but I can function.

It's been apparent to me for a while that if I want to do more in the way of printmaking, I'm going to have to create the time by dropping something else. My cunning plan is to extract a day out of my commercial illustration working week, spending that whole day engraving/printing etc. A whole day engraving! Bliss! In the short term of course, this will create a small problem, as I have a month's worth of illustration work in hand and can't afford to take any days out of it, so my compromise is to use Saturdays instead till this big job is over....and the housework will have to do itself. It's a hard life!

So today is Saturday, I've been beavering away at my latest block and because I've had a whole day of unbroken time on it have actually made a lot of progress. I hope to finish cutting by next weekend and get printing soon after. This is it so far...bear in mind that this is a scan off the block and the actual print will be transposed.