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Sunday, September 18, 2011

TOM HUCK - Evil Printmaker

The return of Tom Huck




PrintFools, a few years back Tom Huck hung out in your own PrintShop. He showed us a box of his very cool WoodCut Prints and talked about Printmakers and Social Responsibility.

Grab your popcorn, hit the title post and welcome him back.

  So, Rie is the World's most generous printmaker. I am amazed that she answered all your questions and left paragraphs of information for you all to devour. How will we ever thank her?


23 comments:

Britt Vogt said...

Tom Huck has some really great knock you on your ass prints. I love how he was drawing the subject matter from his small town-a crazy local bar full of war vets inspired such a racy series. He was taking his own social responsibility to show the other side, not just the Tom Brokaw Greatest Generation Side.

His line quality is fantastic, really showing what is possible to do with a wood-cut. In the video if show without the close ups some of the prints looked like they could be charcoals or pen and ink drawings. I also noticed how he was rolling his woodcuts through a press and pulling some really clean, sharp prints. He's right, it is an event to pull a print.

Christina said...

I can't believe those are wood-cuts. I love the lines and how jam packed with information the pictures are. The detail is just amazing. I also love how dark some areas can get. After working on my first wood-cut and looking at this I feel like I have failed, but it's cool to see what can be accomplished.

Katie said...

Having been working on my first woodcut I see the skill that it takes to be as precise as Tom Huck and I can't believe what I see. This immense amount of detail must take forever to complete, however he probably has finer tools and more options of things to work with. I had to change my woodcut design because it was too detailed for what I felt I could do for my first attempt.

Marissa said...

I'm also impressed by the amount of detail in Huck's works as well as all the different tones he achieves with woodcut. I like the way he chooses to construct his compositions: all the figures are tangled and smashed against eachother. I had so much fun looking through his series (serieses? seri?); they just make me laugh. I like his sleeves too. Umm...anyway, cupcakes Wednesday :)

Old Greg said...

The detail really is insane here! I know its been said but its worth saying again! Its crazy to see the size of some of these from the video. I picture something much much larger when seeing the blog. The size impressed me even more!

sarah mc said...

Independent study printmaker over here is going through crazy withdrawal from the shop. Anyway Tom Huck is a crazy good "evil" printmaker. His use of line is great in the woodcut prints and has a great charcoal/drawing quality to it. I don't have a lot of experience in woodcut but he utilizes that media really well. As far as content, he captures the locals and the crazy in a pretty cool way. I love working close up when it comes to figures, even though his close ups are kind of creepy!!

Jenna Phish said...

Wow! tom huck's woodcuts are amazing!! I haven't even started my first one yet but I can't imagine using that amount of detail and precision! I love that he gets his inspiration from his home town and the "wickedness" he turns it into. I hope to be able to create something like that in the future.

Tylor Fischer said...

His detail blows my mind. Watching him navigate those tiny details with such accurate movements is amazing. He brings up a bunch of really great points around social commentary as well.. Lots of great stuff to chew on...

Molly said...

I will say it again...I love the detail obtained in Huck's prints. These woodcuts are unbelievably awesome and I would love to see one up close in person! I don't think the YouTube video did those prints justice, because there wasn't enough time to see everything that was going on in each print, but from what I did see they were awesome!

Nate Shields said...

this dudes prints are nuts. I got to see a couple of them in a bar in st louis last time I was there visiting the sibs. Wish i could've talked to the guy..i missed him by like a day. love the jam packed content

megan said...

Tom Huck's prints are jam-packed with imagery! You could look at them forever and keep seeing new things. The amount of detail is out of this world. It's baffling that they are woodcuts. Like woah. Obviously a very talented printmaker with a lot to say

Zach Morin said...

Dang! Some of these are brutal! It's imagery like this that makes woodcut really appeal to me. The heavy contrast of woodcut really makes that grotesque detail and line stand out!

Sassalyn said...

what a crazy dude!!!I loved his explanation of why he keeps his editions low. A piece of work that has taken so many hours to create should be an event to recieve. What interesting and instense work he does, though. He reliance on line quality is successful. I wonder how long that long one took him to finish.

Dani W said...

Tom Huck's prints are so impressive! I cannot believe the amount of detail that he is able to get in his wood cuts. The skill that he has is so unbelievable.

His use of texture and his amazing use of line really adds a lot to his prints. Also, his grotesque subject matter really intrigues me as well. Wish I could cut wood as well as he does!

Sikorski said...

My wood cuts need to look like Tom Huck's or else.

Joanne said...

whoa! bad ass wood cuts right here. i'm in line with sikorski on this one... let me get some better wood and i think i might give something this jam packed with imagery a try

LiARS said...

Tom Huck reminds me of the tshirt i'm wearing right now. But anyways, i could only aspire to be half as freaky as his royal freakness, the use of texture is off the chain. i could really get behind this business, just call me... evil liars.

Clarice said...

I like how he has his wood on an angle when working so he can sit back and look at it. I tend to get sucked into working at a desk and leaning over it instead of looking straight at it

Hax said...

the line quality is to die for.

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Elizabeth Rose Bowman said...

simply amazing. What are the dimensions of these works? Level of detail and line work is mad rad. Really diggin' the crow bar.

Rachel Albrecht said...

His prints are sweet! It really is amazing how easy he makes it look. I could sit for hours looking at these and probably not get bored.

Jules said...

I love his darkness and precision. It is amazing how he finds dark stories in his community that would have usually been lost with those individuals over time. Cool stuff.