This is the sketch I started with. I used carbon paper to transfer the drawing to the lino surface. I had to stop when I was half done and start over again because I forgot to transfer the reverse image to the carving surface and I did not like this guy as well in reverse.
Here is the lino halfway through the carving process.
I finished the carving and did a test print, but I really need a good brayer. I have spots in each print that have less ink, and I also have places where the ink fills the carved lines. This is all because the brayer I am using is a cheap plastic brayer that is very uneven. It even has a few indentions in it. Yikes. I also forgot to sand the protective coating off the linoleum before I got started which causes the ink to kinda pool up on the surface. Next time I will make sure to do more research before starting a project with an unfamiliar technique!
Here is the finished carving and a (sorry excuse for a) test print.
I believe I can make this work with a good brayer. If not I will recarve this cute guy again. Live and learn, right?