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Elephantine Yokai

I am a fan of Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) especially period pieces.  I saw this print by the Meiji-era (1868 through 1912)  designer Kawanabe Kyosai

To quote from Wikipedia – “Yōkai are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. … Yōkai range eclectically from the malevolent to the mischievous, or occasionally bring good fortune to those who encounter them.”

I tried 2 different background looks, one with lines to show action like some Japanese cartoons but my wife thought it distracted from all the carving detail on the character so the final look is just the elephantine yokai.

I took some direction from the blog of one of my inspirations David Bull, I don’t exactly and slavishly try to reproduce the lines but instead let the blade flow along with the lines, if I go a bit astray it’s ok because it lends a more fluid artistic feel rather than choppy mechanical reproduction

I won’t be doing the full color version like the original. I’ll only keep the outline although I might do some hand colored versions or rely on different backgrounds. At this point I only like single color rather than trying to do multi-color printing.

Here’s pics from the entire process. Click on the image for a higher quality, larger image.

The original image that I used as my template

The original image that I used as my template

Removed the Background first.

Removed the Background first.

Starting to remove the interior detail

Starting to remove the interior detail

Almost done

Almost done

Finished

Finished

Test prints both with and without background. I liked it better without so it's removed for future print runs.

Test prints both with and without background.
I liked it better without so it’s removed for future print runs.

Printing on a shirt

pressing the lino into a shirt

Quick check of how it looks

Quick check of how it looks

Added a company logo for my wife's company

Added a company logo for my wife’s company

Now I have a cool shirt

Now I have a cool shirt

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