Being a young Internet surfer, I have seen many things on the World Wide Web. Too many. But occasionally I come across something so cool that I ‘bookmark it’ in my browser and return to it. Tugboat Printshop is one of those things. Tugboat Printshop consists of husband and wife duo Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth.
I could look at their prints all day, ERRRYDAY. How do they do it? I have taken a printmaking class and it was pitiful. I was, not the class. We used linoleum blocks instead of woodcut (which Tugboat uses), which is supposed to be much easier. I cannot even imagine how difficult carving into wood is, let alone carving these MASTERPIECES.
The prints made using the woodcuts are available for purchase on their website http://www.tugboatprintshop.com/index.htm. I highly recommend sprucing up your… ANYWHERE with some Tugboat.
Here is an example of a woodblock that has been carved into and rolled with ink- ready for printing.
The colors and the details achieved are pure insanity. Praise. Praise. Praise. If you know me and you like me… my birthday is coming up (super subtle hint).