8/21/15

"OVERLOOK" UPDATES

















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!

8/19/15

DETAILS OF BLUE #2


















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!)

Here goes!

8/18/15

THE 2ND BLUE BLOCK


















Because of the wide range of greens & natural tones we want to color the "OVERLOOK" woodcut, we're making 2 woodblocks for blue (each will print a slightly different ink tone). Here, we're almost done drawing in the detail on the 2nd blue block--when this is done, we'll be carving night-and-day until it's done! 

The "OVERLOOK" woodcut is a 5 block, 46" x 30" color woodcut print-in-progress. This giant & intricate print and all of the blocks that make it are completely handmade using no computer or digital technologies (aside from the photos we take to record the making of it).  It has taken us over 2 years to make the key (in black) and all of the 4 color blocks, so you can imagine the growing excitement as we wrap up the last steps of the making and prepare to enter production on this massive project!

Accomplishing the "OVERLOOK" woodcut will start a new chapter at Tugboat Printshop.

8/14/15

EARLYBIRD COLOR "OVERLOOK"






















The 1st color print of "OVERLOOK" will debut Friday, August 21, 2015! The print is starting to come to life in color, but still lots to do! We're working now to color balance & align all 5 woodblocks.

Above, our test proof with early proof amendments marked for change. We anticipate a dramatic transition from this early tester to the 1st color print.(Overall, too much brown here!) 

The "OVERLOOK" woodcut print is 46" x 30" with a 1" paper borderProduction of the limited edition will follow the release of the 1st color proof. Pre-ordering info here! 

8/12/15

PROOFING "OVERLOOK" BEGINS!























Proofing on the big "OVERLOOK" woodcut has officially begun! Stay tuned for the big unveiling of the 1st proof in color on Friday, August 21st, 2015! Join up to our mailing list for 1st details.

FINE-TUNING "OVERLOOK" COLOR

We're going back through all of the "OVERLOOK" color blocks in preparation for first color proofing! We'll print a handful of copies during the proofing process, slowly fine-tuning color on each of the 5 blocks and carving the last block details, before we arrive at a finished 1st color proof. The 1st color proof will be a guide for how we mix & print during production. The full edition size of "OVERLOOK" will be 100 limited edition prints.We are planning to unveil the 1st color proof on Friday, August 21st, 2015 in the T.B.P.S. newsletter. Join up by entering your e-mail at www.tugboatprintshop.com and be the first to see & hear the latest details about the big "OVERLOOK" woodcut landscape!

8/6/15

FIRST PEEK IN B&W


































The countdown to the "OVERLOOK" woodcut is on! Mark your calendars, we're unveiling the 1st color proof on August 21, 2015! (Join up to our mailing list/newsletter to be the 1st to see it)

Until then, enjoy this B&W teaser of the key block on newsprint... This is just a detail from the middle of the "OVERLOOK" print, see the full B&W test proof on our site!

7/28/15

DRAWING "OVERLOOK" SKY






































"OVERLOOK" color blocks have taken over our entire basement workspace! Almost done drawing in the sky on the light blue block & then we'll transfer this to the others & make more sky magic happen! First proof will be along shortly after these are carved, the fire burns in our bellies to get this print done!

7/13/15

FRAMED "DAISY BOUQUET" PRINTS

We continue to offer classic, high quality exhibition style framing services for our prints in 3 natural wood options (pickled maple, walnut, sassafras). We're working to integrate add-to-cart framing options sitewide for all of our woodcut prints, the first of which to debut is for the "DAISY BOUQUET"!

The "DAISY BOUQUET" is shown here in our standard exhibition style optionarchivally float-mounted in spacers in a pickled maple frame with glare free, UV protective museum glass.

2 week turnaround, usually faster!

Be in touch with an e-mail if you have any questions or are interested in a framing quote for any of our other woodcuts.

6/24/15

T.B.P.S. IN NASHVILLE, TN!


















Tugboat Printshop is headed South to Nashville, TN, next week for the holiday weekend & we're bringing all of our latest woodcuts for a special woodcut showcase at Hey Rooster General Store
Join us for an America the Beautiful-themed Tugboat Printshop July Pop-up Opening Party on Thursday, July 2nd from 5:30-8pm! Woodcut prints for show & sell alongside American beers & treats! 

Hey Rooster General Store
1106 Gallatin Avenue Nashville, TN 37206

Good times, good vibes, good prints!

6/23/15

T.B.P.S. IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN!













Excited to be making the trip to Minneapolis, MN this weekend! We'll be exhibiting Tugboat Printshop woodcuts at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking Open Portfolio IV! T.B.P.S. prints will be available for view & purchase during the 2nd session this Saturday, June 27, from 3:30-5pm. 


Let us if there are certain prints you'd like to buy in person! We'll be sure to bring them along with us!

6/18/15

T.B.P.S. SHOWROOM
















Tugboat Printshop is open every Friday at our new shop location in Lawrenceville from 10am-4pm! Today, we'll have the new "DAISY BOUQUET" woodcuts ready for pick-up & some rare framed etchings & drawings available for take-home too! Stop by & say hi!

TUGBOAT PRINTSHOP
2nd Floor | Radiant Hall
4514 Plummer St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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"DAISY BOUQUET" WOODCUT PRINT


20" x 16" Woodcut Print on Natural Kitakata Paper
Valerie Lueth + Paul Roden, 2015.

EDITION OF 100 PRINTS.