View Full Version : creating a wood engraving

11-06-2002, 07:17 PM
i just thought i'd let people in on the creation process of my latest print. not quite a demo....

okie dokie, first i need wood. i am using endgrain maple.


endgrain is really nice to work with. since you don't have to worry about grain, so you can make you lines in any direction without problems. it is also hard enough to let you make little lines and lets you get pretty detailed.


11-06-2002, 07:22 PM
now i need a drawing. for this print, i am attempting to make buddha. i used several pictures to make this guy. unfortunately, i can't find any of the starting sketches. but here is my final drawing:


11-06-2002, 07:32 PM
now i figured out some my shadow areas for reference. you can also see pencil lines where i was working out mental problems, etc.


my drawing is 8x11, so i had to take it to a copier and shrink it to fit my 5x7 wood. i also did some cropping. i redrew the drawing(outline only) on some tracing paper. after adding a thin coat of gesso to my wood and letting it dry, i transfered the pencil lines onto the wood by rubbing the back of the drawing. now time to cut!

11-06-2002, 07:42 PM
here is buddha right before i'm ready to pull my first state. i've made some changes to the drawing, but you really can't tell (i've eliminated the hand). i do have a crack in the wood. i haven't decided whether to try and fix it or to make it part of my composition.


11-07-2002, 05:12 PM
This is cool. Show us some more. Demo's are a great way of sharing the processes that different printmakers use in their work.

11-07-2002, 06:45 PM
first pull:

isn't this a horrible print?? but i put it here for a reason. first of all, this is to illustrate to people that the first pull is never very good. it's really hard to judge the amount of ink you need, and you always need to apply more ink the first time you print a plate than when you normally print. i normally don't get a decent print until third/fourth pull.


another thing: this is a hickey. hickies happen when you have something hard in your ink or on your brayer. you really have to look at the ink you're using and pick out any dried chunks. make sure to have a good brayer, too. a good brayer makes a world of difference.


11-07-2002, 07:06 PM
first state:

as you can see, the print looks pretty grey. i need to go back and add in some highlights. when working with wood, it's always better to be too dark than too light. i also overinked the left side of his face a little. and i'm not for sure if you can see it in the scan or not, but there is some texture in the negative space. i need to go back and sand a little and smooth it out. be back in a few days with a second state.


12-06-2002, 04:02 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share this process with us :)
Your Buddah is looking good!

12-07-2002, 03:16 AM
Thanks for the progress pics. The image is great!

12-14-2002, 07:16 PM
It's great to see your process!
There are so many possibilities in printmaking -- it's wonderful to see how others work. :)