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Review: Modern Printmaking A Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques by Sylvie Covey

Modern Printmaking A Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques by Sylvie CoveyModern Printmaking A Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques by Sylvie Covey

Published January 26th, 2016 by Watson-Guptill.

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A fully illustrated instructional printmaking book presenting step-by-step examples alongside representative works from thirty top contemporary printmaking artists. 

Printmaking is flourishing in the modern era, appealing to both traditional artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital techniques. This all-in-one guide is both technical and inspirational, examining the history and contemporary processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media, digital transfers, and post-digital graphics. Featuring step-by-step examples alongside representative works and profiles of top printmaking artists, this colorful resource provides a truly fresh look at printmaking today, in all its forms. (Goodreads)

Vincent Longo, To Admiral Meaulness, 1959, woodcut, 43x30 inches (109.2x76.2 cm).
Vincent Longo, To Admiral Meaulness, 1959, woodcut, 43×30 inches (109.2×76.2 cm).

I’ll start by referring you back to my post yesterday. I was very disappointed that my copy was damaged in shipping. This book features some absolutely gorgeous prints and it would have definitely made it to my coffee table for display. Unfortunately, it was damaged and I will most likely part with it for those reasons. With a retail price of U.S. $35.00/$40.00 CAN this is more of a textbook for art students or artists looking to explore a variety of printmaking techniques. The design of the book is top notch. Covey did an amazing job combining the history of printmaking with the technical and inspirational side of it.

The text itself is broken up into four parts: Relief Printmaking, Intaglio Printmaking, Lithography and Serigraphy, and finally Chine-Colle, Mixed Media, and New Printmaking Techniques. If you’re strictly looking for the latter I would look elsewhere as the new printmaking techniques only cover 2 of 15 chapters in this book. If you’re an artist who is familiar with the aforementioned printing techniques this is most likely not the book for you. I think this is a great compilation book for art students and art teachers. It’s always hard to rate books better viewed as textbooks unless it’s a field you’re strongly connected to. I have taken a few art classes and I have done some printmaking, but this is not a casual book for the layman. There are step-by-step examples and instructions for the different printmaking techniques, but unless you want to invest the money on art supplies you’ll need I highly doubt the average reader will be doing any of the printing.

I received this book in exchange for review from Blogging for Books.


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