|Step 3... more gray!|
|Reduction linocut in progress, Step 3 printed|
And now... hm.
|Cutting newsprint masks|
The strange shape of this mask makes me laugh. I can't decide if it looks like a demented chicken, or maybe it's a hamerkop. Look at it on the block! Definitely hamerkop.
|Mask in place on the block|
It took a couple of tries to get to a color that I liked, and I'm still not entirely sure this is the right one, but I'm going to carry on and hope it works. The advantage for you is that you can at least see where our hero is standing, even if you can't quite identify the species yet. Or maybe you can. Any guesses?
|Reduction linocut in progress: Step 4 printed|
From here I think I will have a few days of chipping out tiny stippled dots in the foreground. I will also remove material from the belly and face of the bird to preserve that strange purple-gray color. What, me nervous?
As for the next color... I think there's one more pale gray pass and then I can get going with what I hope will be the more entertaining bits of the background. Stay tuned!