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Making a Contemporary Chiaroscuro Woodcut with Stephen Chambers RA

In this short silent film by Jonas Grimas, courtesy of the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2014), artist and Royal Academician Stephen Chambers and printmaker Mike Taylor demonstrate the technique of the chiaroscuro woodcut, one of the most successful early forays into color printing. Chiaroscuro woodcuts are printed from two or more carved woodblocks to combine tone and line. They often approach the qualities of a drawing on tinted paper or achieve painterly effects akin to brushwork.