Many of my early carves and cards were based on the series of OZ graphic novels written by Eric Shanower and featuring fantastic illustrations by Scottie Young. Shanower’s adaptations are true to the original Baum books, without the creepiness factor of the movie adaptation of the Wizard of Oz.
I’m a huge fan of Young’s “sketchy” art style and carving stamps of his work was a fun challenge that really improved my carving abilities. All of these stamps were carved with gouges (most often a Speedball #1 and a Staedtler 1v), and you can see how my ability to carve has improved over time in these images. The original queen of the field mice (in the Marvelous Land of OZ series), is about three times the size of the one on the LTC below. I have several stamps that I’ve scanned and re-carved at a reduced size to challenge myself to be able to carve smaller and smaller details.
I hope that you enjoy this collection of cards!