Saturday, June 19, 2010

Japanese Watercolor Woodcut Print-Free Ebook

Hirosige Utagawa 1797-1858
100 views of Edo, #35
Image Source Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

I wanted to write again about Japanese Watercolor Woodcut prints because it is one of my favorite forms of art, and it was a complicated process which involved a great deal of craftsmanship as well as artistic talent.

Japanese Prints are a wonderful artform that depicted life in Japan and made art more affordable to the average person. 

While reading about an American woodcut artist, I came across an ebook that was written by F. Morley Fletcher that describes in  great detail the whole process of how to create the watercolor woodcut print from start to finish. There are a number of examples of prints in the book as well as hand drawn illustrations of the many tools and methods that are used.

Although the book was created in 1916, it is well written and very concise with regards to the materials, and the processes the artist must go through in order to complete a series of satisfactory prints. 

You can read the contents of the entire ebook below or you can download the entire book for free from the Gutenberg Project location.

More of my posts about the Watercolor Woodcut
Ukiyo-e The Art of Japanese Woodcut Printmaking
W.J. Phillips Master Of The Watercolor Woodcut


Wood Block Printing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Is YouTube An Artform?

Well guess what, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City thinks that it is, and you have until July 31, 2010 to submit your video for consideration for the museum's showcase of the most exceptional and creative video in the entire world.

It sounds very much like YouTube Play will consider any type of video either new, or created within the last two years and there does not appear to be any type of restriction on what the content of the video is, it is left up to the creative talents of film makers, animators, and pretty much anyone who has access to a video camera. Only one submission per person will be considered.

In YouTube's words, they are looking for something different, Not what's now, but what's next.
We all know how YouTube videos often go viral around the world, and here is your chance to let your creative juices flow, and perhaps make the cut for the top 25 videos that are chosen.

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