Samus gets her hair cut
Posted by Dave Bull at 2:03 PM, April 13, 2013 [Permalink]
I'm still busy with the production of the next print in the Ukiyoe Heroes series - Infestation - so the main process video is still some time away. But I thought it would be interesting to do another short video introducing just one part of the process - cutting the fine hair lines.
Added by: Uncle Vinny on April 14, 2013 4:39 AM
Incredible, David. Is this approaching the limit of how finely you can carve a line? How does Jed know how thin of a line he can draw?
Added by: Dave on April 14, 2013 8:35 AM
Actually, this is nowhere near the finest carving I can do. In the prints I make in my own series', where I know that it will be me doing the printing, I take it down to a much finer level.
Perhaps the 'best' so far has been this print in the 'Mystique of the Japanese Print' series:
Added by: Uncle Vinny on April 14, 2013 4:47 PM
Wonders never cease!
Added by: Marc Kahn on April 15, 2013 8:15 AM
I just got out my copy of that print. At the hairline widow's peak in the center of her forehead there are certainly 7 distinct hairs (maybe 8) in a single millimeter.
Added by: Dave on April 15, 2013 8:56 AM
Marc, actually the most difficult part of carving that one wasn't the 'hairs per millimetre' ratio, but the fact that many of the hairs don't end out in the 'open', but curve up to touch against the neighbouring group. The knife can't just run off the end of each one, but must stop dead, in order not to cut where it shouldn't. The style is knows as 'yae-ge'
I took a bunch of HD footage while I was cutting that one, but never thought to do anything with it. Sometime when I get a 'minute' ...
Added by: Dave on April 15, 2013 9:17 AM
Added by: Sue Kallaugher on April 15, 2013 11:44 AM
This is beautiful carving and seeing how controlled your hand is as you carve the hairs is quite amazing!
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