View Full Version : Good books on printmaking

08-10-2015, 11:54 AM

I am an illustrator/animator/cartoonist... I have been doing my work mostly on the computer in recent years, but I would like to take my work back to a traditional medium, partly due to the computer becoming bad for my health, partly because I think it will enhance my work and has greater authentic color and textural quality.

I have gotten used to the functionality of the computer and a certain highly editable workflow, ( my site is at http://www.matthewmoore.me.uk/ )

Now I want to develop quirky cartoonish illustrations using stencils and masks in a bit a bit of a retro style, i think stencil, masks, stamps and printing is most what i began to try to replicate on the computer.. (think 50's cartoon modern http://www.cartoonbrew.com/archives/cartoonmoderntop.jpg )

But i need a bit of a reorientation of technique and workflow.. and some experimentation

Does anyone have any good recommendations of books on printmaking that could get me started? It could be quite general, or if anything is out there a bit more character based or even toward cartoon, to a certain extent.. I want to experiment to get the right look and just want a good jump off point..

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

Diane Cutter
08-10-2015, 01:32 PM
Hi, Matthew...

You might want to check out this 'sticky' thread at the beginning of the Printmaking forum:



08-11-2015, 02:39 AM
aha yes, i should have looked at that first.. sorry.

08-12-2015, 09:49 PM
While I collect books on printmaking, it always turns out that my class with a master printer was much more valuable because it goes a mile deep into one subject while a book is an inch deep on many subjects. There are some excellent teachers out there, and usually they are NOT at the expensive art schools. I hope you find a class near wherever you are. If you tell us your general location, someone on this forum may be able to recommend a teacher to you.

12-08-2015, 02:58 PM
Etching, Engraving and Other Intaglio Printmaking Techniques
by Ruth Leaf