July 27, 2020

Summer Vacation: French Edition

        Today’s block print vacation takes us to France, but more specifically to Paris.  All three of my own pieces come from Paris (which is pretty much the only place I’ve had a chance to explore in France), and most of the other art I’ve posted previously is from Paris, as well.
        Let’s start with the requisite Eiffel Tower.  Although I made a block print of this most stereotypical of French icons, I did want to do a less obvious view of it.  This is the view from beneath, looking up along one of the legs.  You can see a bit about my process here, as well as comparing three other artists’ views of the Eiffel Tower.  (You can also see the photo on which the print is based here.)

        This second piece is my most recent, just completed a couple of weeks ago.  It shows some of the gargoyles on the Church of Saint-Séverin.  They probably date to the fifteenth century, and being genuine gargoyles and not mere decorative grotesques, they stretch out long and straight to channel rainwater well away from the church’s masonry.  I am tickled by their goofy expressions and cartoonish hairstyles.  Unlike a lot of gargoyles that perch sky-high on their soaring gothic structures, Saint-Séverin has a wonderful double row of beautiful gargoyles along the edge of a lower roof, so that you can actually admire them from the ground.
        For more block print views of Paris you can see a collection of pieces here
        My final piece posted today is not a real block print but one of the digital faux woodcuts I made to illustrate The Extraordinary Book of Doors.  It is a door in the Louvre, specifically in the Salle des Caryatides in a sixteenth century wing dating back to its days as a palace.
        Before we leave, I’ll give you a chance to get out of the city and visit Monet’s garden at Giverny.
        And a final jaunt to Dinan in Brittany.

[Pictures: Eiffel Tower, rubber block print by AEGN, 2015;
Gargoyles of Saint-Séverin, rubber block print by AEGN, 2020;
Plate IV: Louvre, digital image by AEGN from The Extraordinary Books of Doors, 2014.]


Unknown said...

I can't begin to describe how much I enjoy your website and blog, and your work, and how much I've learned about the various print artists that you've featured.
In your July, 2020 Summer Vacation: French Edition entry, you say this about your image of a door at the Louvre, "My final piece posted today is not a real block print but one of the digital faux woodcuts I made to illustrate The Extraordinary Book of Doors."

Would you be kind enough to expound on how you made this digital faux woodcut? Is it a particular program, such as Photoshop, that you used to achieve the piece, or is it something else?

Thanks again, and please don't ever stop writing, making prints, or blogging.

Anne E.G. Nydam said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words!
I have a previous post that describes the process I've devised. you can read about it here: https://nydamprintsblackandwhite.blogspot.com/2013/02/faux-woodcuts.html
Let me know if you have any other questions.

Anne E.G. Nydam said...

On second thought, to make it easier I've also added a link in the post above. The link where I mention that the piece is a "faux woodcut" will take you to the previous post.