In my previous posting I wrote about the “who,” the “what” and the “why” of Japanese woodblock printmaking. As we walked out of the gallery in the Honolulu Museum of Art that is devoted to Japanese woodblock prints we came upon this display that addresses the “how” of printmaking.
David Bull is a master woodblock printmaker who lives in Tokyo. See here for the opening page of a number of websites he manages, all on the art of woodblock prints. David also owns a youtube channel that you can find here. He is presently producing a video series on creating a copy of Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave and has just uploaded Part 7 of the series. In Part 1 he shows how he uses Photoshop to produce his initial design. It’s a slow process that has taken several weeks so far and he just started carving his first block in Part 6!