I really like to carve
Drawing my own designs, not so much...but carving -- YES!
The original inspiration drawing segment that I traced is above and my attempt to draw something similar is below.
I put my drawing up to a pane of glass in my studio door so I could see through the paper and retrace my lines -- only going in the opposite direction.
Yay -- it worked!
Then I traced my drawing with soft pencil and tracing paper for the transfer of the design to the carving material.
I cut myself a chunk of carving material from the larger block.
I placed the pencil tracing into position and rubbed the paper to transfer the design.
Then I went over the smeary pencil lines with Sharpie markers so they'd be easier to see to carve.
Ready to carve!
I love this material -- it carves like butter!
I inked up the carving with an old ink pad and made a test print. I still need to go back and clean up the lines, but I am pretty happy with my waves for the sea monster artist trading cards for the January swap.