It is important to distinguish the two types of prints available here on this site. The first, digital prints, are produced quite differently from the second, woodblock prints.
Digital prints are produced on the computer in an art program, which electronically provides the paint, brushes, and surface upon which one ‘paints’ the picture, as well as providing certain techniques unique to this media. A print is then produced by printing from the computer’s file of that image to a computer printer. The quality of the program, the size and resolution of the image, the quality of the printer, the quality of the paper used to print on, are all key elements in addition to the artist’s skill in producing a quality print.
Woodblock prints are made in quite a different method. That which I prefer
and have used here is the Japanese woodblock print method, which in my
opinion surpasses all others. A drawing or painting is done by the artist,
then divides the image up to ascertain how many blocks will be required
to print a specific color or design element, and he carves those blocks leaving
only surface wood exposed to carry the ink for that specific portion of
print. A printer then takes the blocks and together with the artist or
publisher, makes final determinations as to colors, intensity, gradations,
etc. He then
runs an edition by printing the full run of prints over one color or line
block at a time until the print has been printed from all the blocks.