He has gorgeous markings. I've wanted to do a lino cut of him for a long time. Lots of printers have been inspired by their pet cats in the past.
|Edward Bawden's linocut of a tabby cat with a ball of wool|
|Richard Bawden's kit|
|Eileen Mayo's woodcut cats are too adorable!|
Ok, so the first thing I did was take some snaps of Clyde. This one looked okay as a starting point. Animals can be a proper pain to photograph. They never stay still.
Then I decided to add a load of contrast to the image in Photoshop using the 'threshold' tool. This was to help me see the image clearly in monochrome. I want to do a lino cut in one colour only.
|I've doodled some plants around him too.|
|My sketched lino cut design of Clyde|
Clyde has a huge nose and muzzle for a kitty and he has these markings above his eyes that look like eyebrows, so I emphasised these. Next I traced it onto my lino and started to cut out the design.
|Awww. I love his cheeky face.|
|It's so messy. There are lino shards everywhere.|
And then I made some prints
|They take a few days to dry in my living room.|