I would love to say that I know what I am doing when I start a woodblock, but the reality is that I have a feel that I am going after. The drawing or sketch is just a road map pointing me in the general direction. There are always decisions to be made along the way. A color needs to be tweaked and a carve adjusted or refined.
On the woodblock for Book Four of the Chaco Sojourn Series, I was not happy with the original plan when I was at the fifth color run. The background just felt heavy with too much dark. So I started nibbling away at the edges of the big shadow behind the character, hoping that would add some interest. Four color proofs later, I finally settled on reducing the size of the shadow.