Hereâ€™s a view of the block after all outlining was completed. Youâ€™ll note I havenâ€™t done any outlining in the lower portion of the block since it will be solid black and I havenâ€™t yet decided I want a black outline around the portions of the figure over the black. If, after I ink and proof print the block, I want a thin white line to make the figure pop out of the black, I can easily add it in. I can always remove more wood to create white, but I canâ€™t always add it back in. Always err on the side of too little carving, because you can always carve more.
Now we get into the fun part! Although I am referencing the original Cthulhu woodcut and do want this rendition to relate to it, my carving style has developed since 2010. I may end up clearing some of these marks out after proofing, but I know I want the arms to be more textured than the original. Iâ€™m starting at the claw tips of the lower arm and moving on up. The spots I originally drew arenâ€™t being tightly adhered too, I prefer to let them progress naturally as I work â€” with a few markings to remind me where I want a few larger black spots left because I donâ€™t want a symmetrical pattern.
Iâ€™ll be moving on up that arm now, be sure to check in on the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Kickstarter for updates on other rewards available to backers. The Kickstarter will be over in less than 2 weeks and the special event packages are rapidly being snapped up.