What is a woodblock print? It's basically a piece of paper that is stamped by one or many carved woodblocks. Woodblock prints, or ukiyoe (浮世絵), are especially hard for three reasons: (1) the negative space of the image has to be carved, (2) the image will come out mirrored so it's necessary to envision the opposite, and (3) have you ever carved wood?
Maybe you've seen this woodblock print before:
|"Behind the Great Wave at Kanagawa" by Katsushika Hokusai|
Without further ado, Nintendo woodblock prints by illustrator Jed Henry.
|Donkey Kong - notice the cherry blossoms in the foreground|
|Kirby - an unfinished piece|
|Link, from Zelda, slaying the dragon|
|Mario and Bowser from Mario Kart - love the squid|
|Megaman - love the ink... is the wolf a newer addition?|
|Samus Aran from Metroid - Google her and see how saucy she is without the suit|
|Simon Belmont from Castlevania - I always sucked at this game|
|Many of the guys from Street Fighter - Who can you identify?|
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