So to take a break from the commission (so early in the game, shame on me), I joined a group of artists in Kenosha that are making an Edgar Allen Poe themed playing card deck. At first I couldn't get past thinking about ravens, tell-tale hearts, or the red death... but then I remembered Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" and found that I had an excuse to draw a lady and hair. (And Poe loved to write about young beautiful ladies that tended to die tragically.)
So here's Annabel Lee fading into the depths of the sea, framed with her sepulcher. Like a tombstone, the bottom has her name & a death date (actually the date the poem was published).
Here are photos from carving the block, to inking the block, and then the final print.
I know I'm a day late than my usual blogging day, but it's summer & I've got a bad case of laziness.
I believe I mentioned that I got a commission a few posts ago. It's for a church named Trinity in western Wisconsin. I'm still in the planning/sketching stage, but I thought I'd give a few hints as to what I've been up to.
Here's a mockup of how my triptych of prints may fit in the space.
And here's the first sketch I made after seeing the space. I know it's a very rough, tiny sketch. 1 inch is the equivalent of 1 foot here.
That's all I want to give away for now, but I'll keep posting teasers as I go along.
Not very great photos today, but I cut out another linocut to add to one I did a few months ago for an exchange. I don't like the colors on this proof, but that's just what I happened to have ready at the time. Originally I was going to line up the blocks so that they matched but I liked the result of flipping the orientation better.