Onikage: The Art Of Toshio Saeki

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In this collection Last Gasp presents a selection of Toshio Saeki's previously unseen works, printed in a larger-than-usual format. They felt it would be interesting to show the reader a bit of Saeki's creative technique.


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While most images are shown here in full color, Last Gasp has presented some in their original black and white format, with overlays reproducing Saeki's method for adding color to these pictures. Saeki typically does not apply color directly to his black and white artwork, but instead uses these overlays to enumerate the precise values of the colors he wants. He works with the terminology of the four-color printing process: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK). For example, he indicates a woman's skin tone should be reproduced with 10% magenta, while her nipples should be 60% magenta. Most of the men in Saeki's artwork have a skin tone that is 30% magenta, 20% cyan, and 50% yellow (no black). He calls this method chinto printing - the picture is complete only after it has been printed. It is a modern version of the ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodcut prints or paintings produced between the 17th and 20th centuries. Ukiyo-e were works of collaboration between the eshi (artist) and the surishi (printer). Saeki is paying homage to this style, and considers himself an eshi. Illuminating this technique better helps the reader to appreciate Saeki's unique style, deep philosophy as an artist, and his immense talent "In the modern world, where one rarely stops to think about the truth behind the moment, you might enjoy it if you take a peep at my mysterious and strange illusions." -Toshio Saeki, from the Introduction.

Additional Information

Author Toshio Saeki
Publisher Last Gasp
Page Count 56pp
Publication Size 11.75 x 14.25
Publication Notes hardcover, 7 full-color paper vellum overlays, 7 black & white illustrations, 24 full-color illustrations
Publication Date June 2010
ISBN 978-0867197297

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