For the past year I have been collaborating with the very talented modern Ukiyo-e artist Jed Henry. We share the same vision of pushing ourselves to create new and interesting prints. We both want to push this medium to even wider audiences. From Jed’s original, beautifully crafted line work, a digital master is then handed to myself for carving. Each colour is hand printed onto fine Japanese Washi paper. The final batch of prints are then sent back to Jed for signing and shipping to the waiting customers.

Designer Jed Henry has started working with up-and-coming carver/printer William Francis, from the UK. William has been training himself through David Bull's YouTube videos, and he's getting good quickly! We're proud to showcase his first full-colour print to the world!

This design is also an exciting first for Jed Henry. Instead of parody art, this is a completely original concept.

This print measures – 8 x 8 ¾ inches (20 x 22 cm). 

It is signed by Jed Henry and William Francis, and numbered.

The colour was applied in the traditional Japanese method, with hand-carved blocks, ground pigments, and hand printing on handmade paper. That's a lot of hands!

'Explanation taken from Ukiyo-e Heroes (Jed's website)'

This might be history in the making! To my knowledge this is the first time a mecha has ever been portrayed in woodblock print form. For that reason alone, it's a collector's item.

We've teamed up with master mech designer Emerson Tung, and made a print on his classic 'Tank Head' design. If you look closely, Japanese printing is a good match for this design. The mech's shell looks very much like a samurai's yoroiarmor, and it even has sashimono flags, which were once used to identify friend from foe in battle. 

This print features a subtle, classic title embossing in the bottom left corner. Even cooler, the exposed gold and silver areas have a metallic effect added in the printing process. Shiny!

This print was created in the traditional Japanese fashion, with hand-carved blocks, handmade pigments on handmade Japanese paper. It was created by apprentice craftsman William Francis, who works full-time as a printmaker in the UK. By purchasing this print, you are helping to support the next generation of dedicated printmakers. 

Measures 7x10 inches (18x26 cm)

'Explanation taken from Ukiyo-e Heroes (Jed's website)'