Water based ink on Rives BFK
5.5" x 8" (image) 7.5" x 11" (paper)
I declare this a huge improvement on yesterday's print. Not only did I print the image in different colors and on different colored paper, after printing the background and owl, I carved the block away further and printed a third layer. Yesterday's print seemed washed out, where here the owl really pops. The drawing was just too detailed and naturalistic to work in two-tone, where here, I third layer gives a sense of depth that matches the suggestiveness of the many textures. The colors yesterday were just too subtle, almost seemed drab. But here the fiery red background and bright yellow highlight outlining the owl's back, sharply contrast with the dark purple shadows. This gives a sense of drama and danger to this predator-bird, who cocks his head in fearless wonder.