After working through design ideas using a number of photocopies cut up and moving them around and then adding them lightly over the template (size/shape of the basic linocut from the DESIGNART series) I settled on the seedpod over to the right of the template and spilling off. It needed something else so after consulting my plant and photos I decided to add a more ‘ragged’ representation of the flower head after it has opened and is starting to head towards fading from its robust bloom into the ‘softer’ and then wilted phase leading to the seedpods. This is the added on drawing I came up with.
I struggled with the ‘joining’ of the original drawing and the new section – especially as I worked not from the original drawing but the b&w design phase. Trying to get the leaves ‘just right’ was frustrating. Here is one of the images from my plant that I used where you can see all those new growth leaves all falling out over each other.
Eventually I have ended up with 2 images that I have been ‘sitting with’ and deciding which one I will use or which combination I may adjust. I will post more when I start carving. I have actually made a decision.
It is a bit like a game of ‘spot the difference’ – note to self : printmakers and artists can be horribly pedantic!
Just wondering as an exercise for those inclined to design – what would you do?