This last year I picked up linocutting. A newbie to this, I'm seeking advice on tools and paper from other linocutters. Would also like to see what others are creating. Please share.
This YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIso5PrJTq0 was an inspiration for me to get started.
I use the Speedball tools seen in this video and after a half hour of carving my fingers hurt.
These are two linocuts I created for my short story "Horse Two".
How do you start your designs? I love the stark black and white look. It reminds me of vector art.
I haven't done linocutting since High School Art Class! My old awkward scrawllings don't hold a candle to your work. Fantastic! You've awakened a new respect for the medium for me, Anita! You sell your prints?
Tome and Cap'n, thanks for the compliments.
I start by looking over historical photos on the Library of Congress web site, like this search on the Washington Park race track in Illinois. Then, I freehand sketch on the linoleum and begin carving.
I've been thinking about selling prints. I'm just getting started, so I don't have a store front up anywhere. (Haven't figured out the best way to go about this one...my own site, Amazon, or Etsy) I have several prints from the "Horse Two" publication and working on another set for "Olympia". If you'd like to discuss further, please feel free to contact me privately.
Some other artists I've found online. I find these inspiring.
Nick Morley (noir cover art): http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickmorley/5616182374/
Alexandre Bourgois (rotary dial): http://www.flickr.com/photos/axlesax/7919608908/in/pool-linocut
Rik Olson (steamroller): http://www.gratongallery.com/rik_olson.html
Ashley Worley (power lines): http://www.theartzoo.com/linocut-power-lines-print/
William Hays (snowy, night time clocktower): http://www.artfulhome.com/product/Linocut-Print/Illumination/72709
(Ah shucks, there was one of a deep sea diver and octopus that I've been searching for an hour now..think I'll have to concede, I've lost it in the internet sea. These where really amazing.)
You should consider scanning the photo first, and then using photo software to play around with the contrast. That way, you'll be able to see what the end result looks like before spending the time and money on supplies.
From there, you would reverse the image, resize it to match the block, and then print it on a laser printer. The print can then be transferred to the linoleum block with evergreen oil. Once transferred, it's up to you and your steady hand to finish the job.
I come from a special effects background, and this is a useful technique for anything that requires carving/etching/engraving (eg. clay tablets, wood furniture, PC cases, etc.).
I'm not familiar with linocutting. I will say that I like the artwork you posted. Well done.
Step 1 - Get a thick piece of linoleum tile.
Step 2 - Use carving tools to remove the areas you don't wish to print.
Step 2b - Gaze painfully at your hand as it shrivels into a clawlike position, and curse the day you thought linocutting was a good hobby to spend your time with.
Step 2c - Suck it up and finish carving.
Step 3 - Roll ink onto the linoleum tile.
Step 4 - Press the linoleum tile onto paper or fabric to print a mirror image of your design.
Thank for the info, Tome. Steps 2b and 2c makes me even more impressed her work. :)
That almost sums up my experiences with linocutting, Tome, save you forgot "2d - Occasionally slip with the cutting tool and gouge a little U-shaped chunk out of your other hand".
Never heard the evergreen oil technique. On the off chance I ever get to do anything interesting ever again I'll have to try that!
Ditto on the evergreen oil. Will be looking into that as well as new carving tools. Thanks for the suggestion!
No prob. Looks like all of the cool kids are using orange oil now.