Ukiyo-e Heroes Woodblock Prints: More OG than Pixel Art
August 2nd, 2012
We’ve featured Jed Henry’s Ukiyo-e style prints of videogame characters before. Now’s your chance to own printed versions of his amazing art, featuring characters from popular franchises including Super Mario Bros., Zelda and Street Fighter.
Jed Henry is offering all 12 of his designs in digital print forms. But he’s also working with a woodblock print maker named David Bull to make woodblock prints by hand, i.e. the way Ukiyo-e were made centuries ago.
Here’s Bull making the first woodblock print of Henry’s art:
As you can see it’s quite a painstaking process, which is why Henry has set up a Kickstarter fundraiser. A pledge of at least $40 (USD) gets you a digital print (you can choose which of Henry’s designs to order) while you’ll have to cough up $135 to get a handmade woodblock print.
Currently only the Mario Kart print has a woodblock proof, i.e. template, but Henry did say that they’ll make proofs for the other designs if they exceed their $10,000 goal. Thankfully as of this writing they’ve already gathered more than $50,000 in pledges, and that’s with 28 days to go. I think it’s safe to say we can expect more designs for the woodblock prints.