Research is the starting point for every new assignment. From the information gathered, word lists are compiled and doodles are created sparingly. Once an interesting idea is found a series of thumbnails and roughs are completed, from which, one is selected to be brought to final (in this case two were selected) .
The idea solidified, reference is photographed and gathered to aid in the drawing phase of the process . The drawings start very loose and begin to tighten up with each new layer of tissue paper .
The individual drawings are then patched together, rotated, and transferred onto the linoleum block . Printmaking produces flipped images, which is the reason for the image rotation. Pattern and the necessary type is drawn directly onto the linoleum.
The linoleum block is then cut, rolled with ink, and placed on the press bed .
A piece of Stonehenge paper is placed on top of the inked linoleum. Two felt blankets are placed on top of that and is then cranked through the tabletop etching press. The blankets are rolled back, the paper is lifted, and the final image appears [6 & 7].