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Mutant – from the movie This Island Earth

After 5 months without any capability to work (stuff was in storage) I set up my work room and set out to create a new image that I had planned on starting before the move but never got to.

Mutant (as in Metaluna Mutant) is a monster from the classic 1955 sci-fi movie This Island Earth. I really liked this monster because he was

A) weird looking and

B) very textural which lends itself to the varied mark making of linocut.

I used a drawing I found online for the pose itself and used that as the outline of the shape and then did all the details within from production stills from the movie.

I think he came out rather good IMHO. I liked what happened with my cross hatching on the ‘brain’ portion of his head. It definitely made the mottled appearance I wanted when printed.

Now keep in mind that what I’m showing here is a first proof test print. It’s not the best printing as I needed more ink and more pressure when rubbing a few areas but it came out well enough to determine if it was a good image. I’ve cleaned up a bit more of the background ‘chatter’ since this so when I print for real it will have a little less noise behind the monster in the blank space. I’ll probably use him to make myself tee shirts and stuff. It wouldn’t be for sale since I based it on another person’s art.

I’m still trying to figure out what to do for my own shtick: skulls? tentacles? classic movie monsters? come up with my own monster?  I think I’m finally reaching the skill point where I need to figure out how to use my new talents for products.

 

Basis of the image, a line drawing found online

 

Production still used to see the real details better

Production still used to see the real details better

Carved block and test print. Click to see details in larger image.

Carved block and test print.
Click to see details in larger image.

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