Sunday, September 04, 2005
Keep carving and doing test prints until it looks the way you want it to. The small holes under the eyes were done with the point of a toothpick. Normally I would trim off the border, but in this case I think it added to the effect. Some artists like to remove all excess carving ridges, while others feel that adds to the hand carved look. Remember, once you carve it away you can't put it back. If all else fails you can still clean it and use it as an eraser. Don't be afraid to start over...right now you are just learning anyway.