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Woodblock Printing Ebook Illustrations

Cartooning, Character Design, Illustration

'My First Print' by David Bull.

I was asked by a friend, and exceptional Woodblock Printmaker, David Bull, if I could produce some illustrations for him to help explain some of the techniques of traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking.

During the design process we developed the cat character, Boots-chan, to guide the reader through the rich media ebook. She was based on a neighbour's real cat who'd wander into Dave's studio in Tokyo and watch him work.


Woodblock Printing Ebook Illustrations

Aligning light direction across the block during printing

Woodblock Printing Ebook Illustrations

Woodblock Printing Ebook Illustrations

Woodblock Printing Ebook Illustrations

The 3 Stage process of cutting and clearing a woodblock

Overlapping colour separations creating additional colours

Edge damage caused by the bevel of a knife blade

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