The subject I chose came from some images I had shot while in Lancaster England with my best friend and her family. I made her dad pull over so I could put my feet in the Atlantic Ocean and to take pictures of these charming fishing boats. It was all so picturesque and I couldn't let the opportunity pass.
I drew up a few thumbnail sketches in class to work out composition and had a couple fellow students critique and vote on which one worked best and had the highest potential. Both unknowingly voted on the same one and the one I was leaning towards regardless.
As I continued to work through the sketching process I had to make decisions on what I wanted to keep black and how I was going to obtain texture and variety in the work to keep it interesting.
I had originally thought that I would carve out mostly white leaving most of the lines black but realized it would make more of an impact if I reversed the white into black. I drew several sketches in order to figure out how I wanted it to work.
As I began to carve into the Linoleum it became clearer how I wanted things to look. I made the decision to approach it with more of design quality so I chose to use varying horizontal lines to make up the sky and haloed the boats and birds to make sure they were distinguished and visible. I used variations of crosshatching in the boat and smaller wavy lines to represent the water.
Once I ran the first test print it was apparent that I wasn't finished with the image. It lacked interest and seemed far too predictable. So I decided to go back in and add more texture to the sky by cross-hatching forms for clouds and variation in the smaller boats to create more of a harmonious relationship between the large focal-point boat and the background. Above is the first test print I made.