AboutWood engraving is a traditional printmaking technique developed by English engraver Thomas Bewick in the late 18th Century. In the 19th Century the technique was widely used for book illustration.
Wood engraving is favoured by Daumier and Doré for the delicate line work you can achieve and for fine, crisp detail.
Chris cuts and prepares the wood blocks for the course himself. StudentsàÂ will be sent a block of English box wood a week before the course starts so that they can develop a design before the course starts if they wish.àÂ àÂ You will be working with box and using tools of a professional standard, the sensation is unlike any other print media. Two days is long enough to learn the basics of cutting and printing blocks; skills that can then be built upon with practice.
Chris Pig is an artist /printmaker with work in public and private collections throughout the world. After seven years as principal lecturer in printmaking at City and Islington College he left to run his own print studio in Spain before returning to London in 2006. He has been a member of East London Printmakers since then and has also been elected to the Society of Wood Engravers. He now lives in Leyton with his partner and three pesky little kids.