WOOD ENGRAVING

Self initiated wood engravings




BACKGROUND       Wood engraving is a relief printmaking process in which an image is made by cutting into a block of end-grain hardwood, such as boxwood or maple, using gravers or burins. The development of this technique is credited to Thomas Bewick, the son of a goldsmith, who, in the late 18th century, began using jewelers' tools to produce beautifully engraved illustrations of animals and scenes of daily life in the English countryside. By the beginning of the 19th-century wood engraving had become an industry standard, alongside movable type, for producing thousands of copies of illustrated pages without deterioration of the printing block.
Although no longer widely used by artists and printers today it is not hard to find remnants of this technique still lingering. Because of its aesthetically pleasing character and capacity to effectively communicate a wide range of tones and textures through the use of a single color, it is not hard to find this technique digitally replicated on product packaging and in print today. Nonetheless, in my opinion, nothing beats the look and feel of the real thing.

Below is a look at several wood engravings that I have completed over years.




Past and current works in progress:



"Lemonade" Wood Engraving Test Print from Nathan Yoder on Vimeo.





Mark