Here are some of my sketches for the woodblock print that I've been working on (slowly) for probably the last 2 months. I've probably done about a dozen or so, thumbnails and actual size, but wasn't totally happy with any of the results. (Click to enlarge)
Actual size. I like the composition but there's no room for the type.
Then after about an hour of complaining to my very patient boyfriend last night, it dawned on me that maybe I needed a different approach. What was the best way to do that? Turn the canvas from portrait to landscape. I had my mind set on creating this long and narrow vertical print, but when I bought the wood, it was much narrower than I had intended. The type would have fallen into too many short lines. Since I was also dead set on doing this octopus and I kept coming back to the idea of drifting, a long horizontal canvas worked better to convey that idea of being swept a long.
Next step is to do an actual size sketch. I may make some adjustments so the octopus looks more like he's floating than crawling, or switch the octopus and type. I hope to post the final sketch in the next few days!