skeleton hand

Linocuts: work in progress

Linocutting can be a slow process. In recent years I have taken on more and more complex projects and each time I kick myself when I am several weeks or months in and the end is still not in sight.

I am currently working on a pretty big linocut of a pair of Mexican cowboys. Due to other work munching up a lot of my time (including running Hello Print Studio in Margate) I seldom get more than a couple of hours at a time to sit down and carve.

This past week, however, I have determinedly set about finishing off this linocut which I started about 6 months ago. Most of the design is finished, which just a few details to fill in. I tend to do this in stages, editing and adjusting as I go. I draw the design out on paper first, transfer to the lino by hand and then re-draw the design until I’m happy. Once I start carving I make further refinements, allowing at least some of the marks to be determined by the tools themselves.

Here are a few photos of the block so far. Hopefully I can have it finished by the end of February and then I will set about screenprinting some colours onto it.

cowboy skeletons


cowboy crotch


skeleton hand





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2 Responses to Linocuts: work in progress

  1. Rachel says:

    Ooooo this looks really interesting, I can’t wait to see the finished piece!

  2. Dan says:

    May be a daft question, but how do you go about cleaning your lino block when you’re wanting to use it again? I find when I clean it, it starts to warp and bend, making it difficult to print again. Thanks

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