Because this woodcut has been a drawing for a long time, and it's technically demanding, I took some pictures at a few stages, mostly because I worried I'd screw something up. So far, I haven't really blown it, but I'm not finished yet.
|Nearly finalized drawing. Rarely do I go beyond pencil on the block, but this one seemed intimidating.|
|Started cutting. Added bird in upper right.|
|Cut most of the trickiest stuff. Adding some black to give more punch and ink-roll support. Decided against weird marsupial and carved him out.|
|Test print of upper portion. Mostly delivering the desired effect.|
|Whittled down a few of the branches. Tried wavy lines through the hips to boost the translucency idea. All the lower vegetation was easy, especially the white-on-black wintercreeper leaves.|