Woodblock prints

Japanese Animation Artist Brings Ukiyo-e Prints To Life With Charming Gifs And Back To The Future

Ukiyo-e, which translates to “image(s) of the floating world,” is a genre of Japanese art that thrived from the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of everything from scenes of folk tales to erotica, and though the number of artists specializing in ukiyo-e has diminished since the genre was at its zenith, efforts are being made to bring it back into the modern art world. Some of these efforts include applying an Ukiyo-e aesthetic to popular franchises such as Star Wars, and legendary Iron Maiden mascot Eddie. One of the more charming and eccentric examples of this we have seen lately comes from Atsushi Segawa, a…

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Classic Manga “Space Battleship Yamato” And “Galaxy Express 999” Are Making A Comeback As Original Ukiyo-e Paintings

Classic Japanese manga and anime are often reincarnated in HD, brand new sequels, and even into gorgeous ukiyo-e artwork. More modern series like One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Pokémon have also been captured in authentic woodblock prints, but this time, it’s artwork from creator Leiji Matsumoto’s Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Express 999, and Space Pirate Captain Harlock that’s been transferred into traditional Japanese art. Source: Broad Expert The Leiji Matsumoto Ukiyo-e Collection consists of 6 original ukiyo-e artwork directed under the supervision of the world-renowned creator himself. Familiar characters from three of his most prominent works appear as unique woodblock prints, giving fans the chance to appreciate their favorite manga…

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Japanese Art Meets Kylo Ren, BB-8, And Stormtroopers In Traditional Woodblock Prints

The traditional art of Japanese woodblock printing has joined forces with one of today’s most epic film series, Star Wars. Utilizing a form of printing that has existed in Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868), HKDS has revealed a lineup of three original pieces that will win the hearts of any Star Wars fan with an eye for art. Adding to their One Piece woodblock prints, HKDS’s newest artworks feature BB-8, Kylo Ren, and Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise. To ensure the best quality, the vividly colored graphics have been printed by expert craftsmen on Sekishu Washi, a type of handmade Japanese paper that has been designated an Important…

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Multicolored Eraser Stamps Breathtakingly Capture The Beauty In Our Daily World

Although carved eraser stamps are typically regarded as simple and accessible works of art, Japanese artist Yasuko Aoyama has taken the art form to a higher level with bigger, multicolored stamps that breathtakingly capture the beautiful things she sees in life as brilliant rubber masterpieces. Often taking animals, nature, and even images from her dreams as inspiration, Aoyama carefully carves out intricate patterns and images to portray the beauty of the subject through her own unique perspective. Aoyama initially began making smaller stamps out of erasers, but her canvases gradually grew in size and began to incorporate the use of more colors, and in some cases, overlapping canvases to create…

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Ukiyo-e Star Wars Prints Give The Force A Boost With Traditional Japanese Artwork

The world’s favorite galactic adventure, Star Wars, has influence rooted in film depictions of early Japan, as is explored by a recent documentary on Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, so the two have a natural affinity when it comes to artistic collaborations. Just last year, we saw a crowd-funded artistic collaboration that produced amazing high quality Ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Star Wars universe, which re-imagined beloved Star Wars characters with a traiditional Japanese artwork aesthetic that just seems too perfect a fit. Now a second set have come out, which show off Darth Maul, Boba Fett, and the Millenium Falcon in the awesome ukiyo-e style of early Japanese artwork. If…

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Sanji Has Finally Been Added To The One Piece Traditional Woodblock Print Collection!

Japanese artists have recently been fusing the traditional art of woodblock printing with pop culture, trying in their own ways to reintroduce the historical art form into the lives of the younger generation. From legendary rock bands like KISS and Iron Maiden to Marvel’s Civil War, many modern cultural icons have come to be depicted on woodblock prints and ukiyo-e art. Making a place for its own among the artistic unions of traditional and modern is Japanese manga series One Piece. Featuring illustrations drawn specifically for this special collection, you’ll see the familiar faces of Zoro, Law, Sabo, Ace, and Luffy, with Sanji newly joining in the bunch. Source: HKDS…

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Eerie Monsters And Ghosts By One Of Japan’s Last Woodblock Printing Masters

Kuniyoshi Utagawa was one of the most prominent artists of woodblock printing that ever graced the world of Japanese art. Until his death in 1861, he introduced to the world some of the finest, most inventive designs of his time. He heavily influenced Japanese fashion and culture with his richly embellished single sheet prints, and has since been deemed one of the last masters of Japanese woodblock printing. His work included prints of vast variety — everything from landscapes and everyday scenes to courtesans and geishas. He also produced numerous pieces depicting the eerie, often terrifying monsters and ghosts from Japanese folklore, as well as the heroes who fought them….

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Splash Of Fashion: Ukiyo-E Woodblock Print Designs As Inspired Dresses

The famous ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Katsuhika Hokusai have found themselves infused in various types of modern art, both Western and Japanese, but the great artist probably never imagined them on models as they strut their stuff down the runway! Russian fashion designer Alena Akhmadulina’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection carries with it the legacy of the most prolific painter in Japan, using two of his most famous works as the basis for some very lovely dresses. The Great Wave Off Kangawa Source: 神奈川沖浪裏 Choshi in Shimosha Source: Choshi in Shimosha And now let’s take a look at how they translate to the realm of modern fashion. Source: Alena Akhmadulina Source: Alena…

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