I decided to carve a big 5-inch block last week.
When working with a large block, I like to make a few quick idea sketches. Once I find one that I like, I do an actual size sketch so that I can figure out how it all really fits together. Then it's time for the first carve. I like to outline the design and then do a test print to see if I managed to get everything:
I stared at this print for a while and then I thought about just leaving it as it is. I like this kind of shadow outline. But the maximalist in me won out and I carved in some details. I printed again:
- Ignore it.
- Carve some detail into the flawed areas to hide the lines.
- Throw the block away.
I obviously don't want to do #3. After all, this is several hours of carving. What do you think? Ignore it or try to hide it?
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