It’s very small – 2.5 inches square. I’m enjoying the laying down of parallel lines in a manner that reveals form. In this small format every line, and cross hatch – either negative or positive – has an influence on the outcome of the image as a whole.
I’m not finished with it yet. There are areas that need to be developed a little more which means screwing up my resolve and making subtle adjustments with my engraving tools, like widening a line here and there to introduce a little more light or enhance definition to the mouth, for example.
In any case it’s pretty stressful. Funny to say when talking about such a tiny print that for most of the world has no consequence.
For me, the constrained boundaries of making this particular wood engraving provides a challenge that will hopefully add to my experience as an engraver.