So excited to try out my new Swiss cutting tools and the new larger (A3) Japanese vinyl plates!
As it turned out, I wasn't happy with my first attempt so I ended up cutting these plates twice, I didn't mind because its my favourite part of the process and the Swiss cutting tools are just a dream to use!
The Japanese vinyl plates are much stiffer than the easy-cut vinyl I've used before but as they are double the size, this made handling much easier and I could cut very fine lines which are robust. I cut 2 plates, one for the black and another for the grey/green. The surface is blue on one side and green on the other and reveals grey underneath as you cut into it, I like this but I personally would love a black plate revealing a light grey, as I think the cuts would be easier to evaluate?
I cut the black plate first and then offset onto the 2nd plate to get an accurate placement for the grey/green, essential really as the registration between these two is very tight and the highlights on the hair are very tricky to place properly.
It was my first time trying a tonal roll for the background, I really like it but it took a lot more time and effort than a flat colour.
Overall, I'm very happy and have learned so much on this piece!