In class, we were carving into our blocks of wood. She said it’s part of the process. Figuring out how you want your image to look. What type of pattern will you make? What positive and negative shapes do you want to emphasize?
What will you leave and cut away? What type of tool will you use? Think about the pressure on the tool, on the wood, in your hand. How much pressure will you use?
She said, Don’t rush through the process to get to your image, enjoy the rhythm and flow of the carving.