Drawing old styleFor transferring the sketch onto the woodblocks, I use an old fashioned grid and pencil followed by charcoal stick. Once I'm satisfied with the sketch and I more or less know where the cut lines for each puzzle piece will be, I strengthen the lines with either magic marker or sumi ink. All depends whether I feel like drawing with a brush or a marker.
|Getting quite good at snapping pics with left hand|
while posing right hand :-)
|Two blocks more or less sketched out|
I work with two adjacent blocks at a time, then retire those and add two blank ones, always having four blocks on the work bench at once.
|There she flows! I can see that dove-tail needs some work,|
maybe I'll move it up a bit
Each block has to have 20 potential puzzle pieces, some with room to grow in case I miscounted our participating artists. Shapes are going to be funny this year, I don't want anyone complaining!
During a break I went to my favorite place in the whole shopping world: the home improvement store! There I picked up a couple of foam supports for the puzzle piece cutting phase and a fresh new batch of scroll blades for my saber-saw. Cannot wait to get those little pieces cut out!
|Ready for next phase already!|
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