Anatomy of a Linocut by Bill Fick

Linocut by Bill Fick

Linocut by Bill Fick

I’m a huge fan of process videos like the one above, featuring printmaker Bill Fick creating a linocut. For those not familiar, a linocut is “a design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed.” This sounds easier than it really is. I tried to make one of these when I was in high school and nearly sliced off my fingers with that little knife tool. Bill makes it look so easy in this video, it’s kind of absurd.

I don’t know what it is about these videos that I like so much. It’s the little things like listening to his pencil or his brush on the paper, or the sounds of the tiny pieces of linoleum being carved away. It’s also inspiring to watch someone so talented do something so technical with seemingly little effort. I promise that the seven and half minutes you spend watching this are worth every second.

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1 Comment Anatomy of a Linocut by Bill Fick

  1. Patrick February 24, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    I’ve always been impressed how Fick manages to translate this chaotic sense of a brush stroke to his cuts. Great to actually see the process behind it. Like you said, what I love most about this video is the sound, and that it’s been left without music or voice over, just the inherent aural expressiveness of a craftsman at work.

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