Category: Woodcuts


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Although Chris uses other mediums such as woodcuts and lino cuts, he also uses watercolours and coloured pencils, and some pen and ink when he wants to pick out images and define them more. I loved this you tube video and it was great to be able to see some of his work close up while he explained his techniques. I also loved the bit where he explains about how long it took him to do a whole picture with coloured pencils…..he must really have had some patience that’s all i can say!!

I love the colours he uses, the detail, and the expressions. I too like to work into water colors with the watercolor pencils afterwards for more definition, so i found his work very interesting. Must say i wasnt too inspired by the content of the stories, but you can’t have it all can you?? :0)

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Went to Woodfest today in St Asaph, saw everything to do with wood and what you could do to it, make with it, and how long it took to climb really big bits of it!!! GREAT STUFF!!!!!!!! Below is the piece of wood sculpture created by Simon O’Rourke (ex children’s illustration Glyndwr Uni)…and believe me, the photo does not do it justice!!!!! He created this in 3 days believe it or not!!

Look at the amazing expression here!

Sorry i can't remember the artists name for this one, but it sold for just short of £2000!!

Another one that i dont know who did it - sorry, but it was beautiful

As a teenager, studying Art O’Level (showing my age now) i remember coming across this print – “The Hollow of the Deep Sea Wave of Kangawa”and being totally fascinated by it, so much so that i used the design aspect to create my own ‘sea and wave’ scene, which now hangs in my downstairs bathroom! I love the boldness of the colours, and the clear lines, but then i am also drawn to the intricate patterns created in the waves.It is only now, as a mature Design student, that i have become aware of how it was created, and that it was a woodblock creation rather than a painted image – this leaves me totally in awe of this amazing man!

One of Rudyard Kipling's Woodcuts

How absolutely beautiful is this image created by the Author and Illustrator Rudyard Kipling? Woodcuts is an area that fascinates me, not only for the cleanness of the line, and the amazing textures that can be created, but also i greatly admire the amount of time that has been put into these creations.

My motto with reference to Art is – why use ten lines when you can use just one! and i feel that the woodcut demonstrates this beautifully, and yet there is also a softness that is created with the fine cuts and lines, fo example just look at the expression on the elephants face, and then image this image drawn with a pen and ink – would it have the same impact ? Just a thought……

I have attempted Lino cutting last year and quite enjoyed that, i would like to think that i may have a go at woodcuts over the summer break, but will definitely be researching into Japanese woodcuts, block printing, and Lino cuts as i progress,,,,,of course there is also the added benefit in the fact that you can use these plates several times instead of it just being a one-off image…sounds good to me!!