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Cutting the Centaur: Linocut Special

jamaal barber

This year I'm doing a linocut of a centaur in honor of my fraternity, Iota Phi Theta Incorporated. In my last post I showed the final sketch. Now that I have the final sketch completed I transfer the drawing to the linoleum. The image is reversed so that in the printing process the final print will be in the proper direction. I've changed the composition slightly by making the sky a different pattern. The new sky pattern will give a better contrast to the figure.  At this point I'm thinking of the mark making. Using the different shaped cutting tools I'm removing the areas that I do not want to print. This is also how I can add form and flow to the piece. The cutting is the most fun part of the process. This is where everything will begin to take shape. There will probably be more changes as the cutting happens. As I go along I'm reacting to each cut just as much as I'm holding true to the final sketch. It will all add up to a great final piece.

 

There are 22 20 prints still available out of this 25 print edition. All prints are hand pulled and are available for $50 each. Be sure to pre-order to make sure you get a chance to have an original, hand-printed piece of artwork in your home. Email me at jbarberstudio@gmail.com to reserve yours.

 

Jam