I was lucky enough to take a mokuhanga or Japanese woodblock print workshop with Elizabeth Forrest. The process to plan, carve, ink and print the wood is fascinating. The way the wood works with water, ink, rice paste and the paper is truly fascinating.
My video got cut off in instagram, but if you watch till the end, you'll see the final peel off of the paper with the second colour to reveal my Totoro. Laying the sepia over the purple creates a deeper richer "black". A watercolour mixing trick I applied to the project.
Elizabeth Forrest is a true master and a very gracious and patient teacher. If I have time, I definitely want to learn more with her. She mentioned that it was the Ukioye woodblock prints of Eco-period Japan that was a basis for the manga art that would later be developed in Japan.
I'm definitely keen on learning more and seeing how I can apply some of this technique to my comics or illustration work. Here is a slideshow of the process from the carving of the block, to the first colour print and then recarving the block and paying the second colour down.
LIVE from The Sidekick Comic Cafe at The Toronto Comics Anthology’s Sunday Social 7
featuring chats with contributor Marcia Iwasaki and Lead editor Steven Andrews.
I was really nervous at first, but Jason is such a smooth interview, it just ended up feeling like a comfortable and casual conversation. During my interview I chat about my art influences, what brought me to comics and a little bit about my story in the Yonge at Heart Anthology, "The Tanuki of Riverdale". You'll also get to hear the lead editor of the Yonge at Heart anthology talk a bout some of the cool comic details in the 4th Anthology of Toronto Comics.