I've made a simple linocut of a Harry Potter Firebolt broomstick as part of a project I'm working on for G-Man's birthday. It's intended to be the first of a few themed linocut prints, and though I have something very specific in mind for it, I couldn't help but play around with a few other ideas too.
It's been a while since I've done any linocutting (or sketching, for that matter!), and this little attempt made me realise how out of practice I am. But I don't think G-Man will mind the lack of finesse, bless him!
If you've never tried linocutting, it's worth giving a go as it's great fun and while it takes much more practice than I've had to be really good at it, you can still get some pretty nice results as a beginner. And it's the perfect kitchen table art as well - you don't need much space, and only a few basic tools.
To make my print, I sketched out a simple drawing of a Firebolt broomstick and, when more or less happy with it, did an outline version in pen to define the carving lines. As I'm terrible at visualising things in reverse, I took a picture and flipped the image in photoshop, then copied it onto my lino to cut, cut, cut...
I'm happy with the finished result - it's not perfect, but you can tell what it's meant to be, and it's exactly what I wanted for my birthday project. But now I've got it, I'm thinking of a few more projects it would be good for... Harry Potter alphabet, anyone? Or a nursery print inspirational quote...
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