09 December 2009
I've got two plates ready to print. The way I was taught to do woodblock was to carve all the blocks I think I'll need, do a few test prints, and make adjustments before printing the edition. I've found that I have more fun if I make it up as I go, though. So even though I usually have a tight sketch and a plan, I prefer to carve, then print, then carve some more and print some more. I like to make changes as I go and leave some room to respond to the way a particular block prints.
That shape in the middle is going to be a large small pox virus. They're sort of lozenge-shaped with wormy bumps on the outside: