At Renegade San Francisco in July, I met the owner of Mollie Stone's, a boutique grocery chain here in the Bay Area. He was really drawn to my Yosemite Valley linocut print, and asked me if I would consider doing a portrait of his store in Sausalito in the same style. I said sure, and after agreeing on a price, I went to work.
The first step was getting a photo to reference for my carving. My first one looked like this:
I waited for a half hour for that car to move. I bagged it and went back another day to get this shot:
Then, through the miracle that is Photoshop, I combined the two to make this as my master image:
I have walked people through my creative process before, but I'll do it again here. I'm not afraid to share :)
First thing I do is to make a tracing of the photo:
Next, I cover my block of linoleum with Saral transfer paper, then re-trace my drawing:
This is what I have after the re-trace - now my linoleum is ready to carve:
For this project, I tucked in for about 20 hours of carving. Here are some shots of the progression:
Toward the end, I was joking that this was more of a study of palm trees than the store...
But I was finished, and I was ready to give it ink. Always my favorite part:
I'm pretty happy at this point. Now to put it on my etching press:
I soak my paper (Rives BFK) in water so I get a really nice emboss on each print. Here is what it looks like on the press bed once it has been cranked through:
And the final step, the "reveal." You've seen it already, but here it is again:
My client was thrilled with the result. So was I. I'm looking forward to doing more.
If you have a commission you'd like me to do, just let me know. I love this kind of thing.