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Topic: Copernicus- Lino block print  (Read 7580 times)
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minouette
« on: September 04, 2008 11:54:43 AM »

This is Copernicus and his planetary system:



Copernicus is shown in green with a lily of the valley, the standard Renaissance symbol to indicate a medical doctor, since like most proto-scientists, or 'philosophers' (doctors of philosophy) he learned his astronomy incidentally, since astrology was considered a vital diagnostic tool for medicine. His planetary model is shown as he conceived it in gold. Using the ancient Greek and Roman symbols, the heliocentric solar system has the following planets: Mercury (the fleet-footed messenger with his serpents and staff, the caduceus), Venus (goddess of beauty - the mirror, like an ankh), Earth (4 cardinal directions), Mars (spear and shield), Jupiter (thunderbolt) and Saturn (the scythe of Time). The outer planets had yet to be discovered. Beyond Saturn, he envisioned the sphere of the "fixed stars".

Here are the two blocks I carved:


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I like how he turned out, so I thought I'd share.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008 12:02:02 PM »

What a beautifully detailed lino block print!! I love the shading and all the little details. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008 12:04:36 PM »

That is abserlutly gorgous and amazing. I'v done some lino before and I can really appriciate how time consuming and difficult it can be (not to mention dangerous!!) I would be interested to know how long it took you.
Thanks for sharing! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008 12:08:06 PM »

I have post-school day mush brain so I'm just gonna say: "wow."
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008 12:17:43 PM »

This is like, super awesome cool! Amazingly detailed. Very awesome.

How do you find working with lino? I've only used rubber so far, but I really like the largeness of lino prints!
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008 12:36:31 PM »

wow that's awesome! good job! the detail is amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008 01:24:34 PM »

Thank you very much folks!

mizuhana - I love working with lino. I've never tried rubber actually. But you can get all sorts of different lino products. You can actually carve linoleum flooring (cheap, but difficult). You can get "softoleum" at art supply stores, which is probably much like rubber. I find that it's my preference. I like the way the cheaper no-name stuff carves. But they are different. Just buy some small pieces (you can get soft stuff from say Speedball) and a brayer (the roller) and give it a try! I recommend water-based inks. They are safer and more environmentally friendly.
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2008 01:32:02 PM »

How breath-taking.

Your work is beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008 02:08:00 PM »

this is the most detailed and lovely hand carved stamp I've ever seen on here. Make more and show us!
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2008 05:58:51 PM »

WOW!  I very very rarely leave comments, but this took my breath away. 
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