Thursday 17 May 2012

Utamaro print in steps.

It appears that there is quite a range of very nice books available that show, in step-by-step format, the process of creating a Japanese woodblock print HERE - for example ().

I took another set of very nicely illustrated steps and created a small multiple that shows them with the finished article. From Process of Printing Wood Engraving (Mokuhan Suritate Junjo), Kyoto, distributed The Red lantern Shop, Kyoto, 8vo (6 7/8 x 9 3/4 in - 17.5 x 24.7 cm), not dated but believed to be ca 1956. (HERE)


The ten small image pairs to the left show the ten steps required to make the finished print on the right. Each small panel shows a pair of images for each additional colour that has been added (the one to the left of the pair shows the blobs of colour, the one to the right the cumulative effect).