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Arts of Japan series : print #5 - block set finished

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:08 PM, March 12, 2013 [Permalink]

This 'snail' is inching forward bit by bit, and a few days after getting the key block finished, the colour set is now also ready for work. One side:

... and flip them over ...

It's perhaps time to say something about the image. It's a hundred years old this year - from Taisho 2 (1913) - and is taken from a 'Famous Places in Japan' print set published by Unsodo. My series isn't supposed to be about 'places', but rather 'arts', so I ignored most of the pages in the book when perusing it for suitable material, but latched onto this one as being representative of a traditional Japanese 'art'.

We'll see the actual image itself in the next post, after I begin proofing, but perhaps you can work out what it is from the blocks (which I placed all in the same orientation, to help you puzzle it out ...)

And, in totally unrelated news, here's a little shot taken yesterday afternoon in the new workroom under construction next door. Having the new wide space available is making some interesting new activities possible, and some of you may understand what is going on here ...


Following comment posted by: Anita on March 12, 2013 5:05 PM

Well, I know you are videotaping and when we see the result, the 'green screen' will be replaced with a location yet to be disclosed. Perhaps you will be in Jed's house or on a mountain somewhere. I never know what you've got up your sleeve, Dave! Congratulations on all the progress in the new workspace. I can only imagine how happy your staff are about this.

Following comment posted by: Dave on March 12, 2013 5:31 PM

Yes, it's 'green screen' of course. But if it were Jed's house, or a mountain somewhere, I think I'd do it 'live'. This one was for a kind of video 'proposal' that I made yesterday. Perhaps nothing will come of it, and you'll never know what it was, or perhaps there will be more news soon ... I have no idea which way it will go!

Following comment posted by: Franz Rogar on March 13, 2013 1:11 AM

That'd be a great oportunity to walk "inside" of classic ukiyo-e prints.

Who doesn't want to be near of the sailors in The Great Wave Off Kanagawa? Or walking in the snow on any of Hasui prints?

Also, it could be used for making an avatar for a digital menu were you're surrounded by the "options" and when user click on one you "grab" it and start speacking/interacting with it.


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