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Download More than 2,500 Images of Vibrant Japanese Woodblock Prints and Drawings From the Library of Congress

Download More than 2,500 Images of Vibrant Japanese Woodblock Prints and Drawings From the Library of Congress

June 14, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Thanks to the Library of Congress, you can browse and download high-resolution copies of more than 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints and drawings from the library’s online collection. The prints, most of which are dated before the 20th-century, were amassed from a large group of collectors, including notable donors such as President William Howard Taft and Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. More



Art Illustration

Eve: A New Intergalactic Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

Eve: A New Intergalactic Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

May.24.17

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Kate

Eve is the newest multi-colored woodcut print from Valerie Lueth of Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop (previously here and here). The limited edition print is created from layering four different blocks, each containing a separate color. Once combined, an orange and green hand is seen suspended in the cosmos, flowers and plants growing wildly from the extended limb. More



Art Illustration

Tugboat Printshop’s Lush ‘Overlook’ Woodcut Print Rolls off the Press After 3 Years of Carving and Preparation

Tugboat Printshop’s Lush ‘Overlook’ Woodcut Print Rolls off the Press After 3 Years of Carving and Preparation

Dec.28.15

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Christopher

Three years in the making, we first teased this phenomenal new woodcut print titled Overlook from Valerie Lueth and Paul Roden of Tugboat Printshop (previously) back in 2014—the carving of a single woodblock was intriguing enough to warrant its own article. After thousands of hours of preparation, drawing, carving, testing, and printing, the completed color proof was finally revealed this week.
Overlook is a color woodblock print created from 5 plates including 4 color blocks (yellow, red, light blue, dark blue) that define areas of color in the image with a 5th block (black) on top called the key block. More



Animation Art

Japanese Artist Places a Modern Spin on Centuries-Old Woodblock Prints Through Animated GIFs

Japanese Artist Places a Modern Spin on Centuries-Old Woodblock Prints Through Animated GIFs

Aug.31.15

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Kate

A Japanese artist is placing a modern spin on a centuries-old technique, animating Japanese woodblock prints in the style typically reserved for TV show recaps and continuously looping memes. The artist, who who goes by Segawa thirty-seven, uses Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to alter the static images and inlay elements of sci-fi and modern culture—bringing in Segways and alien spaceships into the fixed landscapes-turned-gifs.
Other gifs produced by the artist are far more subtle, one in particular showing a crowded street of people lit by moonlight, their shadows traveling from the right to the left side of the screen as the moon travels through the sky. More



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Overlook: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop

Overlook: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop

Sep.4.14

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Christopher

After two years of preparation and meticulous carving, “Overlook” is an upcoming woodcut print from the minds and hands of Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth of Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop (previously). The duo make some of the most stunning limited edition woodcut prints around, having churned out a number of new pieces since we last checked in including Woodcut Valley, Community, and Desert Island. More



Art Design Illustration

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop

Oct.17.13

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Christopher

Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth over at Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop just announced a new woodcut print titled Moth. Shown in production here, the final piece will be a 2-color print measuring 18″ x 25″ and is now available for pre-order. Art and design blogs everywhere were smitten earlier this year with their equally beautiful Moon print. The duo also has an upcoming exhibition of woodcut prints at the Arm in Brooklyn, opening Thursday, November 7th. More



Art Design

Tugboat Printshop Carves and Prints “The Moon”

Tugboat Printshop Carves and Prints “The Moon”

Jun.6.13

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Christopher

Back in December Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth over at Tugboat Printshop shared a tantalizing peek at their largest hand-carved relief print ever, The Moon. The print is finally complete and it’s gorgeous. The illustration of the moon was first drawn with a pen onto a piece of 3/4″ birch plywood incorporating various topographical features of the actual moon. After that was carved the stars were carved into the sky on the same piece of wood, but the moon was then cut out with a jigsaw prior to printing. More



Art Illustration

Carving the Moon: A New Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

Carving the Moon: A New Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

Dec.10.12

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Christopher

Since 2006 Pittsburgh-based husband and wife Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth have run the Tugboat Printshop, a traditional printmaking studio where everything is made by hand, starting with the giant slabs of wood into which each of their images are carved. The Moon is their largest hand-carved relief print ever coming in at 36″ x 32″ (91 x 82 cm) and will printed using two colors. If you’re interested they documented the process of carving the beautiful illustration which is now available for pre-order, and I also recommend checking out their other prints. More

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