Moving info from one "OVERLOOK" woodblock to another "OVERLOOK" woodblock (through transfer--printing from one block to another). Once this dries, we'll draw & carve the final details of the expansive blue sky and be ready to roll!!!
5 total woodblocks make the "OVERLOOK" woodcut, a huge print-in-progress we're about to wrap up that we've been working on on-and-off for the past 3 years.
We'll be updating the print's webpage with new proof pictures as we get them, but you can get an idea of the current direction of the print HERE or access all of our in-progress shots to date HERE.
New "DAISY BOUQUET" woodcuts, hand-printed from 2 woodblocks, done & drying in the racks! The last batch of prints from this popular edition (going fast!), available exclusively in our little online shop! More info & pics of the finished print HERE.
Headed to press with the "OVERLOOK" to begin final proofing when we're done carving this last block! The 5th woodblock (4th color block) made for this lush vertical landscape print-in-progress, this block will add lots of dark green & shadowy depth...
The last (5th!) block for the "OVERLOOK" is now totally drawn in (and almost carved!) and the other 4 are getting fine-tuned for the beginning of final proofing in the coming week.
With all the blocks carved, years into this massive project, we are beyond excited to start mixing colors and begin to realize this giant series of woodblocks as a big color woodcut print!
Easily the most complex & detailed artwork we've ever made together (or apart, for that matter), the "OVERLOOK" began as a simple sketch around the time we were drawing in "THE MOON" and slowly over the years, alongside other woodcuts, took shape as an abundantly lush vertical landscape vibrating with patterns of the natural world.
Should be an exciting few weeks! Stay tuned!
Tugboat Printshop will be making the trip to Brooklyn for Prints Gone Wild 2015 during NYC Print Week this year! Mark your calendars, join the event!
Thanks to everyone in Columbia, Missouri, that came out to see us last night at the Tugboat Printshop pop-up at Hitt Records! Today, we're headed to Lawrence, KS, for the 2nd annual Lawrence Print Fair! Join us at the Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, 10am-4pm!
Paul made a special artist visit to his alma mater today in St. Louis! Here, talking with students in "Feedback Loop" at the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts about Tugboat Printshop woodcut prints!
Tonight we're show & selling woodcuts in Columbia, MO, at Hitt Records above Uprise Bakery! A Tugboat Printshop Pop-up, one night only! 6-9pm
Tomorrow, on to Kansas for the Lawrence Arts Center Print Fair!
Carving that last "OVERLOOK" woodcut blue! Whew!
2 triangular forest-patterned blocks print together to make the new "LEFT RIGHT" woodcut. That little cardboard shim (top pic) marks out the space between the blocks.
Pulling paper up from the 2 inked woodblocks to make a finished print. This is how we print all of our prints, no digital technologies, everything done traditionally & totally by hand.
On intro special in our shop for one more week!
Excited to be wrapping up the last of the drawing on the 2nd blue block this week & moving on to exclusively carving until this big, big intricate woodcut print (the "OVERLOOK") is finished! Hoping to be able to begin proofing again, with all the blocks this time, by next week...here goes!
The detail above is of the earlybird proof, crinkled, drawn on, pasted to, revised and generally abused in the tug to get this print completed. Color will change from what you see on this proof, this is such an early tester with only 4 of the 5 blocks for the print rolled up in standard ink colors just to see how they align and mix together. A more refined color mixing will happen when we have all of the blocks completed & ready to proof together. Such a very small little fragment of the bottom left corner of the print!
Printed up the edition of "LEFT RIGHT" in classic black on Natural Kitakata paper this past week, prints are now dry & ready to ship out! See better photos of the finished print, available at a special rate in a limited edition run, HERE>>>
12" x 21" B&W Woodcut on Kitakata Paper
Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2015.
EDITION OF 100 PRINTS.
Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2015.
EDITION OF 100 PRINTS.
NEW! The "LEFT RIGHT" woodcut in classic B&W. A study of 2 dense woodland patches on 2 woodblocks. Clean-cut treelines showcase the graphic beauty of an idealized forest wonderland. Printed on 12" x 21" natural Kitakata paper. Special rate, limited edition print, now available HERE!
Triangular woodcut sketch! 1/2 of a new woodcut print to debut this week. Stay tuned for a post or join our news at www.tugboatprintshop.com!
Well, the truthful news today...we're still working to get a 1st official color copy of the "OVERLOOK". The print just needs more time! Take a peek at our process behind the process & see what's left to do to finish up this epic color woodcut: T.B.P.S. Newsletter 111!
Carving on the 2nd blue block and final color block for the upcoming "OVERLOOK" woodcut has begun! A dense forest to carve through, but this block will add a secondary green tone to the printed image, along with shadow/depth between vertical landscape layers in the print as a whole. (A couple details of the 2nd blue block in progress above) Exciting!
Once carved, we'll finally be able to see the first real glimpses of our vision for the "OVERLOOK" color woodcut print taking shape. The print, which is designed to be both a singular vertical artwork or an infinitely expandable horizontal landscape diptych/triptych/installation, will be lush with color and pattern beyond anything we've ever made.
We have tried our best to document the work on this print, but no number of photos can do it proper justice! It's difficult to communicate both the intricacy & scale. We've collected the best into this photoset.
Our online shop features a brief intro to the print & process of making it, with the ability to pre-order at an introductory rate (for just a limited while longer!)