so today I was trying out some print ideas, it was quite unsatisfying!
I love working with the illustrator gradients, but to be honest, I think I need a major breakthrough for this to go next level and not look like a repeat of the Hyères project. And maybe I need some improvement in my own personal illustration skills…
Inspiration is… can you guess? Hiroshige.
I saw the beautiful lush woodcuts at La Pinacothèque, and it was worth queuing and stepping on some old people to see it (there’s many, many of them in every major exhibition in Paris), and they’re SO slow. It got a bit annoying after a while.
Anyhow heres one trial of print (almost a screenshot) and a Hiroshige print, for comparison. The colours are amazing(not talking about my print, obv). If you look it up you find out that first they paint with watercolours then they give the watercolour to a technician who would redraw the outline, and another one to do all the colouring.
Amazing! And those woodcuts were used a few thousands for the most popular series. That kind of challenges the view of “unique cratsmanship” that is constantly brought forward by big brands to justify crazy prices….