Five years ago, Jed Henry joined forces with Dave Bull to raise funds for Ukiyo-e Heroes, an art company known for highly detailed and intricate woodblock prints featuring characters from video games. They ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, and because of it, they’ve been able to grow, which means they’ve been able to teach the art of carving woodblock prints and help grow the community to keep the craft alive. Now that they’re capable of creating images of even greater complexity, they’re focusing their energies on Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights.
As Bull explains in the above video, there’s a history in Japanese printmaking of depicting epic battles. It’s all about the action and dynamic movement. Henry poured that kind of aesthetic into the new prints as he pitted video game characters against each other in big, bold fights.
The Boss Fight series includes the likes of Cloud Strife and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII duking it out, monsters from Monster Hunter facing off, and an incredible set of Overwatch heroes going all out against each other. A new Kickstarter campaign supports the creation of these prints. Rewards include a coloring book PDF, a bound volume of Ukiyo-e Heroes’ classic prints, a reservation for a print party to Bull’s shop in Tokyo, and giclée or woodblock prints.
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Images: Ukiyo-e Heroes