So I decided to redo Lurker at Sea (original ink sketch here) in color and use a block print (my current obsession). I thought the block print would work perfectly for the waves. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be (even harder than the stamps!) but I learned a lot along the way.
First I traced my old Lurker at Sea on tracing paper after lining the shape of the linoleum block as the outer boundaries.
I forgot to take process photos when carving (the throbbing in my hand must've made me forget), so I took some photos of the carved up block now. It has a bit of ink residue on it. I also included my muse in these photos.
Pug on pug
Next up I just used water and a brush to smooth out the whale. I love ink. It has such a great transparency to it.