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Digital Woodcuts by artist John MacDonald


John MacDonald had created the term “digital woodcuts” to represent the negative painting style using digital imagery to create a woodcut like effect in his art. Each image begins as a series of sketches and tonal studies, derived from the on-the-spot sketching and/or photography. The initial imagery is then painted, by hand and brush, in white gouache on black Arches rag paper, which is then scanned and imported into the image editing software program, Adobe Photoshop. Following the methods used in creating traditional woodcuts, each color layer is then crated, by hand with digital pen, and applied to the black and white foundation. It is not unusual for an image to have twenty or more color layers. Typically, each layer is then adjusted in tone, saturation, or value to create the final image.

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