John Jānis Šteins

:: Artist ::

Pen & Ink ~ Tavira, Portugal

I’ve taken to making ‘woodcuts’ and ‘wood engravings’ with nothing more than an iPad and stylus using a simple drawing application (Tayasui Sketch).

Essentially, I use an additive/subtractive approach to making marks for developing the drawing so that it looks like both a wood engraving and scratchboard. It takes me a long time to do – likely longer than making an actual cut – since I consider each passage regarding pattern, line direction, crosshatch, etc. I’ve made six or seven of these over the last nine months or so.

There’s a chance I’ll translate some of these into a wood engraving, although they’ll be pretty large for that medium.

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