As I mentioned earlier in the week, I started a new little linocut before completely resolving the question of the laughing gull piece. This piece is just 5 x 7 inches, so it's kind of like doodling in the margins while trying to figure out a larger issue.
So. Here we go.
|Puffin linocut: Step 1|
The problem with puffins is that they are immediately identifiable even with just one color pass completed. Where's the fun in that?
And of course I'm again confronted with that ludicrous puffin bill. The yellows and red do not appear anywhere else in the image, so there's no point in inking up the entire block. I cut a mask from mylar and used it for selective inking of the next three steps.
|Masking for spot inking|
|Spot ink in place, mask removed|
|Puffin linocut: Step 2|
|Puffin linocut: Step 3. Camera failed to capture the difference|
between the first yellow and the second.
|Puffin linocut: Step 4. I expanded the area of the face mask and|
cut a second mask for the legs.
|Puffin linocut: Step 5.|
Fun, eh? There's some gray to go back into two areas of this bill. I could have cut those areas out earlier, but I want them to feel more opaque. It means one more little mask area, but I can live with that. Then it will be time to tackle rocks and water again. I'm already a little... um.... challenged... by the idea that a body of work about seabirds in Maine could involve a lot of the same sort of background habitat. I think my next piece will break out of that... at least a little. But for now... rocks and waves, here I come!