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Carving Krampus woodblock

February 18th, 2016 Comments off
The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired.

The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired. Click to zoom in.

 

Just for fun I tried printing on a t-shirt. Not exactly perfect but I learned a lot. Need to tack the shirt more firmly so it doesn’t have wrinkles. Need to hold shirt down so when I lift the block it doesn’t try to come with it. AND finally I need a more solid surface to apply pressure. I doubt I’ll do more woodblock on shirts as I’m shifting to linocut but I wanted to try to do Krampus for my own wearing pleasure.

Woodblock Krampus on a shirt

 

 


 

Base image for Krampus

This was the rough concept taken from images of African masks, and rams horns. I start with this and then came up with an outline version

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All carved before test inking to see how it looks.

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Closeup of the horn area to show how thin the lines are.

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Background was lowered with gouges but I’ve stayed clear of the image

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Initial pencil drawing and beginning to outline with a V gouge.

This is a two sided woodblock that will probably be displayed on a rotating stand once complete. The flip side is a skull with a decorative headband.

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Krampus – Dead Santa wood spirit

February 18th, 2016 Comments off

I love Krampus. Under my pen name I wrote a book about him (shameless plug: GET IT HERE). He’s the anti-Santa who delivers punishment to the bad children instead of toys and treats.

I had this idea for a Krampus wood spirit and then saw someone’s image of a two sided wood spirit and was intrigued. I originally intended Krampus on one side and Santa on the reverse. My wife saw the Santa sketch and asked why I was being so cheery and not taking my normal macabre approach to everything – so I made Santa as a skull with a beard: Dead Santa.

 

Rough sketch on the corner of the block to create the profile.

Rough sketch on the corner of the block to create the profile.

Profile view showing both faces. They needed to line up to get the right feel.

Profile view showing both faces. They needed to line up to get the right feel. click to zoom

Dead Santa with whitewash finish

Dead Santa with whitewash finish

Krampus, unfinished

Krampus, unfinished

Finished and sealed with linseed oil. skull side

finished and sealed with linseed oil krampus side

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Carving a skull – woodblock

February 18th, 2016 Comments off

This is actually part of a two sided art piece. It started as a simple woodblock of a skull with some very simple decoration. After the initial print test i did some more carving on the background to lower it to avoid the areas you see where ink got on the background.

The flip side is a Krampus.

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The final image after it’s been printed and cleaned up. Click to zoom in.

Here are some of the “in process” stages from pencil sketch to fully carved.

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Pencil sketch placed on the basswood board

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Background lowered

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Most of the hollows lowered

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All interior carved click to zoom

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Initial ink printing test. click to zoom

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