Woodcut Printmaking Pt 1.

Back in April, I took my first carving course where I decided that I liked carving and subtractive art. Wanting to explore this some more, I signed up for another excellent Cabrillo College art workshop where I would be working with wood - woodcut printmaking.

The workshop group was larger than the relief carving group with more self-proclaimed artists looking to explore new avenues for their art. I typically declare myself an industrial designer during the name/about-me game but for some reason people think this translates to being a graphic designer (no it does not), which has led to some *interesting* comments from peers that try to justify my work in relation to theirs. I'm not sure why that bothered me, I should be flattered that they liked it and noted how I work. But no, I don't "do this for a living so that's why [I] carved and printed more." That was an actual comment I heard from someone in the class talking to another lady about me. Thanks?

In short, I realize that I trust my cutting instincts more than my drawings (and perhaps more than others might trust their own cuts).  I have the most fun with my carvings and subsequent prints when I'm not quite sure what cut to make next - I definitely was the only one that showed up to the workshop without a clue to imagery I wanted to create. Some people had wonderful sketches that they were able to translate to woodcut and line - maybe someday, I'll figure out that part of the process before showing up to these workshops. 

The process is simple enough: cut design/image out of wood. ink. print.

Update: Most of this post was written in August but I hadn't pulled the photos off my phone until more recently.

Early explorations playing with the tools and wood cuts.

Single block process and print based off a photo assignment that Nils did while at school.