The Woodcut Artist's Handbook: Techniques and Tools for Relief Printmaking

The Woodcut Artist's Handbook: Techniques and Tools for Relief Printmaking

by George A. Walker
     
 

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Praise for the first edition:

"An indispensable guide for those who make art out of the contrast between light and dark. And, it's a sheer pleasure for everyone else, thanks to its many wonderful illustrations."
-- Artsforum

"Walker's instruction is so clear and well organized that this handbook is perfect for the beginner."
-- American

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Praise for the first edition:

"An indispensable guide for those who make art out of the contrast between light and dark. And, it's a sheer pleasure for everyone else, thanks to its many wonderful illustrations."
-- Artsforum

"Walker's instruction is so clear and well organized that this handbook is perfect for the beginner."
-- American Artist

The history of woodcuts goes back more than a thousand years. Working carefully and with great precision, the woodcut artist carves a mirror image of a design on wood or other suitable material. The design is then inked and pressed against paper. The technique allows the artist to create an almost unlimited number of impressions of the same work. The precision of the work and the ability of the artist to create multiple impressions allow many fine woodcut artists to create pieces at a reasonable price, which an average collector can afford.

The Woodcut Artist's Handbook provides the basics of this craft with a detailed analysis of its tools and media. This improved second edition features two new chapters that teach artists step by step how to make an engraving and linocut. Artists can improve and develop considerable skill in this art by following these instructions and the author's professional tips. Beginners and advanced woodcutters and collectors will gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for this craft and art.

This profusely illustrated book is ideal for artists, printmakers, designers and collectors.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The process of woodcut relief printmaking is part woodworking, part art. After a short historical introduction, instructor and artist Walker first discusses wood selection in depth, then tools and techniques for desired artistic elements. Illustrations are sparse and limited, and the text is rather stilted, using terms not covered by the accompanying glossary. While there are some fine examples of woodcut prints, all we see is the finished product, never the steps to getting there. It feels like the author has forgotten how to take baby steps, and, as such, he fails to instruct. No beginner could ever hope to accomplish anything with this book, and there's not enough to inspire the more advanced. Not recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Printmaking Today - Jim Anderson
[Review of 1st edition:] This manual's keynote is exuberance... much of its advice is fresh and inspiring -- particularly about the use of power tools and various kinds of resins as engraving surfaces.
Artsforum - John Arkelian
[Review of 1st edition:] Can a "how-to" guide captivate even those who don't want to know how to? By all means, yes, if [this book] is any indication.... It's an indispensable guide for those who make art out of the contrast between light and dark. And, it's a sheer pleasure for everyone else, thanks to its many wonderful illustrations.
ArtScope.net - Katherine R. Lieber
[Review of 1st edition:] Readily accessible to the beginner, who will find the instructions clear and easy to follow. This is a how-to book as beautiful as it is useful.
enRoute Magazine - Jeet Heer
[Review of 1st edition:] The book makes clear the form, so simple at first glance, actually lends itself to a wide variety of approaches.
200603 - American Artist
[Review of 1st edition:] How a woodcut is made in clear, easy-to-follow terms... Walker's instruction, in fact, is so clear and well organized that this handbook is perfect for the beginner.
Book News
Walker presents this handbook for woodcut and wood engraving printmaking. The volume provides complete information on the process, from selection of wood, proper tools, papers and inks, to different techniques and stylistic approaches. Also included are scores of photographs, figures, and examples of woodcut prints providing a well-rounded understanding of this timeless medium.
Booklist
This book is well suited to both beginning and advanced woodcut artists as well as those who simply have an appreciation for the form.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554070459
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

George A. Walker is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist and illustrator who teaches book arts and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario. He regularly exhibits his wood engravings and limited-edition books internationally.

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