Here is the block with the first carving on it. What I carved is only what will remain the white of the paper. There was not a lot of pure white in the photo I am using as reference. This stage of carving only had very light highlights, whiskers, and lines that begin the wall.
After carving, I cleaned the block with alcohol to remove the graphite from the pencil drawing. The graphite would have transferred into the ink and I planned on using a very light color which would be easily contaminated. When I washed the block with alcohol, some of the ink smeared. I had to remember that the drawing on the block is just a guide for what I want to carve and not the final piece of art. Even if it doesn't look pretty anymore there is still enough of the drawing that didn't wash off to continue.