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Arts of Japan series : print #8 : shipped!

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:20 AM, May 19, 2014 [Permalink]

So, after all the delays caused by the decision to 'mulligan' it and start over with a fresh piece of wood and re-cut the key block, we're done. The prints flew out of here late last week, and will be in the hands of the collectors 'any minute now'.

Was it necessary/worthwhile?


Here's the image I showed last week, a closeup of a proof copy from Keyblock Mark I:

Here's the similar area from Mark II:

The actual lines don't 'line up' because as I mentioned earlier, I re-worked the spiral pattern so that it had a slightly higher definition - more lines per inch. That helped give a smoother appearance to the tones overall, but the main difference in the new version is the carving. As you can see, it is much less disjointed, with fewer 'corners' and gaps to jar the eye.

The final version is now on the website here.

Unlike most of my work, this one is not the kind of print that is best enjoyed in the hand closeup, but should really be viewed from some distance. And if you take your glasses off, it looks even better! :-)


Following comment posted by: Stu on May 20, 2014 2:08 PM

I am very much looking forward to this wonderful and unique print! Thanks for perservering!

Following comment posted by: Jennifer on May 27, 2014 1:10 AM

This print arrived safely (with pretty stamps, thank you). The craftsmanship is just stunning and well worth the wait. It is a most extra-ordinary example of cutting skills. Thank you for still giving us such care in addition to your many exciting ventures. J

Following comment posted by: Sharri on June 3, 2014 3:52 AM

It is amazing! I have it on the safe side of the kitchen where I can see it often and every time I stop and marvel.

Following comment posted by: Guido Van Genechten on September 11, 2015 12:04 AM


Dear David, good to see that old Mellan still continues to inspire.

Spiral line engraving by my friend Manuel Vermeire


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