Japanese Woodblock Prints (Ukiyo-e) is argueably the most famous Japanese artistic genre. Since 19th century, it had a major impact on artists and designers in the western art, including Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, etc.
November 24 2014Due date
February 10 2015
The production of classic Japanese woodblock prints is a fairly complex process. Please illustrate:
First, the artist would start by producing a preparatory sketch (gako), with the most detail in areas like faces, etc.
The artist would then pass this drawing to a block-copyist, who then made an elaborated final copy, a very fine black and white paper drawing. If the paper drawing is approved, it would go to a carver, who specialized in carving the blocks used to produce the print.
Finally, The printing was done by skilled printers