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John vs. Hurricane Irene

Carving a Japanese woodblock print and watching MLG Starcraft 2. Awesome.

 

For those interested, specifically I'm carving a print by Katsukawa Shunshô, circa 1769, of the actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IV, the original print (original owned by Frank Lloyd Wright!) can be found here:

www.mfa.org/collections/object/actor-ichikawa-danj-r-iv-a...

 

I found a print that I really liked (the one I linked to above). I then adjusted the color inside OS X Preview, removing all the color and reducing it to just the black outline. I then resized it appropriately and converted it to a PDF. Finally I printed it out on an inkjet printer (must be inkjet, not laser) onto some ink transfer paper, like so: www.imcclains.com/catalog/blocks/transferpaper.html -- www.imcclains.com/ has a ton of good supplies and this is a particularly good tutorial: woodblock.com/encyclopedia/topics/toc_process.html

 

This will be my second woodblock print - and one that's significantly more difficult than my first, I'm enjoying it, though!

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Taken on August 27, 2011