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Posted December 11, 2008
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Perhaps my hopes were too high for this book. I was interested in the principals of Notan, and in line and color, to supplement my studies in producing woodcuts and wood engravings. The text refers, many times, to other books by other authors, and the exemplar plates are not clear. The author includes exercises, but intends those exercises to be critiqued by a more experienced teacher, not the reader/student. While there are some gems of information to be acquired, I believe that the format and somewhat judgmental language is a bit outdated for useful or practical self-instruction. As a Dover printing, it is inexpensive, and it does contain some decent information, especially on issues of painting with Japanese brush techniques, and basic composition.
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