Linocut Printmaking MARIAN TALIP 4A

PARAMETERS: Create a linocut plate and 10+ prints that demonstrates understanding of texture, pattern, proportion, balance, emphasis and observational drawing.
  • Must save and use resource photos
  • Must choose an animal, insect or a plant on the endangered species list
  • Lines/shape must extend off the page on 3-4 sides
  • Must have overlapping shapes
  • Must have a variety of line work (thick, thin, continuous, etc.)
  • Background must be filled with one uniform texture

The Borneo Pygmy Elephant is known as the smallest elephant species on earth. It genetically contrasts other Asian elephant species with its baby-like faces, massive ears, and their long tails that sweep across the ground. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the Borneo elephant's DNA showed that their species were isolated from their mainland elephant counterparts over 300,000 years ago, making there kind vastly unique. Only around 1,500 of the Borneo elephant population remains here on earth today and they are classified as endangered. They are faced with deforestation due to expanding farms, logging and palm oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia. Illegal hunting is a huge issue for this species because snares are causing injuries and causalities to this already threaten species.

Resource Photos

I based my design ideas around the resources photos I used and created four rough sketches. My four sketches were of an elephant facing forward and surrounded by plants. I showed my sketches to my table and asked them what I should keep and what I should remove/add. They liked the fact that I used the elephant facing forward because it seemed more realistic to cut out. It also was more interesting to look at then the first two sketches. The photo below are my sketches.

I did two practice prints on a smaller piece of linoleum to start off. Then I started off my final linocut print by cutting out the outline of the elephant. One major problem I had with my work was remembering what I had to cut out and what I had to leave. I had to decide if the background was going to be black on white or white on black. I didn't want to much of the print to be negative space, so I decided to cut the background around the plants white so it contrast the black color of the elephant. I finished the elephant cut then moved on to the plants in the background.

Finished Product

Print and Final Copy Side by Side.

I think my final prints and linocut turned out well. My work did not have too much negative or positive space and the lines were clearly defined on the prints. The elephant and the background had balance and texture. I could have improve on the small detail cuts because they did not show up too well with the ink. The elephant could have more line detail on the elephant also. More emphasis should have been placed on the elephant itself rather than the background.

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