Lichen

lichen wood engraving

TITLE: Lichen
SIGNATURE: John Steins
MEDIUM: Wood Engraving
IMAGE SIZE: 3.37 x 5 in
EDITION SIZE: Open
PAPER SIZE: 7 x 10 in
PAPER: Washi
OTHER MARKS: Signed, titled in pencil

narrative:

Detailed rendering showing the crackled texture of lichen growth found on rock surfaces in the arctic tundra. This might be considered a good example of black line engraving on end-grain boxwood where all the white areas are scooped out with the engraving tools leaving the black lines to describe the image. I employed a photo taken by Bob Frisch as a reference for the design. Paper and deckle are for illustration purposes.

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