Every year, the Pensacola State College Visual Arts Department hosts the "Art Students Honors Exhibition" where students within the visual arts program are able to submit works they created in classes since the previous exhibition. This year, 2019, three of my pieces were selected to be displayed and judged. Of the three, I was awarded 1st place in the "Printmaking" category as well as a $1000 Gulf Breeze Arts Scholarship. My other two pieces which fell under the "Photography" category, unfortunately did not receive any awards.
The print which won 1st was my third Printmaking I assignment, a reductive woodcut with three layers of ink. I named it "Tuetle" because it is a combination turtle and beetle "bug display".
The print was produced over a ~3 week period. The woodblock was a piece of birch plywood which was supposed to be carved using hand tools similar to these, which I initially used, however due to medical issues I was unable to complete the carving with them, so I switched to a Dremel. The Dremel made the job easier, but it was still a long and hard process, although it produced straighter and smoother lines than most other students were able to achieve, I has issues controlling it sometimes and went off pattern. The Dremel did allow me to produce large areas with no "chatter" enhancing my prints "framed" effect.